Where it Can Take You
Rig technicians are employed by drilling contractors who own and operate oil and gas well drilling rigs and who contract with oil producers to drill wells. Work schedules for rig technicians vary with industry demand, but an example is 2 weeks of work followed by 1 week off from work.
Rig technicians may be promoted to rig managers or to management positions within the drilling industry. Experienced rig technicians may also be hired by specialist companies for occupations such as mud technician or directional driller, or for service occupations. For example, they may go on to drilling-related equipment sales, providing rig training, occupations in rig regulation or supervision, oil and gas well supervision, rig safety or various other career paths.
For more information on roles, duties, career paths, salaries and more, visit
- Tradesecrets Trades & Occupations - Rig Technician 1
- Tradesecrets Trades & Occupations - Rig Technician 2
- Tradesecrets Trades & Occupations - Rig Technician 3
- Alberta Occupational Profiles
- Alberta Wage and Salary Survey
There is no journeyperson certification for Rig Technican 1 and 2. Apprentices can apply for a Rig Technician 1 credential after completing the first period of the program and can apply for a Rig Technician 2 credential after completing the second period.
The journeyperson credential is available only after completing the third period of the program.
Graduate Information & Opportunities
Red Seal Certification
Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. A Red Seal ensures recognition of your certification throughout Canada without further examination.
Note: Red Seal certification is available for Rig Technician 3 only.
Blue Seal Certification
Individuals possessing a valid Alberta Journeyman Certificate, an Alberta Qualification Certificate, an Alberta Occupational Certificate, or a valid recognized credential are eligible to receive a Blue Seal business credential after completing the necessary requirements.
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