Production Operator - Midland/Odessa, TX in Midland, United States

at Shell
Location Midland, United States
Date Posted May 25, 2018
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Company Description
Shell Exploration & Production Company (SEPCo) is responsible for safely finding, developing and producing oil and natural gas in North America. Shell has been operating in the Gulf of Mexico for five decades and these operations provide more than 73 percent of our U.S. oil and gas production. SEPCo is the largest of Shell's E&P operating units, accounting for 17 percent of Shell's worldwide oil and gas production. Based in Houston, Texas, our key operating locations are in the Gulf of Mexico, South Texas, Wyoming, Alabama, Alaska and Canada.
Job Description
As a Upstream Americas Unconventionals Production Operator your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE):

Being familiar with the HSSE Management Systems and actively participating in its implementation
Understanding and supporting the importance of sustainable development
Being able to recognize job hazards, stopping work and correcting the situation
Actively participating in Management of Change (MOC) issues
Actively participate in the Behavior Based Safety Management (BBSM)
Developing an understanding of the Contractor Safety Management
Having an understanding and good working knowledge of HSS&E standards such as the, Risk Matrix, Permit To Work and Lock Out / Tag Out
Utilizing work procedures to safely execute job tasks
Being able to review, update and present job procedures to peers
Demonstrating defensive driving behaviors

Interpersonal - Teamwork - Communications:

Working well in a team environment
Working with team members to understand failures and establishing preventative maintenance procedures
Working with other field surveillance team members to standardize data input, data extraction and measurement for bench-marking purposes
Working with team members to share and implement best practices
Working with all Magnolia teams to encourage rapid implementation of opportunities to improve operating efficiency and expense reduction
Notifying Operations Technician of repairs requiring 30-plus minutes or needing materials or contract services not immediately available
Assisting Operations Technicians in coordinating contractor activities related to production surveillance activities and tasks
Assisting Operations Technicians utilizing IT tools to reduce repetitive equipment failures resulting in call outs and overtime
Communicating with the Operations Technician regarding potential well/facility problems, lift optimization and enhancement opportunities


Being capable of operating single and multi-well gas / oil facilities
Thoroughly understanding and having the relevant experience to operate 2 & 3-phase separators
Thorough working knowledge of SCADA systems, review reports and prioritize daily work tasks
Assisting in the development of a Clean, Lubricate, Adjust, Inspect and Repair (CLAIR) task list and implementing it as the primary directive for daily well surveillance
Monitoring online time and current production rates of all wells to ensure maximum well up-time and performance
Understanding custody transfer procedures for condensate sales, this includes internal guidelines such as tank gauging procedures and external guidelines
Comparing well production actual rates against well production targets and assist in the development and execution of action plans to close the gap
Responding to well shutdown alarms as directed by the SCADA system
When on call responding to all facility or well alarms.
Thoroughly understanding facility and well safety shutdown systems - cause and effect
Utilizing IT tools to monitor well and facility online time
Serving as a Key enabler in improving facility up-time, well performance and overall production delivery by understanding of the overall surveillance objectives and associated work processes
Must be experienced in gas well producing operations including natural flow and other forms of artificial lift such as plunger lift
Must understand hydrate formation and have experience regarding the safe removal of hydrates
Serving as a subject matter expert on facility operations and works to promote operational excellence across geographic and operational areas
Must be willing to learn SAP to input equipment repair notifications
Submitting regular time and exceptions to central timekeeper


Minimum of three (3) years of progressive oil & gas production operations experience  OR related Military experience is preferred
Formal education (i.e. an Associate's degree in Process Technology or a Maintenance certification) and/or training related to production operations or a related skill area is preferred
Previous experience in a petro-chemical facility,  an industrial or manufacturing environment or prior military experience and/or training is preferred
Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis now and in the future without requiring sponsorship
Must currently hold or be able to qualify to receive a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card. Note, information regarding TWIC qualification standards may be found at
Must be able to read, speak, and write English fluently and understand operating procedures
Must demonstrate a competency at using a process computer interface to manipulate and control an operating process unit
Emergency Response and/or Fire Fighting training, experience, and/or certification is preferred
Must possess and maintain a current, valid license to operate a motor vehicle in the United States
Willingness to take and achieve satisfactory results on Shell’s pre-employment testing battery
Willingness to support the company's drug-free work environment, include random drug screenings.  As a part of the pre-employment selection process, candidates are required to submit to and receive satisfactory results from a pre-employment medical screening, background check, and drug tests including hair and oral fluids
With or without reasonable accommodations, be willing to work at heights; climb ladders and stairs; walk on high elevation grating; work in inclement weather; work around loud industrial equipment; work in compact and confined spaces; and work outdoors
Willingness to work a 12-hour rotating shift schedule (including night, weekends, holidays and overtime)
Willing to be on call and meet call-out standards to respond to site responsibilities and emergencies
The Company emphasizes safety in all phases of its business. With proper training, you must be willing and able to lift 40 lbs. with or without reasonable accommodation and able to use safe lifting techniques with the use of heavy equipment
Willingness to support and comply with Shell’s safety policies and safe working practices
Willingness to work in an environment that requires the daily use of computers
Willingness to support and comply with Shell’s team work environment
Willingness to support and comply with the company's harassment-free work environment policy
Willing to support and comply with the company's diversity and inclusion work practices
Willing to respond to emergencies as part of the Emergency Response Team with or without accommodation.  To attend to emergencies, successful candidates must reside within 60 minutes of the site, or be willing to relocate to within 60 minutes of the site without relocation assistance


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