Geological and mineral technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in the fields of oil and gas exploration and production, geophysics, petroleum engineering, geology, mining and mining engineering, mineralogy, extractive and physical metallurgy, metallurgical engineering and environmental protection. They are employed by petroleum and mining companies, consulting geology and engineering firms, and by governments and educational institutions as well as by a variety of manufacturing, construction and utilities companies.
- Undertakes materials science assignments in the laboratory and in the field;
- Conducts metallurgical sample preparation and examination;
- Performs mechanical testing of materials;
- Produces chemical analyses of materials;
- Maintains testing materials and manages work in laboratories;
- Operates mechanical testing equipment such as universal testing machines (UTM) and Charpy Impact Testers;
- Handles Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI) equipment;
- Undertakes portable hardness testing and in situ metallography;
- Applies knowledge of standards such as ASTM, ISO, and CSA.
Three-year college program in geological or materials testing engineering technology