What does a Geological Technician do?
A geological or petroleum technician attempts to discover valuable resources by analyzing geological samples of minerals and soil. They support engineers and scientist's in extracting and exploring natural sources like crude oil, minerals, and the detection of natural gas.
Geological Technicians indicate the potential for exploration to determine chemical or physical properties. This career tests geological samples meet required quality standards.
How to become a Geological Technician
In order to become a geological or petroleum technician, one usually needs an associate's degree in applied sciences or postsecondary educational certificate in science or technology. Most employers would expect to give 1-2 years of on-the-job training. Some companies may accept a recognized apprenticeship for this occupation.
Job Description of a Geological Technician
A geological or petroleum technician determines the content and characteristics of the samples collected from the soil and minerals that are analyzed and tested using test and laboratory equipment. They analyze samples of solid or fluid extractions to assist engineers and scientists in determining if the chemical or physical properties meet the necessary standards. They maintain field and laboratory testing, assembly, operations, measuring and any other support that may be required on the job.
A geological or petroleum technician would repair or adjust mechanical, testing or electrical equipment and record and collect operational information for additional analysis. They oversee well completions, drilling activities or well exploration and also do the inspections of engines for defective parts with the aid of measuring devices or equipment.
He or she would give assistance in hydrographic, geological, geochemical, geophysical and/or oceanographic surveys, as well as, exploratory drilling, underground mine surveys, well logging and prospecting field trip operations. They assemble and prepare cross sections, sketches, geological maps and notes and figure out information from section descriptions, well logs and aerial photos that assists in the overall analyzation of a project.
A geological or petroleum technician should have knowledge of the designs, uses and repairs of tools and machines, as well as, electronics and computers that would include chips, circuit boards and both hardware and software and their programming or applications. They need to have knowledge of chemistry, geography and physics. One should be skilled in mathematics to solve problems and have complex problem solving and critical thinking skills.
The ability of inductive and deductive reasoning is important to the job, as well as, written comprehension and the ability to understand ideas and information presented. Active listening is vital to performing successfully in this occupation. Most geological or petroleum technician's work in laboratories or offices, however, much time is also spent in the field. Most technician's work full time.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics project a 15 percent growth in 2012-2022 in this career field that is driven by high prices for oil and strong demand for natural gas, thereby, increasing the demand for geological and petroleum exploration and extraction in the future.