Automation Specialist

Occidental Petroleum

Automation Specialist00029465



Occidental is an international energy company with operations in the United States, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. We are the largest onshore oil producer in the U.S., including in the Permian Basin, and a leading offshore producer in the Gulf of Mexico. Our midstream and marketing segment provides flow assurance and maximizes the value of our oil and gas. Our chemical subsidiary OxyChem manufactures the building blocks for life-enhancing products. Our Oxy Low Carbon Ventures subsidiary is advancing leading-edge technologies and business solutions that economically grow our business while reducing emissions. We are committed to using our global leadership in carbon dioxide management to advance a lower-carbon world. Visit for more information.

Occidental strives to attract and retain talented employees by investing in their professional development and providing rewarding opportunities for personal growth. Our goal is to meet the highest employer standards by ensuring the health and safety of our employees, protecting the environment and positively impacting our communities where we do 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 Automation Specialist within our US Onshore Resources & Carbon Management Business Unit based in Pecos, Texas.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • This position will assume the responsibility of maintaining and repairing 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 technical resource for facility controls systems and field instrumentation including level, pressure, flow, vibration, and other instruments. 

  • Ensure maintenance activities are executed in compliance 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 the processes of maintenance operations. 




  • 2-year Instrumentation or Automation technology degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher (or foreign equivalent), 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. 


  • 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&ID’s, 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

Relocation: This position is not eligible for relocation.

Occidental does not offer sponsorship of employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions for this role.

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. 


  Automation & Electrical

Primary Location

  United States-Texas-Pecos





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