Automation Foreman -North Region

Date: Sep 13, 2023

Location: Baker, MT, US, 59313

Company: Denbury Inc.

Denbury Inc. has a current opening for a Automation Foreman -North Region in our Baker location in Baker, Montana.

Job Summary


Denbury is searching for an Automation Foreman to join our company in a work-from-home location near Denbury’s North Region Assets (WY/MT/ND).


At Denbury, we value our employees, and it shows. Our exceptional benefits package attracts and retains talented employees and provides a rewarding work environment. We believe in investing in our employees' success and personal growth, celebrating successes together, and providing benefits that promote wellness and encourage a healthy work/life balance. Benefits are available from day one, with no waiting period required.


Our benefits include competitive compensation, paid vacation time, educational assistance, and the Denbury Scholarship. We also offer an Employee Stock Purchase Program and a 401(k) matching program with immediate vesting.


In addition to these benefits, we provide medical, dental, and vision insurance, giving employees access to affordable healthcare. We understand the importance of a healthy work-life balance and offer various programs and initiatives to promote wellness, such as our wellness program and employee assistance program.


At Denbury, our employees are our most valuable asset, and we strive to provide them with the resources and support they need to succeed professionally and personally.


Job Responsibilities


This position will be in the Central Engineering group, with responsibilities listed in order of priority as follows:

  1. Support Field Operations and Maintenance Department staff with advanced troubleshooting of existing automation infrastructure across the WY/MT/ND footprint.  The area of coverage is estimated to have over 500 PLCs.
  2. Support ~ 5 Facilities Engineers embedded in the North Production Business Units with small capital projects and optimization efforts.
  3. Support team of ~5 Project Managers executing capital projects totaling ~$100MM/yr.


Generally, the first level of troubleshooting is done by Field Technicians. If they cannot solve the problem, the second level of intervention involves the Field staff contacting the Automation Foreman for over-the-phone support while remotely logged into PLC; more advanced issues will require Automation Foreman to travel to the field to provide hands-on assistance and training.

Additional Job Responsibilities


  • First-call support for Denbury field techs for Automation troubleshooting and PLC modifications
  • Update P&IDs, control narrative, Cause and Effect, and I/O list after changes made during the troubleshooting/upgrade process (documentation via MOC process)
  • Use of existing standardized programming philosophies and structures across all assets when troubleshooting or upgrading
  • Work with Denbury SCADA, Radio Communication, and IT department troubleshooting communication issues
  • Support the utilization, development, and implementation of standards, processes, and procedures


Skills and Relevant Experience


  • Allen-Bradley PLC programming
  • Allen-Bradley PanelView OIT
  • GE PLC programming
  • EXOR Uniop OIT
  • Ethernet and serial communications
  • Flow measurement (orifice plate, turbine, v-cone, Coriolis, etc.)
  • Flow computers (Floboss/REFPROP)
  • Gas Chromatographs
  • Gas Detection (H2S, O2, CO2, LEL)
  • VFDs (Allen-Bradley, ABB, Toshiba)
  • Rotating Equipment Controls (centrifugal and PD pumps; centrifugal, reciprocating, screw, and rotary vane compression)
  • Gas Engine controls (Caterpillar and Waukesha)
  • Heat Exchange Controls (fin fan, shell/tube, heat media loops, burner controls, flare controls, etc.)
  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Automation Documentation (Control Narrative, Cause and Effect, IO list, etc.)
  • Instrumentation (Level, Pressure, Temperature, Vibration, etc.)
  • Control Devices (Fisher Control Valves)
  • Valve actuation (pneumatic/hydraulic/electric)
  • Electrical construction methods (API RP500)
  • Instrumentation construction methods
  • Alarm Management
  • Safety Systems (API 14C, SIS SIL levels, etc.)
  • Upstream Oil & Gas and Pipeline Operations (flowing wells, ESP/POCs, water flood, CO2 flood, gas dehydration, and NGL extraction)

Additional Skills and Relevant Experience


Software Experience

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Microsoft Project
  • SAP
  • CAD
  • Bluebeam


Industry Requirements:

  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience



  • Associates degree or higher
  • Must be able to speak, read and write English fluently

Environmental and Physical Requirements



  • Anticipate 50% travel long-term, with more travel needed initially to get familiar with assets and people.


Physical Demands:

  • Travel to oil and gas production facilities (lower 48)
  • Wearing personal protective equipment
  • Hands-on calibration, function testing, and termination of PLC/Automation/Control devices while troubleshooting if local support is not available
  • Ability to lift to 35 pounds is required.
  • Position requires constant operation and viewing of a computer screen and panel-mounted displays.
  • Sitting for long periods
  • Frequent alpha/numeric keyboarding
  • Oral communication over the phone and in person

Location Type: Field
Location:  Baker , Montana
Employment Status: Full time
FLSA Status: Exempt



Welcome to Denbury. A different kind of Oil Company.

Denbury Inc., a Delaware corporation, is an independent energy company with operations focused in the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. We are differentiated by our focus on CO2 EOR and the emerging CCUS industry, supported by our CO2 EOR technical and operational expertise and our extensive CO2 pipeline infrastructure. The utilization of captured industrial-sourced CO2 in EOR significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the oil that we produce, making our Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions negative today, with a goal to reach Net Zero for our Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 CO2 emissions within this decade, primarily through increasing the amount of captured industrial-sourced CO2 used in our operations.


Our employees are our most valued resource. We recognize that it is their ideas, passion and collective effort that produce winning results. Denbury attracts outstanding Talent, provides them with advanced technology and is committed to their future development. We offer challenging work to increase skills and experience.


To become part of our organization, you must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. Denbury adheres to a Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace and as such all employees are subject to post-accident and random drug and alcohol screenings. Some positions require successful completion of pre-employment physical examinations and/or the wearing and use of personal protective equipment (respirators, FR clothing, protective eye wear, hearing protection, head protection, protective footwear, etc).


Our Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Requisition #7921 

Nearest Major Market: Montana