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Occidental Petroleum Automation Specialist III in Pecos, Texas

Title: Automation Specialist III Location: United States-Texas-Pecos Other Locations:


Occidental is a global energy leader. Our integrated business model combines competitive financial returns, best-in-class assets and industry leadership in advancing a lower-carbon future.

Occidental strives to attract, retain and empower the best people by investing in their professional development and providing challenging and rewarding opportunities for personal growth. We constantly look for talented professionals who share our values and are passionate about automation. Our goal is to meet the highest standards by ensuring the health and safety of our employees, protecting the environment and positively impacting our communities where we do business.

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.

The role requires working a 7 on 7 off rotational schedule. Company housing is provided during the 7 day rotation in Pecos, TX.

Occidental is highly competitive with our compensation and benefits. As a result, this role is eligible to participate in the Location Incentive Program, designed to compensate employees physically working in our high activity areas.


  • Minimum high school diploma or GED equivalent.

  • 2 year technical degree preferred.

  • 3 or more years oilfield or relevant experience (i.e. utility, plant, pipeline, etc.).

  • A responsible attitude for personal safety and the safety of co-workers, contractors, and the general public.

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

  • Working knowledge of SPOC.

  • Excellent knowledge of automation host systems.

  • Experience with Allen Bradley and Scadapack PLCs and Totalflow RTUs preferred.

  • Able to calibrate and troubleshoot complex PLC programs.

  • Expert in using test equipment pertaining to job, multi-meters, HART calibrators, diagnostic software, pressure calibration equipment.

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

  • Understanding of pneumatic instrumentation.

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

  • Good computer skills.

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

  • Excellent interpersonal and team work skills.

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