Senior Petroleum Engineer, Anchorage, AK

at Marsh Creek
Location Anchorage, United States
Date Posted July 25, 2016
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 10


POSITION OVERVIEW: The Senior Petroleum Engineer is a key member of the Project Team and serves as the leading engineer for all plug and abandonment (P&A) activities in support of well decommissioning/cleanup projects. Provides P&A engineering support and supervision during all phases of the project including post well review. Prepares engineering programs, cost estimates, Sundry notices, contracts and other documents to support project development.
This position works in a team environment and interfaces with federal and state regulatory agencies, client representatives, project team, and on-site personnel to ensure safety, quality and compliance with regulatory requirements.

POSITION TYPE/EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK This is a seasonal/project based position. During the season, the employee must be able to work and maintain a flexible work schedule that includes irregular hours, weekends, and holidays.

TRAVEL Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area travel to field sites should be expected (typically more than 30%). Fieldwork schedules will vary and may require extended travel to remote sites in Alaska.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Perform all job duties in accordance with company established policies and procedures.
  • Ensure all P&A operations are planned and executed with due regard to safety of personnel, the environment, and equipment.
  • Responsible for the design, planning, support of execution and wrap up of assigned plug & abandonment activities within scope, budget and schedule.
  • Develop procedures and work schedules for project staff and field crews.
  • Prepare planning and execution of well abandonment operations by using the correct P&A steps: plug placement/cementing/downhole tooling/engineering risks reviews.
  • Secure the necessary equipment and services to conduct well abandonment operations.
  • Ensure all planned P&A activities are compliant to both federal and state regulations and/or guidelines, and approved Sundry notices and procedures. Act as a liaison with Federal and State agencies as needed.
  • Prepare cost estimates by selecting the necessary equipment, personnel and services to conduct onshore P&A operations in remote Arctic locations.
  • Prepare and submit all required P&A engineering documentation including end of well reports.
  • Participate and support high level presentations/meetings to obtain various project approvals.
  • Coordinate with and supervise specialty subcontractors to ensure work is performed per project schedules and specifications.
  • Travel to remote project locations to direct and oversee P&A operations, as needed. Work collaboratively with the Project Manager and Superintendent.
  • Monitor progress of project(s) and maintain daily communications with management on delays, requirements and general status of jobs. Escalate issues or concerns to management’s attention, as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in Petroleum/Well Engineering or Chemical Engineering.
  • Registered Professional Petroleum Engineer (preferred with the State of Alaska).
  • 10+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry with P&A and well intervention projects in the Arctic. Experience with rigless well P&A operations is required.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Project).
  • Extensive working knowledge of plug & abandonment methods, guidelines, practices and operations in remote Arctic conditions.
  • Planning and execution of onshore well plug & abandonment operations, including cement circulation and squeezing.
  • Ability to perform calculations on cement volumes needed for P&A activities based on well information.
  • Excellent understanding of permanent well-barrier elements.
  • Thorough understanding of short- and long-term well integrity, and well abandonment concepts and terms.
  • Knowledge of well-abandonment legislation, regulations and guidelines.
  • Project coordination experience in executing well P&A operations.
  • Previous consultant background that has helped in executing abandonment projects.
  • Thorough knowledge of industry safety hazards and necessary safety precautions
  • Hands-on plug & abandonment experience and proactive attitude.
  • Ability to quickly respond to changes in work demands.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to effectively present information and respond sensitively to questions from management, customers, and stakeholders. Proof-reading and strong documentation/writing skills.
  • Effective organizational and time-management skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and support a wide range of field efforts under the direction of the Director of Operations.


  • S. Degree in Petroleum/Well Engineering
  • IADC Well Control Certificate (Supervisory)

WORK ENVIRONMENT: This position operates primarily in a professional office environment and uses traditional office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, etc.
The performance of this position also requires frequent exposure to remote field sites in harsh winter conditions. While performing the field duties of this position the employee may be exposed to freezing outside temperatures, chemical hazards, heavy machinery, fumes, gases, odors, dust, grease, oil, mud, moving mechanical parts, noise and wet/slippery surfaces.
The performance of this position requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as arctic gear, hard hats, safety glasses, safety gloves, hearing protection, steel toe boots, etc.


  • Marsh Creek, LLC requires all candidates to submit a fully completed and signed Marsh Creek, LLC application. We encourage candidates to submit a resume along with the application, but a resume is not required.
  • Marsh Creek, LLC will not consider incomplete applications or resumes submitted without an accompanying application.
  • To download an application, please visit:
  • Please submit your application and/or resume by email or fax
  • For fax: 907-345-3247

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT: Your application will be forwarded to the Hiring Manager for review. If you are selected for an interview you will be contacted by a Marsh Creek representative. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to respond to all applicants. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted beyond the initial acknowledgment of application receipt. Only those interviewed will receive notice when the position has been filled.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Marsh Creek LLC is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer and abides by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • Petroleum/Well Engineering: 10 years

Required license or certification:

  • Professional Petroleum Engineer

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