Operations technicians will minimally be required to have a high school diploma or GED and a number of years of oil and gas industry experience. Many employers prefer operations technicians that have an Associate’s degree with certification or diploma in process technology, oil and gas exploration, petroleum engineering technology, chemical processing technology or a similar certification.
Over 40 technical/community colleges across the U.S. offer Associate degrees in process technology. Completing a process technology program will give operations technicians the ability to understand, operate, shut down, analyze, and troubleshoot industrial processes, particularly in the refining, petrochemical, power generation, and oil and gas production industries. Graduates will gain the technical knowledge and skills to operate equipment, instrumentation systems, process systems, process troubleshooting, and computer applications.
Operations technicians may also be required to have a valid Class 5 driver’s license, or in Australia, a full Class C license. Operations technicians in the UK may be required to have obtained an Instrument/ Electrical or Mechanical Trade Qualification or an ONC and have experience equivalent to NVQ level 3 in a relevant discipline.