BP Americas, Inc. System Automation and Control Engineer in Denver, Colorado


Job title:

System Automation and Control Engineer



Role synopsis:

  • Direct important projects across the North Business Unit that will set the model of operating efficiencies. A focus will be to work closely with Operations Engineers, Production Team Leads, and Automation team to provide technology focused solutions to operation workflows. The engineer will bridge the gap between these groups to create systems that reduce human footprint in the field at the same time reducing deferment and LOE. The candidate will implement field instrumentation / automation solutions to enhance production and reduce operator intervention.

Req ID:



United States - Colorado - Denver

Is this a part time position?:


Relocation available:


Travel required:

Yes - up to 25%

Key accountabilities:

  • Reduce operations workflow by implementing intelligent operations

  • Leverage modern software and hardware technology to transform operations LOE

  • Integrate controlling algorithms into a diverse set of Artificial Lift types and surface equipment

  • Ability to think differently and optimize routine wellsite actions

  • Analyze and provide metrics on data reliability and controlling success

  • Program raspberry Pi or similar PLC’s in central system to communicate different protocols to fully integrate with our current workflow

  • Integrate field deployed PLCs and sensors with HMI and central data reporting systems

  • Reduce failure rate of different Artificial Lift types by system implementations

  • Focus on high impact projects to reduce field and engineering cycle time

  • Strong safety culture to lead and engage BP personnel and vendors regarding job hazards, mitigations, and stopping the job.

Essential Education:

  • BS degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or similar

Desirable criteria and qualifications:

  • Some experience with Yoko, Emerson, and Sams systems

  • Foster an environment of safety first operations

  • Demonstrate ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in fast paced environment

  • Forward looking thinker; who actively seeks opportunities and solutions

  • Demonstrated use of IMPACT principles: I - Innovated: Learns from new ideas and applies solutions to add value. M - Motivated: Overcomes obstacles with an intense desire to succeed. P - Performance Driven: Makes value-based decisions involving measured risk to deliver business objectives. A - Accountable: Takes responsibility and ownership of business performance. C - Collaborative: Shares knowledge and works together for the good of L48. T - Trustworthy: Keeps commitments, listens to others and authentically supports change necessary to achieve our Path to Premier.

About BP:

BP's US Lower 48 (L48) Onshore business operates across a vast US geography, from Texas north through the Rocky Mountains. The business manages a diverse portfolio which includes an extensive unconventional resource base of about 7.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent across 5.5 million gross acres in some of the largest and most well-known basins in the US. Headquartered in Houston (Texas), L48 employs about 1,700 people across six states, operates more than 9,600 producing wells and has 70,000 royalty owners. Our vision is to be the most respected and admired oil and gas company in the Lower 48 US states.

Our Wyoming operations are anchored on the giant Wamsutter tight gas field in the south central part of the state. In the San Juan area of Colorado and New Mexico we produce from tight gas sands and operate the largest coal-bed methane field in the US. Our Mid-Continent operations cover the prolific Anadarko, and is home to the famed East Texas basin, along with the Woodford shale gas play and Arkoma basin. We also have non-operating interests in over 10,000 wells across the US with substantial positions in both the Eagle Ford and Fayetteville shale basins.

In 2015, the L48 Onshore is being established as a separate business within BP’s Upstream to manage its onshore oil and gas assets across the US onshore. This effort is being undertaken to improve competitiveness and help L48 remain at the forefront of innovation and development of technologies for unconventional resources.


Application close date:



Instrument/Control/Electric Engineering

Job category:


Countries (State/Region):

United States - Colorado


If you are selected for a position in the United States, your employment will be contingent upon submission to and successful completion of a post-offer/pre-placement drug test (and alcohol screening/medical examination if required by the role) as well as pre-placement verification of the information and qualifications provided during the selection process. The drug screen requires a hair test for which BP must be able to obtain a sufficient hair sample for analysis (4 cm/1 ½” scalp, or > 2 cm/¾” body – arms & armpits/legs/chest).

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Essential experience and job requirements:

•Demonstrated ability to work in cross-functional teams.

•Understanding the production process including economics, commercial awareness, process optimization and the proper application and use of technology.

Other Requirements (eg Travel, Location):

Travel Percentage: up to 25%

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Eligibility Requirements:

If you are applying for a position in the United States, you must be at least 18 years of age, legally authorized to work in the United States; and not require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., TN, H1B status), now or in the future.