Alaska - GKA Production Engineer
ConocoPhillips - North Slope, AK

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Company Overview

ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent upstream energy company, based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company had operations in almost 30 countries and approximately 16,700 employees as of May 1, 2012, with 2011 average production of 1.62 million BOE per day and proved reserves of 8.4 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2011.

Alaska Business Unit Overview:
ConocoPhillips Alaska and its heritage companies have more than 50 years of business history in Alaska. As Alaska's largest oil and gas producer, the company produced an average 215,000 barrels of oil and 60 million cubic feet of gas per day in 2011. ConocoPhillips, with about 1,100 Alaska employees, holds major ownership interests in the Prudhoe Bay Unit, the Kuparuk River Unit, the Colville River Unit (Alpine), and the Cook Inlet Area. ConocoPhillips operates the Greater Kuparuk Area and Alpine oil fields as well as the Kenai Liquefied Natural Gas Plant, North Cook Inlet platform and Beluga River Unit gas field. The company has an ownership interest in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and owns/operates the Polar Tankers fleet.

ConocoPhillips operates the Greater Kuparuk Area (GKA), the second largest oil field in the USA. GKA contains both heavy and light oil reservoirs that are produced via waterflood and miscible injectant methodologies. GKA contains three Central Processing Facilities (CPF) that gather, separate, and process hydrocarbons, denoted CPF1, CPF2, and CPF3. Currently, the five fields in GKA produce in excess of 125,000 bopd. The field contains vertical wells, highly deviated wells, and extended reach horizontal and multi-lateral wells producing from highly faulted sandstone reservoirs.


ConocoPhillips Alaska is recruiting for a Production Engineer to work a rotational schedule (2 week on/2 week off) on the North Slope. Production Engineers work closely with Anchorage-based Reservoir Engineers and North Slope Operational Groups to maximize oil production and reserve recovery. Production Engineers are the 'eyes, ears and knowledge base' for on-site operational decisions to increase work efficiency, reduce operating costs, and deliver budgeted oil rate.


The North Slope Production Engineer may be responsible for:
Demonstrating Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) leadership and performing all duties in compliance with our HSE Management System, applicable government regulations, industry best practices and all other ConocoPhillips policies.

Providing on-site Engineering/Operations support for ~300 wells (producers and injectors).

Identifying and pursuing optimization opportunities for underperforming wells.

Monitoring and troubleshooting producing and injection well performance on a day-to-day basis by analyzing trends in the fieldwide SCADA system.

Initiating and preparing wellwork procedures (electric line, slickline, coiled tubing, etc.).

Coordinating prioritization and execution of rate adding work for GKA fields.

Conducting and QC'ing well tests for monthly production allocations.

Optimizing artificial lift methodologies including gas lift and hydraulic jet pumps.

Preparing economic evaluations to maximize operational decision making outcomes.

Oversight and QC of 3rd party operations and field metering.


Basic/Required Qualifications

Authorized to work in the United States on a regular full-time basis without restrictions.

Bachelor's of Science degree or higher in Petroleum, Mechanical, Chemical, or Civil Engineering.

3+ years direct Petroleum Engineering experience.

Proficient in use of Microsoft Office applications

Willing to wear


fire retardant clothing and personal protective equipment (such as steel-toe shoes, ear and eye protection.)

Valid driver's license.

Preferred Skills

Commitment to stringent HSE and ethical standards.

Familiarity with Arctic Operations.

Strong communication, presentation, integrated teamwork and problem solving skills.

Individual must be a self-starter, project initiator, and have demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Strong multi-tasking skills with ability to manage multiple ongoing activities.

Basic well testing and well work experience.

Basic artificial lift design and optimization experience.

Understanding of plant and process facility operations.

Demonstrated capability to interface with other Engineers and Operations personnel of varied disciplines and backgrounds.

Track record of setting aggressive targets and delivering results

"Can Do", persistent attitude

Self-starter with good influencing skills

Good judgment and decision making capabilities

Additional Information

In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of

November 28, 2012


Candidates for regular U.S. positions must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a)(1). Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Function



Job Level


Individual Contributor/Staff Level

Primary Location






Line of Business


Exploration & Production

Job Posting


Nov 14, 2012, 5:37:38 PM