Automation Specialist

Hobbs, New Mexico, United States

Job Reference 1242613

Location Hobbs, New Mexico, United States

Industry Oil & Gas - Onshore Oil

Function Field Services

Job Type Contract

Date Added May 8, 2024

Airswift is looking for an Automation Technician to work on a 1+ years contract with one of our clients near Midland, TX.

Primary Purpose: Responsible for performing preventive and corrective maintenance on automation equipment, including troubleshooting, installation, configuration, and testing of equipment/devices.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and repair a wide array of automation and electrical equipment associated with upstream onshore oil and gas producing operations.
  • Provide on-site automation support for upstream onshore oil and gas producing operations.
  • Serve as a technical resource for facility control systems and field instrumentation, including level, pressure, flow, vibration, and other instruments.
  • Ensure maintenance activities comply with relevant industry and corporate Process Control standards.
  • Follow PLC programming practices, standards, and MOC procedures.
  • Identify problem areas with instrumentation and control systems to determine strategic improvement opportunities.
  • Leverage CMMS, such as SAP, to facilitate maintenance operations processes.

Required Knowledge, Experience, Skills, and Competencies:

  • 2-year Instrumentation or Automation technology degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher (or equivalent technical working experience with a good track record of safety).
  • 3+ years of Oil Field experience.
  • Intermediate knowledge of well RTU designs, programming, and troubleshooting.
  • Intermediate knowledge of analog and discrete instrumentation, and various serial and ethernet communications protocols.
  • Intermediate knowledge of technical standards and guidelines (API, NEC, NFPA, IEEE, ISA, etc.).
  • Basic knowledge of maintaining PLC programs in function block, ladder logic, and structured text.
  • Basic knowledge of maintaining local HMI operator interfaces.
  • Ability and willingness to work 12-hour shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays, and participate in an on-call rotation. Schedules may vary depending on location.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to unassigned job areas on an as-needed basis.
  • Ability and willingness to work under air (fit test) and work from aerial manlift platform.
  • Works safely around instrumentation and electrical systems.
  • Capable of working responsibly with limited supervision.
  • Intermediate knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and Windows Operating Systems.

Preferred Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Automation with GPA of 3.0 or higher (or foreign equivalent).
  • 5+ years of Oil Field experience.
  • 1+ years of upstream oil and gas automation experience.
  • Experience with Allen-Bradley & Rosemount.
  • Able to read and understand Cause & Effects, P&IDs, wiring diagrams, control narratives, etc.
  • Basic ability to troubleshoot control networks for well sites, well pads, tank battery, saltwater disposal, and compressor stations (ControlNet, Ethernet I/P, Network Switches, fiber optics, RF communications).
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively communicate with management, technical, and field personnel.
  • Builds positive relationships based on trust and seeks collaboration across organizational boundaries to achieve goals.
  • Listens actively and invites new ideas for exchanged opinions, then influences and acts to drive positive performance and achieve results.
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