Production Engineer

at Occidental Petroleum
Location Houston, Texas
Date Posted July 19, 2022
Category Mining / Oil / Gas
Job Type Not Specified


Title: Production Engineer Location: United States-Texas-Houston Other Locations: Description Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with main headquarters located in Houston, Texas. As one of the largest oil and gas companies in the U.S., we continually strive to be the best in the business. 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 Engineer within our Delaware Basin Business Unit based in Houston, Texas.

The Operations Advisor provides project management and technical support for the Operations Superintendent or Maintenance Manager. This support covers HSE program development and implementation, oversight of contractor safety management programs, field training program development and implementation, field process development and support, and operations support for complex tasks supporting safety and operability improvements.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Safety
    • Act as a safety leader in the office and in the field
    • Ensure HSE considerations are prioritized first when creating all programs and procedures and consistently look for opportunities to install engineering barriers to replace operational barriers
    • Actively contribute to all safety meetings and stand downs when in the field
    • Actively participate in and advocate for others to participate in Oxy s BBS program when in the field
  • Production Optimization
    • Surveillance
      • Lead the well surveillance process to identify and carry out production improvement opportunities on wells, facilities, and operations
      • Identify workover/recompletion, stimulation, artificial lift, and compression candidates.
      • Recommend modifications and/or investments to upgrade systems to reduce operating costs
      • Lead periodic wells reviews with reservoir engineers, geologists, and field personnel
      • Conduct post operations audit reviews of workover costs and production results to ensure delivery of an economic base optimization program
    • Design
      • Work with a multi-discipline team on greenfield development to design new well completions, electrical infrastructure, produced water disposal and source water for drilling and fracture stimulation, artificial lift methods, facilities for processing and sale of oil and gas
      • Design artificial lift systems for horizontal and vertical wells with various producing depths and fluid types
      • Work closely with the field to optimize artificial lift methods and facility performance
      • Provide production engineering support for new well flowback facility design and flowback operations
  • Leadership

Provide mentorship for less experienced engineers and interns in areas of expertise as appropriate


  • Education: Minimum Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Petroleum, Mechanical, Civil, Chemical, or Electrical) from an ABET accredited program
  • Experience: Minimum of 2 years of engineering experience in Oil and Gas production or related industries

Required Professional and Technical Knowledge/Qualifications/Licenses/Certifications :

  • Demonstrated safety leadership skills
  • Demonstrated experience with and working knowledge of Gas Lift Systems and Rod Pump Systems, including:
    • Selecting the appropriate systems and equipment for different well conditions
    • Designing continuous-flow systems, both through tubing and annular
    • Performing surveillance, troubleshooting and optimization for production enhancement
    • Economic evaluation and optimization of gas lift system operation
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with team members, other departments, and working interest partners to define, sell, and execute value adding work
  • Exhibit the qualities of a good team player such as conveying a positive attitude within/outside the organization, contributing ideas, and collaborating with team members to find new ways of working efficiently to extract the maximum value from assigned assets
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a minimum of supervision and deal with ambiguity
  • Strong facilitation and project management skills
  • Demonstrated strong computer skills
    • Working knowledge of industry software packages such as PROSPER, WinGLUE, Snap, OFM, LOWIS, and Spotfire
    • Working knowledge of automation and dataflow

Desired Professional and Technical Knowledge/Qualifications/Licenses/Certifications :

  • Experience in the Permian Delaware Basin operations
  • Experience in Permian unconventional reservoir operations
  • Field experience as a well or facility operator
  • Working knowledge of Lean Engineering and other process improvement techniques
  • Working knowledge of GIS software and applications
  • 10% minimum travel requirement to the field in West Texas

Occidental is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, political preference, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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