A Hydraulic Choke Operator performs work in drill out, flowback, well testing, and rig up/rig down services in oil and gas fracturing operations. They are responsible for tearing apart and rebuilding hydraulic chokes used in the field as well as operating this equipment from a command center. They must have knowledge of well-testing equipment and the ability to diagnose, repair and troubleshoot malfunctions when needs arise. Basic computer knowledge is a must in order to perform data entry and generate field reports. Ensure accurate collection and reporting of well production flowrates are documented as per internal and/or client based guidelines. Workload consists of 75% field and 25% shop. They must have a clean driving record with the ability to obtain and maintain a commercial driver’s license (Class “A” CDL).

Field Work:

  • Rigging up a portable separator and heater
    • Lift chicksan bundles weighing ±65 lbs.
    • Attach chicksan bundle to wellhead, entailing lift from ground level to above head level.
    • Hammer unions from ground level to above head level.
    • Drive flowline tie-down stakes with 8 lbs. to 12 lb. or larger sledgehammer or Electric Bosch demolition hammer weighing 60± lbs.
    • Make up threaded connections with two (2) 24″ pipe wrenches occasionally using a 36″ pipe wrench from ground level to above head level.
    • Monitor and maintain hydraulic choke equipment during coiled tubing washes, frac flowback, etc.
    • Operate hydraulic choke controls within safe parameters of the designate equipment.
    • Maintains and repairs all components of high pressure operation: flowline/connections, hydraulic choke manifolds, sand separators, test separators, flare stacks, gas busters and safety systems.
  • Rigging up flowback manifold and sand separator.
    • Load fittings weighing ±40 lbs .each.
    • Drive flowline tie-down stakes with 8 lbs. or larger sledgehammer or electric Bosch demolition hammer weighing ±60 lbs.
    • Stoop, bend, twist, turn, and lift to align and join threaded components at heights from ground level to above head level.
    • Carry and connect 15-foot-long threaded pipe joints with a second person’s assistance (1/4 joint weight ±40 lbs.) Full 30′ pipe joint weighs ±140 lbs.
    • Hammer union connections and screw threaded connections with 24″ pipe wrench from ground level to above head level.
    • Perform all routine choke changes, blowdowns, tank strapping and pressure readings anytime or when directed.

Shop Work:

  • Load and unload fieldwork equipment weighing ±70 lbs. to/from a height of 36″to 60″.
  • Lift items and fittings weighing ±30 lbs. placing them on shelves head high.
  • Occasionally lift weights ±70 lbs. to a height of 36″ to 60″.
  • Wash all FESCO equipment.
  • Clean and sweep shop
  • Turn around equipment in order for it to be ready for the next job.

Safety Requirements:

  • In order to comply with Department of Transportation regulations, must be able to pass a “DOT” physical, secure and maintain at least a Class “B” CDL with an “H” endorsement.
  • Work in all types of weather conditions (i.e. extreme heat and cold and high humidity) for extended periods of time.
  • Work in a toxic environment (Hydrogen Sulfide Gas) while wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus with full face sealed respiratory equipment weighing ±30 lbs.
  • Work at remote well locations ±2 hours from the nearest medical facility.
  • Work comfortably up to 15″ above ground while wearing the appropriate fall protection equipment designated for the job.
  • Close a large wellhead wing or master valve high or above in case of an emergency.
  • Be mobile in the event of an emergency.
  • Ability to evacuate a fellow employee in the event of an emergency.
  • They will perform other duties assigned.
  • They work under the direction of the District Manager.
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