Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
Engineering technicians often assist engineers, technologists and design teams on projects as well as research and development initiatives. They are typically trained in a specific branch of engineering and help solve technical problems, collect data, conduct quality control checks, or produce technical drawings. Specific fields of study can often be completed by obtaining an engineering technician diploma or a 2-year degree offering technical training and courses.