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Controls and Automation Engineer - LabVIEW

Company: Patterson UTI Energy Inc
Location: Houston
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Patterson-UTI Drilling

The New Standard for Drilling Performance

Drill safer, smarter and faster with Patterson-UTI Drilling's comprehensive fleet of pad-capable rigs featuring advanced walking systems to enhance your operations so you can reach your apex.

The Controls and Automation Engineer will be responsible for the conception, design, development, and maintenance of drilling rig control system(s) software and hardware. The preferred candidate should have a good knowledge of AC drives, drilling rig equipment, and control system software. They will also be responsible for sustaining current rig software applications and fixing issues that are reported with the systems.

The successful candidate will set high standards of performance for themselves and their projects. Present professional demeanor in written and verbal communications while developing innovative solutions. Demonstrate self-awareness and a mature emotional IQ that can adapt well to different environments and audiences.

This role will report to the Manager of Controls and Automation

Detailed Description:

  • Responsible for developing control algorithms, system architecture and compiling software for PLC/PAC/SBC based systems, HMI design/implementation, data logging, and communication interfaces related to the drilling industry
  • Be capable of designing, developing and applying control system theory to compile software code for new and existing systems that are tuned for optimal response
  • Provide accurate system diagrams, loop diagrams, block diagrams, and network diagrams for new or existing software systems
  • Generate design documentation, drawings, operation manuals and related material for systems code and hardware
  • Perform as lead engineer on the solution developed and must be able to understand and translate the functional requirements into a system architecture and develop the best solution for large scale implementation
  • Generate work tasks, organize the ordering and delivery of equipment and materials, and oversee the efficient installation and commissioning of software and equipment
  • Work directly with third party contractors, Operations, Technical Services, and HSE management and rig crews to assist with the execution of a wide variety of company goals including, but not limited to, drilling system controls, R&D projects, etc.
  • Provide technical support to field personnel as required to assist with troubleshooting PLC and control system issues
  • Develop and maintain a formal process for software change control to ensure that changes are introduced in a controlled and coordinated manner. This process will also include documenting revision management processes and controls.

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team, managing multiple tasks and working on multiple projects simultaneously to meet challenging deadlines
  • Demonstrate clear written and verbal communication skills and the ability to promptly give, and follow directions when working with others
  • Ability to safely navigate the yard and shop work sites with occasional walking, climbing, standing, stepping, etc. during normal operating conditions (day/night, outdoor hot/cold weather)
  • Ability to safely navigate drilling rig work sites including regular walking, climbing, standing, stepping, etc. during various weather conditions (day/night, outdoor hot/cold weather)
  • Ability to proficiently use MS Office Suite to develop presentations, correspondence, reports, and schedules (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Physical ability to:
  • Lift and carry 50 pounds independently while walking on uneven surfaces
  • Bend, stoop, kneel, twist, and crawl occasionally during visits to the field and operational work areas
  • Listen for unusual noises that signify equipment and or machinery problems
  • Stay alert and focused including during occasional extended work periods
  • Maintain spatial orientation and awareness to safely move around the work environment with many moving objects including overhead machinery
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all designated times
  • Ability to regularly travel as needed to visit worksites and support business units; may require extended travel to remote locations and/or overnight stay(s) outside normal office area
  • Ability to work on weekends and be on call after hours as needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline or related field not limited to Electrical / Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Controls and Automation
  • 5+ years of proven experience deploying solutions using Labview
  • Experience with standard communications protocols (Ethernet/IP, Profibus, Profinet, CANBUS, OPC UA, etc.)
  • Proven experience with PXI and/or CompactRIO systems programming related to controls and automation
  • Knowledge of IEC 61131-3

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) or Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD) certificates are desirable
  • Experience working in a multi-developer environment
  • Proven experience in ladder logic design and implementation
  • Proven experience with PLC/PAC/SBC programming related to drilling controls and automation
  • Experience in HMI development using Wonderware / WinCC
  • Experience in Omron PLC programming using CX-One software
  • Working knowledge of VFD drives, and related equipment used in the drilling industry, preferably Converteam and Yaskawa VFDs

Certifications: None

Supervisory Responsibilities: Possible future requirement

Keywords: Patterson UTI Energy Inc, Houston , Controls and Automation Engineer - LabVIEW, Other , Houston, Texas

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