Cold Lake Subsurface Engineer - New Grad


Cold Lake, AB, CA

Company:  Imperial

At Imperial, we work every day to responsibly develop Canada’s energy resources – applying technology and innovation to supply affordable, accessible and reliable energy while reducing emissions in support of a net-zero future. Imperial recognizes the important role we can play by advancing climate solutions within our operations and by providing lower life-cycle emission products to our customers. This effort is powered by a unique and diverse workforce fueled by a pride in what we do and what we stand for. 

The success of our upstream, downstream and chemical, and corporate divisions is the result of the talent, curiosity and drive of our people. They bring solutions every day to optimize our strategy in energy, chemicals, lubricants and lower-emissions technologies. 


Imperial honours diverse backgrounds so we can be a place where people can bring their full selves to work, no matter their identity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or ability.

At Imperial, we want you to come for the position and stay for the career. As an integrated company, we are uniquely positioned to offer you a wide range of career prospects and growth opportunities through the course of your career with us. We invite you to bring your ideas and help create sustainable solutions that improve quality of life and meet society’s evolving needs. 


Come be part of the Upstream Department at Imperial which has more than 140 year history in Canada and a workforce of 5,500+ total employees. Our Upstream offices are located in Calgary and Cold Lake, AB.

What role you will play in our team

Are you an upcoming or recent graduate who is motivated to join Imperial as a Subsurface Engineer?  If you are passionate about problem solving, delivering results,working collaboratively in a team environment and building positive relationships, then we have a great opportunity for you!  This role is located in Cold Lake and is embedded within our Upstream asset team. You will get to use your technical and creative skills and experiences to help manage our 5000+ wells which produce up to 140,000 barrels per day oil. 


What you will do


  • Drive engineering programs for 5000+ thermal insitu wellbores, including well integrity, repairs/workovers, reliability and optimization
  • Ensure adherence to evolving internal technical standards and practices, manage risk, and maintain regulatory compliance
  • Lead engineering studies, technology trials and identify new well opportunities that increase production, reduce expenses and improve profitability
  • Collaborate with other engineering disciplines, operations and well services teams
  • Engage with external vendors, service suppliers and regulators

About you


Skills and Qualifications


  • Canadian accredited (or equivalent) Petroleum, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering degree is most suited for the role;  other engineering disciplines may be considered
  • Desire to live and work in a rural Alberta setting and operational environment
  • Valid Class 5 driver's license and safe driving record


Preferred Qualifications/ Experience


  • Upstream oil and gas engineering experience, with in-situ or heavy oil experience being an asset
  • Prefer candidates with related subsurface, wells, drilling & completions, reservoir or production engineering skills
  • Mechanical aptitude; adaptable; creative and innovative 


Start date: Q2, 2024


Location: Cold Lake, AB

Your benefits


  • A company committed to career growth - we recruit those who are interested in a career with Imperial and prefer to develop and promote people from within.  Our career management process means that you will likely perform a number of unique, challenging roles during your career.
  • Commitment to safety, ethics & continuous improvement - these standards are the reason Imperial is an industry leader. You will work for a company that upholds safety and ethics ideals and continues to seek out ways to improve.
  • Exceptional benefits program - includes competitive salary plus savings, pension, and health care plans that you can customize to meet your individual needs. Educational and physical fitness financial assistance programs round out our benefits package.
  • Competitive vacation package and work-life balance - provides you with three weeks of vacation (the first year is pro-rated based on your hiring date), and 12 holidays. In addition, Cold Lake based roles include every second Friday off throughout the full year. 
  • Employees working in Cold Lake currently receive company paid transportation to and from the worksite. This benefit will be provided to you within 80 kilometers from the Cold Lake operations.
  • Flexibility looks different for everyone, which is why we have many programs to help employees balance their work and personal life.  Programs include Flex Your Day, childcare partnerships and part-time and job-sharing arrangements.
  • Successful networking and mentoring programs - enables you to spend time with managers from across the organization to learn about other departments and opportunities.  These programs also allow you to connect with peers at a similar experience level.
  • Opportunity to participate in Employee Led Resource Groups: Women’s Interest Network (WIN), Indigenous Network (IN), Black Employee Success Team (BEST), Asian Connection for Excellence (ACE), Global Organization for the Advancement of Latinos (GOAL), PRIDE, and the Veterans Advocacy and Support Team (VAST).
  • Early Professional Development Program - provides you with the opportunity to specialize in a specific area of expertise or develop skills in a variety of different areas. You will quickly be given large areas of responsibility and will be encouraged to take on stretch assignments as you progress.  

Other Considerations


  • We thank all those who apply; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • For applicants selected to be interviewed, pre-employment background screening will be required.
  • In certain situations, Imperial may use your application to consider your suitability for other positions in the company and may also provide the information to its affiliates, including affiliates of ExxonMobil Corporation, in connection with possible opportunities at those affiliates.
  • To be considered for employment, your most recent unofficial transcript(s) must be submitted.

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Imperial is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Imperial is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all individuals and encourages all eligible applicants to apply.

Imperial conducts business in a manner that respects the land, environment, rights and cultures of Indigenous communities. In the areas where we explore, develop and operate, Imperial engages Indigenous communities in open and forthright consultation and strives to establish meaningful relationships built on mutual trust and respect. Please see here for more information on Imperial’s Indigenous Relations Guiding Principles and Guidelines.

Imperial is committed to supporting persons with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. We will work with qualified applicants to provide reasonable accommodation upon request at


Eligibility to work in Canada:

All applicants who receive an offer of employment must be eligible to work in Canada on a regular full-time basis without restrictions on their start date.  Proof of eligibility shall be in the form of a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship certificate, Canadian certificate of permanent residence, Canadian open work permit or receipt from Immigration Canada of an application for a post-graduate work permit. 

Proof of eligibility must be current and valid (not expired, cancelled or voided). Proof of eligibility will be required if an offer of employment is made. Failure to provide proof of eligibility at least six (6) weeks prior to the start date may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

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