Production Technician

Occidental Petroleum - Odessa, TX (30+ days ago)4.1

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, and its OxyChem subsidiary is a major North American chemical manufacturer. We are one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies, based on equity market capitalization, with more than 40,000 employees and contractors worldwide. Our greatest asset has been and will continue to be our people. We are looking for an experienced and motivated individual to fill the position of Production Technician within our Permian EOR Business Area East group.

The primary responsibility is the interactions with Well Analysts, Inject Well Controller/Pump Off Controller technicians, and Lift Specialists to maximize production capacity. Collaborates daily to determine producing well exceptions and performs diagnostics to return wells to production.
  • Equipment and facility isolation (Lock/out Tag/out) as needed
  • Maintain Company vehicle – inspect and maintain maintenance schedule.
  • Complete Maximo vehicle inspection sheet on time.
  • Issue Safe Work Permits as needed.
  • Perform Preventative Maintenance (PM) tasks as required
  • Report Spills and Call in Corrosion Damage Reports (CDR)
  • Spot Lines for excavation as needed.
  • Perform/Maintain Housekeeping on Facilities and Wells
  • Engage Well Analyst and coordinate Well Testing to ensure we get a valid well test for every active well every 30 days
  • Ensure that the Sum of the Well Test and the Daily LACT sales are within 10% of each other.
  • Problem Solve Invalid Well Test by working in conjunction with AT/WA/Eng.
  • Input data into E-Vin, LOWIS, MAXIMO as required
  • Check BS&W content to maintain good oil
  • Coordinate monthly allowable
  • Check sample pot pressure and levels on LACT daily
  • Prepare for and Participate in Production, Safety and Business meetings.
  • Monitor Automation systems to ensure safe and efficient operations of the wells and facilities
  • Provide input on Downtime to WA.
  • Ensure that Downtime is captured correctly for the area assigned to the lease operator.
  • Check and maintain oil levels on ALL air compressors

  • Visual inspection (routine)
  • Check and maintain back pressure valves
  • Repair minor leaks
  • Stuffing boxes (grease and repack)
  • Inspect Piping
  • Coordinate major work
  • Cleanup minor spills
  • Shoot fluid levels on Beam wells with run times of 24 hours - monthly
Pumping Unit
  • Visual Inspection ((i.e. belts, guards, leaks)
  • Check and maintain oil levels on air compressors
  • Report spills, cleanup minor spills
  • Coordinate replacement of pumping unit belts
  • Repair minor leaks
  • Call in spills, contain spill, cleanup minor spills
  • Coordinate change out of flowline valves
  • Monitor and Maintain pressure switches
  • Visual Inspection
  • Maintain back pressure valves
  • Shoot fluid levels on ESP’s without a downhole sensor - monthly

  • Visual inspection / housekeeping
  • Check vessel levels, pressures, switches, valves (perform <30 minute repairs)
  • Check pumps (seals, maintain oil levels)
  • Minor repairs- including clean meters and sight glasses
  • Check air compressors and backup system(s) daily
  • Verify and troubleshoot alarms
  • Maintain chemical pumps (surfactant, demulsifiers)
  • Check and maintain oil levels on air compressors
  • Input production eVin data for LACT and hand run facilities
  • Evaluate the elimination or consolidation of stationary and rotary equipment and offer suggestions on how to streamline operations
  • Review and optimize surface chemical variance reports and water quality.
  • Monitor residue gas usage and gas sales of leases
  • Skim Water tanks
  • Conduct HES Audits on Facilities on a routine basis
  • Know the condition and status of equipment and show “ownership” of the equipment.
  • Maintain VRU’s, Reduce Flaring events (Expected to know how long before a flaring event becomes reportable to the TCEQ).
  • Notify Regulatory personnel ASAP or at least within 24 hrs of the time a flaring event starts

  • At least High School Grad or GED. Some college or technical training preferred
Professional/Technical Qualifications/Licenses/Certifications:
  • Valid Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record
  • 3+ years of production operations experience
Skills & Competencies:
  • Strong initiative and self-starter
  • Multi-task orientation with skills related to work prioritization
  • Working knowledge of oil and gas production operations preferred, but will train acceptable candidate.
  • Understanding of importance of environmental and safe work practices
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as by self without direct supervision
  • Technical skills related to math and analytical processes
  • Proficiency in the use of personal computer utilizing a windows environment
  • Ability to keep neat and accurate records
  • General mechanical troubleshooting and repair skills
  • Ability to identify operational inefficiencies
  • Understanding of Business fundamentals
  • Ability to implement cost effective solutions

Occidental is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Individual with Disability/Veteran Status