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Controls and Automation Engineer III at Nabors in Houston, Texas

Posted in Admin - Clerical 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Company Overview

Nabors is a leading provider of advanced technology for the energy industry. With operations in about 20 countries, Nabors has established a global network of people, technology and equipment to deploy solutions that deliver safe, efficient and responsible hydrocarbon production. By leveraging its core competencies, particularly in drilling, engineering, automation, data science and manufacturing, Nabors aims to innovate the future of energy and enable the transition to a lower carbon world.


Nabors is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibiting discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, religion, age, color, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.  This applies to all terms and conditions of employment including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.  To learn more about our Fair Employment practices, please refer to the Nabors Code of Conduct.




The Senior Automation Engineer will be part of a Controls team developing automation solutions for the drilling industry. This position will take a leadership role on deployment projects, interface with customers in various stages of the project, be a mentor to junior engineers and provide technical consulting, develop electrical and controls system design solutions based on engineering principles, and provide level 3 technical support to external and internal customers.

Will be responsible for project success as a project leader or as part of a project team, ensure all relevant safety objectives and legal requirements are observed for all work completed, interpret client requirements, identify and address design parameters and engineering problems, and ensure solutions are implemented accurately and within budget.




  • Act as Controls and Automation engineer with role of designing and developing software for drilling applications based on given requirements and specification. Have a good understanding of basic machine controls which include induction motor control using AC Drives, MCCs, hydraulic/pneumatics and valve controls.

  • Control software development will also include developing machine control algorithms for PLC based systems.  HMI design and implementation, instrumentation and sensor interface, data logging, and communication interfaces with other industrial processors like PLC’s.

  • Duties will include generation of Design documentation, PLC Code, HMI applications, Bill of Materials, Network Architectures, One Line Drawing, Operations manuals.

  • Responsible of sustaining current rig applications and debugging / fixing issues that are reported in the field. This could be by answering calls and working with technicians, remotely connecting to rig system and troubleshoot, or by traveling to the rig site and working with rig personnel to fix the issue.

  • Project lead on commissioning and rig deployments.

  • Mentor junior engineers.

  • Technical consultant to business stake holders, assist in gathering requirements from customers.

  • Maintain product safety in all designs.

  • Perform design prototyping, including field implementing and testing.

  •           Perform basic troubleshooting of communication networks and wiring issues with PLCs and other NW components.

  • Support management on intellectual property issues.


  •            Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical or Controls Engineering from recognized University

  • 7 years experience in an engineering environment, developing controls and automation software in Rockwell or Siemens systems 

  • Experience with LABVIEW and MATLAB

  •  Minimum 5 years in drilling equipment automation



·         Previous experience with controlling heavy rotating equipment using induction motors

·         Experience in the drilling industry



  •           Strong field troubleshooting skills

  • Effective communication skills both verbal & written, both 1-1 and group situations

  • Situational leadership

  • Time management




  • PLC : RSlogix 5000, SLC 500

  • Experience with LABVIEW and MATLAB

  • HMI: Factory Talk. Understanding for Rockwell software suite

  • Understanding of Hydraulics/Pneumatics, AC drives and controls a plus (ABB/Converteam/Yaskawa)

  • Knowledge of industrial communication protocols, including OPC, MODBUS, Ethernet IP, and Profibus required.

  • Software design and development experience

  • Ability to read electrical schematics.

  • Understanding of various communication protocols Profibus, Modbus, OPC, ethernetIP, etc.

  • Strong hands-on hardware troubleshooting and software debugging skills

  • Basic knowledge of Cisco switches and configurations

  • Project management and presentation skills

  • Ability to extract and document requirements from user problem description 


  • While this position is primarily based in a professional office environment

  • Travel to yards and rigs is essential and required  

  • 25% travel is expected

  • The position supports drilling rigs that work 24/7 and will routinely require phone availability outside regular work hours

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