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Automation Specialist II

United States, New Mexico, Carlsbad



Posted: 3/19/2024

Ref: BH-264160


Mid-Level Automaton Tech - Has entry level tech skills plus advanced troubleshooting skills and diagnostic skills to explain control logic functionality and solutions to system operational conditions/environments that effect performance.  

Starts Acquiring entry level integrator skills and uses engineering design documents to commission control systems, validate control loops, confirm functionality of control logic, configure end devices, and test alarms.  


Responsible for installation, programming, calibration, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of automation equipment.  


- Responsibility of maintaining and repairing a wide array of automation and electrical equipment associated with upstream onshore oil and gas producing operations.  

- Provide on-site automation support for upstream onshore oil and gas producing operations.  

- Serve as technical resource for facility controls systems and field instrumentation including level, pressure, flow, vibration, and other instruments.  

- Ensure maintenance activities are executed in compliance with relevant industry and corporate Process Control standards.  

- Follow PLC programming practices, standards, and MOC procedures.  

- Identify problem areas with instrumentation and control systems to determine strategic improvement opportunities.  

- Leverage CMMS, such as SAP, to facilitate the processes of maintenance operations.  


- 2-year Instrumentation or Automation technology degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher (or foreign equivalent), or equivalent technical working experience with a good track record of safety.  

- 3+ years experience working as an Automation Specialist.  

- 3+ years of Oil Field experience.- Advanced knowledge of well RTU designs, programming and troubleshooting.  

- Advanced knowledge of analog and discrete instrumentation, and various serial and ethernet communications protocols.  

- Advanced knowledge of technical standards and guidelines (API, NEC, NFPA, IEEE, ISA, etc.).  

- Intermediate knowledge of maintaining PLC programs in function block, ladder logic, and structured text.  

- Intermediate knowledge of maintaining local HMI operator interfaces.- Ability and willingness to work 12- hour shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and participate in an on-call rotation. Schedules may vary depending on location.  

- Ability and willingness to travel to unassigned job areas on an as-needed basis.  

- Ability and willingness to work under air (fit test) and work from aerial manlift platform.  

- Works safely around instrumentation and electrical systems.  

- Capable of working responsibly with limited supervision.  

- Intermediate knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and Windows Operating Systems.  


- Bachelor's degree in Automation with GPA of 3.0 or higher (or foreign equivalent).  

- 7+ years of Oil Field experience.  

- 3+ years of upstream oil and gas automation experience.  

- Experience with Allen-Bradley & Rosemount.  

- Able to read and understand Cause & Effects, wiring diagrams, control narratives, etc.  

- Intermediate ability to troubleshoot control networks for well sites, well pads, tank battery, saltwater disposal and compressor stations. (ControlNet, Ethernet I/P, Network Switches, fiber optics, RF communications)  

- Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively communicate with management, technical, and field personnel.  

- Builds positive relationships based on trust and seeks collaboration across organizational boundaries to achieve goals.  

- Listens actively and invites new ideas for exchanged opinions, then influences and acts to drive positive performance and achieve results.

With over 90 years' combined experience, NES Fircroft (NES) is proud to be the world's leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Chemicals, Construction & Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining and Manufacturing sectors worldwide. With more than 80 offices in 45 countries, we are able to provide our clients with the engineering and technical expertise they need, wherever and whenever it is needed. We offer contractors far more than a traditional recruitment service, supporting with everything from securing visas and work permits, to providing market-leading benefits packages and accommodation, ensuring they are safely and compliantly able to support our clients.

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