1. What are the qualifications required for apprenticeships?
Suncor offers two types of entry-level apprenticeships:
2. What is the difference between Suncor’s Community Careers Co-operative, and its recruitment efforts for Trades & Technology students?
The Community Careers Co-operative apprenticeship program is a collaboration between oil and gas industry members, to ensure apprentices gain varied experience across different companies and obtain their tickets. The program allows apprentices to rotate through different companies.
Recruitment that target Trades & Technology students is focused on roles such as power engineers, chemical technologists and petroleum engineering technologists, rather than trades apprentices.
3. What qualifications do I need for trades positions in Alberta?
Many jobs at Suncor – especially trades – are regulated by the government. Trades require certification in the province where the job resides. As a result, Suncor can only consider applicants who have the proper certification.
4. What types of trade positions are typically recruited? And what are the qualifications?
Minimum qualifications for trade positions may or may not be posted, however all positions require a high school diploma or GED and either Alberta or Interprovincial certification for the particular trade.
5. Does Suncor have a union?
Most of our hourly Suncor employees are unionized — it depends on the assigned role, business and location. Employees working in these positions are members of associations or unions and are subject to the terms of a collective agreement.
Most unionized jobs at Suncor are shift work. We offer various shifts depending on the role and the area. During the hiring process, a Suncor recruiter can provide specific information about the union.
6. What type of shifts are available in your operations?
Some of Suncor's operating areas function 24 hours a day all year long. Workers are needed to fulfill these schedules and shifts may vary depending on the area.
7. How do I apply for jobs in construction or those where camp accommodation is provided?
Most of the construction jobs are not Suncor positions and are not found on Suncor's career site. These jobs are primarily filled by Suncor contractors. To apply, you need to work through the contracting companies, some of which place their tradespeople through union halls.
8. Do you fly workers in and out?
Suncor has a fly in and out program which is only applicable to those employees and contractors traveling into the Wood Buffalo region, in cases where relocation is not possible. Workers living in the Fort McMurray area will be offered transportation to and from camp-based sites by bus.
9. Does Suncor provide on-the-job training?
Suncor is committed to ensuring employees can safely perform their jobs and are prepared for new assignments and opportunities as they arise. Employees are encouraged to take advantage of the many training opportunities at Suncor — from traditional courses and seminars to non-traditional methods such as coaching, working on cross-functional teams, special projects and through our guided self-learning website.
10. What type of experience do I need to work for Suncor?
Suncor is committed to hiring the right people who are aligned with our culture and values. Because requirements in the industry are constantly changing, essential training, education, work experience and skill requirements are evaluated on an ongoing basis.
We post all of our job opportunities on our website along with a job description, qualifications and the experience required.
11. Does Suncor have any career opportunities that do not require a college education?
Suncor offers some employment opportunities that do not require college or university diplomas and degrees. Educational and technical requirements are described in each job posting.
12. How do I learn what the pay for the job is before I apply?
Our compensation package is designed to "pay for performance," which means that Suncor provides a competitive base pay with the ability to earn significant rewards through programs such as annual and long-term incentives, performance bonuses and stock options. Employees who excel in their roles and demonstrate high potential are recognized as key contributors and have the opportunity for additional rewards.
Suncor ensures compensation is in line with other energy companies for all positions. There are salary ranges associated with different positions and new employees are paid within that range based on their skills and experience. Salary details are further discussed with you at the interview stage. Employees who work for Suncor, but under the terms of a union agreement, would be paid in accordance with the terms of the bargaining unit.
13. Most of your jobs seem to be based in Fort McMurray. Do you have opportunities in other locations?
Suncor's oil sands operations are in the Wood Buffalo region with many employees based in Fort McMurray. However, we also have opportunities in our corporate offices based in Calgary, as well as in our downstream operations in Ontario and Colorado.
To find jobs based on location, visit Current Suncor Jobs and select “Country”, “Province” and then “City” to choose your location search criteria.
14. For those who work in Fort McMurray, what does Suncor offer in the way of housing?
Base pay for employees working in Fort McMurray is adjusted to reflect local market conditions. In addition, people relocating to join our operations in Fort McMurray may be offered temporary housing and mortgage assistance.
15. Where do I find more information about living and working in Fort McMurray?
Fort McMurray is a great place to work as well as live. The community offers a wonderful family-oriented lifestyle for those who enjoy smaller communities and an active outdoor life.
For Suncor job opportunities in the area, see our current job postings