Average Per Year


What do mechanics do in the oil & gas industry?

Mechanics safely and effectively maintain process unit equipment and perform routine and specialized maintenance on equipment. The mechanic is responsible for performing maintenance and repair on pipeline pump station and terminal equipment, which includes natural gas fired engines, diesel-fired engines, motors, centrifugal and positive displacement pumps, compressors, meters, tank mixers and other mechanical related equipment. 

Your responsibilities may include: 

  • Ensuring the safe, effective and efficient performance of maintenance and operation activities in accordance with company standards and regulatory guidelines.
  • Ensuring compliance with company policies, procedures and directives.
  • Performing work on air pollution control equipment.
  • Performing required preventive and corrective maintenance on various types of equipment to ensure safe and efficient operations.
  • Identifying maintenance work and initiating work requests.
  • Training less experienced employees and overseeing the work of contract personnel.
  • Writing procedures, instructions, training materials and safety and operating permits.
  •  Diagnosing any problems.

So, what are companies looking for specifically? 

  • Legally authorized to work in the job posting country
  • High school diploma/GED or higher
  • 3 or more years of maintenance/mechanical experience in Oil and Gas field operations or similar production environment
  • 3 or more years of experience with rotating equipment
  • Must maintain valid driver's license
  • Ability and willingness to perform/comply, with or without a reasonable accommodation, with the following:
    • To climb various ladders and stairs 5 to 40 feet in height to operate valves, gauge tanks, or perform maintenance on equipment
    • To raise and transport articles weighing up to 50 pounds
    • To walk, stand, stoop, sit, climb, and carry material on a daily basis on even and uneven terrain
    • To work outside in harsh weather conditions
    • To work alone a high percentage of the time
    • To make long commutes to work in a remote area
    • To travel at least 10 percent of the time
    • To be on-call 24 hours a day, and work scheduled or unscheduled overtime on an as needed basis
    • To wear fire-retardant clothing and other personal protective equipment, such as steel-toe shoes and ear and eye protection


  • Associate's degree or military equivalent
  • 1 or more years of direct experience in vibration analysis
  • Basic level of proficiency (perform the skill with limited assistance) with Outlook, Excel, Word, and SAP
  • Working knowledge of code requirements, including OSHA, Process Safety Management and Department of Transportation
  • Current CDL license
  • Certified level 1 vibration analysis or willingness to attain Level 1 or higher certification

*Compiled from information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an industry average