Production Engineer in Houston, United States

at Occidental Petroleum
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted January 23, 2019
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


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 Production Engineer within our Permian Resources 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. This position will work in a team environment with reservoir engineers, geologists, facility engineers, drilling engineers, and the field operations team to maximize asset value. 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 improve current artificial lift methods, completion techniques, development strategies, and field operation practices.

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.
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.
Work with a multi-discipline team on greenfield development to design new well completions, electrical infrastructure, produced water disposal and source water for drilling and fracture stimulation, artificial lift methods, facilities for processing and sale of oil and gas.
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 3 years of engineering experience or equivalent
E&P; industry experience
Demonstrated ability or capacity to use engineering skills to solve problems and identify enhancement opportunities
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
Well developed computer skills
Working knowledge of industry software packages such as OFM/DSS, LOWIS
Working knowledge of automation and dataflow
Strong facilitation skills
Strong Project Management skills

Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience in Permian Basin operations
Experience in unconventional reservoir operations
Experience with waterfloods and/or CO2 floods a plus
Good working knowledge of drilling, completion, production and facilities operations.
Working knowledge of lean thinking and other process improvement techniques a plus
Working knowledge of GIS software and practices

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

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