Skip to comments.Canadian Oil Sands Projects Continue to Vie for Skilled Talent
Posted on 06/13/2014 5:51:42 AM PDT by thackney
More than 98,000 oil sands construction, maintenance and operations jobs will be generated over the next decade, according to a new report “the Oil Sands Construction, Maintenance and Operations Labour Demand Outlook to 2023”.
“Accurate labor market information gives us a clear understanding of the workforce issues affecting oil sands development, and helps ensure that $172 billion in wages and salaries continues to generate economic benefits right across this country. This new information helps government and industry make the best possible decisions, and helps Albertans and Canadians make informed choices about their careers,” said Kyle Fawcett, minister of Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, in the report.
The Labour Demand Outlook report analyzed data and viewed insights from the construction sector, the oil sands sector and government to highlight the need for the construction and oil and gas industries to work together to ensure the supply of skilled workers supporting future hiring needs.
The report’s projections underscore the significant workforce challenges facing oil sands employers, the Petroleum Human Resources Council noted. Alberta continues to compete for key trades and occupations as other resources, infrastructure and engineering projects across the country get underway.
Specific construction occupations in dire need of manpower are boilermakers, carpenters, electricians and laborers. With more than 98,380 positions vying for skilled talent, the report noted.
Alberta’s oil sands have proven reserves of about 168 billion barrels, and every dollar invested in the resources create about $8 worth of economic activity; with one-third of that economic value generated outside of Alberta, according to the Conference Board of Canada. Moreover, oil sands-related investment is expected to generate $79.4 billion in federal and provincial government revenues between now and 2035.
This year alone, the oil sands sector will produce about 72,810 direct construction and operations jobs, and around 46,260 of those jobs will be within aggregated oil sands construction. These positions include new and sustaining construction, maintenance, and operations; with the remaining 26,550 jobs being direct oil sands operations jobs, supporting in situ, mining and upgrading production, according to the report.
Heavy equipment operators, and power and petroleum engineering occupations face the greatest job increases due to industry activity in oil sands operations with more than 10,000 new jobs projected for in situ operations, a 91 percent increase over 2014 employment levels.
The council noted that employment within oil sands operations, over the next decade, is expected to grow by 15,330 new jobs, for total employment of about 41,880.
Workforce required for on-site oil sands construction, turnaround and ongoing maintenance will be around 48,710 workers in 2014 and will increase to about 56,900 jobs in 2020, a 17 percent increase over 2014 levels. However, construction jobs are expected to dip slightly after 2019 by 6,180 jobs if additional oil sands expansion projects are not announced.
As with all oil and gas operations in every country, attrition has the potential to drive a significant number of job openings over the next decade, the report stated. More than 37,500 construction skilled workers and 6,400 oil sand operations in Alberta could be lost due to retirements over the next decade.
“To enhance the supply of skilled workers, oil sands employers will continue recruiting workers from across Canada and abroad, improve productivity through advances in procurement and training and the use of fabrication facilities and modular assembly yards, and by providing career development and succession planning programs that shorten learning curves,” said Carla Campbell-Ott, executive director of the Council.
Collaborative action is required to increase the workforce and address labor requirements, the report noted. The report listed initiatives aimed at enhancing the supply of skilled workers to support the future hiring needs of oil sands construction and operations.
Bring warm clothes.
And about fifteen years of specialized experience, as is usually left out of these “jobs for everyone!” articles. I’d bet a licensed electrician can’t just walk in and get work unless he’s already rewired a burned-out Frack Tron 3000 in the dark.
Unless they've got other problems like cannot pass a drug test, I would take that bet.
Great, that means they will need more temporary housing(ie man-camp buildings). My biggest customer has been supplying the lumber, for the last several years. I am his biggest supplier. Most of them are built in ID and then shipped north.
Also, when you are not working, you are out in the middle of nowhere. There is no place to go. I personally know guys from ID that went to work over in ND driving truck. Most came back.
That type of work is for young guys with no family. It is similar to guys that work on oil rigs in the middle of the gulf or guys that drove truck convoys in Iraq. It takes a specific type of individual. Kind of like submarine sailors who get all sorts of psychological tests before they get put in a boat underwater for months at a time.
When I was much younger, before I was married, I worked in the Middle East, oilfield in Yemen. I would not consider working away from the family these days if I had a choice.
Why work like a chump when you can leech goverment welfare?
Welfare queens need not apply.
But for working folk, it is a place to make some higher dollars in exchange for harsher living conditions.