Geological and mineral technologists and technicians

Geological and mineral technologists and technicians

NOC
2212

Provide technical support and services in oil and gas exploration and production, geophysics, geology, mining, mineralogy, metallurgy, metallurgical engineering and environmental protection.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

14
 

Median Hourly Wage

$27.69
$15.08
Low
$30.21
High

Median Salary

$53,935
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

106
 

% Working Full Time

100%
 

% Working Full Year

74%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Geological and mineral technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in the fields of oil and gas exploration and production, geophysics, petroleum engineering, geology, mining and mining engineering, mineralogy, extractive and physical metallurgy, metallurgical engineering and environmental protection. They are employed by petroleum and mining companies, consulting geology and engineering firms, and by governments and educational institutions as well as by a variety of manufacturing, construction and utilities companies.

Main Duties

Geological and mineral technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
Geological and mineral technologists

  • Conduct or direct geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging or underground mine survey programs
  • Configure, operate and maintain geophysical survey and well logging instruments and equipment
  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps and cross sections
  • Prepare, transcribe or analyze seismic, gravimetric, well log or other geophysical and survey data
  • Assist engineers and geologists in the evaluation and analysis of petroleum and mineral reservoirs
  • Prepare or supervise the preparation of rock, mineral or metal samples and perform physical and chemical laboratory tests
  • Conduct or assist in environmental audits, in the design of measures to minimize undesirable environmental effects of new or expanded mining and oil and gas operations, and in the development of waste management and other related environmental protection procedures
  • May supervise oil and gas well drilling, well completions and work-overs
  • May conduct or supervise studies and programs related to mine development, mining methods, mine ventilation, lighting, drainage and ground control
  • May assist engineers and metallurgists in specifying material selection, metal treatments or corrosion protection systems
  • May assist hydrogeologists in evaluating groundwater and well circulation and in report preparation
  • May develop specifications for heat treatment of metals or for welding, design welding fixtures, troubleshoot welding processes or quality problems and supervise welding projects
  • May co-ordinate crew members' activities during seismic tests.

Geological and mineral technicians

  • Participate in geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging or underground mine survey programs and in environmental audits and related environmental protection activities
  • Operate and maintain geophysical survey and well logging instruments and equipment
  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps and cross sections
  • Assist in preparing, transcribing or analyzing seismic, gravimetric, well log or other geophysical and survey data
  • Assist in the preparation of rock, mineral or metal samples and in conducting physical and chemical laboratory tests
  • Assist in hydrogeological field and laboratory studies and in preparation of reports
  • Carry out a limited range of other technical functions in support of geology, geophysics and petroleum and mining engineering.

Also Known As

  • assayer
  • geological technician
  • geophysical technologist
  • groundwater technologist
  • log technician
  • marine geoscience technologist
  • metallurgical technologist
  • mineralogy technician
  • mining engineering technologist
  • mining technologist
  • petroleum engineering technologist
  • petroleum technician
  • petrology technician
  • reservoir engineering technician
  • rock mechanics technician
  • seismic technician
  • welding technologist
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Geological and mineral technologists usually require completion of a two- to three-year college program in geological technology, petroleum technology, petroleum engineering technology, hydrogeology or groundwater technology, mining technology, mining engineering technology, mineralogy, metallurgical technology, or welding technology.
  • Geophysics technologists usually require completion of a two- to three-year college program in electronics technology.
  • Geological and mineral technicians usually require completion of a one- to two-year college program in a related field.
  • Certification in geological and mineral technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required by employers.
  • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title "Professional Technologist."
  • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: No
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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15.8%
Female
84.2%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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0.0%
15-24
16.7%
25-34
22.2%
35-44
50.0%
45-54
11.1%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
11.1%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
33.3%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
33.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
22.2%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

30.0%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
20.0%
Manufacturing
20.0%
Professional, scientific and technical services
30.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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31.60%
Northeast
21.10%
Southeast
21.10%
Southwest
26.30%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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Data legend

No Data Available
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$53,935

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$54,010

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$53,935

Newfoundland

$71,737

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$64,763

Canada

$66,568
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

14
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

15
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

47
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

49