Planning Engineer

  • Competitive
  • Canada Alberta Whitecourt
  • Contract
  • Oil & Gas
NES Fircroft is a leading global technical recruitment company providing professional contract and permanent staff to a diverse world-wide client base within the oil & gas Industry.

Our valued client is seeking a Subsurface Specialist in Whitecourt, AB.  This is a field-based role with a 1-year contract.

Reporting to the WRO Advisor, the WRO Subsurface Specialist provides site supervision of Routine Well Work (RWW) for production operations and day to say support for the Artificial Lift and Chemical optimization SMEs.

This position acts as the Wellsite Representative for:
  • Swabbing Operations
  • Wireline / Slickline Operations
  • Pressure Pumping Operations, and
  • Additional Downhole & Surface Maintenance Activities 
The WRO Subsurface Specialist will receive mentorship and work closely with the Artificial Lift and Chemical SMEs to develop required competencies to provide technical support for well surveillance and optimization activities.

This position must achieve and maintain relevant well control certifications and competencies required to supervise RWW, analyze, troubleshoot and optimize artificial lift / chemical system performance.
The successful candidate will work on a 9/80 schedule.

HSE/OE/IFO: Demonstrated knowledge and compliance with Company & industry HSE work processes (e.g. well control, conduct of operations, MSW, PTW, IHE, H2S safety, confined space entry, hot work, etc.).  Demonstrated ability to understand and adhere to formal Operating Procedures with a commitment to behaviours that ensure incident free operations (IFO), protection of people, the environment, and the production process.  Must have a foundational understanding of Human Organizational Performance and the ability to communicate key principles to Company personnel and business partner crews. 

TECHNICAL COMPETENCY: Knowledge of RWW operations, tools, and procedures such as: swabbing, wireline/slickline, pressure pumping, pressure testing etc..  Working knowledge of the installation, operation, maintenance and optimization of artificial lift systems with emphasis on gas lift, rod pump and plunger lift.  Familiarity/experience with planning, execution and interpretation of acoustic fluid shots.  Familiarity with field production chemical treatment programs for surface and subsurface fluid processing, scale, paraffin, and bacteria inhibition.  Strong understanding of unconventional field production operations. 

Experience and knowledge of well integrity testing, monitoring, and applicable regulations.  Ability to diagnose various downhole failure conditions. Ability to interact with suppliers and internal stakeholders to lead RCA efforts on equipment failures and develop corrective measures.

ANALYTICAL AND DIGITAL FLUENCY - Ability to utilize real time and historical data from multiple sources to analyze trends, review well histories, troubleshoot well performance problems to support data driven decision making.  Working knowledge of WellView for well reviews, cost tracking and generating quality daily reports that meet stakeholder requirements. Working knowledge of industry & Company OT software and applications (eg. PI, SCADA, XSPOC, Connected Ops etc.)  Must possess a growth mindset for digital applications and tools.

LEADERSHIP: Effective communication skills are critical, with a demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate and communicate RWW operations to stakeholders.  Demonstrated ability to collaborate and build strong relationships across functional teams (ie. Production Operations, IOC, Maintenance, Production Engineering & Logistics teams). Demonstrated ability to prioritize & take ownership of work.

Demonstrated ability to lead field personnel and business partner crews, providing clear job instructions, enforcing OE/HSE expectations and promoting a safe, efficient and high performing environment for RWW operations.

With over 90 years' combined experience, NES Fircroft (NES) is proud to be the world's leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Chemicals, Construction & Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining and Manufacturing sectors worldwide. With more than 80 offices in 45 countries, we are able to provide our clients with the engineering and technical expertise they need, wherever and whenever it is needed. We offer contractors far more than a traditional recruitment service, supporting with everything from securing visas and work permits, to providing market-leading benefits packages and accommodation, ensuring they are safely and compliantly able to support our clients.

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