Production Technologist - Grande Prairie

Location: Grande Prairie, AB
Job Summary
You will be responsible for the optimization and downhole maintenance of the areas oil and gas wells, while maintaining an environmentally safe and cost effective work environment. Specifically, you will interact with the technical and operations staff along with well servicing coordinator to execute programs compliant to all regulatory and company standards.  You will demonstrate company core values while endorsing the company’s safety management system with employees and contractors alike. 

Reporting to the Operations Superintendent, the Production Tech’s responsibilities are as follows:

 Production Management
  • Work with Production Engineers and Area Foreman to meet area production targets. 
  • Review well and artificial lift  performance on a regular basis;
  • Monitor volumes for both oil and gas properties, working closely with operations and engineering group to maintain uptime performance. Understands down time drivers and pursue improvements with field staff;
  • Active participant in all district well reviews.  Track and prioritize actions and ensure timely completion.
  • Work on well optimizations with the area teams
  • Set up and manage a district wide pumping well fluid level program
  • Optimize oil well pumping performance utilizing fluid level and dyno data
  • Review oil and gas well production history and respond to anomalous decline
  • Recommend and implement production optimization programs such, including but not limited to:
    • Rod pumps
    • Gas lift
    • Plunger lift
  • Optimize existing rod pumps, plunger lift, design and coordinate new installations
  • Utilize Virtuwell and Rodstar software to model wellbore and pipeline systems to design and optimize artificial lift systems
  • Monitor and evaluate booster compression for economic incremental gain
 
 Capex/Opex Management
  • Develop and maintain the Non Volume Add WO budgets to forecast and explain variances for capital expenditures.
  • Work with Superintendents and Foreman to prepare and manage DH opex budgets;
  • Prepare and review WO AFEs to ensure economic evaluations have been completed and economic hurdles are cleared
  • Monitor and Evaluate workover costs and trending across the district to provide meaningful metrics that will highlight opportunities for improvement. 
  • Assist with co-ordination of bids to optimize operating costs
  • Ensure reasonable payouts and generate Authorizations for Expenditure (AFEs) as necessary and manage the capital budget for funds spent on the above items
 
Performance Management and Leadership
  • Provide mentorship and coaching to the EIT’s
  • Coordinate district pump and plunger schools for operations in addition to any area specific training that may be required to support their business objectives.        
 Safety, Regulatory, Health and Environment
  • Work with Well Servicing coordinator and attend monthly field visits to perform field inspections with consultants, vendors and complete Work Safe Observations on well servicing vendors
  • Manage execution of annual pressure surveys, wellbore suspensions, inactive inspections, packer isolation testing and SCVF testing
  • Ensure D60 and all other directives, regulations, IRP’s are understood and adhered to across the district. 
  • Steward to AER inspection and guidelines such as D-60
  • Be an active/visible/vocal/supportive participant and influence in staff and operations meetings and monthly safety meetings.
  • Coordinate static gradients as required by production engineers
  • Work with Calgary staff to co-ordinate and complete annual packer and segregation testing along with surface casing vent tests
  • Coordinate annual suspended well inspections and initiate remedial action.  Evaluate reactivation opportunities.
  • Coordinate annual liquid/gas ratio tests, optimize procedure and costs and make applications for interval extensions (Area Specific Task)
 
Business Process Controls and Related activities
  • Ensure all field paper work is properly completed (invoices, operation reports, access reports, etc.); and that processes are in place to maintain consistent documentation and reporting/filing for projects.
  • Adhere to business processes including AFE guidelines, Material transfers, procurement, invoicing, wellview, cost estimates, well down sheets, flaring notifications etc.
  • Generate AFE’s within area of responsibility
  • Budget, program and coordinate all district well servicing operations.
  • Work with chemical companies and implement/optimize wellbore/perforation chemical treatments
  • Assist Calgary completions and the MAC group with surplus rod, tubing and wellhead component inventories
  • Review generic work over programs with EIT’s to ensure technical details are accurate and completed and that economic criteria has been met.
  • Create and distribute weekly reports summarizing completed and planned workovers and other optimizations along with regulatory and cost updates.  
  • Assist operations with monitoring, optimizing and troubleshooting of all artificial lift systems, along with wax and chemical programs, and other technical problems where appropriate.
  • May be required to complete other tasks to meet team business objectives as directed by your supervisor.
  • Accept on-call duty for days off or during night;
  • Signing Approval Level 25 K.
 
 
Qualifications:
  • Minimum of 5 years of operations/well servicing experience complemented by a technical diploma or degree.
  • Has a broad knowledge of resources and uses this knowledge to build operations / maintenance plans.
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license;
  • Working knowledge of safety standards and environmental regulations and budget preparation experience;
  • Able to deliver feedback directly and constructively; consistently receives feedback constructively.
  • Clearly understands the implications of situations and uses sound judgment when deciding what to do.  Anticipates problems and solves before they develop;
  • Able to manage his/her own stress; is relaxed and calm in the face of major problems;
  • Delegates effectively; organizes people and resources for efficiency and success;
  • Understands link between goals and planning tasks; communicates objectives and goals effectively; good at phrasing objectives;
  • Demonstrates a high level of communication skills, both written and verbal.  Able to explain complicated procedures well and convey information clearly through written communication;
  • Successfully uses time management tools (i.e. planners, computers); breaks task or project into workable parts;
  • Able to analyze data, make appropriate recommendations and communicate analysis results clearly to others;
  • Capable at drawing out knowledge and skills from others. Leads people to discover their own answers;
  • Demonstrates commitment to Safety & Environmental principles and understanding of tools;
  • Understand and apply cost benefit analysis, business practices/controls, ethics and financial reporting;
  • Skilled with required software (MS Excel, MS Word , MS Outlook, Production Tracker, Accumap, PVR, Fieldview, Scada Systems, Well Review Tracker, Virtuwell, Rodstar/Srod, Tableau).
We thank all candidates who apply, but only those considered for an interview may be contacted. Please note, this position is local to Grande Prairie. Candidates MUST live in the area.
 
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