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Plant Operator III

Date: Aug 30, 2021

Location: Pecos, TX, US, 79772

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:

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Commitment to Sustainability
Apache Reports and Filings 

Position Description & Duties:

The Plant Operator III, for Altus Midstream will be a member of Altus Midstream's Plant team at the company’s Diamond Cryogenic Facility office reporting to the Diamond Plant Foreman. 
This role will be primarily responsible for the following:

  • Under minimal supervision, performs tasks required for efficient operation of all functions in a natural gas processing plant, including the cryogenic plant, amine treating plant, mole-sieve dehydration systems, tank farm, utilities, engines/compressors, PD and centrifugal pumps, and other plant functions, systems, and equipment. 
  • Responsible for ensuring proper flows, temperatures, pressures, and levels and recognizes operating deviations and takes appropriate corrective action.
  • Operate plant equipment & system safely and within recommend operating parameters. 
  • Start-up/Shutdown of plant equipment.
  • Be responsible for Plant Operations and first person of contact during Emergency Responses while on night shift
  • Direct and supervise contract labor involved in plant maintenance activities
  • Lead, Train, and Teach other Operators on outside systems and control systems including but limited to PLCs, HMIs, and DCS
  • Collaborate with direct supervisor on new and improved ideas associated with an evolving plant and pipeline system
  • Visually inspect equipment and controls at periodic intervals to detect malfunctions or need for repair, adjustment, or lubrication
  • De-pressure equipment and pipelines by following LOTO procedures 
  • Hand Operate valves varying from small valves up to large valves in the 30-inch range  
  • Monitor plant and pipeline operations and respond to emergency or upset conditions
  • Operate under Process Safety Management (PSM) as required
  • Monitor gas gathering system through SCADA and make calls to alert customers of situations that could affect gas deliveries
  • Read, monitor and record various operating conditions such as pressure, temperature, hours of operations, fuel consumed, water and oil levels, etc.
  • Perform minor maintenance on equipment including, but not limited to: reciprocating natural gas compressors, fluid separation equipment, valves, etc.
  • Perform upper level trouble shooting that includes full functionality of the facility.  
  • Be able to take plant completely down including all LOTOS and bring plant back online.
  • Work a rotational 7/7 12 hour shift
  • All other duties as assigned

Preferred & Minimum Requirements:

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent is required
  • 5+ years plant experience, preferably in a cryogenic facility
  • Technical certification or equivalent training in a mechanical environment or energy related field is preferred
  • A valid driver's license with acceptable driving record is required
  • Knowledge of the operation, control and general design of various kinds of systems typically present in a processing or fractionation plant is required
  • The ability to perform basic mathematical calculations, such as, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical solutions is required
  • Basic computer skills such as: opening, creating and updating content in MS Word documents and Excel spreadsheets is required
  • Ability to assume responsibility, be flexible, perform duties and handle multiple tasks under potentially stressful and/or hazardous conditions
  • The ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with other individuals, teams, customers, and stakeholders of the business, at various levels of the organization, in a business like and professional manner is required
  • Takes initiative and is proactive in addressing issues.  Quickly and efficiently completes tasks
  • The ability to demonstrate conscientiousness, dependability and commitment to the role, team and company
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Works indoors and outdoors in and around industrial and electrical equipment
  • Works in temperature extremes due to weather conditions and operating equipment
  • Uses physical force to lift, push, pull and hold equipment and tools
  • Climbs and works at various heights and may work in a standing, sitting, lying down, crouched or kneeling position
  • Routinely reacts to visual, aural and other signals, including alarms and instructions, and is required to visually inspect work
  • Must be able to regularly bend, stoop, move from ground level to higher levels, raise/lift from ground level and lift up to 50 lbs., manually transport a load up to 75 lbs., apply up to 100-foot pounds of torque
  • Must be able to pass drug screen, background check, and fit test for H2S compliance safe guards

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.


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