WPX Energy, Inc. Automation Technician in Carlsbad, New Mexico

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Automation Technician






This job is responsible for the installation, maintenance, repair and support of all well automation communication systems. This position will also develop, modify, and troubleshoot lab automation hardware and software. The Automation Tech I will:

  • Provide field support of instrumentation (flow, temperature, pressure), well controls (RTU and PLC), communications network (radio, cell modem), and electrical equipment (480 VAC/3 phase and below). Field support includes proactive monitoring, maintenance,

installation support, configuration, and commissioning.

  • Provide technical support and services for I&EC aspects of the wellpad equipment for Pumpers and other asset personnel.

  • Provide technical support to and work closely with Measurement/Automation technicians for successful measurement and export of necessary SCADA data from the basin.

  • Execute field-based system tasks on host SCADA system (CygNet) and configure/commission any newly installed equipment.

  • Build, interpret, and verify project documents for installation and maintenance of the wellpad equipment (I&EC).

  • Build RTU, radio, and device configurations for newly installed I&EC equipment.

  • Configure and commission new installs with pre-built configurations.

  • Monitor and manage overall health of SCADA system including: system consistency, communication, performance, data relevance, and basin user support. Notify other groups within the company of additions, subtractions, and/or changes to automation equipment

in the field and data layout within the SCADA systems.

  • Design, budget and manage automation related projects, order parts and maintain inventory of parts and material to support new well automation equipment installations as well as to minimize downtime of existing automation equipment.

  • Work with equipment vendors and service companies to ensure product and service consistency. Direct communication with vendors concerning product issue and functionality; and with service companies concerning procedures and techniques.

  • Create and compile technical documentation, including: service manuals, equipment diagram, installation procedures, commissioning procedures, equipment location documentation and configuration information, etc.


  • Minimum of six months' experience in oil and gas production

  • Basic computer skills including experience with Excel, Word and PowerPoint

  • Experience with gas flow measurement and flow control issues

  • Experience with RF communications

  • Ability to work safely and effectively with hand tools.

  • Ability to work well with others.

  • Valid Driver's license

  • Must be able to carry and lift a minimum of 50 lbs.

  • Ability to identify and correct safety hazards to provide a safe working environment.

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required, Associate's Degree in an Automation/Electronics discipline is preferred.

  • Experience in automation or PLC equipment Some, preferred

WPX Energy Inc is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. EOE including Disability/Veteran.

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