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Senior Controls & Automation Engineer/Developer 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.




Nabors is seeking an Automation Engineer/Senior Automation Developer for the Controls & Automation platform team. The Automation Engineer/Developer will be responsible for the design and development of drilling rig control software and hardware. This position will be based in Houston, TX.



·         Responsible for designing and developing rig control systems.

·         Strong understanding of basic machine controls which includes induction motor control using AC Drives, MCCs, hydraulic/pneumatics and valve controls.

·         Develop Control Software for 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 PLCs.

·         Generate design documentation, bill of materials, network architectures, one line drawing and operations manuals.

·         Technical consultant to business stakeholders, assist in gathering requirements from customers.

·         Maintain product safety in all designs.

·         Perform design prototyping, including field implementation and testing.

·         Responsible for 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 troubleshooting, or by traveling to the rig site and working with rig personnel to fix the issue.


·         Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical or Controls Engineering or related field, or equivalent experience as Technical Controls Developer.

·         5+ years of experience in an engineering environment, developing controls and automation software in Rockwell or Siemens systems.

·         2+ years in oil & gas drilling automation.

·         Proficient in RSLogix5000, FT SE and other Rockwell tools.

·         Strong understanding of industrial networking protocols like Ethernet/IP, Profibus, Modbus and OPC.

·         Good understanding of AC drives (ABB, GE Converteam & Yaskawa).

·         Some knowledge of other software programming languages like C++, Python.

·         Critical thinking and problem solving.

·         Great interpersonal and communication skills.


·         Experience in the drilling industry is highly preferred.


  • 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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