The Geological Sample Test Technician must test and analyze geological samples, crude oil, or petroleum products to detect presence of petroleum, gas, or mineral deposits indicating potential for exploration and production, or to determine physical and chemical properties to ensure that products meet quality standards.
Tasks for Geological Technicians
- The Geological Technician tests and analyzes samples in order to determine their content and characteristics, using laboratory apparatus and testing equipment.
- The Geological Technician collects and prepares solid and fluid samples for analysis.
- The Geological Technician assembles, operates, and maintains field and laboratory testing measuring, and mechanical equipment, working as part of a crew when required.
- The Geological Technician compiles and records testing, electrical, and mechanical equipment and devices.
- The Geological Technician adjusts and repairs testing, electrical, and mechanical equipment and devices.
- The Geological Technician supervises well explorations and drilling activities, and well completions.
- The Geological Technician inspects engines for wear and defective parts, using equipment and measuring devices.
- The Geological Technician prepares notes, sketches, geological maps, and cross sections.
- The Geological Technician participate in geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging or underground mine survey programs.
- The Geological Technician plots information from aerial photographs, well logs, section descriptions, and other databases.
The Geological Technician needs knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. The Geological Technician needs knowledge in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. The Geological Technician needs knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and technology. The Geological Technician must have knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance in order to perform their job functions. They also need knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. The Geological Technician needs knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. The Geological Technician needs knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. The Geological Technician needs knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life. The Geological Technician needs knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical atomic structures and processes.
Skills and Abilities for Geological Technician
- The Geological Technician needs the skill of active listening. This includes giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- The Geological Technician needs the skill of science using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
- The Geological Technician needs the skill of active listening. This includes understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- The Geological Technician needs the skill of using mathematics to solve problems that are work related.
- The Geological Technician needs the skill of coordination that is being able to adjusting actions in relations to others’ actions.
- The Geological Technician needs the skill of critical thinking which includes using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- The Geological Technician needs quality control analysis which is conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- The Geological Technician needs the skill of communication effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- The Geological Technician needs the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions which includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events.
- The Geological Technician needs the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.