Consultant - Production Engineer in Katy, United States

at Weatherford
Location Katy, United States
Date Posted May 18, 2019
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Weatherford is one of the largest multinational oilfield service companies providing innovative solutions, technology and services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates in more than 80 countries and has a network of approximately 700 locations, including manufacturing, service, research and development, and training facilities and employs approximately 26,500 people.

Weatherford delivers innovative technologies and services designed to meet the world’s current and future energy needs in a safe, ethical, and sustainable manner. Grounded by our core values and inspired by our world-class people, we are committed to being a trusted business partner to those we serve.

A Production Engineer actively performs standard production engineering operations, to include providing evaluation of production history under natural and artificial lift constrained to surface network operations, to deliver Production Optimization solutions for clients. Acting as a key technical contributor, the Production Engineer helps to identify potential issues or favourable conditions in order to optimize economic recovery from a well. Strong people skills, communication and presentation skills are critical for success in this role. The engineer should be able to perform tasks assigned with minimal supervision and under the guidance of assigned Technical Lead. He should be able to comprehend and explain the inputs such as data & assumptions, workflow, results & recommendations with client and the implications/impact of these on operations.
Perform production analysis, and optimize production under surface and reservoir constraints with minimal supervision.
Perform material balance calculations, pressure transient analysis, and production analysis.
Build IPR based on well productivity, determine operating point base on tubing performance curve
Generate model inputs necessary for reservoir simulation such as VLP curve, surface or bottomhole pressure constraints
Perform nodal analysis, tubing lift calculations, tubing lift evaluation without supervision.
Design, analyse and optimize artificial lift systems including but not limited to gas lift, ESP, rod lift, jet pump etc.
Identify production issues caused by near wellbore issues e.g. skin or permeability degradation, sand production, wellbore issues e.g. liquid loading, hydrates, paraffin, asphaltenes and recommend solutions to assure optimal flow.
Build black oil, extended black oil, compositional, EOR and thermal models for well and surface network.
Perform routine QA/QC on all production and completion data relevant to building production models.
Evaluate surface production facilities impact on short-term, mid-term and long-term field performance by:
Building surface network models incorporating wells, pipelines, pumps, separators and delivery nodes
Define forecast scenarios incorporating reservoir deliverability constraints, flow capacity, processing capacity and economic constraints.
Perform surface network optimization under production constraints, delivery requirements, lift gas availability, injection water availability or produced liquid handling.
Identify bottlenecks and flow issues impacting performance
Perform reliability and failure analysis of well and surface network under supervision to establish root cause analysis of failure and suggest mitigation techniques for future operations
Understand Field Services Management protocols to create, modify, monitor, close activities. Generate and Q/C post jobs reports.
Perform material balance (MB), pressure transient analysis (PTA) and rate transient analysis (RTA) studies under supervision
Understand DOF concepts and apply under supervision to:
Configure and trouble shoot a SCADA system incorporating RTU’s, gauges
Understand configuration requirements and communication protocols necessary to acquire data from field
Understand data flow between SCADA and production optimization platform to monitor real time production operations
Perform flow assurance studies under supervision
Perform risk and economic analysis, under supervision.
Demonstrate basic awareness of additional relevant technical domains, such as: Geology, Petrophysics, Geophysics and Production Engineering; and the integration of results with other technology, such as: Drilling, Logging.
Perform qualitative interpretation of petrophysical inputs and reservoir properties.
Provide production, pressure, lift characteristics data necessary for history match
Evaluate output from reservoir simulation for history match, conformance of forecast constraint to field conditions
Make decisions within established guidelines, seeking advice of senior team members on new or unfamiliar challenges or situations falling outside of normal procedures.
Work independently or as part of a team on assigned projects as instructed, complying with verbal and written instructions and procedures.
Provide technical guidance to junior professionals or technicians.
Produce technical reports and presentations under supervision.
Meet regularly with clients, either accompanied by senior team members or sales staff, or independently
Participate in training and development through classroom courses, eLearning, and on-the-job projects with senior team members.
Maintain membership of relevant professional societies. Participate in presentations to local technical societies and remain current on industry regulations and developments.
Complete all mandatory training as assigned, including the required HSE training, in compliance with corporate and business unit guidelines. Maintain an acceptable HSE record.
Know and understand Weatherford Quality Policy and comply with all requirements of the Quality Systems Manual, Operating and Technical Procedures and Workplace Instructions.
Must understand and comply with all safety rules and company policies of Weatherford.
Work assignments carried out to the highest quality level.
Perform various other duties and activities as assigned by supervisor within the physical constraints of the job.

Computer Literacy in MS Windows plus basic desktop applications
Able to work independent with remote and infrequent supervision
Able to lead small teams of professional and technical members
Proficiency in industry leading Production Engineering Software
Bachelor/Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering/ relevant engineering from a recognized university
Minimum 2 functional experience post MS/PHD. Add 5 years with BS only.
The physical ability to immediately respond to emergency situations
Work in Multi-disciplinary team to define objectives and operational guidelines for defining a cross domains solution
Functional knowledge of all Weatherford standard software programs required for the specific technical domains
Assist project managers by fulfilling task requirements assigned to for a successful delivery of solution as specified in statement of work or scope.
Experience evaluating performance of wells under natural flow and artificial lift
Experience with industry standard software’s such as iDO, Wellflo, PanSystem, ReO , , Gas lift design, ESP design, Rod Pump design.
Consulting experience related to design, implementation or monitoring of a digital oil field solution
Field experience in production operations

Weatherford offers competitive compensation and benefits upon hire; including paid vacation to start, matching 401K program, comprehensive benefits program, and employee stock purchase program (ESPP) and opportunities for on-going training and career development. VEVRAA Federal Contractor – Priority Referral Requested
Weatherford is an Equal Opportunity Employer Females/ Minorities/ Veterans/Disabled and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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