Sr Automation Administrator


The Woodlands, TX, US, 77380

Req ID:  1644

Western Midstream is a master limited partnership formed to own, develop, acquire, and operate midstream assets. We are engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing, and transporting natural gas; gathering, stabilizing, and transporting condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and crude oil; and gathering, transporting, and disposing of produced water for our customers.

We operate or own equity interests in assets in the Rocky Mountains, North-central Pennsylvania, and Texas, including approximately 16,000 miles of petroleum and natural gas pipelines and over 100 gathering, treating, and processing facilities.

Job Summary:

This position provides SCADA support for both field and corporate customers as part of the Corporate Automation team.



  • Minimum 8 years of experience working with automation host software required
  • Oil and gas industry experience highly preferred
  • Working knowledge of oil and gas field operations in the Midstream sector is a plus
  • Experience supporting an enterprise level SCADA system
  • Ability to work with field operations personnel and corporate users, understand their needs and deliver solutions
  • Efficient project management skills
  • Understanding of field automation hardware such as RTU’s, transmitters, switches, etc.
  • Familiarity with PLC’s (Allen-Bradley preferred) and their associated data structures
  • Experienced in OPC specifications and the use of Kepware or Matrikon OPC servers
  • Intermediate understanding of wired and wireless serial communications
  • Intermediate understanding of wired and wireless Ethernet communications
  • Working knowledge of scripting languages such as VBScript, Python and Java
  • Intermediate knowledge of host systems CygNet, Ignition, Wonderware, Delta V or other SCADA system is a strong plus
  • Ability to follow and implement existing enterprise standards and guidelines
  • Assist with developing future standards and guidelines
  • Must be able to work well in a team environment
  • Excellent communications skills both written and verbal



  • Provide guidance and mentor junior team members
  • Configure, maintain and optimize SCADA host software
  • Provide support for automation issues that are escalated by field personnel
    • Troubleshoot application, communications and hardware problems (technical and functional)
    • Provide technical support to other functional teams as needed
  • Design and implement HMI screens requested by operations for midstream gathering, plant and control room environments across the enterprise.
  • Ensure issues are escalated to the appropriate groups for resolution
  • Coordinate testing/installation of patches.
  • Own major system upgrades in coordination with field personnel.
  • Own system architecture, including:
    • Hardware procurement/install/refresh
    • System design, including location of servers/services to meet operations requirements
    • Redundancy/Failover
  • Ensure automation systems follow corporate standards/guidelines.
  • Provide support for more advanced solutions (for example, scripted solutions).
  • Actively lead projects where necessary, and/or directly oversee the work of contractors when external resources are needed for automation support/project work.
  • Support the flow of data from the automation host to other systems.
  • Provide SCADA training for local automation support.
  • Adhere to and promote safety and environmental policies
  • Accomplish job responsibilities/duties in accordance with Western Midstream’s Core Values. 



Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Engineering, Computer Science or related field.  In lieu of degree, experience in oil and gas operations with a strong emphasis and background in supporting enterprise SCADA functions.


Grade and Salary will be commensurate with relevant education and experience



Valid driver’s license with no restrictions that would prohibit driving a company vehicle


Travel Requirements:

The percentage of travel required for this position is 10-15%


Work Schedule:

This position follows a hybrid schedule working in office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and working remote Wednesday and Friday. Monday-Thursday are 9 hours and Fridays are 4 hours.


Western Midstream does not offer sponsorship of employment-based non-immigrant visa petitions for this role.


Western Midstream does not offer sponsorship of employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions for this role.

Western Midstream is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in recruiting, hiring, developing, compensating and promoting applicants and employees.  All employment decisions are made without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected categories.  This includes providing reasonable accommodation for employee's and applicant's disabilities or religious beliefs and practices.  

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