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BP Americas, Inc. Automation Technician in Wamsutter, Wyoming


Job title:

Automation Technician



Req ID:


Relocation available:


Travel required:

Negligible travel

About BP:

BP's BPX Energy business (formerly known as the Lower 48) 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 Denver (Colorado), BPX Energy 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 premier, high return, onshore exploration and production company that consistently increases asset value. 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 2018, BP completed a $10.5 billion acquisition of BHP's world-class unconventional oil and gas assets in the Permian-Delaware basin in Texas, along with two premium positions in the Eagle Ford and Haynesville basins in Texas and Louisiana. These assets currently produce 190,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, of which about 45 percent are liquid hydrocarbons. The deal represents BP’s largest purchase since buying ARCO in 1999. It is a transformational acquisition for our BPX Energy business which gives the BPX Energy team access to some of the best acreage in some of the best basins in the onshore U.S.

Job Family Group:

Operations Group

Job Profile Summary:

Responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting, and operating automation and control systems to support field operations.

Time Type:

Full time


United States of America


United States - Wyoming - Wamsutter

Job advert:

We are seeking a highly-motivated, adaptable individual with a growth mindset who enjoys a dynamic, hands on, field-based work environment. The successful candidate will be responsible for working in the Wamsutter business unit with other teams to maintain and troubleshoot current automation and communication infrastructure including: RTUs, PLCs, gas and liquid metering, transducers, transmitters, well site radios, radio towers, backhaul systems, and SCADA systems. The specialist will take a systematic approach to maintenance and will work to track and eliminate repeat failures. The specialist will work with central teams as well as other business units to upgrade existing systems to improve reliability and to enhance capabilities. Working with the IT and Application teams, they will need to plan, design, obtain approval for, and implement new types of RTUs, data collection tools, control software, etc. Experience with consumer grade electronics and industrial grade devices is needed. The specialist will cross-train other members of the team to operate and maintain existing and upgraded systems.

Key accountabilities

  • Health, Safety, Security & Environmental oversight to ensure a safe and environmentally sound operation.

  • Daily operations in Eagle Ford asset, including well, equipment, and facility troubleshooting

  • Management of contractor work

  • Complete required BP training.

  • Comfortable administratively working in SCADA systems

  • Seek knowledge and encourage new techniques and/or Automation & Measurement equipment.

  • Utilize and ensure compliance of all essential operating procedures and practices for the automation & measurement discipline.

Essential Education

  • A minimum of a High School diploma or equivalent.

  • Vocational electrical education or electrical engineering degree preferred or equivalent experience.

Essential experience and job requirements

  • Proven ability to work within a distributed team

  • Experience of working with a distributed field network and corporate WAN connections

  • Ability to lead problem solving

  • Proven ability to consult and coordinate on company wide solutions to local problems

  • Experience of working with cloud based SCADA hosts and historians

  • Experience in automating routine tasks by software automation and programming

  • Experience of participating in R&D trials with sensors, smart technologies and IOT.

  • Understanding of, and ability to troubleshoot, end to end data flows and technologies used in data transport

  • Proven ability to investigate root causes of problems and implementations of solutions to prevent future occurrence

In Addition to the above experience, A/M Specialist should possess knowledge of the following;

  • Remote Transmitting Unit (RTU) types, programming and troubleshooting

  • Radio types (serial and ethernet), programming and troubleshooting.

  • Solar charging systems and troubleshooting.

  • Batteries and troubleshooting.

  • Analog Input/Analog Output and troubleshooting.

  • Digital Input/Digital Output and troubleshooting.

  • Multi-Variable Transmitter types and troubleshooting.

  • Control valves and troubleshooting.

  • Computer skills and programs – preferably related to SCADA.

  • Antenna, coax and troubleshooting.

  • Wiring systems and troubleshooting.

  • Transmitters and troubleshooting.

  • Calibration of transmitters

  • Communications equipment repair and troubleshooting

  • PLC types, programming and troubleshooting

  • Working knowledge of the operations of a complete wellsite preferred

Desirable criteria and qualifications

  • Oil and gas or equivalent industry experience preferred.

  • Automation / Telecommunication / Telecommunication experience.

  • Experience with instrumentation, Radio communications, and a wide range of RTU types

  • Degree preferred