• Field Communications Coordinator

    Job Locations US-TX-San Antonio
    Posted Date 3 months ago(8/14/2018 11:38 AM)
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  • 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 contributing to global progress by helping meet the world’s energy needs.
    • 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:


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    Key Duties/Responsibilities

    Position Title: Field Communications Coordinator


    Location: Pecos, TX


    Specific Responsibilities:

    The Field Communications Coordinator, for Apache Corporation will be a member of Apache’s NAUR I&E Measurment team at the company’s Pecos,TX , office reporting to the Communications Foreman. 


    This role will be primarily responsible for the following:


    The Field Communications Coordinator will play a primary role in the strategic design and development of the field communications system supporting the operational needs of the organization. This person will be embedded in the Applied Technology group and play an integral role in successfully achieving the group’s goals. These include the ability to safely and remotely, monitor and control, oil and gas facilities; reliably gather high resolution data and performance information to maximize production while reducing costs; provide high speed network access for field operators giving them the ability to efficiently work on any field location.


    • Oversee the installation, monitoring, maintenance, support, and optimization of the region’s wired and wireless field network infrastructure.
    • Work closely with the operations, automation, and SCADA groups to understand and deliver the communication needs of the field assets.
    • Read, understand, and comprehend network topology drawings to fully understand the current overall network architecture as well as site specific networks.
    • Use RF modeling software to perform path studies for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint wireless links in licensed and unlicensed frequencies.
    • Provide device configuration templates for all hardware platforms used in the field networks including, but not limited to, switches, routers, radios, access points, power monitoring equipment.
    • Test new technologies and devices in a lab environment and explore opportunities to add value to existing and new projects.
    • Work with the corporate network team to ensure network integrity, to develop network redundancy and failover to maximize system availability and uptime.
    • Analyze and resolve field infrastructure problems in a timely and accurate manner, provide situational reports, and provide end-user training where required.
    • Develop and maintain accurate documentation for all key supported processes.
    • Track inventory of communication hardware and forecast ordering needs.
    • Ensure Apache Corporation maintains compliance with FAA and FCC regulatory rules.
    • Abide by Apache Corporation’s safe work policies.

    Job Qualifications

    The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

    • Must be well versed in TCP/IP Ethernet communications, routing and switching, subnets, configuration of radio equipment, as well as be able to troubleshoot and resolve network issues.
    • Must be strong in physical layer mediums such as fiber, copper twisted pair, and especially wireless.
    • Must have working knowledge and experience of wireless deployments using Wi-Fi, wireless mesh, fixed wireless broadband PTP and PMP, licensed and unlicensed microwave.
    • Understand RF characteristics, frequency bands, channel sizes, channel planning and frequency reuse.
    • Experience with various wireless encryption and authentication techniques.
    • Proficient in layer 2 technologies such as 802.1Q VLANS and ARP.
    • Working knowledge of layer 3 routing protocols such as EIGRP, BGP, and OSPF.
    • Knowledge of back office network monitoring, provisioning, and support systems is a must.
    • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and solve complex problems; understand how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect system performance.
    • Knowledge of databases, various operating systems, scripting, and network automation is a huge plus.
    • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Oil and Gas experience is a plus.


    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.



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