Geological Sample Test Technicians

Description

Test or analyze geological samples, crude oil, or minerals to detect presence of petroleum, gas, or mineral deposits indicating potential for exploration or production or to determine physical or chemical properties to ensure that products meet quality standards.

Tasks

  • Test and analyze samples to determine their content and characteristics, using laboratory apparatus or testing equipment.
  • Collect or prepare solid or fluid samples for analysis.
  • Assemble, operate, and maintain field and laboratory testing, measuring, and mechanical equipment, working as part of a crew when required.
  • Compile and record testing and operational data for review and further analysis.
  • Adjust or repair testing, electrical, or mechanical equipment or devices.
  • Supervise well exploration, drilling activities, or well completions.
  • Inspect engines for wear or defective parts, using equipment or measuring devices.
  • Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross sections.
  • Participate in geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic, or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging, or underground mine survey programs.
  • Plot information from aerial photographs, well logs, section descriptions, or other databases.
  • Assess the environmental impacts of development projects on subsurface materials.
  • Collaborate with hydrogeologists to evaluate groundwater or well circulation.
  • Prepare, transcribe, or analyze seismic, gravimetric, well log, or other geophysical or survey data.
  • Participate in the evaluation of possible mining locations.
  • Participate in the evaluation of possible geothermal energy plant locations.
  • Test and analyze samples from potential underground carbon sequestration sites.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Acid Tester
Chalk Tester
Consulting Petroleum Geologist
Core Inspector
Crude Tester
Electron Microprobe Operator
Environmental Field Services Technician
Environmental Geologist
Environmental Sampling Technician
Environmental Scientist
Gas Analyst
Gas Prover
Gas Tester
Gasoline Tester
Geological Sample Tester
Geological Technician
Geologist
Geology Technician
Geotechnicial Properties Technician
Hydrology Technician
Laboratory Assistant
Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Worker
Marine Geologist
Materials Technician
Mineral Technologist
Mud Analysis Operator
Mud Analysis Well-Logging Captain
Mud Analysis Well-Logging Operator
Mud Logger
Oil Analyst
Oil Field Tester
Oil Laboratory Analyst
Oil Tester
Oil Well Logger
Ore Tester
Petroleum Analyst
Petroleum Geologist
Quality Control Technician (QC Technician)
Research Associate
Specialist Field Engineer
Temperature Logging Operator
Test Engine Evaluator
Test Engine Operator
Test Technician
Tester
Well Logger

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$25.34 hourly, $52,700 annual.
Employment (2008):
15,360 employees