Artificial Lift Specialist — Midland

at Oxy
Location Midland, United States
Date Posted June 28, 2016
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 2


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Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with a subsidiary (OxyChem) that is a major North American chemical manufacturer.  As one of the largest oil and gas companies in the U.S., we continually strive to be one of the best in the business.  Our greatest asset has been, and will continue to be, our people.  We are looking for an experienced and motivated individual to fill the position of Well Analyst within our Permian Resources group based in Midland, Texas.
This position is for an individual with strong math and science background. The job duties of this position will include but are not limited to the following:
Troubleshoot and set up Non-Automated POC’s for operation, especially on newly acquired properties. With these properties not yet being automated, we need a process to provide a quick survey of each of the well operations.
Perform fluid level and dynamometer work on problem wells, wells that the well analyst needs assistance on, as well as new horizontal wells with gas interference issues.
Perform troubleshooting and diagnose downhole problems on wells prior to moving the rig over the well such as:
  • Valve leakage test on rod pumps
  • Ensure proper pump spacing
  • Confirm all surface equipment is operating properly (Ex: check valve flow line and casing pressures)
  • Monitor well with fluid level data to measure inflow into wellbore
  • Utilize echometer equipment to validate casing or tubing issues
  • Backup Assigned Well Operations Analyst as needed in the Midland, Hobbs, and Carlsbad offices
  • Teach and mentor less experienced surface team Production Technicians on
    • Good fluid level shooting techniques
    • Dynamometer interpretation on the Sams POC’s
    • Proper setup and troubleshooting POC alarms and parameters
    • Echometer equipment troubleshooting
    • Gas Engine setup and operation
  • Responsible for coordinating beam related field activities
  • Ensure every well with a POC is properly configured to allow accurate downhole card analysis and is operating with no hardware defects
  • Ensure accurate and timely well tests are obtained
  • Validate well tests & troubleshoot variances
  • Responsible for day-to-day operations such as, shut in and start wells, chemical treatments, rigless jobs, etc.
  • Direct field-based well failure activities; identify, validate, and react to well failures
  • Direct Field Techs to well issues as appropriate
  • Execute displacement changes (SL, SPM)
  • Coordinate maintenance of POCs
  • Resolve well and hardware alarms
  • Coordinate resolution of problems with Field Techs
  • Identify and resolve production deviations
  • Participate in operational planning meetings
  • Attend well and pattern reviews
  • Attend integrated solutions meetings and interact with engineers.


  • High School diploma or GED
  • Strong math skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Team player with strong interpersonal skill set
  • Self starter with the ability to work independently and meet the objectives of the job and the team.
Additional desired qualifications:
  • 2 years of college with a math/science focus.

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