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ConocoPhillips Production Engineer in ALBERTA, Canada

Title: Production Engineer


Job Number: 00TY9

Company Overview

ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent exploration and production (E&P) company, based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, we had operations and activities in 17 countries, $71 billion of total assets, and approximately 10,900 employees as of June 30, 2019.

We are focused on exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas globally. Our diverse portfolio primarily includes resource-rich North American unconventional assets; oil sands assets in Canada; lower-risk legacy assets in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia; several international developments across the portfolio; and an inventory of global conventional and unconventional exploration prospects.

In Canada, we can trace our history back over 110 years. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, our world-class portfolio includes the Surmont oil sands project in the Athabasca region of northeastern Alberta and exciting opportunities in the liquids-rich Montney play in northeast British Columbia. Our production averaged 70,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2018 and proved reserves were 200 million barrels of oil equivalent.

Our story demonstrates our commitment to the community, our innovative approach to technology and our adaptability during the changes faced by our industry. We believe that diverse opinions, ideas and perspectives are what fuels innovation, and we reinforce this belief throughout our company. Our workforce represents the international communities in which we live and work, bringing together talented people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Consistent with our focus on excellence, ConocoPhillips continues to discover and develop best practices in diversity and inclusion – for the good of our enterprise, our employees, our vendors and our communities.


ConocoPhillips Canada is recruiting two Production Engineers to support our Surmont facility. The Production Engineers will be responsible for production surveillance and optimization for all SAGD injection and production which includes well test review and allocation.

These roles identify, pursue, and manage all production and cost optimization workovers & opportunities on the injector and producer wellbores; this can include work related to downhole configuration optimization, artificial lift selection, well workovers and data acquisition. Technical evaluations will be done in conjunction with the base exploitation team, however project management responsibilities will lie with the Production Engineers.

Though this role is based out of the Calgary office on a 5/2 schedule, the Production Engineers will work closely with field operations staff supporting their day-to-day activities. Occasional trips to the field are anticipated in this role.


  • Primary responsibility for well performance troubleshooting, optimization and issuing of daily well targets to Control Room Operators

  • Monitor and optimize steam distribution in accordance with Steam Optimization and Allocation Project to maximize steam injection efficiency

  • Assist the Well Integrity team with strategies and guidelines for maintaining surface and subsurface containment

  • Well performance troubleshooting, optimization and issuing of daily well targets to Control Room Operators

  • Troubleshooting of surface facility issues such as separation, metering and instrumentation

  • Partner with Field Operations and Base Exploitation to monitor production and well test data quality for accuracy of use in volume management system and production allocation needs

  • Generate new opportunities for spend consideration and mature these through FEL stages of Opportunity Management

  • Participate and contribute to pad reviews to ensure alignment to the depletion plan

  • Prepare economic evaluations for operating capital and expense production projects

  • Utilize analytical optimization tools and implement continuous improvement of tools and processes when appropriate

  • Plan and manage new well startups (steam circulation phase and SAGD phases)

  • Optimize artificial lift (Gas Lift, ESP and PCP) manage the planning and execution of well servicing or workovers

  • Attend pump teardowns when required and make recommendations for ESP design installation optimization, along working with the Artificial Lift Specialist and Senior Production Engineer.

  • Assist with the design and development of the Surmont asset and future pads along with the start-up/ramp-up plan

  • Provide mentoring to new and inexperienced operations and engineering staff regarding well operations


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor or Certificate Degree in Petroleum, Chemical, or Mechanical Engineering

  • Minimum of 5 years of related

  • Legally authorized to work in the Canada without restrictions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred Bachelor Degree in Petroleum, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering

  • Preferred Certified Engineering Technologist

  • Experience in thermal heavy oil operations is an asset

  • Strong computer skills

  • Able to communicate information and obtain alignment across multiple disciplines

  • ​Proven collaboration skills with both field operations and other technical staff

This is a safety sensitive position and will be subject to the relevant requirements of the ConocoPhillips Canada substance abuse program and pre-employment health screening.

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 March 9, 2021.

Current employees: Please ensure you have discussed your intent to apply with your current supervisor prior to applying for any internal position.

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ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Function: Engineering

Job Level: Individual Contributor/Staff Level


Title: Production Engineer