This Week’s Top Energy Jobs

on September 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

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The energy industry – oil & gas sector in particular – is bracing itself for a massive wave of retirements over the short to medium term, which has been dubbed “The Great Shift Change.” As the industry prepares for this turnover, companies are looking to the next generation of candidates with skills ranging from finance, geology, engineering, law, etc.

Additionally, lots of exciting opportunities are opening up in various renewable energy sectors as technological advancements rapidly disrupt traditional utility business models. The energy efficiency business is also growing by leaps and bounds, as significant cost saving benefits associated with using less energy are an easy sell for most businesses.

With these issues in mind, Breaking Energy highlights a few interesting energy jobs on a weekly basis.

Control Systems Engineer 

Shell; Port Arthur, TX, US 

Job Description:  

Provide technical support to ensure reliable operations of Control systems for assigned Production area. Ensure that control systems performance meets customer and HSSE requirements and that system designs meet corporate and industry guidelines.


  • Monitor control systems performance trends and develop plans to improve equipment reliability in production area.
  • Control Systems focal point providing or coordinating technical assurance of control systems for assigned area of responsibility.
  • Support maintenance and inspectors in analyzing complex problems escalated by the maintenance work process.
  • Provides guidance on control systems maintenance effectiveness to help continuously improve correct scope definition and quality of execution.
  • Ensures full compliance with HSSE and technical standards & procedures for new and changes to automation and control designs.
  • Reviews Safety Instrumented System (SIS) classifications & designs to ensure compliance with corporate and PSM standards.
  • Reviews performance of control systems designed to mitigate risks identified from risk management studies (LOPA, etc).
  • Technical Assurance Coordinator for Management of Change (MOC) associated with Control Systems.
  • Coordinate update of Process Safety Management (PSM) documentation as necessary. (IPF documentation).
  • Participate in technical and safety reviews (e.g. PHA) to ensure HSSE compliance and technical integrity in design.
  • Participate and lead CS incident investigations to evaluate root causes and propose design or work process improvements.
  • Develop Project Initiation Forms (PIFs), Investment Proposals (IPs) and concept designs for additions or modifications to control systems.
  • Develops or review operating procedures for plant control systems equipment as required.
  • Provide timely input to T/A planning, documents, scope of work and plans for execution. Provides active support during T/A shutdown, execution and start up activities.
  • Acts as focal point to ensure operational awareness and technical assurance of Project Engineering and other technical groups working in production area.
  • Ensure control systems comply with applicable corporate, safety and environmental standards (DEPS, industry standards, State and Federal regulations, etc.)
  • Confirms instrument equipment is installed in accordance with Shell DEPs, industry standards and National Electric Code.
  • Serves in control systems duty roster as scheduled.
  • Participates in Reliability Centered Maintenance analysis and helps to establish alarms and limits for equipment through Ensure Safe Production work process.
  • Proactively identify improvement opportunities via technical monitoring processes (MDPro, Smart instrumentation, etc.) in alignment with HSSE, reliability and cost improvement goals to develop and implement solutions to control systems problems outside of normal maintenance work process.
  • Assesses and identifies training needs for new controls equipment.
  • Control systems equipment meets Industry Standards and complies with HSSE requirements.
  • Department control system procedures and documentation are up to date and technically accurate.
  • Facility changes are properly documented and records are issued to appropriate parties.
  • Threats to availability of Control Systems equipment have been identified, risk assessed and action plans to address them are in place.
  • SIS incident investigations are performed in timely manner with learning implemented to reduce trip events and testing failures.
  • Technical oversight of area control system bad actor list.
  • Develop alarm rate, disabled/inhibited alarms, controller uptime and SIS reports.
  • Active participant on weekly alarm review team (WARM).
  • Maintain BPCS, APC and complex control strategies at levels necessary to achieve optimum unit performance (includes tuning, testing and troubleshooting).
  • Organize technical training for control systems applications for Production team personnel.


  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering. Chemical or Electrical Engineering Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years working in a chemical or refinery environment.
  • Skilled in base layer control and instrumentation (pneumatic, electronic, Foundation Fieldbus, DCS, PLCs etc.) preferred.
  • Skilled in SIS and Safety Instrumented Systems preferred.
  • Skilled in control algorithm implementation for Honeywell LCN & ExPKS DCS platforms, PLC applications and miscellaneous control hardware preferred.
  • Skilled on use of Triconex Safety Systems preferred.
  • Knowledge of Bently-Nevada Systems machine monitoring systems preferred.
  • Knowledge of Advanced Process Controls (SMOC, Advanced Level Control, etc) preferred.
  • Knowledge of refining or chemical processes preferred.

 Desired Skills:

Employment Type: PERMANENT

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GGRE Data Analyst 

ConocoPhillips; Houston, TX, US 


The Data Analyst supports the Upstream organization and works within the Information Technology organization supporting various data sets and processes critical to the Business Units.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Managing and supporting upstream technical data required by the Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering (G&RE) teams
  • Managing Geological and Geophysical (G&G) and Geochemical data
  • Supporting and documenting Data Management processes and procedures related to subsurface G&G data
  • Ensuring the quality, consistency and integrity of data and loading it in a timely manner
  • Receiving, distributing, loading, archiving, and disposing of technical data according to COP standards and procedures
  • Working with specific data vendors, other groups, and global teams
  • Managing data in multiple Database Management Systems (DBMS)
  • Helping to develop workflows and scripts that automate data loading processes and help ensure data integrity and quality
  • Optimizing service delivery by improving efficiency, quality and cost effectiveness of services
  • Developing and maintaining data standards and procedures
  • Prioritizing tasks, working under time constraints, and adhering to deadlines
  • Ensuring that restricted confidential data and projects are handled according to procedures
  • Acting as liaison with Business Unit contacts to understand and meet their data needs

 Desired Skills:

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, MIS, or Geosciences
  • 3+ years of experience with O&G Exploration and Production (E&P)
  • 3+ years of experience with data management concepts and practices
  • Intermediate knowledge of upstream data and databases



  • 5+ years Oil & Gas (O&G) industry experience
  • Experience working with OpenWorks R2003 / R5000 data loading and synchronization
  • Proficient in management of G&G data with Petra, Petrel, OpenSpirit, ArcGIS and Spotfire
  • Expertise managing seismic, well, log curve, directional, geochemical and other types of E&P data
  • Proficient in MS Excel, SQL, and scripting skills
  • Knowledge of Linux or Unix operating system
  • Knowledge of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production terminology
  • Knowledge of well data standards, processes and technologies
  • Knowledge of data management standards, processes and technologies
  • Problem solving skills with the ability to solve G&G data related issues
  • Able to prioritize requests and multi-task
  • Ability to work under rigid time constraints and adhere to tight deadlines
  • Ability to liaise with Data Analysts, Geotechs, and Business Analysts
  • Takes ownership of actions and follows through on commitments
  • Generates effective solutions based on available information and makes timely decisions

In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of September 24, 2014.

Candidates for this U.S. position must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a) (1). Individuals with temporary visas such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, M, NATO, O, P, Q, R or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization in the United States now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

ConocoPhillips is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer (minority/female/veterans/disability).*LI-JH1

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Resource Technician 

Vestas; Portland, OR, US



With minimal supervision from higher level technical and/or management staff, the Wind Site Construction Technician utilizes skills and training to perform maintenance and/or installation work on assigned wind turbines at an intermediate level.  The Wind Site Construction Technician will follow defined schedules and procedures including safety protocol, turbine service and/or installation processes, and other verbal and written instruction and may make initial diagnosis of more basic or routine turbine issues.  The Wind Site Construction Technician is regarded as in “intermediate-level” team member on the technician team, will perform some customer interface, and may provide mentorship to entry level technicians

 Vestas Americas

Service – US & Canada


Acts as a safety role model, encourages and recognizes others completing safe acts and intervenes when unsafe acts are being practiced.  Adheres to all safety standards and procedures.  Identifies gaps in safety standards as well as safety risks in the environment, implements effective risk mitigation and provides recommendations to higher level technical staff and management.

Demonstrates and promotes integrity, strong initiative, as well as a no-compromise focus on safety and quality of work on a continuous basis.

May assist with or perform basic quality audits of less experienced staff.

Performs intermediate level wind turbine maintenance and/or installation tasks as assigned.  This includes proficient operation and use of tools (including but not limited to specialized calibration, hydraulic, power tools) and basic turbine equipment.   Documents tasks where required and enters data into company system, such as SAP.

Effectively gathers information regarding turbine performance / issues.  May diagnose, recommend, and implement solutions up to intermediate routine issues.  Seeks assistance when encountering turbine issues outside trained skill level to ensure success in resolution.

Follows basic structured problem-solving process to complete troubleshooting and diagnostic tasks to include the use of diagnostic tools (e.g. basic fluke meter functions, hydraulic pressure gauge).

Independently initiates and performs most work tasks as well as follows defined instructions and maintenance schedules, executing plans as directed and performs according to written and verbal instruction from higher level technical staff.

Effectively promotes strong team environment through assisting team mates in accomplishing goals as well as mentoring lower level technical staff.  Visibly supports and promotes team spirit and cooperation, and supports change initiatives.

Proactively looks for improvement opportunities to job appropriate processes and procedures and communicates through appropriate channels or implements improvements using the appropriate control management protocol.

Interfaces with customer and may respond to customer inquiries.   Will refer complex customer inquiries to higher level technical staff or manager.  Demonstrates strong customer focus at all times.

This role will require travel, working overtime, including working a flexible and variable work schedule as needed to meet business objectives.

Performs other tasks as assigned.


Associates degree required within any engineering field (preferably mechanical and/or electrical) or minimum one (1) year technical wind turbine experience.

Demonstrated use and understanding of intermediate level power tools such as hydraulic, power torque and diagnostic tools (e.g. fluke meter functions and hydraulic pressure gauge).

Ability to demonstrate intermediate working knowledge of industrial safety practices / protocols (e.g. Confined Space, energy isolation).

Valid Driver’s License and ability to obtain a Passport.

Strong attention to detail and execution excellence.

Good interpersonal and customer relation skills.

Able to effectively collaborate with employees at all professional levels and ability to respectfully follow supervision and support initiatives.

Basic computer operation skills, familiarity with internet based program navigation, and ability to generate and interpret computer data.

Ability to read, interpret and understand drawings and schematics to validate work activity and ensure that risks are identified and mitigated.

Internal candidates must be certified to Task-Based Certification (TBC) level 200.

Additional Required Abilities: 

Ability to read, comprehend and write in English.

Ability to climb stairs and ladders 60-125 meters in height.

Ability to lift, push, pull, carry items up to 50 lbs in weight.

Ability to stand, stoop, kneel, and bend for prolonged periods of time.

Ability to grip and manually manipulate, often with repetitive motion, items such as, but not limited to, hand tools, turbine parts.

Comfort working in confined spaces and at heights over 100 meters.

Ability to successfully participate in all training courses, including high-angle rescue and training.

Periodic walking.

Ability to hear and use close range radios.

Strong field of vision including visual depth perception and ability to distinguish colors.

Able to work in demanding physical and inclement weather conditions.

Comfort working remotely with limited supervisory interaction.

It is the policy of Vestas to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to age, race, religion, color, gender, or national origin, and to afford equal opportunity to veterans and individuals with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, provincial, or local law. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify a representative within the People & Culture department.

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