Core analysis as a commercial service is introduced to the petroleum industry by Core Laboratories. The early work of James A. Lewis, Core Lab’s first President, on the determination of the permeability coefficient of a porous media became a guideline for those involved in controlled oil production. Core’s second employee, W. L. (Bill) Horner, conceived the summation of fluids method for measuring porosity by adding the oil and water content and void space in a core sample. He also patented the downdraft retort used in oil and water measurements and developed the method of injecting mercury into a sample to determine its void space.
LABORATORY SUPERVISOR I
Supervises and performs routine and/or advanced laboratory tests to determine effect of produced, injected, completion or stimulation fluids on properties of reservoir rock samples as designated by Stim-Lab' clients. Supervises all laboratory operations, personnel and safety programs in the designated location.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with certain disabilities to perform the essential job functions when safety is not compromised. A 90-day initial review period applies to Laboratory Supervisors, during which time the Laboratory Manager and Division Manager will assess the candidate's suitability for the job.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
A minimum bachelor of science/arts degree with major focus in physics, physical science, chemistry or engineering is preferred. Oilfield experience in a completions or production operations position is required or willingness to obtain basic training in the drilling, completion and production of a well. Preference will be given to experienced applicants and those with specific education in general chemistry, physics, geology and computer use. Basic understanding and experience with Microsoft Windows, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Word is required. Experience in lieu of a degree is acceptable.
Ability to read and communicate in the English language, analyze and interpret instructional and technical materials relating to technical procedures, quality management, safety; and, where applicable, government regulations. Ability to write applicable reports and correspondence clearly. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from supervisors, clients and laboratory staff.
College algebra level of understanding of equations, use of whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Basic understanding of statistics. Ability to compute flow rate, ratio, percent, and quantities (linear, volumetric, or weight) and to read and interpolate applicable data and tables. Able to draw and interpret applicable graphs and control charts. Basic understanding of the metric and SI standards of measurement. Translate oilfield rates, quantities and concentration to laboratory units.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions and data furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule formats. Interpret input data and client goals to produce laboratory scale procedures and protocols to simulate full scale operations.
Ability to (1) supervise and direct other employees in the laboratory so that the efficiency of the laboratory operations and equipment remains high; (2) maintain applicable laboratory safety programs and good housekeeping practices in the laboratory; (3) understand and satisfy all laboratory quality requirements; (4) ensure that laboratory testing is performed and reported promptly and accurately in accordance with applicable standards; (5) show the potential to develop leadership skills with employees.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Direct communication with clients orally or electronically at a level sufficient to interpret the client's needs and goals for a project. Ability to prepare, present data at client's facility, and reply to questions and inquiries about the information reported.
Laboratory Supervisors are expected to exhibit professional appearance and attitude. They are also expected to motivate fellow employees to act in harmony. Willingness and ability to meet and interact with the clients is required. Laboratory Supervisors are also required to visit customers periodically to maintain their business relationship and provide assistance with sales efforts and promotion of services offered.
Laboratory Supervisors must be ready to accept job assignments at any time, including scheduled days off. Supervisors must be available 24 hours for updates and inquiries from their laboratory personnel when work on projects under their supervision are being conducted. Attendance and active participation at regular planning and safety meetings is required.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid driver's license and a good driving record must be maintained. Certification and licenses particular to their job duties must be maintained current and presentable when required.
The physical demands described here are representative, but not necessarily all-inclusive, of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with certain disabilities to perform the essential functions when safety is not compromised.
Physical Qualifications for Laboratory Supervisors
Laboratory management and testing staff are required to meet the following physical qualifications:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions when safety is not compromised.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to, solvents, crude oil and other oil-field liquids, as well as client supplied solutions, brines and other chemicals. Stim-Lab Division provides product information, training, and personal protective equipment in an effort to protect employees from exposure to potentially harmful levels of those materials. Employees are required to read product information, safety data sheets, use available safety devices, follow guidelines presented during training, and be able to wear and use appropriate personal protective equipment, including, safety glasses, hearing protection, respiratory protective equipment, and any other equipment as may be required by the work environment.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Consuming food or drinks are not permitted in laboratories or offices, but only in designated areas. Smoking is not allowed within Core Laboratories facilities.