Hess Corporation Automation Specialist, Offshore GoM (Stampede) Job in Houston, Texas


Hess is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.

We have an industry leading position in two key U.S. shale plays – the Bakken in North Dakota and the Utica in Ohio. Hess is also one of the largest producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and a key natural gas producer and supplier to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. The company is engaged in exploration and appraisal activities offshore Guyana, participating in one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries in the past decade, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, Suriname and Nova Scotia.

Hess aims to attract, retain and energize the best people by investing in their professional development and providing them with challenging and rewarding opportunities for personal growth. We are always looking for talented professionals who share our values and are passionate about making a difference in the world and in their careers. We strive to meet the highest standards of corporate citizenship by protecting the health and safety of our employees, safeguarding the environment and creating a long-lasting, positive impact on the communities where we do business.

For more information about Hess Corporation, please visit our website at Hess.com.


As a member of the Stampede TLP (GC468) maintenance team, the Automation Specialist operates and maintains the process and utilities systems in a safe and competent manner. The Automation Specialist must be self-motivated, self-managed and engaged in the planning process. They must also demonstrate to peers and Operations Lead, ownership of the facility equipment and systems. The Automation Specialist role assures minimum impact on the facility operations and demonstrates good environmental stewardship in order to assist with the delivery of production targets, and maintain compliance with Group Practice as defined in Hess Operational Excellence Expectations.


  • Demonstrate a high level of knowledge and understanding around Personal and Process Safety.

  • Strive every day to ensure any work undertaken personally or by co-workers is done with a driven purpose to eliminate or reduce risk from the workplace.

  • Ensure operations are completed in accordance with regulatory requirements, company controls and guidelines.

  • Contribute to the safe and efficient operations through competent operations and

maintenance of process systems and associated equipment.

  • Maintain the capability to troubleshoot, calibrate and maintain safety and control systems and equipment which includes:

  • Field Instrumentation (pressure, temperature, level, flow, vibration sensors and transmitters).

  • Control Systems (process safety, process controls, component controls, system controls, metering).

  • Communications Systems (phones, radios, LAN/WAN).

  • Firefighting and Safety Equipment (fire and gas detectors, fire panels).

  • IT equipment (computer systems, administrator of software (PTW, TIETO))

EHS & Regulatory Compliance

  • Comply with the Bureau of Safety Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and United

  • States Coast Guard (USCG) regulations.

  • Demonstrate personal leadership in process and occupational safety at all times.

  • Review, understand and utilize the GoM Safe Practices Manual to identify the hazard

risk assessment level.

  • Identify Source of Energy and all hazards associated with them.

  • Understand how to identify hazard risk assessment levels.

  • Put controls in place to eliminate or mitigate the hazards associated with work


  • Ensure compliance with Hess Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) standards and

practices as defined within the Hess EHS & SR Management System.

  • Understand and manage work related risk. In order to prevent accidents and harm to

people, to reduce damage to the environment and protect the facility, achieve

competitive performance.

  • Perform the duties of an Issuing Authority (IA) and/or Performing Authority (PA) in

compliance with Hess Permit to Work system and according to competency level.

Production and Technical Integrity Performance

  • Ensure that primary and support process controls, protection and IT systems are

monitored and maintained, including field devices, packaged equipment, core systems,

emergency support, marine advisory, ancillary and the IT network infrastructure.

  • Provide instrumentation and controls technical input to projects and turnaround (TAR)

preparation as required.

  • Ensure shift and crew-change handovers are accurately recorded in the appropriate log

and in compliance with the Guidance on Shift Handovers.

  • Comply with Work Management Process utilizing CMMS (SAP) as required, for all maintenance work.

  • Provide operation with functional support, as required, to highlight potential process

safety issues.

  • Understand and comply with the Management of Change (MoC) process for all

procedural, equipment or process changes as needed.

  • Be aware of performance standards and their relevance to process operations,

maintenance and performance requirements.

  • Ensure that maintenance defects are recorded in CMMS in a timely manner and to the

appropriate level of detail as defined by the Hess Work Management Procedure.

  • Supervise ad-hoc vendors and visitors ensuring they adhere to the site-specific safety


  • Comply with the management of instrument systems and control of the override process.

  • Understand and communicate the risks associated with all overrides.

  • Analyze the emergency shutdown (ESD) and shutdown valve (SDV) travel times after

shutdown events to ensure the valves operate within the performance standard


  • Carry out regular reviews of critical processes, and communicate findings as needed for

standing alarms, inhibits and loop faults.

  • Log and maintain a register of all equipment software revisions. Retain all copies of the

most recent revisions on a separate laptop.

  • Interface with Hess Engineering department providing specific offshore information and facilitate data transfer/configuration support.

Operations Excellence

  • Actively participate in the Hess Lean Continuous Improvement (CI), process, striving to

improve operating and run-time efficiency.

  • Participate in root-cause failure investigations as required to prevent re-occurrence and

help identify “trigger events” as failure cause.

  • Ensure the technical integrity of instrumentation equipment and maintenance standards,

recommending changes to the maintenance strategy, policy and procedures as required

and in compliance with the Management of Change (MOC) process.

  • Fully engage and comply with the System Ownership plan.

  • Participate in root-cause failure investigations as required to prevent re-occurrence.

  • Inform supervisors of any maintenance activities that could potentially have a negative

impact on production.

  • Be aware of and challenge all maintenance and consumable costs incurred within the

operations teams automation activities.

  • Actively engage in coaching and sharing of technical knowledge with team members.


  • Regularly review personal performance objectives and progress with your supervisor.

  • Jointly agree upon personal performance objectives with the supervisor and implement /

maintain management and career development to improve and enhance contribution to

the overall team and safety of the facility and operation.

Training and Competency

  • Become familiar with and demonstrate understanding of the Hess Competency

  • Management System for GoM. (Refer to the E&P Competence Assurance & Training

Standard as well as the GoM Specialist Competency Matrix.)

  • Understand and comply with BSEE regulatory requirements of Elements 6 (Safe Work Practices) & 7 (Training) as defined by Hess for competence requirements within this role/discipline.

  • Review and become aware of the competency profile for the role and training

requirements, with agreement to work with qualified competency assessor(s) to

determine capability measured against the Hess Standard for GoM.

  • Maintain ownership and tracking of personal training / learning and career development.

  • Work with supervisor to achieve access to next role competencies in order to continuously improve skills and promote within the organization as openings become available.

Emergency Response

  • Understand assignment, act as member of the emergency response team and comply

with the responsibilities assigned as defined in the Emergency Response Plan (ERP).

  • Participate in emergency response exercises to ensure a full understanding and

demonstrated capability of the ERP process and procedures.

  • In the event of any emergency onboard the facility, follow the orders of the Incident



  • High School diploma or general education degree (GED) required

  • Must have good teamwork and leadership skills

  • Must be independent/ autonomous, requiring little day-to-day guidance

  • Strong Knowledge of NEC, API codes, I&E installation practices

  • Essential knowledge with PC application skills (esp. Excel, Word)

  • Strong planning, scheduling, and organization skills

  • Should have knowledge with PC backup software and Microsoft Virtual Machines

  • Should have knowledge with Modbus, Ethernet, DeviceNet and ControlNet technologies

  • Associates Degree Automation highly desired

  • 3-5 years’ offshore and industry experience with PLC; SCADA highly desired


The Hess Way of Working refers to competencies considered absolute pre-requisites for success. How you deliver results is as important as what you achieve. Every employee is expected to demonstrate the behaviors within these competencies to be considered an effective performer and, ultimately, earn career growth opportunities.

  • Builds Trusted Relationships

  • Develops Talent

  • Creates Effective Teams

  • Thinks Strategically

  • Inspires Innovation

  • Demonstrates Courage

  • Drives Continuous Improvement

  • Makes Quality Decisions

  • Delivers High Performance

Hess is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

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