• Compression Station Operator

    Job Locations US-TX-Pecos
    Posted Date 3 months ago(12/12/2018 10:15 AM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Field Operations
  • Company Overview

    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:

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    Key Duties/Responsibilities

    The Compressor Station Operator for Apache Corporation will be a member of Apache’s NAUR Pipeline Operations Group at the company’s Pecos, TX office reporting to the Pipeline Operations Field Superintendent.

    Apache Corporation is currently seeking a Compressor Station Operator at their field office in Pecos, TX.

    • Performs tasks required for efficient operation of all functions in a natural gas compressor station including engine/compressor operations and maintenance, auxiliary equipment and machinery, storage tanks and pumps, and other plant systems and equipment.
    • Responsible for ensuring proper flows, pressures, temperatures, and levels for all station systems, and recognizes operating deviations and takes appropriate corrective action and record readings such as pressures, temperatures, volumes, run hours, etc.
    • Responsible for recording operating parameter values, completion of operating reports, notification of environmental deviations, and performing equipment lockout/tag-out for maintenance and repair. Including, maintain all station primary auxiliary equipment (check and adjust water and oil levels, temperatures, pressures, etc.
    • Perform tasks such as blowing drips, emptying tanks, refilling fluids, checking tank levels and managing waste fluids, etc.
    • Recognizes equipment abnormalities and records and communicate needed repairs with maintenance. As well as, assisting in repairing engines, air compressors, generators, dehydration equipment, condensate stabilizers, etc.
    • Keep tools and equipment in safe, orderly and proper working condition and maintain safe operating environment
    • Operate computerized station controls and change pressures and route gas, prepare written reports, regulate and report pressures, and calculate and report volumes
    • Analyze engines for optimum performance and optimize for fuel and cost efficiency while providing flow assurance and meeting emissions criteria
    • Coordinate air program requirements with HSE team, including scheduling/conducting emissions testing
    • Stay up-to-date of manufacturer’s recommendations/improvements for preventative maintenance and for any upgrades, and ensure timely completion as appropriate
    • Ensure engine oil samples are pulled, analyzed, and acted upon accordingly
    • Coordinate inventory of spare and critical parts
    • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in rotating equipment maintenance.
    • Good communicator, work planner with excellent work ethics and a good background in computer applications.
    • Perform other duties as directed.

    Job Qualifications

    The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience.

    Essential Requirements:

    An associate or bachelor’s degree in Mechanical technology is preferred

    High School diploma or GED 

    Good mechanical aptitude 

    Basic computer skills 

    Effective written & verbal communications 

    Ability to read, comprehend, and apply information from operating procedures and manuals 

    Physical capabilities of standing, walking, bending, stretching, reaching over shoulder height, lifting of loads weighting up to 50 pounds, and occasionally working in inclement weather conditions 


    Preferred Skills:

    4 years’ general experience in the oil/gas industry. 

    2 years’ operating experience in the oil/gas industry. 

    Experience in operating process equipment and controls. 

    Experience working with pressure vessels and equipment. 

    Ability to work with minimal supervision. 

    Special Characteristics/Job Requirements:
    Must be safety oriented and able to work in a team environment. 

    The job may require occasional unscheduled call-outs and extended workdays and/or workweeks. Employees are required to live within a reasonable distance of their reporting location 

    Position is subject to applicable U.S. Department of Transportation Drug & Alcohol regulations. 

    Some travel for temporary assignments, meetings and training may be required. 

    Must have valid driver’s license. 

    Must have a safe driving record. 

    Behavioral Competencies and Personal Characteristics

    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.

    Core Values and Leadership Attributes

    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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