Production Operations Engineer in Irving, United States

at Pioneer Natural Resources Company
Location Irving, United States
Date Posted December 12, 2018
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


The Production Engineer will be responsible for production, capital, and lease operating expense for Permian Basin horizontal wells. The engineer will collaborate with field personnel, facilities engineering, and reservoir engineering to evaluate well production and recommend artificial lift types and strategies, well intervention activities, remedial activities (recompletions/chemical treatement/etc.), production/drawdown strategies, and value add projects. Job Duties: Provide well surveillance on a day-to-day basis using available real-time data streams, field reporting, decline curves, cumulative production, etc. to efficiently operate horizontal wells. Work closely with field staff and other engineering disciplines to identify and carry out production improvement opportunities and cost reduction efforts on wells, facilities, and operations. Identify workover/recompletion, stimulation, and artificial lift conversion candidates. Lead periodic wells reviews with field personnel, reservoir engineers, and geologists. Prepare detailed procedures and AFE cost estimates for rig workovers, routine well work, and artificial lift installations. Conduct post audit reviews of workover costs and well performance to deliver economic program recommendations. Select the appropriate artificial lift system by examining the drawdown potential of each method, capital and operating expense, range of production and depth, and special problems such as sand/scale/deviation. Review and monitor operating costs to identify areas of needed improvement. Propose changes to accomplish cost savings that enhance the overall profit. Provide production engineering support for new well design and operation. Explore additional technologies to enhance production from declining wells. Mentor less experienced engineers and interns. 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. Performs other/additional duties as assigned by Supervisor. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum, Chemical, or Mechanical Engineering required. Minimum of 5 years upstream production engineering experience required. Knowledge of and experience in designing/operating/troubleshooting of rod pumping, gas lift, electric submersible pump, and plunger lift systems. Good working knowledge of drilling, completion, production, and facilities operations. Working knowledge of industry software packages such as PROSPER, WinGLUE, LOWIS, PipeSim, and Spotfire preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills are critical to ensure an effective working relationship within and across a multi-disciplined team environment. Must be a self-starter and should have excellent communications and organizational skills. Salary competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Pioneer Natural Resources is an EEO/AA-M/F/disability/veteran Employer.

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