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ConocoPhillips Multi-Skilled Operator - Bakken in WATFORD CITY, North Dakota

Title: Multi-Skilled Operator - Bakken


Job Number: 00TMW

Who We Are

We are one of the world’s largest independent exploration and production companies, based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. With operations and activities in 17 countries, we explore for, develop and produce crude oil and natural gas globally. We are challenged with an important job to safely find and deliver energy to the world. Our employees are critical to our success, and with them we power civilization.

We’re grounded by our SPIRIT Values – safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. These values position us to deliver strong performance in a dynamic business – but not at all costs. We believe it’s not just what we do – it’s how we do it – that sets us apart.

We strive to make a significant difference in the communities where we live and operate. We create an inclusive environment that values all voices and opinions. Together, the different backgrounds, experiences, ideas and perspectives of our employees drive our success.

Bakken Overview

The Bakken is a large shale play located in the Williston 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 610,000 net acres at the end of 2019. 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 2019, net production from the Bakken averaged 97 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Quality of Life Incentives

ConocoPhillips’ offers additional benefits to support employees living and maintaining a primary residence in the Watford City, ND area. For more details visit: Living in Watford City at and the Living and Working in Watford City at video.


If you are selected as the Multi-Skilled Operator (MSOs), you will be part of a field asset team and have a hands-on position in the field. You will be responsible for safely optimizing, operating and maintaining wells and all surface equipment on the lease or facilities. Technical mentorship is provided by the Production Foreman and other members of the field team. You will be required to work an 8/6 or 7/7 work schedule.

Multi-Skilled Operators are required to safely perform 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 seek problems associated with the well bore, production, and surface facilities

  • Enforce the ConocoPhillips/Lower 48 Operations Competency Assurance Program

Your 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 (PSSRs)

  • Participate in incident investigations and Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) audits as assigned

  • Operate a company-provided vehicle safely 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

  • Capture 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

  • Dedicatedly monitor and improve 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, for example Asset & Operating Integrity (A&OI) inspections, site security, and end of the month closings

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

  • Able 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

  • Work a rotating 8/6 or 7/7 work schedule



  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States as a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as a permanent resident, refugee or asylee

  • Valid driver's license

  • 1 years of experience with oil and gas production practices, equipment and terminology

  • Willing and able (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform/align with the following:

  • Work in temperature extremes or adverse weather conditions

  • Work in several different geographic locations every single day

  • Work both in and out of a company-owned vehicle

  • Wear appropriate special safety equipment

  • Climb heights up to 24 feet to gauge tanks

  • Walk, bend, stoop and lift

  • Use hand tools to make minor repairs

  • Work weekends and be on call

  • Willing and able (with or without reasonable accommodation) to travel 10% on a yearly basis


  • Associate's degree/trade certification or higher in a Production Technology, Process Technology or related technical field or foreign equivalent

  • 3 years of experience with oil and gas production practices, equipment and terminology

  • 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

  • Satisfactory safety record and knowledge of safety rules and practices

  • Work independently with minimum supervision

  • Takes ownership of actions and follows through on dedications by holding others accountable and standing up for what's right

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

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

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 August 6, 2020.

Candidates for this U.S. position must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee or asylee. Individuals with temporary visas such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, M, 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: Operations

Job Level: Individual Contributor/Staff Level

Line of Business: DONOTUSE_WILLISTON ASSET63029246

Title: Multi-Skilled Operator - Bakken

Veteran Spotlight

Becky Peavler


“One of the things I liked most about the Army was the camaraderie and ‘unit first’ aspect of Solider life. When I left the military, I had the opportunity to be a consultant and work with a variety of clients in the oil and gas industry. What drew me to ConocoPhillips was the culture of how they treated people. Even as a consult I knew the support I was providing was valued and I felt like part of the team. As an employee, I have traveled to most of our global office locations and experienced the same positive teamwork culture everywhere I have visited. Now as a leader in the company, I am empowered to reinforce our People and Teamwork pillars of our SPIRIT values.”

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Mike Timmcke


“ConocoPhillips is a great place to work for Veterans and current Reservists. I have always been impressed with how the company lives up to it’s SPIRIT values which are well aligned with core Military Service values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. The skills and experiences I gained in the U.S. Navy has opened up many new and challenging leadership opportunities with the company and helped to advance my career at ConocoPhillips. The company has supported my involvement with establishment of the first Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post in Australia through the Employee Volunteer Grant Program and direct sponsorship of VFW events. I firmly believe that ConocoPhillips values the experience and service of military veterans and rewards hard work and commitment with outstanding career development opportunities. I highly recommend ConocoPhillips as an employer of choice for any veteran.”

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