Engineer Production Operations Sr in Houston, United States

at Occidental Petroleum
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted December 17, 2018
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with main headquarter located in Houston, Texas. As one of the largest oil and gas companies in the U.S., we continually strive to be 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 Asset Production Engineer within our Permian Resources New Mexico Business Unit based in Houston, Texas.

This business unit’s objective is to grow production by developing new fields with an emphasis on unconventional reservoirs. The successful candidate in this position will be working in multi-disciplinary asset team, which includes reservoir engineers, geologists/petrophysicist, facility engineers, well surveillance team and the field operations team to help deliver the business plan and business unit targets. Primary responsibility is to optimize oil and gas production at the well and field level. The successful candidate will demonstrate creativity, motivation, and teamwork necessary to challenge and optimize/improve current artificial lift systems and field operation practices. Additional cross-functional team support and collaboration will include Land, Finance, Production Revenue & Accounting, Drilling, Completion, Facilities, Development, Well Analysis & Design, Reserves, Midstream, Supply Chain, etc.

This position is eligible to work the 9/80 work schedule.

Essential Job Duties:
Lead the well surveillance process to identify and carry out production improvement opportunities on wells, facilities, and operations.
Identify workover/recompletion, stimulation, artificial lift, and compression candidates.
Generate AFEs, cost estimates, and procedures for workovers/recompletions.
Select the appropriate artificial lift system by examining the drawdown potential of each method, initial and operating expense, range of production and depth, and special problems such as sand/scale/deviation
Design artificial lift systems for horizontal and vertical wells with various producing depths and fluid types.
Provide production engineering support for new well design and operation.
Work closely with the field to optimize artificial lift methods and facility performance.
Recommend modifications and/or investments to upgrade systems to reduce operating costs.
Lead periodic wells reviews with reservoir engineers, geologists, and field personnel.
Conduct post audit reviews of workover costs and well performance to deliver economic programs.
Mentor less experienced engineers and interns

BS degree in Engineering; PE, ME, or ChemE with a minimum of 10 years of production engineering experience or equivalent
Knowledge and experience in operating/designing Gas Lift, ESP and Beam wells
Demonstrated experience and working knowledge with Gas Lift Systems is preferred:
Selecting the appropriate systems and equipment for different well conditions
Designing continuous-flow: annular and tubular
Performing surveillance, troubleshooting and optimization to increase production
Improving the economics of gas lift operations
Working knowledge of production modelling software such as PROSPER/WellFlo/WinGLUE
Demonstrated ability or capacity to use engineering skills to solve problems and monitor and analyze your asset performance to enhance production
Ability to interact and communicate (written and verbal) effectively with team members, other departments, and working interest partners to define, sell, and execute value adding work
Exhibit the qualities of a good team player such as conveying a positive attitude within/outside the organization, contributing ideas, and collaborating with team members to find new ways of working efficiently to extract the maximum value from assigned assets
Self Starter, ability to work with a minimum of supervision and deal with ambiguity
Working knowledge of industry software packages such as PROSPER, WinGLUE, OFM, LOWIS, Spotfire
Well developed computer skills
Working knowledge of automation and dataflow
Strong facilitation and project management skills

Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience in Permian Basin operations
Experience in unconventional reservoir operations
Experience with multiphase network modelling and optimization
Good working knowledge of drilling, completion, production and facilities operations
Working knowledge of lean thinking and other process improvement techniques a plus

Oxy is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Individual with Disability/Veteran Status

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