Senior Reservoir Engineer – Asset Development-Sweetie Peck -Midland , Texas

at SM Energy
Location Midland, United States
Date Posted June 28, 2017
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent


The Senior Reservoir Engineer handles complex engineering assignments on an independent basis, with a focus on integrating all available production, completion, reservoir, and geologic data to efficiently develop reserves in the assigned project area.  Has demonstrable skills and technical expertise related to project management, asset development, economic analysis, budgeting, and reserves – especially as relevant to unconventional (‘shale’) plays.  Actively participates in the well planning process to optimize well locations and rig schedules using all available data.  Works well in a multi-discipline team environment, and is able to mentor less experienced engineering staff as required.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities

  • Actively participate in asset maturation and development planning
  • Analyze the asset with a holistic tool kit including rate or pressure transient analysis, volumetrics, analytical or numerical modeling, and decline curve analysis
  • Develop correlations between geologic and completion variables and well performance
  • Provide estimations of resource volumes and recoverable hydrocarbons using probabilistic and deterministic volumetrics, EURs, and recovery factors
  • Incorporate advanced production analysis into workflow for well evaluation and forecasting
  • Evaluate oil and gas reserves for all cases at mid-year and year-end
  • Design and implement data gathering programs to improve understanding and monetization of stacked, unconventional reservoirs
  • Interpret and integrate reservoir data relevant to ‘shale’ plays in order to optimize well placement and well spacing
  • Prepare and update asset business plans and budgets
  • Coordinate the creation of AFE’s to execute development plans
  • Participate in acreage evaluations for bolt-on acquisitions
  • Mentor and train less experienced engineers on the Asset Team
  • Conduct business with the highest ethical standards; demonstrate decision-making skills that ensure the safety of all persons associated with SM facilities
  • Other duties as assigned

Role-Specific Technical Knowledge and Skills

Experienced in the asset development of unconventional (horizontal) resource plays. Strong understanding of oil and gas economic evaluations and their appropriate application. Command of fundamental reservoir engineering disciplines including decline curve analysis (DCA), rate transient analysis (RTA), volumetrics, recoveries, fluid behavior, simple analytical history matching, and flow regime identification. Strong understanding of principles of flow in porous media including capillary pressure, Darcy's law, and relative permeability. Proficient in Pressure-Temperature phase diagrams for practical purposes. Able to apply probabilistic and deterministic methods appropriately when analyzing data. Efficient at mining and interpreting large data sets to discern trends. Familiar with core analysis and petrophysical evaluations, and able to combine with engineering data for integrated answers. Has working knowledge of different completion types, designs and fluid systems. Experienced in coordinating discipline-specific project work and resources to satisfy quality, time, and financial objectives. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Permian Basin experience a plus.


Computer/Software Applications

Strong computer skill base. Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Strong skills in Excel.  Expertise in utilizing Aries or other economic evaluation software packages.  Proficiency in IHS Decline Plus and/or advanced production data analysis tools. Proficient to strong working knowledge of analytical models in RTA and Welltest.  Experience with industry/company software including OFM, Fekete, AVM, Wellview, Crystal Ball, and/or Perform a plus. Spotfire expertise a strong plus.


B.S. degree in Engineering required.

Typical Experience

Minimum 6 years of experience.

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