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Occidental Petroleum Automation Specialist (West Texas or New Mexico) in Carlsbad, New Mexico

Title: Automation Specialist (West Texas or New Mexico) Location: United States-New Mexico-Carlsbad Other Locations: United States-Texas-Midland, United States-New Mexico-Hobbs


Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with a subsidiary (OxyChem) that is a major North American chemical manufacturer. As one of the largest oil and gas companies in the U.S., we continually strive to be one of the best in the business. Our greatest asset has been, and will continue to be, our people. We are looking for an experienced and motivated individual to fill the position of Automation Specialist within our Permian Resources New Mexico group based in Carlsbad or Hobbs, New Mexico or Midland, Texas.

This position will be responsible for the design, specification, installation, programming, calibration, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of automation equipment in order to improve plant or oilfield system operation/uptime and reduce total operating costs.

This job opening is for several Automation Specialist roles available in the Carlsbad or Hobbs, New Mexico or Midland, Texas area. This position works the 9/80 schedule. You must live within 30 miles of your area of responsibility.


  • 5 years oilfield experience with a responsible attitude for personal safety and the safety of co-workers, contractors, and the general public

  • Excellent interpersonal and team work skills

  • Excellent diagnostic and repair skills for complex problems in automation systems

  • Working knowledge of SPOC

  • Excellent knowledge of automation host systems

  • Expert in using test equipment pertaining to job, including oscilloscope, function generators, radio service monitor, etc.

  • Able to perform general PM work: testing end devices, temperature shutdowns, pressure switches, level shutdowns

  • Understanding of pneumatic instrumentation: calibration and maintenance

  • Electronically qualified per OSHA, 1910.269 up to 600V

  • Skillful in reading electronic schematics, identifying components, and understanding their functions

  • Able to calibrate and troubleshoot complex PLC programs

  • Good computer skills

  • Must have valid driver’s license and excellent driving record

Oxy is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Individual with Disability/Veteran Status