This is a career-ladder position with potential to the GS-11 level. At the GS-05 through GS-10 levels, the incumbent will perform progressively more difficult duties at a reduced level of responsibility while receiving on-the-job and other appropriate training that will prepare him/her for promotion to the next higher grade level. This position requires a considerable amount of math at the high school algebra level to verify volume and height of cement and other drilling fluids and gas volumes to account for production from Federal and Indian oil and gas leases, and other assignments. At the full-performance level, the incumbent performs complex and responsible petroleum engineering technician work involving all aspects of drilling and production inspection and enforcement activities, and is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:
Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work is primarily in a field location where it is necessary to wear appropriate safety equipment. Work environment involves exposure to extreme weather conditions, hazardous explosive fumes, poisonous gasses, toxic chemicals, high frequency noises, high-pressure equipment, and moving machinery. Work involves climbing up and down ladders and steep stairways. A large part of the time is spent driving to work sites that are located in isolated areas. This work environment requires the use of hard hats, hard-toe boots, safety glasses, ear protection equipment and cold weather gear and/or a respirator may also be required.
- Performing on-site inspections and preparing reports on all phases of oil and gas drilling/work-over operations and associated facilities.
- Ensuring that operator’s equipment, safety systems, and operations are in compliance with the approved Application for Permit to Drill (APD), Sundry Notices (SN), lease terms, Notices to Lessees, Onshore Orders, and applicable regulations.
- Witnessing and preparing reports on casing and cementing operations to ensure proper procedures and types of casing are run as approved.
- Inspecting, witnessing, and preparing reports on plugging and abandonment operations to ensure all minerals and water zones are properly protected.
- Documenting problems and determining corrective action, obtaining voluntary compliance, wherever possible through contact with operations.
- Issuing assessments, civil penalties, and shut–in orders when continued operations could result in adverse impacts to public health and safety, the environment, or royalty income, coordinating with all officials as appropriate.