• Plant Operator I

    Job Locations US-TX-Pecos
    Posted Date 7 months ago(6/27/2018 1:30 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Field Operations
  • Company Overview

    Apache Corporation, founded in 1954, is one of the world's premier independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. With operations in the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom (North Sea), the company has a presence in domestic and international basins.  Apache is proud of its portfolio that includes exploration in conventional, unconventional, onshore and offshore operating areas. 

    At Apache, there is a world of opportunity. With a history of using sound financial practices and an abundant inventory of near-term and future development projects, the company is admired across the industry for its ability to navigate in a rapidly changing world. Apache succeeds in recognizing opportunity and acting quickly. The growth of the company comes from the coordinated efforts of its diverse and accomplished workforce.

    • Our vision is to be the premier exploration and production company with global assets focused on North American growth.
    • Our mission is to grow in an innovative, safe, environmentally responsible and profitable manner for the long-term benefit of our shareholders.
    • Our strategy is to deliver top-tier returns by maximizing recovery and minimizing costs through continuous improvement.

    Apache is proud to have been named a Top Workplace in Houston and San Antonio and is one of the world’s most admired companies by Fortune. Our global team is brought together by a shared sense of ownership, team of teams approach and the knowledge that best answers win.


    Apache provides a challenging and rewarding work environment, supported by a premier total compensation package that includes competitive base salaries and benefits along with performance-driven incentives.


    For additional information about Apache, please visit:


    Operating Locations

    Commitment to Sustainability

    Apache Reports and Filings



    Key Duties/Responsibilities

    The Plant Operator I for Apache Corporation will be a member of Apache’s Alpine Midstream Plants team at the company’s Pecos, TX office reporting to the Midstream Plant Supervisor.


    This role will be primarily responsible for the following:


    The Plant Operator is responsible for the day-to-day operations and light maintenance of cryogenic processing plants, amine treating plants, propane refrigeration plants, and residue compression via onsite operations. 

    Essential Functions:

    • Operate plant equipment & systems.
    • Start-up/Shutdown of plant equipment.
    • Adjust controls via PLC or Manual to operate equipment within the recommended operating ranges.
    • Visually inspect equipment and controls at periodic intervals to detect malfunctions or need for repair, adjustment, or lubrication.
    • De-pressure equipment and pipelines by following LOTO procedures.
    • Hand Operate valves varying from small valves up to large valves in the 30 inch range.
    • Read, monitor and record various operating conditions such as pressure, temperature, hours of operations, fuel consumed, water and oil levels, etc. by hand and electronically.
    • Monitor, remove and replace filters, oil, chemicals, other lubricating fluids, gaskets, and valves as needed.
    • Safely change gauges as needed.
    • Maintain sites in a clean condition including picking up/taking out trash, controlling weeds and grassy areas, minor painting, etc.
    • Work a rotating 12 hour shift schedule.


    • Lockout/ Tag out and Safe Work permitting duties for maintenance work
    • Operation of natural gas treating equipment to maintain designated operating condition
    • Troubleshooting of process equipment and plant operations
    • Shutdown and startup of plant equipment (pumps, cooling equipment, generators, etc.)
    • Daily plant/compressor rounds and monitoring of equipment to identify operational problems not indicated through PLC or DCS alarm systems
    • Manually operate valves as operations dictate
    • Interact with contract personnel
    • Provide oral and written communication of activities to appropriate personnel
    • Write Maintenance Work Orders as needed
    • Safely operate company vehicles during daily activities
    • Relief operations during vacation or as required
    • Follows and adheres to all applicable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines (ex: eye protection, ear plugs, FRCs).


    The successful candidate will exhibit the following behavioral competencies and personal characteristics:

    • A “Team of Teams” mindset with the objective of aligning your vision, mission, and strategy with the company’s overarching vision, mission, and strategy;
    • A natural desire to work with a sense of urgency and a contrarian spirit;
    • A solid grasp of economic, industry and competitive landscapes;
    • The capability to change and generate process improvements for greater effectiveness and efficiency;
    • Strength of character, including the highest levels of honesty, integrity, ethics, professionalism, trust, and loyalty;
    • An approachable, likeable personality;
    • An entrepreneurial mindset with a strong track record of agility and ability to thrive in a dynamic environment;
    • A hands-on employee who can also see the big picture;
    • An employee who leads by example, with the energy and ability to work collaboratively across the entire organization;
    • The agility and flexibility to work in a fast-paced company culture;
    • Confident, while checking ego at the door, and fearless in the face of speaking up to challenge norms or convention;
    • Self-aware with excellent communication skills, both written and oral; and
    • Highly intelligent, intellectually and emotionally, with excellent analytical, strategic, business judgment, and problem-solving skills.

    The successful candidate will lead by example through the embodiment of, and by embracing, Apache's Core Values and Leadership Attributes:

    Core Values:

    • Expect top performance & innovation;
    • Seek relentless improvements in all facets;
    • Invest in our greatest asset, our people;
    • Foster a contrarian spirit;
    • Drive to succeed with a sense of urgency;
    • Safety is not negotiable & will not be compromised;
    • Conduct our business with honesty & integrity;
    • Treat our stakeholders with respect & dignity; and
    • We derive benefit from the earth & take our environmental responsibility seriously.

     Leadership Attributes:

    • Responsible irreverence;
    • Focus on team accomplishments over personal gain;
    • Decisive, invested, committed;
    • Safety is not negotiable & will not be comprised;
    • Fire in the belly;
    • Lead by example, be an ambassador for Apache’s values;
    • Sees the big picture, translates into action;
    • Sound judgement and emotional maturity;
    • Best answers win;
    • Working managers; and
    • Effective communicators.

    Job Qualifications

    The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

    • A minimum of a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent is required.
    • Technical certification or equivalent training in a mechanical environment or energy related field is preferred. 
    • A valid driver's license with acceptable driving record is required.
    • The ability to perform basic mathematical calculations, such as, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical solutions is required.
    • Ability to assume responsibility, be flexible, perform duties and handle multiple tasks under potentially stressful and/or hazardous conditions.
    • Takes initiative and is proactive in addressing issues.  Quickly and efficiently completes tasks.
    • The ability to demonstrate conscientiousness, dependability and commitment to the role, team and company.
    • The ability to work in a fast paced environment.
    • Works indoors and outdoors in and around industrial and electrical equipment. 
    • Works in temperature extremes due to weather conditions and operating equipment. 
    • Uses physical force to lift, push, pull and hold equipment and tools. 
    • Climbs and works at various heights and may work in a standing, sitting, lying down, crouched or kneeling position. 
    • Routinely reacts to visual, aural and other signals, including alarms and instructions, and is required to visually inspect work.
    • May work in confined spaces (i.e. tanks, between compressors, vessels).
    • Must be able to regularly bend, stoop, move from ground level to higher levels, raise/lift from ground level and lift up to 50 lbs., manually transport a load up to 75 lbs., apply up to 100 foot pounds of torque. 
    • Must have ability to get in and out of vehicles regularly and ride over rough roads. 
    • Must be able to pass drug screen, background check, and fit test for H2S compliance safe guards.





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