Senior Production Engineer - NoR East Job, North Dakota

at Hess
Location North Dakota, United States
Date Posted July 30, 2017
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Hess is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.


We have a world-class portfolio of assets with industry-leading margins and visible growth in areas where we have proven technical capabilities: Asia Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, onshore U.S. and the West Africa conjugate margin. We are a leader in the production of shale oil and gas, and one of the largest operators in the Bakken formation, North Dakota. We are also known for our expertise in the development and production of projects in deep water offshore.


Hess aims to attract, retain and energize the best people by investing in their professional development and providing them with challenging and rewarding opportunities for personal growth.  We are always looking for talented professionals who share our values and are passionate about making a difference in the world and in their careers. We strive to meet the highest standards of corporate citizenship by protecting the health and safety of our employees, safeguarding the environment and creating a long-lasting, positive impact on the communities where we do business.


For more information about Hess Corporation, please visit our website at




  • Conduct well surveillance and EBS (Exception Based Surveillance) reviews of production from wells in your area of responsibility.
  • Monitor and affect optimization of lease profit and loss in your area of responsibility.
  • Define well operating envelopes, establish EBS set points, and develop well operating procedures as required.
  • Conduct production monitoring and production well modeling as required to maintain/optimize well production
  • Provide 'boots on the ground' support of producing well problems in order to gather failure data and ensure appropriate interventions are required.
  • Liaise with Reliability Engineers if flaws are recognized with well equipment.
  • Collaborate with Reliability Engineers and Process Engineers to optimize production, production capacity and manage/reduce production constraints.
  • Conduct well failure analysis (outside of tubing) and secure support as appropriate from the reliability organization (i.e. RCA, etc.). Confirm implementation and effectiveness of RCA countermeasures.
  • Acquire embedded lean leadership training and implement/utilize lean methodology and tools to improve efficiency within operations.
  • Support maintenance of the flare inventory to ensure current and accurate flaring estimates.
  • Monitor well drawdown and ensure artificial lift and choke/valves are set/managed to deliver expected reservoir performance and reservoir protection.
  • Prepare artificial lift design objectives & functionality to be used by the Subsurface Reliability Engineers to design, manage and assure installation/operation of artificial systems.
  • Work with Completions and Reliability Engineers to review and improve standards for artificial lift and other well equipment.
  • Conduct benchmarking to ensure well production rates and profit/loss is competitive and optimized.
  • Conduct economic analysis to support production optimization measures including well interventions, well operating envelopes, procedures, and integrity management processes/measures.
  • Evaluate well performance data and do modeling to assess need for well work/interventions, develop alternatives and recommend an optimized remedy if such is required.
  • Provide engineering oversight and guidance of monitoring, management and remediation measures for downhole corrosion, hydrate, scale, waxes, paraffins, asphaltenes, including chemical treatment and well interventions.
  • Specify, interpret and analyze cased-hole logs as required to inspect/assess well integrity, cement sheath quality or other issues affecting well productivity.
  • Develop well intervention/workover procedure/scope development (e.g. refrac, cleanouts, reperf, acid wash, recompletion, conformance control, regulatory).  Develop cost estimates and support AFE preparation, internal approvals, and procurement as required for major well interventions (>$100k). Support and ensure regulatory approvals secured for well interventions.
  • Lead SIMOPs management (e.g., identification of activity at nearby wells, prep work to secure wells, post SIMOPs remediation)
  • Support and ensure handovers to and from Completions, Well Servicing and Reliability Engineering organizations, are done in accordance with business rules.
  • Develop and/or support development of well uptime/availability reports.
  • Develop and/or support development of planned-activity/downtime schedules.
  • Monitor/model/assure well flow assurance (e.g., paraffin, corrosion control, scale control, etc.) and maintain budget and forecast spend on all chemical treatment programs
  • Develop long and short term production forecasts in support of business needs including 30-60-90 day forecast, deferral analysis and annual forecasts.  Apply Production Engineering practices such as decline curve analysis.
  • Develop and provide technical authority input and expert advice for Management of Changes and Engineering Standards Deviations related to well design and completion.
  • Provide maintainability input to the design of wells and completions.
  • Collaborate with Process and Subsurface engineer(s) on surface/subsurface metering functional specifications for production monitoring.
  • Align with contractors to reduce cost and promote continuous improvement
  • TA/PA candidate identification based on well regulatory compliance and economics
  • Participate in engineering network and the distribution of lessons learned and information sharing.




  • Strong oil/gas/water production engineering knowledge
  • Field operations experience (e.g., Production Engineer, Completions engineer, Process engineer)
  • Proficient computer skills ( Microsoft Office, SAP)
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong analytical and complex problem solving skills with attention to detail and process improvements
  • Ability to work effectively with minimum supervision in a diverse, multidiscipline team environment 



  • Bachelors of Science degree in petroleum engineering or equivalent
  • 5-7 years relevant engineering experience preferred 

Core Behaviors                 


  • Continuous Improvement – 30%
  • Process Execution – 20%
  • Problem Solving / Decision Making – 35%
  • Leadership / Coaching – 15%. 

Work Environment            


  • Field Time (“go see”, meetings/collaboration) – 60%
  • Desk Time (admin, invoices, data analysis, emails) – 40%


Hess is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


Posting Notes: Brad Janik | Employee | Production / Operations Engineering | United States| North Dakota | Tioga | | |  | | No

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