Job DescriptionOverview of Position: The technician will also be
responsible for maintenance, plumbing and troubleshooting
of the test and data acquisition equipment and
upkeep of the Laboratory test systems. They will also be
required to work with our Site Services department
(machine shop, electrical shop, glass blowing shop,
pressure vessel shop), HES and BRES service company
for safety, lab maintenance and compliance. Since this
work requires working with high pressures (~10,000 psi)
and high temperature (450 °F), it is mandatory that the
technician follow safe working procedures for high
pressure equipment. Technician should be willing to
work in a team environment and performing multiple
tasks in the above disciplinary areas. Technician must be
willing to work with possible hazardous materials (crude
oil, solvents, steam, mercury and H2S).
Mechanical aptitude is a must, ability to troubleshoot
experimental systems, flexibility in performing tasks, and
ability to work alone is a key benefit. Knowing Swagelok
fittings, pipe fittings, Autoclave Engineer and HIP
plumbing is a key requirement to setup our new
experimental systems. We require a person who can
work independently to handle multiple test systems in
10 different labs. The candidate must understand the
entire test system down to the valve, pressure vessel
and pump level and be able to change the test design
depending on the testing parameters required.
The mechanical skills are just a minimum requirement as
we are a R&D lab that needs a technician skilled in
conducting tests, collecting data, making observations
and improving the test process based on the results.
Most tests have never been done before so this position
will require a “Out of the Box” type thinker ready for
challenges. This is not a position for a person who wants
a routine steady job where the entire day will be
planned out and followed. This job will require an
inventor or scientist type of mind set.
Experience working in reservoir management labs
desired but not required. The position requires
fundamental understanding or training in one of the
following: physics, petroleum or chemical engineering,
mechanical engineering, or other related engineering
disciplines or principles. We need a person who is
excited about science and doing new things, thinking
creatively but working safely and following safety
protocols. Our labs are very unique, and every work day
will be a new activity so this is not a job who seek
routine work. The position may require working in many
labs so the opportunity to work and learn about new
technologies and from many scientists will be rewarding
to those who are interested in our field.
Key Job Responsibilities (essential position functions):
1. Maintenance and plumbing of laboratory equipment
including test cells and computer equipment.
a. Required Swagelok, Autoclave Engineers, HIP or pipe
b. Preferred experience with pumps, valves, pressure
vessels, heaters, pressure transducers, thermocouples
2. Acquisition, summarization, analysis and quality
control of data, basic PC knowledge
a. Computer programming skills with I/O experience
3. Preparation of samples for testing.
4. Safe laboratory practice knowledge and skills,
including working with high pressure, high temperature
5. Work as part of a multifunctional team involved in the
measurement of rock and fluid properties, cross train in
other areas as needed.
6. Must be a quick learner able to understand
fundamentals and be willing to be mentored by senior
experts on our team.
7. Must be a good communicator with initiative to ask
questions to continue learning daily.
8. Prior experience working with CO2, mercury, crude
oils, H2S and solvents are a benefit.