• Automation Specialist

    Job Locations US-TX-San Antonio
    Posted Date 3 months ago(9/28/2018 12:04 PM)
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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.


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    Key Duties/Responsibilities

    Position Title: Automation Specialist

    Location: San Antonio, TX


    The Automation Specialist, for Apache Corporation will be a member of Apache’s Alpine Midstream Maintenance team at the company’s San Antonio office reporting to the Midstream Compression, Maint & I&E Manager. 


    This role will be primarily responsible for the following:

    The primary responsibility of the Automation and Controls Supervisor/Manager is to improve system productivity, performance, reliability, safety, and stability by assisting in the design, construction and maintenance of automation systems. The Automation and Controls Supervisor/Manager will also assist in the technical design and management of projects from conception through completion. Also, responsible for performing analysis on equipment failures and recommending corrective actions on automation and associate equipment.  Job duties include but are not limited to:


    •Remotely supervise or support the work of automation foremen and techs, including training and assistance with adding resources, as required;
    •Review automation, control and electrical designs;
    •Design and specify PLC or RTU control panels;
    •Develop budgets, plans, strategies and goals;
    •Provide supervision and direction for the safe, effective and efficient remote operations monitoring and control of Company’s assets;
    •Must ensure compliance with all EH&S guidelines.


    Job Qualifications

    The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

    •Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related job experience required;
    •10-15 years industry experience required;
    •Must have experience of automation used to control and monitor processes in the upstream or midstream oil and gas industry;
    •Must have broad based, hands on knowledge and experience with various types of automation systems, equipment and associated software;
    •Have the ability to troubleshoot systems and devices;
    •Have knowledge of applicable electrical industry standards and recommended practices, e.g. NEC, NFPA, ISA, etc.;
    •Have the ability to interpret control and P & ID drawings and review associated scope of work needed to specify and complete associated projects;
    •Proficient in Microsoft Office, Access and Power Point;
    •Have a strong familiarity with PLC, RTU and HMI programing;
    •A broad knowledge in Automation and Controls Engineering practices and procedures;
    •Excellent communicator and team building skills.


    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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