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ConocoPhillips Intern, Multi-Skilled Operator 2019 – Multiple Locations in WATFORD CITY, North Dakota

Title: Intern, Multi-Skilled Operator 2019 – Multiple Locations


Job Number: 00R2Z

Position Summary

The Multi-Skilled Operator (MSO) is part of a field asset team and is a hands-on position in the field. The successful MSO Intern will be responsible for safely optimizing, operating and maintaining wells and all surface equipment on the lease or facilities.

Assignments will be in the Bakken, Delaware Basin, Eagle Ford, Niobrara and Southeastern New Mexico Asset sites, located in Carlsbad or Hobbs, NM, Denver, CO, Dickinson or Watford City, ND and Kenedy, TX. Typical lengths of our internships vary from 8 to 12 weeks based on the project and your availability.

Technical guidance is provided by the Production Foreman and other members of the field team. A MSO Intern must safely be able to do the following:

  • Start-up and shut-down all facilities, equipment, and wells in a safe manner

  • Work with production leadership, production engineers, and peers to solve problems associated with the well bore, production, and surface facilities

  • Adhere to the ConocoPhillips / Lower 48 Operations Competency Assurance Program

Responsibilities may include:

  • Adhere to all Safety, Environmental, and Company policies and procedures

  • Be a safety leader in the company safety program

  • Participate in pre-startup safety reviews (PSSR)

  • Participate in incident investigations and HSE audits as assigned

  • Operate a company-provided vehicle in a safe manner while adhering to the company driving guidelines

  • Inspect gas and oil wells, tanks, meters, separators, compressors, and attached piping components for leaks or unusual conditions and take corrective actions if needed

  • Access remote locations to check wells, maintain normal operating levels, pressures and flow on separation equipment, and make adjustments to automatic and manual controls

  • Gauge tanks for sale or transfer of condensate, crude oil, and water while maintaining appropriate and accurate records

  • Ensure wells are prioritized and operated to maintain contractual obligations (e)Operate rental compressors, flowing gas wells, gas lift wells, rod pump units, submersible wells, surface pumping equipment, and test wells

  • Gather relevant data on the above-mentioned equipment to and compare daily changes to both equipment and productivity

  • Adjust pumping unit run time, time clock, injection adjustment, stroke lengths, shoot fluid levels, run dynamometers, and perform basic trouble shooting

  • Utilize electronic remote well supervision, SCADA, etc., to optimize production and reduce safety and environmental impact

  • Maintain chemical injection rates, start up and shut in wells

  • Accurately enter daily volumes, well tests, downtime and injection information into a computer database in a timely manner

  • Monitor daily production inputs into electronic data gathering software and compare input data with output data for accuracy

  • Proactively monitor and optimize production and costs within area of control

  • Perform minor hands on production equipment repairs. Generate work notifications/material request for all other work that is needed for equipment reliability

  • Operate and optimize Artificial Lift Systems such as: wellhead compression, capillary strings, plunger lift, foamed injection, gas lifts and flow case equipment

  • Execute required regulatory tasks generated by SAP, such as A&OI inspections, site security, and end of the month closings

  • Take full ownership for daily operations and maintenance of assigned wells

  • Have ability to be on call and respond to callout alarms

  • Maintain cleanliness and order on lease routes and at facilities

  • Perform detailed and effective shift handovers – communicate shift notes where applicable

  • Contribute to achieving Safety, Production, and Financial goals set by both Corporate and the individual Business Units

Our Company

At ConocoPhillips innovation and excellence create a platform for opportunity and growth. We are the world’s largest independent Exploration and Production company and we don’t hire just the GPA, we hire the person who earned it.

We strive to represent and reflect the global communities in which we live and work. To deliver superior performance, we create an inclusive environment that respects the contributions and differences of every individual. We believe that diverse opinions, ideas and perspectives are what fuels innovation throughout our company, and we all play a role in giving our company a competitive business advantage.

Bakken Overview

The Bakken is a large shale play located in the Willison Basin, which stretches across portions of eastern Montana and western North Dakota. The Bakken is one of the company’s three key growth areas within its Lower 48 business unit, with a development area covering approximately 630,000 net acres at the end of 2017. The company’s activities focus on unconventional tight oil play development and production in the most prolific portion of the basin. Operational and capital efficiencies continue to improve in the basin through the use of multi-well pad drilling, completion optimization, facility design changes and data analytics. In 2017, net production from the Bakken averaged 65 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Eagle Ford Overview

ConocoPhillips acreage is located in the sweet spot of the Eagle Ford tight oil trend, located in the Western Gulf Basin of South Texas. The company was one of the first to enter the play in 2009, and by year-end 2017 held approximately 210,000 net leasehold and mineral acres, primarily in DeWitt, Karnes and Live Oak counties. Since field inception, ConocoPhillips has produced more than 300 million barrels of oil equivalent from the field and continues to build the Eagle Ford into a legacy asset with production expected for years to come. In 2017, net production from the Eagle Ford averaged 133 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day, with about 80 percent of the production coming from liquids.

Delaware Basin Overview

ConocoPhillips’ Delaware Basin asset in the Mid-Continent Business Unit consists of 73K net acres (45K net acres core operated) in West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico with a resource base of approximately 2.4 BBOE. The asset is currently producing over 20 MBOEPD with production forecast to exceed 100 MBOEPD in 2020 and peak in excess of 200 MBOEPD around 2030. There is an ongoing drilling campaign targeting the Bone Springs and Wolfcamp formations in both Texas and New Mexico across a mixture of state and federal acreage.

Niobrara Overview

The Niobrara shale formation is an established oil-producing reservoir in the southern Denver-Julesberg Basin. The company holds approximately 100,000 net acres in the Niobrara play, where development activities continue with a concentrated effort on unconventional tight oil. The company continues to pursue operational efficiency and optimization of development activity through the deployment of multi-well drilling pads, facility design enhancements, improved completions and innovative technology.

Permian Overview

ConocoPhillips and its heritage companies have operated in the Permian Basin for almost 100 years. Across New Mexico and Texas, the company holds conventional positions in the Northwest Shelf and Central Basin Platform, and an unconventional position in the Delaware Basin. At year-end 2017, the company held about 1 million net acres across the basin, with net production of 60 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day. ConocoPhillips is committed to being an innovative and environmentally-responsible operator, and the new technologies and practices that it is using in this area exemplify that.

Southeastern New Mexico Overview

ConocoPhillips’ SENM asset in the Great Plains Business Unit consists of three operating areas in Southeastern New Mexico currently producing over 5.8 MBOEPD. The asset consists of over 1,100 wells supported by 5 operated waterfloods and a CO2 reinjection/liquid recovery plant. SENM wells vary from shallow to deep producing formations and incorporate various types of artificial lift and induced recovery technology.



  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States as 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) and will not need sponsorship now or in the future

  • Valid Driver’s License

  • Pursuing or have recently completed an Associate’s Degree/Trade Certification or higher in a Production Technology, Process Technology or related technical field

  • Current level in college: Freshman through Senior

  • Expected graduation date: Spring 2018 through Fall 2020

  • A minimum of eight (8) continuous weeks availability for internship

  • Ability and willingness to perform/comply with following:

  • Willing and able to work in temperature extremes or adverse weather conditions

  • Willing to work in several different geographic locations each day

  • Willing and able to work both in and out of a company-owned vehicle

  • Willing and able to wear appropriate special safety equipment

  • Willing and able to climb heights up to 24 feet

  • Willing and able to walk, stand, stoop, sit, climb, and carry material daily on even and uneven terrain

  • Willing and able to use hand tools to make minor repairs

  • Willing and able to work weekends and be on call

  • Willing to work a rotational schedule (8/6)


  • A minimum cumulative and major GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • Previous internships or work experience with oil and gas production practices, equipment and terminology

  • Demonstrates taking ownership of actions and follows through on commitments by courageously dealing with important problems, holding others accountable and standing up for what is right.

  • Satisfactory safety record and knowledge of safety rules and practices

  • Ability to utilize laptop PC and applicable software programs

  • Ability to prepare accurate and legible reports

  • Ability to read and understand production and financial reports

  • Ability to react to visual and aural signals, alarms, and instructions

  • Generates effective solutions based on available information and makes timely decisions that are safe and ethical

  • Listens actively and invites dialogue to gain a shared understanding, then influences and acts to drive

ConocoPhillips will conduct on-site interviews at many universities in the U.S. during the Spring of 2019 . Please check with your university career services to find out if and when we will be visiting your campus. If ConocoPhillips isinterviewing on your campus, you must register with your career service office and complete your online application prior to the university deadlines to be considered for these on-site interviews. If we are not making a site visit to your campus and you are selected for an interview, our recruiters will contact you directly to schedule the interview.

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 31, 2019.

Candidates for this U.S. position 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 A, B, C, D, E, F (F1-Academic Student), G, H (H1-B), I, J, L, M (M1-Vocational Student), NATO, O, P, Q, R or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization in the United States now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

Job Function: Internships, Graduate Positions, and Student Programs

Job Level: Individual Contributor/Staff Level

Line of Business: LOWER 48

Title: Intern, Multi-Skilled Operator 2019 – Multiple Locations