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Occidental Petroleum Compressor Mechanic in Carlsbad, New Mexico

Title: Compressor Mechanic Location: United States-New Mexico-Carlsbad Other Locations:


Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, and its OxyChem subsidiary is a major North American chemical manufacturer. We are one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies, based on equity market capitalization, with more than 40,000 employees and contractors worldwide.

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 Equipment Tech – Engine/Gas Compressor Mechanic based in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Essential Job Duties:

Operation, surveillance, and troubleshooting of Natural Gas Engines, Compressors and Pumps. This includes validating and inputting production and injection data, performing preventative/predictive maintenance, reactive maintenance, major and minor repairs on equipment, reporting spills and leaks. Work with the Surface Downhole Leads and Production Technicians, Rotating Equipment Specialist and Engineering to identify compression opportunities. Will coordinate the field execution of Capital/Expense Projects. Provide startup and commissioning support for equipment and condition monitoring systems. Candidates must be able to relieve other Equipment Techs, respond to callouts and work assigned weekends, holidays .


  • High School Graduate or G.E.D.

  • 5 or more years of engine and compressor mechanic experience is required, with a responsible attitude for personal safety and the safety of co-workers, contractors and the public.

  • Demonstrated strong commitment to safety to include personal safety, co-workers, contractors and the public.

  • Strong knowledge of oil/gas production rotating equipment types (pumps, compression, engines, motors, couplings, belt drives, etc.)

  • Experience in the following: Caterpillar 3500 and 3600 series engines.

  • Experience working with high speed reciprocating Ariel.

  • Working knowledge of ADEM 3 engine control systems.

  • Ability to tune and make adjustments with Caterpillar ET computer program.

  • Troubleshoot compressor valves, identify and repair compressor packing leaks.

  • Working knowledge of emission systems, exhaust catalysts, and State emissions compliance.

  • Also knowledge on hot alignment and soft foot adjustments.

  • Experience in troubleshooting and repairing centrifugal and positive displacement (SWD) pumps.

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

  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to troubleshoot mechanical problems and perform root cause failure analysis.

  • Capable of basic troubleshooting of automation and electrical equipment. Also capable of repairing some equipment, such as actuators & level alarms and of changing out fuses, relays, etc.

  • Competent in computer programs applicable to his/her daily work processes (Microsoft programs, LOWIS, MAXIMO).

  • Familiar with safety and management of change system

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