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Oil and Gas Transportation Services

Duties

Oil and gas transportation services refers to the transportation of equipment and supplies used in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources.

Oilfield transportation operations use specialized vehicles fitted with auxiliary equipment designed for:

  • highway moving of all types of construction/plant equipment, pipe and camps.
  • off-highway transportation of equipment and supplies
  • moving of various overweight and over dimensional loads
  • dismantling, transport and assembly of drilling and service rigs

Oil and gas transportation services - supervisor, - bed truck operator, - multi-wheel truck operator, - bulk haul truck operator and - winch tractor operator, are available for certification under the Apprenticeship and Industry Act:

  • Supervisor – supervises and coordinates job operations, truck operators and other workers.
  • Bed Truck Operator – operates a truck specifically designed with a flat deck, winch and optional gin poles and is used without a trailer to move rig buildings, derricks, matting and other miscellaneous oilfield equipment.
  • Multi-wheel Truck Operator – operates a multi-wheel truck which is a truck and trailer configuration that includes jeeps, trailers and boosters. These are used primarily for over dimensional and over weight loads or loads requiring permits.
  • Bulk Haul Truck Operator – operates a bulk haul truck which is a truck with a vessel or tank that is used for the transportation of liquid and gas products and other substances used in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources.
  • Winch Tractor Operator – operates a winch tractor which is a heavy duty truck outfitted with a winch. Winches allow for the loading and off loading of rig loads unto trailers without the use of cranes. These are used to transport legal loads and loads requiring permits.

Note: Truck operators must hold the appropriate operators licenses as required under the Traffic Safety Act.

For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Occupation Regulation.

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Working Conditions

Oilfield transportation operations are conducted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, under all weather conditions.

Truck Operators must hold the appropriate operator's licenses as required under the Traffic Saftey Act.

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Working in Alberta

A certificate is not required to work as an oil and gas transportation services in Alberta. This is a designated occupation and participation is voluntary.

Job skills and competencies and standards of performance for well test supervisors have been defined and approved under the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act.

An individual completes the online Occupational Certificate - Credentials Application and submit it.  Applicants must attach a certified true copy of their Enform petroleum competency program certificate and pay the non-refundable fee as part of the application process.

Individuals possessing a valid Alberta Journeyman Certificate, an Alberta Occupational Certificate, a document indicating that the individual holds a certificate that is recognized as equivalent to an Alberta trade or occupational certificate, or a certificate that is recognized as equivalent to an Alberta trade or occupational certificate are eligible to receive a Blue Seal business credential after completing the necessary requirements. 

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Occupational Certification

An individual acquires the competencies through on-the-job training. Formal training is not provided. Work experience hours/months do not apply and are not required for certification.

Competencies are assessed by demonstration on the job according to standards set by the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board.

Advanced Education has entered into an agreement with the Petroleum Labour Market Information (PetroLMI) Division of Enform to recognize the competency assessment process of their petroleum competency program.

This competency assessment process is monitored and audited by Apprenticeship and Industry Training to assure standards are met as approved by the Apprenticeship and IndustryTtraining Board.

To learn the skills required for an Alberta Occupational Certificate in oil and gas transportation services, a person must:

  • There are no entrance requirements for oil and gas transportation services however, individuals are encouraged to obtain their high school diploma to meet an employer’s requirements for employment and future advancement.

Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information see Financial Assistance, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.

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