Sr. Manager – Surface Equipment Automation


Sr. Manager – Surface Equipment Automation  (

Requisition ID

: 220000CY)



Company Overview

Nabors is a leading provider of advanced technology for the energy industry. With operations in about 20 countries, Nabors has established a global network of people, technology and equipment to deploy solutions that deliver safe, efficient and responsible hydrocarbon production. By leveraging its core competencies, particularly in drilling, engineering, automation, data science and manufacturing, Nabors aims to innovate the future of energy and enable the transition to a lower carbon world.


Nabors is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibiting discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, religion, age, color, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.  This applies to all terms and conditions of employment including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.  To learn more about our Fair Employment practices, please refer to the Nabors Code of Conduct.




The Senior Manager – Surface Automation will be part of a team developing, improving upon, and creating new automation solutions for the drilling industry. This position will take a leadership role on deployment projects, interface with customers in various stages of the project, be a mentor to junior engineers and provide technical consulting, lead teams developing electrical, mechanical and controls system design solutions based on engineering principles.


Will be responsible for project success as a project leader or as part of a project team, ensure all relevant safety objectives and legal requirements are observed for all work completed, interpret client requirements, identify and address design parameters and engineering problems, and ensure solutions are implemented accurately and within budget.


  • Create surface automation solutions that are focused on safety, ease of use, and efficiency utilizing mechanical, electrical, and controls teams.
  • Must have a good understanding of basic machine controls using AC Drives, MCCs, hydraulic/pneumatics and valve controls.
  • Must be able to lead a team that will develop machine control algorithms for PLC based systems.  HMI design and implementation, instrumentation and sensor interface, data logging, and communication interfaces with other industrial processors like PLC’s.
  • Duties will include leading a team responsible for generation of Design documentation, PLC Code, HMI applications, Bill of Materials, Network Architectures, One Line Drawing, Operations manuals.
  • Responsible for sustaining current rig applications and debugging / fixing issues that are reported in the field. This could be by answering calls and working with technicians, remotely connecting to rig system and troubleshoot, or by traveling to the rig site and working with rig personnel to fix the issue.
  • Project lead on commissioning and rig deployments.
  • Review current surface drilling process and help improve to drive safety and efficiency.
  • Mentor junior engineers.
  • Technical consultant to business stake holders, assist in gathering requirements from customers.
  • Maintain product safety in all designs.
  • Perform design prototyping, including field implementing and testing.
  • Support management on intellectual property issues.
  • Maintain product safety in all designs.
  • Perform design prototyping, including field implementing and testing.
  • Support management on intellectual property issues.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial, or Controls Engineering from recognized University
  • 10 to 15 years experience in an engineering environment, developing controls and automation software in Rockwell, Siemens or Beckhoff systems
  • Minimum 5 years in drilling equipment automation




  • Previous experience with controlling heavy rotating equipment using induction motors
  • Experience in the drilling industry



  • While this position is primarily based in a professional office environment
  • Travel to yards and rigs is essential and required  
  • 25% travel is expected
  • The position supports drilling rigs that work 24/7 and will routinely require phone availability outside regular work hours



Primary Location

: United States Of America-Texas-Houston-(Nabors Corporate Services) Houston Office

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