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Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
Scotian, the technician degree is great if you want to get out of the field and into a site-based office position such as project coordinator. Even a 4 year engineering graduate will start out as a coordinator. A few of the guys I work with took the CET---->project coordinator-->project manager path. Some of the small to mid size companies will consider CETs for operations management. It seems that ALL the big wigs for the larger companies are engineering graduates (usually with P.Eng designation).

That being said, the management jobs are great when things are going well but they are hideous when things turn bad. Its not necessarily a better path for everyone--just a different path.

Most of the coordinators we hire are CETs. The reason is that, in order to attract EITs (engineer in training), we have to pay them more and we tend to lose them before we develop them into PMgrs. As a journeyman, you'd carry a LOT of in-the-field experience and would likely move up a little faster than the typical fresh graduate. I'll find out what the pay difference is for our engineering grads vs CETs next week and let you know.
10-06-2012 05:06 PM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - Ecksie - 10-06-2012 05:06 PM
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