Field Engineer, Seismic Monitoring Services

Reports to:    Manager, Field Operations, Seismic Monitoring Services, Oil and Gas Division

Based in:       Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Term:            Full time

Nanometrics has an opening for a Field Engineer in the Oil and Gas Services Division. The selected candidate will work independently and as part of a team to execute field operations in support of passive seismic monitoring projects within North America. The incumbent will have strong organizational skills and be enthusiastic about client relationship building and delivery of industry-leading seismic data products in a timely and cost effective manner.


  • Execute planning, deployment, maintenance and decommissioning of permanent and temporary seismic stations, independently or as a member of a team consisting of other Nanometrics engineers/technicians or independent contractors.

  • Supervise independent contractors responsible for various aspects of field operations including seismic station construction, installation, maintenance, equipment storage and testing.

  • Ensure all work strictly adheres to Nanometrics and oil & gas client industry-standard HSE policies and regulations.

  • Execute temporary survey deployments, involving end-to-end planning, preparation, field work and data management.

  • Prepare and QC seismic data sets for further processing.

  • Generate and submit project progress reports to external clients.

  • Perform seismic network performance modeling tasks in support of the technical sales function.

  • Troubleshoot seismic station communication, data quality, instrumentation and power systems problems remotely as well as initiate and coordinate maintenance and equipment servicing site visits.

  • Assist in driving the improvements in the Nanometrics HSE practices and guidelines based on field work experience and industry best practices.

  • Be responsible for efficient field work planning to ensure adherence to set project budgets.

  • Assist with maintaining  and managing an inventory of rental seismic equipment.

  • 50% to 75% travel is a requirement for the position. Travel will be focused on North America, but may include some trips overseas.

  • Field work will involve working outdoors and in remote locations, possibly under adverse weather conditions.

  • Strong decision making and judgment

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Goal oriented with a focus on results for the customer

  • Team player

  • Keen attention to detail

  • High level of ethics and integrity

  • Sense of adventure

  • Physically active

  • B.Eng., B.Sc. or Technologist diploma in an applicable Engineering discipline or Geophysics

  • Must have valid driver’s license and be able to rent and be comfortable operating heavy duty pickup trucks with equipment-loaded trailers

  • Must be able to travel on short notice and potentially work long hours in remote areas

  • Owns a valid passport and able to travel visa-free to the United States

  • Familiarity with oil and gas industry-standard HSE practices and guidelines

  • Experience working outdoors and in remote locations, independently and under adverse conditions

  • Working knowledge of the key aspects of passive seismic monitoring systems including instrumentation, data acquisition and processing, system design and deployment

  • Prior experience with and working knowledge of commercial wireless communications technologies (cellular, VSAT, SS radio)

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for outdoor activities such as wilderness hiking and camping

  • Experience working for an oil & gas service provider company

  • Experience operating light machinery/industrial equipment (hand augers, small excavators, installing outdoor power systems etc.)

  • Experience with borehole seismic data acquisition and processing

  • Experience and / or training in operation of off-highway vehicles (UTV, ATV, snowmobile, argos)

  • Valid eGSO, Standard First Aid, H2S Alive and Wilderness Awareness certifications

Why work at Nanometrics?

Nanometrics is a world-class provider of precision instrumentation, network technology and software applications for the study and monitoring of regional, national and global seismicity, natural resource exploration, environmental data communications, and other scientific applications. For over 30 years our products have helped leading researchers and scientific organizations conduct earthquake research. We’re also a world leader in natural disaster warning systems, nuclear non-proliferation monitoring and induced seismic activity detection. Our systems are deployed on every continent and in some of the most remote and harsh environments on Earth, from deserts and mountains, to the Arctic and the bottom of the ocean.  

Outstanding people: Collaborate with the industry’s top minds

Work with a purpose: The opportunity to make a difference with work that has a global impact

Excellent benefits: RRSP matching, health/dental benefits and education assistance

Strong work/life balance: Located on the edge of the Greenbelt, close to biking paths and bus routes, and a short commute to many nearby residential areas

Nanometrics is committed to providing a fair and equitable work environment and encourages applications from qualified women, men, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Nanometrics is also committed to providing accommodations throughout the interview and employment process.  If you require an accommodation we will work with you to meet your needs.