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Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling

What they do?

Underground mine service and support workers perform a wide range of mining activities related to the operations of orepasses, chutes, and conveyor systems; the construction and support of underground structures, passages, and roadways; and the provision of materials/supplies. They operate bulldozers, graders, and diesel/electric track haulage equipment.

Oil and gas drilling workers operate and maintain drilling machinery and service rig machinery equipment such as drilling mud systems/pumps, diesel motors, transmissions, and other mechanical equipment as well as perform other activities as intermediate members of drilling rig crews.

Oil and gas well services operators drive trucks and operate specialized hydraulic pumping systems to place cement in wells and to treat wells with chemicals, sand mixtures, and gases to stimulate production.

Where they find work?

1. Support activities for mining and oil and gas extraction - 56.0%
2. Mining (except oil and gas) - 15.0%
3. Oil and gas extraction - 13.0%

What education do I need?

1. Required educational/training background will vary, depending on your area of work.

2. To be an underground mine service and support worker, you usually need a high school diploma, formal and on-the-job training as a helper or in a support occupation, and experience as a mine labourer.

3. You often need company licensing or certification. You may also obtain basic common core program certification in Ontario.

4. To be an oil and gas drilling worker or service operator, you need a high school diploma and first aid, hydrogen-sulphide awareness, blowout prevention or other safety certificates. You usually need industry experience as an assistant or labourer.

5. To be an oil and gas well services operator, you need training with experienced operators.

6. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Physics
2. Mechanics
3. First Aid
4. Industrial Arts

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling is $20.78/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the primary industry sector and are above average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling wages

Expected Wage by Age

Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling Wage By Age

Unemployment:

7% of Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for intermediate occupations.

Unemployment

Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($20.78) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (7%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average; however the high demand for energy products will continue and should create job openings.

2. The retirement rate will likely be below average, and the number of retiring workers should not contribute significantly to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (16%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Physical/outdoor work

2. Machinery

3. Safety procedures

Part Time Workers

Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


2% of Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 13,600 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 42% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively high percentage of younger workers suggests more entry-level positions and jobs that may serve as stepping stones in a career. The younger-than-average age (35) of worker will likely result in a below-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 7% of Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


5% of the individuals employed as Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.