A forecast released by the Petroleum Services Association of Canada on Monday predicts that drilling will pick up at a faster pace than previously expected, and largely in Alberta. The report indicates this is largely due to improved energy prices.
Canada wide, 5,200 wells are expected to be drilled - an increase of almost 1000 wells based on their same report done in November of 2016.
Alberta the Hot Spot
The majority of this increased drilling activity is expected to take place in Alberta. Up an impressive 40 present based on November 2016's forecast, it is expected that Alberta will drill for 2,700 new wells this year.
Many major companies in Alberta such as CEDA, Suncor, Clearstream & National Oilwell Varco have all posted several open jobs this year, and still have many available.
While Alberta is not expected to 'boom' as in previous years, some hiring woes persist. Many experienced drillers and frackers have left the province 0 and the industry - to find more stable employment.
While producers enjoy the benefits of improved energy prices, oilfield service companies find themselves in tougher positions. Many of these service companies are not getting the rates they once used to. However, new royalty deals encourage producers to cut costs and become more efficient, so it is not likely that inflated service fees will be returning any time soon.
Companies Hiring in Alberta
The following are 5 of the main companies currently hiring in Alberta:
CEDA is hiring Laborers & Operators(Temporary Turnaround),Shop Laborers, Class 1 Operators, Class 3 Operators, Heavy Equipment Technicians, Administrative Assistants, Vac Truck Ops, Chemical Cleaners, Pressure Truck Ops, Hot Oilers, Contract Administrators, Project Coordinators, Scheduler/Planners, Office Associates, Regional Controllers, Site Managers, Pension & Benefit Administrator, Senior Mechanical Estimator, Driver – Journeyman Picker Truck Operator, Senior Leak Seal Technician and more.
Suncor Fort Hills
The Fort Hills project is a joint venture between Suncor, Total and Teck Resources. Suncor is considered to be the site operator. Suncor and their contractors are hiring for a variety of positions.
North American Construction
Current positions include Heavy Equipment Operators, Serviceman, Maintenance Supervisors, Tireman, General Labourers, Salary, Maintenance Shop Supervisor, Steam Cleaner, Shovel Operators, Journeyman Welder, Apprentice HET, Journeyman Heavy Equipment Tech with Truck & More.
National Oilwell Varco
3x Service Tech (Drill Bits), 3x Shop Technician, 3x Structural Draftsperson, 3x Service Technician, 2x Production Technician, 3x Electrical Service Tech, 1x Class 1 Driver, 3x Software Engineer, 4x Field Service Technician, 2x Temp Production Technician, 10x Wellcheck operator, 8x Field Service Technician, 4x Spooling Technician, & Yard Labourers.
Current positions include Haul Truck/Articulating Truck Operators, Skilled Laborers, Receptionists, Class 1 Drivers, Heavy Duty Mechanics, Boilmakers Millwrights, Electricians, Instrumentation Technicians,Lube Technicians, Time Entry Clerks, Pipefitters, Forklift/Skid Steer Ops, Planner Schedulers, HSE Administrators, Document Control Clerks, Project Controls Coordinators, Project Controls Managers, Senior Cost Controllers, Security Personnel, Plant Operators and more.