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Automation Tech III

Date: Jul 14, 2021

Location: Hobbs, OK, US

Company: Apache Corporation

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, contributing to global progress by helping meet the world's energy needs.
  • Our MISSION is to grow in an innovative, safe, environmentally responsible and profitable manner for the long-term benefit of our stakeholders.
  • Our STRATEGY is to take a differentiated approach to the exploration and production of cost-advantaged hydrocarbons through innovation, technology, optimization, continuous improvement and relentless focus on costs to deliver top-tier, long-term returns.


Apache is proud to have been named a Top Workplace in Houston 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 believes in a culture that encourages everyone to bring their unique perspective and background to work every day and to know that their voice is valued and respected.

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:

Operating Locations
Commitment to Sustainability
Apache Reports and Filings 

Position Description & Duties:

The Automation Technician III, for Apache Corporation will be a member of Apache’s Onshore Production Operations team at the company’s Hobbs, NM, office reporting to the Automation Foreman. 
This role will be primarily responsible for the following:

•    Responsible for the installation, maintenance, operation and standardization of all ROC and PLC(s). 
•    Install, inspect, test, adjust, maintain, operate, troubleshoot, repair, calibrate, and remove advanced Automation, Instrumentation, and Electrical equipment.
•    Interpret and apply electrical and electronic schematics pertaining to EFM(s), and PLC(s).
•    Program, edit, configure, and build programs and equipment for PLCs and displays.
•    Advanced programming and editing of programs including PID loops and high-level process controls. 
•    Maintenance of automation-related computer hardware and software. 
•    Become proficient in CygNet development and template modification.
•    Assist with facility project planning and implementation of end devices both wired and wireless.
•    Review and evaluate automation-related invoices. Code invoices according to corporate policy. 
•    Be aware of how production facilities operate.  Learn to recognize areas where alarms and data gathering are needed on each facility. 
•    Ensure that data is current on host systems with current field wiring and monitoring.
•    Recognize problem areas and develop recommendations before major problems occur. 
•    Direct contractor activities to make certain Apache Corporation is receiving the most efficient use of materials and labor. 
•    Become familiar with State Environmental Compliance Regulations and monitor job sites for compliance regarding established preventive and corrective programs. 
•    Generate new ideas and proposals.  Be aware of what is going on in your area of responsibility. 
•    Recognize problem areas and develop recommendations before major problems occur. 

Preferred & Minimum Requirements:

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

•    High school diploma or GED equivalent required. One or more college level I&E courses preferred.
•    3 or more years’ related oil and gas field experience with emphasis on installation and troubleshooting of automation/electrical equipment.
•    Basic computer skills of MS Office, operating systems, company software
•    Knowledge of hazardous locations.
•    Knowledge of proper grounding methods.
•    Working knowledge of the National Electric Codes, ISA standards, IEEE
•    Familiarity with AGA, API, and GPA standards 
•    Adequate analytical and troubleshooting skills 
•    Must be able to frequently, enter confined spaces, climb to and work from elevated platforms, excavated areas, ladders, stairwells, walkways, etc. 
•    Must be able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds in awkward positions, and ability to lift 50 pounds from floor to waist
•    Ability to efficiently plan, construct, and draft as built prints for small metering equipment installations
•    Be proficient in utilization of technology i.e., vortex, Coriolis, and magnetic meters, as well as wireless gateways, guided wave radar, and float sticks. 

Core Values & 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.

Apache Statement on Hiring

To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to base all employment-related decisions and actions exclusively on employment-related criteria. To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to provide broad dissemination of job opportunities, as consistent with the nature of the positions. To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to review its employment-related policies and actions on a regular basis to ensure that their application is consistent with their intent.


Equal Employment Opportunity

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Nearest Secondary Market: Oklahoma

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