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ConocoPhillips Rotating Equipment Technician - Bakken in WATFORD CITY, North Dakota

Title: Rotating Equipment Technician - Bakken


Job Number: 00WJT

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 13 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 trend is a sequence of liquids-rich sand and shale layers in the Williston Basin, which stretches across western North Dakota and into Canada. The company’s position in the Bakken development area is comprised of approximately 560,000 net acres, which include 382,000 net mineral acres and 178,000 net leasehold acres. The company focuses on unconventional tight-oil play development and production in the most prolific portion of the basin.

During 2021, net production averaged 94 MBOED. There were 21 operated wells brought online during 2021, bringing the total to more than 800 operated wells online at year-end.

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 the Bakken ( and view the Living and Working in Watford City ( video.


If you are selected as the Bakken Rotating Equipment Technician, you will be playing a key role to the overall performance of field operations and the company’s success. This role is critical in vendor monitoring and oversight, contract and Master Service Agreement verification, repair requests, design and change recommendations, and Multi-Skill Operator support and training. Compression Technicians are also crucial to the overall field operations performance and company success. They are vital for monitoring and assuring compressor and prime-mover availability and compressor performance.

This is a Safety Sensitive position.

Your responsibilities may include:

  • Take ownership for mechanical availability and maintenance of assigned compressors and partner with route MSOs to improve compressor operability, horsepower utilization, and equipment reliability

  • Monitor compressor volume, pressures, and temperatures; use available tools and resources to identify and implement optimization opportunities

  • Monitoring & setting discharge temperatures and assisting MSOs in hydrate minimization and mitigation best practices

  • Shoot valves for early detection of valve failures and issuance of repair recommendations to limit downtime

  • Interface with Engineering and Bakken Operations Center (BOC) for optimization troubleshooting and data gathering requests

  • Monitor and adjust chemical usage to meet targeted injection volumes

  • Partnership with MSO to ensure source gas meets compressor performance specifications

  • Perform required maintenance and ensure needed work orders are submitted and adequately completed

  • Field verification LOTO on third-party compression related equipment and installation of LOTO on boundary isolation valves (ConocoPhillips owned)

  • Be fit-for-duty while on-shift

  • Participate in lease reviews and action item follow-up

  • Adhere to all company policies and procedures; ensure contract mechanics do as well

  • Implement stop-work authority to shut down operations deemed detrimental to the health and safety of yourself, co-workers or the environment



  • 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

  • Current/Valid driver's license

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

  • 1 years of experience with gas lift and gas compression

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

  • 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

  • Walk, bend, stoop, lift, push, and pull

  • Use hand tools to make minor repairs

  • Work weekends and be on call

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


  • Associate degree/Trade certification or higher in Production Technology, Process Technology, other related technical field or foreign equivalent

  • Basic level of knowledge in gas dehydration and conditioning

  • Basic level of proficiency with Microsoft O365 applications: Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams and Word

  • Ability to build accurate and legible reports

  • Ability to read and understand production and financial reports

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

  • Takes ownership of actions and follows through on commitments by holding others accountable and standing up for what is right

  • Delivers positive results through realistic planning to accomplish goals

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

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 June 9, 2023.

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: GULF COAST & ROCKIES

Title: Rotating Equipment Technician - Bakken