Job: Geothermal Resource Engineer – Ormat Technologies, Nevada

Job: Geothermal Resource Engineer – Ormat Technologies, Nevada McGinness Hills geothermal power plant, Jersey Valley, Nevada (source: flickr/ BLM Nevada, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 8 Nov 2019

Ormat Technologies is seeking to fill a position for a Geothermal Resource Engineer based in Reno, Nevada in the U.S.

Ormat Technologies in Reno, Nevada has published a job opening. The position is responsible for conducting performance monitoring and engineering studies on Ormat’s geothermal fields for purposes of forecasting and optimizing resource utilization.


Essential functions

  • Reports to Resource Manager, or Vice President
  • Design, specification, optimization, and performance monitoring of Ormat’s fleet of downhole production pumps; diagnose problems, propose improvements, plan remedial action and assist with execution of the work.
  • Analyze performance of production and injection wells, diagnose problems, propose improvements, plan remedial action, and assist with permitting and execution of the work
  • Analyze performance of reservoir models, collect data to improve models, and retain an understanding of how Ormat’s geothermal reservoirs operate.
  • Assist in the Evaluation effects of any corrective action or change in field operations considering power generation, revenue and long-term resource performance.
  • Work with well field operations personnel and Manager to formulate and justify recommendations for changes in field operations, well work overs, drilling, or other corrective actions.
  • Plan and specify well tests, logs and other diagnostic procedures, engineering field supervision and analysis of results.
  • Planning, engineering supervision, analysis and reporting of routine well logs and testing for regulatory compliance.
  • Document analyses, interpretations of logs, well tests, diagnostic procedures and results of work overs, drilling and other changes in operations.
  • Maintain the quality and completeness of Ormat’s resource data base and operating records.
  • Collect reservoir data, analyze well logs and well test, and develop reservoir conceptual models.
  • Assist in the design of reservoir models to be used for future performance and optimization.
  • Must be able to operate a vehicle in a safe manner, enter and exit vehicle without assistance, remain alert while driving for continuous period of time and read and understand maps.
  • Must be able to travel approximately 50% of the time

Other responsibilities

  • Assure adequate and accurate resource data collection.
  • Prepare budgets for field O&M, testing, work overs, and other well field work.
  • Provide engineering assistance to drilling and field operations as needed.
  • Interface with Ormat’s consultants to provide data, define their scope of work and make proper use of their results.
  • Make presentations and present recommendations to senior personnel.

Education, experience, and skills required

  • Bachelor of Science degree and relevant experience.  Masters of Science degree is preferred.
  • Demonstrable independent work and good technical communication.
  • Reservoir engineering and field experience with operations and/or well testing/logging.
  • Must be able to use and acquire knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation. Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power Point and use of the Internet.
  • Knowledge of well testing and reservoir modeling methods and software.
  • Knowledge of data acquisition systems and database query tools, SCADA, Power BI preferred.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English at a level which will permit the employee to accurately understand and communicate information to safely and efficiently perform the job duties.
  • Must possess at any time a valid driver’s license with a driving record acceptable to ORMAT auto insurance carrier.

Physical requirements

  • Ability to travel and work in remote field locations and extreme weather conditions
  • Ability to lift and move 50 pounds on an occasional basis
  • The ability to work at a computer and computer monitor and use repetitive motion for long periods of time
  • Some international travel required

Source: Ormat via Smartrecruiters