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Occidental Petroleum Construction Specialist in Carlsbad, New Mexico

Title: Construction Specialist Location: United States-New Mexico-Carlsbad Other Locations:


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 Construction Specialist based in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

The Construction Specialist will work as a member of the Facilities and Construction team comprised of peer Construction Specialists and Facility Engineers (Project managers) that collaboratively plan, design, coordinate and execute Engineering, Procurement & Construction projects to meet field development program online dates and budgets. This role will execute construction activities start thru commissioning on upstream surface production facilities supporting production fluids (oil, water, gas) from wellhead thru sales. The candidate will also manage contract crews, material procurement and inspections within and outside the company to provide working facilities on time and on-budget in accordance with Corporate HES and industry best practices, policies and procedures.

Additional Roles and Responsibilities:

•Directs and manages assigned Roustabout, Pipeline and General Construction contract crews to efficiently execute construction activities of assigned facilities projects

•Provide input to develop Facility and construction team standards and practices

•Understand production equipment, materials and design that best support project

•Manages major project schedule, resources and enforces product or service quality and compliance to design specifications and operating procedures

•Tracks costs with onsite procured items and/or services required for project activities and reports timely and accurately to designated leadership

•Provide HES leadership and enforces policy compliance

•Identify obstacles that may impact project execution and support mitigating processes



•High school or equivalent education is required

Professional/Technical Knowledge:

•Knowledgeable in Oil and Gas Construction Industry Standards and best practices

•Familiar with basic Project Management Principles and techniques

Professional / Technical Qualifications/Licences/Certifications:

•Understanding of industry welding requirements and procedures as well as non-destruction evaluation (NDE) methodologies; Certified Welding Inspector (preferred)

•Proficient use of Microsoft Office suite (MS Project, MS Word, MS Excel and Outlook) and general IT use

•Ability to travel as required (a valid driver’s license and excellent driving record are required)


•Candidates should have at least 5 -10 years of construction experience

•Direct experience with maintenance, operation and/or construction for Upstream oil and gas production pipeline facilities

•Experience in rotating equipment (Pumps, Compressors, VRUs): Materials, Design, Installation, Estimation and Operation

•Experience with surface production equipment (Vessels, Tanks, Headers): Materials, Design, Installation, Estimation and Operation

•Familiar with Midstream gas plant operation and maintenance

•Familiar with civil construction activities and associated permits

Skills & Competencies:

•Demonstrated construction management skills including material & labor planning, cost & schedule estimating, contracting, cost & progress tracking and management, documentation, post appraisal and process improvement

•Knowledge of Pipeline: Materials, Pressure drop calculations, Design, Installation, Estimation

•High proficiency using construction drawings, survey drawings, and installation specifications; able to interpret and create as required

•Basic understanding of automation and electrical design principles

•Demonstrated high level of effectiveness working in a collaborative teamwork environment

•Fundamental understanding of MOCs, HAZOPs and PSSRs

•Extensive expertise in HES/OSHA safe work systems.

•Expertise of construction specifications, codes and practices.

•Awareness training for Welding procedures, inspections and NDE

•Ability to develop/review Lifting plans for critical lifts

•Familiar knowledge of material handling/staging principles and techniques

•Ability to evaluate manpower loading plans

•Ability to manage construction contractors effectively and efficiently

•Possesses sound communication skills and basic decision making ability in support of team/project goals

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