Please send resume to email@example.com, the present workforce is absolutely excellent. We are expanding.
I need people who can accomplish a task in a orderly, safe and timely manner. That means paying attention to the job at hand and the farm process. This is hard in a world of cell phones and social media. Many people are fans of ball & stick sports, their egos seem to be based on 24/7 worship of their teams. Drug use will not be tolerated. This is especially true now that dope is being legalized, if tested positive for dope employment will be immediately terminated. These things contribute to low productivity. I like to pay a good wage which is only possible if my farm produces and is profitable.
Working alone and unsupervised is the norm, these positions require maturity and self reliance. Every machine has a computer and computers are used for record keeping so you must be computer literate.
Electronic Tech We are seeking a person with a 2 year diploma in electronics. Initially the job will be 10% electronics and 90% farming, however that will change as the farm equipment is getting more and more electronic. The equipment companies are working on combines/tractors that do not have operators on board, basically robots. My company would also fix other farmers equipment. At present we phone a dealership if we are too busy to fix the equipment ourselves. They send a mechanic who knows very little about electronics. At present we have computers in all machines, 2 way radios, moisture testers, electronic controls for most mechanical gearboxes and hydo circuits. In the future I would like to develop a blockage monitor based on accoustic for a air drill, a test bio deisel system which would need process controls. Initial wage would be $30/hr. Other sought after qualifications are mechanically inclined as some equipment always has to be fixed/modified, welding/fab ability, class 1 liscence, and grain farming experience, these are not mandatory, basically if you have appitude we will train.
Air Drill Operator Operate a air drill for approx. 12 hrs/day for month of May. 2 operators will run the drill 20 hrs/day. Must have a knowledge of farming and seeding using a large air drill (72 ft Borgault & STX 600 tractor). This is a extemely high stress job as a poor job cannot be repaired. Mechanical/electronic/computer knowledge will be tested every day. The large machine gets stuck in fertile black soil very easily, yet no eligble land can be left unseeded. The inputs fuel/seed/fertilizer must be coordinated with base. A class 1 liscence is needed to drive fertilizer/seed truck. Many days repairs involving welding/electronics/changing mechanical equipment will be rquired. The machine is so fragile that it is easily damaged. Most air drills with a bent frame are sent back to the factory or junked, to restraighten the fram is almost impossible. It is too tall (18') and too wide (26') to be moved easily.Wage will be $50/hr. Other jobs will be available until Oct 15.
Pea Roller Operator. Roll pea land with 40 ft roller and auto shift tractor. Pick large rocks with front end loader. Historically women have done a better job. I like this job as it is mentally relaxing and good physical exercise as it requires getting out of the tractor multiple times to pick a small rock. Work by yourself at your own speed. The job is a very serious one, a rock left above surface can destroy a combine. Wage will be $25/hr. Other jobs will be available untill Oct 15.
Material Handler. Move grain/fertilizer/inputs from farmyard to feild machines or grain buying companies using various trucks. Experience with very heavy trucks in soft feilds and tight yards. Operate farm tractors/large augers/conveyors. Fill and empty bins, check bins for grain quality/beggining spoilage. Operate water treatment equipment, haul water to sprayer. Must have Class 1 liscence.
Sprayer Operator. Operate CIH 3320 high clearence sprayer. Manage chemical inventory, mix chemicals into sprayer, operate & maintain water treatment equipment. Must have a working knowledge of computers/electronics as the sprayer has 2 computer systems coupled to 3 micro processor modules and 60 electronically pulsing nozzles. Class 1 liscence is required as water is hauled with a semi.
Heavy harrow/Vertical till operator. Understand how to set machines and change settings thru the day as stubble goes from tough to dry to tough. Units are pulled by a large 4 wheel drive tractor 8-10 mph. Class 5 liscence required. Wage will be 25/hr.
Farmer It is my objective to groom a replacement for myself in the next decade although I hope 2 nephews start to take control, however they have good off farm careers now. If we grow as fast as I think we can a management team will need to be formed. This is my job description. I can do all operations, I will generally start a operation such as running the air drill and turn it over to the operator once everthing is working correctly. Management of all operations, easy to say but takes decades to learn, application/timing of inputs is critical, very rarely is the weather good. Harvest is like a car race, go too slow and snow comes, go too fast and wreck the machines, snow comes with grain in the feild. Most machine dealerships are sales orientated so I must be able to repair/modify all equipment. Purchasing of inputs such as seed, fertilizer and chemicals. I generally get about 4 bids. I purchase machinery as required, because there are so many "commision salesmen" in the world I must have a good engineering knowledge of the machine. I market about 300,000 bushels of grain/year, most of the time I will drive the large truck myself as we mix grain according to grade. So if a load has a unwanted charteristic, I will try to get the next load from a bin with offsetting charteristics. Unlike most marketing, I cannot set the price so I must sell for a profit if I can, that is all about timing, wait for a good price, then lock in with a hedge or option. Maintain this website, the primary objective of the website is to find workers. I try to explain the jobs in great detail to counter act the "dumb farmer" label. I buy farmland and subdivide acreages if required, basically a real estate agent. The real estate transaction must be prepared for a lawyer. It is possible to do the transaction myself but for protection most are done by lawyers. I do risk assesment, develop business plans and obtain bank financing if required. The amount of money is large enough that I may have a meeting with the Vice President of a bank. I maintain the financial records and once/year a certified accountant finishes the task. A degree in engineering/agriculture or business is probably a starting point. The rest is hands on and must be learned on the fly. I would offer to pay what I get, but most people would not work for less than minimum wage. If you have enough skill to replace me, negotiating a good salary would be no problem.
When I advertize I get many job applications, the hard part of my decision is to determine who can be trained very quickly. This farm is growing quickly and employs as much technology as possible. So some form of post secondary education (tradesman to university grad) will generally be needed to compete. I thank all applicants in advance, however I do not have the time to respond to unsuccesful applicants.
We set up a RV park in spring for workers. All you need is a trailer/5th wheel/motor home.
In 20 years we have expanded 10 fold to 40 quarters and expect to expand 10 times in the next 20 years. So the ground floor workers of today will be the managers/skilled workers of the future.
The NDP bill 6 has basically made my childhood illegal, we learned our profession from our fathers at a young age. I spent 17 years in school, yet no educational institute will teach a person how to farm. I suspect most formal education presents a most negative veiw of farming, yet it is the most important industy (you can disagree if you dont eat) and most farmers are succesfull businesmen. We cant spell and do not know correct grammar but our bankers/lawyers/accountants do not seem to care! The effect of bill 6 will be to put farmers on one side of the fence and civil servants on the other. There was no consultaion with farmers before passing the bill. We have WCB coverage and always pay more than $15/hr. I would suggest future part time workers are hired as contractors & consultants like it is done in the oil industry. It costs about $700 to form a company in Alberta and there are many benifits. Registering a company in a different province may make sense as the NDP will cause Alberta taxes to sky rocket. Historically some contractors are earning more than $10000/month so there is a real tax advantage. Custom seeding/spraying/combining will become more popular. Robots (machines like combines without operators) will also make economic sense. Full time workers must be employees, however the increased costs associated with a employee have to be factored into the farm businesss model. Bill 6 tries to force the union mentality of a civil serpant. Farm is a very competive business, a farm with a unionized workforce will go broke. The NDP government of Alberta should buy a farm and show us their great farming knowledge before trying to force their socialist agenda on us. I bet a NDP government farm would go bankrupt if it was entirely paid for with tax payer money and wheat was $50/bushel.
Also contributing to the low Canadian dollar is our collective mentality. Canada is a country where the greatest accomplishment a person can make is putting a puck in a net, so a hockey player makes more money than the leaders of the country. With the exception of hockey we are a non competitive country whose wealth comes from selling natural resources, the price of most natural resources is now below the cost of production. Individual countries may be socialist/communist but the world works on capitalist principles, so expect a low canadian dollar.
Grain farming is the absolute opposite of a assembly line, everthing is continually changing because of weather, markets, expansion and large equipment. Because of this we are engineers and mechanics. We live to farm, we do not farm to live. The owners of Jacobs Farms do not need to work. Unless you love farming you will not fit in. A $3000 dollar suit does not impress me, but a fast car really does. All of my present workers have a post secondary education.
Looking at the future in Canada we see NDP governments getting elected, it seems many Canadians think they can get something for nothing, look at Greece, that is your future. So how will grain farming be affected, if Donald Trump is elected President expect America to roar, look how good it is doing with a social worker as President. Canada has elected Trudeau, he is a drama teacher who could not run a hamburger stand so expect $1.00 CDN to equal $.60 US. Since the American grain trade sets the world price we could get $8.00 wheat and $16.00 canola. America has had 3 bumper crops in a row and grain prices are holding at a survivable price, what are the odds of 4 bumpers in a row. Ethanol has held agaist a oil price that is $20 below the cost of production and oil companies are now starting to declare bankrupcy, US oil production is has dropped 1/2 million bbl/day in the last 3 months. Most of our costs are locked in, intrest rates probably do not rise, we own all our land except for 70 acres, we do not have to buy American made machinery as we repair the existing equipment or buy new Canadian. Wages in Alberta are falling. Fertilizer may increase, however potash comes from Sask. and the low cost of Natural gas makes increasing N unlikely. Short term fuel will go very low however once the US shale industry is bankrupted (2 years) fuel will increase, it will be cheaper to burn Bio deisel, and that favors grain farming. So grain farming offers a long term stable career, we will continue to pay a good wage even if the NDP destoys the Alberta economy.
I am looking for mechanically inclined people with computer/electronics skills. In the near future (2-3 years) I hope to start up a bio deisel plant (see co-op bio fuel page), in the distant future (6-7 years) I hope to start a alchol funny car team. I hire workers today with a eye for the future.
We make most of our money growing feild peas. Our machinery is bought with this in mind, we modify and fix the machines continually. It is very difficult to operate a combine while combining flat peas, it is easy to damage the combine and leave excessive peas on the ground.
Our motto in grain farming could be Bigger, Harder and Faster so we can sell Cheaper. Sounds foolish to continue however I think we are at bottom or near as agriculture can produce fuel cheaper than the oil industry can.
Grain farming is a brutal occupation, weather and many factors are beyond my control. Our school system makes no attempt to educate potential workers. Railways that are basically a government sponsored monoply have unionized employees that would bankrupt me to get a raise. Monsanto and Syngenta only produce products to maximize their profit.Society will not pay a honest dollar for food. Every entity in the system produces excuses. If I take a empty truck to a grain company, open the gates, nothing comes out, however I give a lot of good excuses like CN, Government of Canada, elevator companies my cheque is still zero. It is for these reasons that any surviving grain farmer will have to be a rugged tough man. Many grain farms will not survive to the next generation. The men like me will survive. I want no employee who just gets by.
A viable grain farm must have multi million dollar equity and operate on a huge scale to produce grain at a very low price, very few weathy people will work the long hours and tolerate the risk associated with grain farming. Smaller farms cannot even support the family above poverty levels, yet even a small farm can have land worth over a million. Most will sell out and farms will get larger and larger. In theory I grew up in poverty and I was child labour however I think I had a priviliged childhood, there was nothing more enjoyable than driving tractors which I did by 10 years old. Most likely the oil companies will take over farming in the next 50 years, but I will never sell out.
Grain farming is very different than animal farming, as a young man we had a "mixed" farm so I had a taste of each, grain faming could be called machine farming. There has been a massive move to specilization in the last 30 years. At present 2% of the population lists their occupation as farming. Applying the 5-95% rule where 5% produces 95% means that only .1% are large farmers, with only 1/3 being grain farmers. In other words I am looking for some very unique skills.
If you are a rugged, intelligent, mechanically inclined and your resume shows this we want you and we want to pay you well. If not do not waste your time applying, we do not hire in desperation. A study has shown that 2/3 of our men cannot change a flat tire so it will be a uphill battle to find workers. However the collapse of the oil industry and a NDP government will probably result in good people looking for work.
Hobbies generally show a persons true intrests. I am looking for a intrest in race cars, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, hot rods etc.
Do not apply unless you are a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant as the foreign worker reveiw agency is a extension of the auto workes union. A employee from the FWRA explained to me that farming is a low skill job and anyone could do it, which just goes to show the integrity of this government worker, after all food comes from Safeway.
To apply for a position
1. You need a high school diploma or a journeymen trade certificate, that is absolute minimum education. The name of school must be on your resume that I can check if you really have graduated. No excuses and no almost graduated. I may hire you initially to operate a combine, it is my hope that a farm manager emerges over multiple seasons. Every high school dropout I have hired has quit on the spot. You will get reduced wage if you quit on the spot (I expect a week notice). I will have you sign a document to this effect upon hiring. Initial wage + huge bonus is how I pay. These two will total $30 or more/ hr.
2. You need some form of resume, I do not give a damn about spelling or grammar, we are professional farmers and to apply for any professional position a resume must be submitted. I will study the resume and if slightly intrested I will verify education etc. If you hear nothing back you are not a fit for our organization. Over my career I have submitted my resume at least a thousand times, the norm is to hear nothing back. In the past I have hired on the spot, it has always turned out to be a mistake. Send a transcript of marks for any education. No cover letter is necessary or wanted.
3 Do not call me on telephone, in the event of a phone call you are automatically disqualified as either you cannot read or follow a basic instruction. I get so many calls in a day so I only answer if the call display shows a name I recognize. I will call you if I think you are a fit. Do not come to my farm without calling first, I would not show up in your home before calling, my farm is my home.
1. Be prepared to operate equipment / run computer in equipment. I have made some really big hiring mistakes when I evaluated people by what they said.
2. To drive a semi, you need a drivers abstract. Then you will be expected to drive a 18 speed semi (I will put a cup of coffee on the dash, if it spills you fail), start a tractor and swing a conveyor or auger under the semi. To learn you must read and understand the owners manual. It is easy if you are mechanically inclined and can read. Time limit is 1 hr and if I step in to prevent equipment damage you fail.
3. To operate equipment, you read the manual for 1 hr at which time you should be able to start it up without damage. If I have to step in you fail. I will then ask you to explain how the machine works. A small bit of reseach on line will come up with a generic explanation of how a rotary combine works. I am looking for self starters. I will ask a few questions such as "What do you do if there is excessive chaff in hopper". A small bit of research online may be prudent. If you google" How to set a rotary combine" you will have a idea how to set the machine.
My 3 point plan to recruit responsible employees.
1. Never hire on the spot, verify resume is true and never hire anyone without a high school diploma.
2. Pay very well for responsible people. Because of quitters initial wage is low with a bonus.
3. Have a documented contract for wages, if you quit with no notice, you do not earn bonus.
Having said that I will concede that our school system is totally out of touch with the needs of farming and oil. I look back at my high school, everthing that would make me who I am today the high school system tried to destroy. Everthing I consider worthless today was promoted, still I graduated with university entrance subjects and marks. Why not go to school, no one is going to give a 14 year old a real job. Farming is a very dangerous occupation, so maturity is needed.
I get extremely upset when workers bend or wreck my equipment. Some would say its just a machine however if you are bending iron it is just a matter of time before personal injury occurs. I have never met a injured employee who did not blame the employer. So large companies have made huge "safety policies" which are in effect CYA for them. My primary safety policy is to hire and keep safe employees, this means bending equipment will result in termination. Being a "machine head" is a natural gift, "if you got it, you got it", if not, no amount of paper or baby sitting will keep you from finding a way to injure youself. I am waiting for the government to demand a safe work practice manual for a Nascar driver. Farm equipment is very dangerous by its nature. If a large oil company tried to run a combine and had a header plug (which is very common), safety meetings would have to be held, the machine would have to be "locked out" , working alone conditions would need to be met, the reels would need to be removed by a mechanic, the cutter bar would need to be removed or covered, scaffolding would have to be erected. So it would take 2 days to do a job I do in 5 min. This would cost a minimum of $10000 as my supervision fee alone would be $3000. Oil companies just pass this cost along and the price of oil rises. Oil companies employ "artsies", I cannot for safety reasons. I have worked in the oil industy for 40 years and continue to do so, as a consultant I administer all safety policies. Safety policies were made in the oil industry in response to injuries, I must prevent that from happening on my farm.
Please send resume and pictures of "toys" such as snowmobiles, race cars, dirt bikes etc that you own and wrench. Historically I have recieved many resumes from unqualified people so I do not reply. If you are qualified I will call you. This is so important, but only send pictures of toys you own or wrench. I have had people send me pictures of 20 snowmobiles, what would that say about the person, do they own a dealership? Very few true machine heads do not have a toy of some sort, if you have mechanical appitude a nice toy can be built for $2000 dollars.
We basically work really hard for 3 months/year. May for seeding and Aug 15 to Oct 15 for harvest. Stamina is required as we work up to 14 hrs/day. I (Keith Jacobs) work up to 20 hrs/day so I am in no mood to baby sit. In 6 months you can earn what a average worker does in a year. There is no room for quitters. This is not a normal 8 to 5 job with weekends off. You may be requested to start work at 5AM or to work to 2AM. There is no overtime pay.
Wage will be up to $60/hr with harvest bonus, expect this to rise quickly in the next few years as our society is starved for "machine head" style workers. This is a high wage, however the job requires the most responsible workers. When we seed the repacement value of the air drill/large tractor is in excess of a million dollars, it is fragile and can easily be wrecked. We have a 3 week seeding window, replacing a air drill/large tractor on short notice is impossible. We can seed up to 500 acres/day of canola, once seeded the expense (land cost, burnoff, seed and fertilizer) is $200/acre or $100,000 per day. So only the most responsible "machine heads" are going to run a air drill. Harvest is slightly less stressfull but the same principles apply. A poorly set combine can easily put thousands of dollars of grain on the ground instead of in the bin. Each combine costs about $300/hr and they can harvest about $5000/ hr of grain.
I am looking for people like myself (younger however), here is my oilfeild resume. I work in the oilfeild in the winter and farm in the summer. I sometimes work thru Pajak Engineering, see their website. I was trained by some of the meanest rig managers in the 70's so I do not tolerate cry babies, I am not politically correct. I am a intense, abrubt focused man, I do not tolerate workers who do not pay attention to their job. Baby sitting quickly brings out my dark side. I have the same form of conflict resulution as the old rig managers, so if you can not take suggestion of improvement this is not the place for you. I entertain new ideas however I may reject any idea without explanation. I expect my employees to use my methods and run the machines as I do. No tough guys, I put up with too many tough guys in the oilfeild. I do not fight with my hands (I think UFC is disgusting even though as a younger man I was a martial arts student)), I fight with lawyers and machines.
Those of you contemplating a career in Oil & Gas may want to look at my experience, I doubt the oil & gas industry provides me with enough work to get to a retirement age of 67. In my case it does not matter, but had I relied on oil & gas times would be hard for me as of Jan 2015. I will probably never work in oil again. Taxpayer money bails out auto workers but never oilmen. Young people should expect to work to 75 to pay off the debt of the baber boomer generation of which I am a ashamed member. Oil will never last 75 years. Socialist medicine that cannot even cure a cold is bankrupting society. Think about curing the common cold, 500 million times a year the medical establishment could practice, the secret to curing a cold is built into us all as the virus does not kill us. Many diseases that kill us are caused by a virus.
Keith J Jacobs
Box 301, Daysland, Alberta, Canada T0B 1A0
Phone: 780-679-8642 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Energetic and innovative individual with excellent supervisory and technical experience. Superior organizational skills combined with a natural mechanical and electronic aptitude amplified by a formal technical education.
My objective is to obtain short term consulting contracts anywhere in the world. I enjoy working in the oil industry. I attend oilfield trade shows to see the latest technology.
Jan 2014 Signalta Resources Mitsue
Reported to Duane Masse 403 218 4266, pulled and inspected tubing, ran tubing, pump and rods on 3 wells.
July 2013 Owl Resources, Harmattan
Reported to Bob Browning 403 969 4545, pulled BHP, acidized for wellbore damage, re-ran BHP, swabbed well to evaluate success of acid job.
March 2013 Hyak Energy
Reported to Frank Lowe 403 910 1533, clean out and pump change on a shallow well in Swift Current Sask.
Jan & Feb 2013 Imperial Oil Aspen (Ft MacMurray)
Reported to Jonathon Steranko 403 999 9570. Supervise a service rig on very shallow new well completions, pumped N2 24 hrs/day to evaluate formation stability when injecting steam. This is a proposed SAGD site, north of the Imperial Kearl mine, there were many site specific procedures concerning wildlife, transportation and safety that had to be administered.
Busy with farming operations rest of the year.
Jan 2012 to March 2012 Shell (Deep Basin)
Reported to Blair Rushka 403 813 1804. Supervised large horizontal multizone fracs (up to 16 zones & 10,000 m3 of water), snubbed tubing into high pressure wells, flow tested wells. Pads had multiple operations at the same time. Difficult logistics due to remote locations and large amount of trucking needed.
Nov-Dec 2011 Pengrowth Corporation
Reported to Al Myles 780 333 5270. Supervised service rig to pull jet pumps & reconfigure tubing strings in horizontal Swan Hills wells. Changed BHP with normal rods and co-rod. Fished various equipment including BHP, rods and tubing.
Busy with farm operations rest of the year.
Jan 2011-Mar 2011 Coral Hill Energy
Reported to Vernon Hashizaki 403 767 4878, Swan Hills area, I was first completion consultant in the area for this company. Completion of 4 new horizontal multizone wells. 1200 m3 acid jobs, drill out frac ports with coil tubing, pull frac string, run production string and flow test, shipped up to 300 m3 oil/day.
Nov-Dec 2010 Pengrowth Corporation
Reported to Al Myles 780 333 5270, Swan Hills area, 2600 m wells. Various jobs for production department including changing pumps, reconfiguring tubing strings, swabbing, tubing and casing repairs, installing hydraulic pump jacks.
Busy with farm operations rest of the year.
Jan –April 2010 Pengrowth Corporation
Reported to Al Myles 780 333 7173, Swan hills area. Conducted horizontal multi zone fracs, some wells the drilling rig ran frac ports, some were run with the service rig, some frac assemblies were retrievable and some were permanent. Clean out with coil tubing. Evaluated with production test equipment or jet pumps. Also various BHP repairs, plunger lifts, slickline work, service rig work, fishing.
Dec 2009 Pengrowth Corporation
Reported to Lori Brown 403 969 4964. Lethbridge area. Surface abandonment of 20 wells. Locate lines, consult with government, cut and cap wells according to ERCB Directive 020 Well abandonment guide and ERCB Directive 066, Requirements and procedures for pipelines.
Busy with farm operations rest of the year.
Jan-Mar 2009 Pengrowth Corporation
Reported to Barry Ahlstrom 403 828 8937 Abandonments close to Olds and South of Grande Praire. Bond log, cement squeeze if necessary, drill out cement retainer, re-log, set bridge plugs. Surface abandon by cutting and capping. There were (2) 3500 m wells south of Grande Praire which entailed many retainers and squeezes, on one of these wells the primary cement job went very wrong as the stage tool was open when the first stage was pumped. Drilled out cement in the casing and conducted multiple squeezes.
Dec 2008 Maveric Exploration
Reported to Bob Emett 403 669 7976 Re-worked a shallow oil well in Saskatewan, pulled and re-ran tubing and stator/rotor style BHP.
Reported to Paul Cate 403 218 4237. Supervised a service rig to fish equipment, pull tubing and re-ran production string. Production tested well.
Reported to Will Peterson (Owner) 403 932 7477. New well completion of a shallow gas well with an e-line unit. Installed wellhead, bond logged, perforated and flowed well to evaluate.
Oct 2008 Maverick Exploration
Reported to Bob Emett 403 669 7976. New well completion of a shallow gas well.
Busy with farm operations for the summer. After this time I worked year round, only taking time off for seeding and harvest. I was working as a wellsite supervisor in excess of 200 days year.
Mar 2008 – April 2007 Pengrowth
Reported to Barry Ahlstrom 403 233 0224 Worked at Olds, Ricinius, Grande Praire, Deer Mountain, Swan Hills. Supervised service rigs to abandon zones with cement retainers and squeezes, recompleted wells to a deeper depth, frac-ed, flow tested and ran recorders. Conducted Nitrified Ball injected acid jobs in Deer Mountain field. Abandoned problem wells south of Grande Praire. Abandonments in Ricinicus area, alerted land owners, brought in service rig, pulled tubing, bond logged, conducted remedial cement jobs, surface abandoned well. Olds area, moved service rigs during summer months, consulted with uncooperative county representatives, reworked wells with service rig, abandoned wells, cement squeezes, logging jobs, slickline work, condensate based frac jobs, moved and rigged up frac crews under muddy lease conditions, contacted AEUB for rig moves and flaring permits, conventional and TCP perforating, flow tested wells, set slickline plugs and recorders, ran complex packer assemblies, frac-ed with “X” tools, set plugs in nipples using wireline and coil tubing units, worked on sweet and sour wells, some sour wells were critical as many acreages surrounded the well. Pulled a stuck horizontal liner with a service rig, attempted to ream to end of the horizontal section with the service rig, contacted ERCB and obtained clearance to set the service rig up as a drilling rig with shale shaker/mud tank next to BOP, very concerned about getting the string stuck, released service rig and brought in a drilling rig.
July 2007 Sogar Resources
Reported to Terry Jarton 403 714 5995 (Caroline Area). Re-complete a 3000 m well, 30 tonne frac, flowback and test well.
June 2007 Advantage Oil & Gas
Reported to Russ Huck 403 781 8610 Rocky Mountain House area, rework and frac wells, Some multizone fracs using packers for zone isolation, then pull packers using coil tubing, snub in tubing and co-mingle zones for production. Had to fish/retrieve packers using snubbing unit sometimes as coil could not pull packers. Lookout Butte area, 3600 m well, clean out with coil tubing and 15% nitrified acid job.
Dec 2006 Silver Bay Resources Westlock
Reported to Bob Browning 403 861 2700 New well completion and frac.
Dec 2006 Advantage Oil & Gas
Reported to Russ Huck 403 875 3884 Rocky Mountain House area. Recomplete and frac wells, multiple zones using packers and plugs in On/Off tools to isolate zones. Clean sand while flowing well to latch on to On/Off tools after sand frac.
Nov 2006 Cork Exploration
Reported to Richard Suffron. New well completion and frac in West Pembina field.
Oct 2006 Advantage Oil & Gas
Reported to Russ Huck 403 875 3884 Brazeau Dam area. New well completions & fracs, flow tests, run gauges and turn well over to production.
July 2006-Aug 2006 Cork Exploration
Reported to Richard Suffron 403 620 4565. Lodgepole-Drayton Valley Area. Clean out with coil tubing, Hot Oil, pump N2. Multizone fracs using packers and coil tubing units to clean out.
June 2006 Advantage Oil & Gas
Reported to David Cronkhite 403 781 3342 Three abandonments on Siksika Indian Reserve in southern Alberta. New well completion with 30 tonne 70% methanol frac, flowed well, ran production string.
June 2006 Desmarais oil & gas
Reported to Bob Browning 403 861 2710 Downhole abandonment.
Seeded crop in May.
April 2006- Dec 2004 Trilogy
Reported to Dave MacNeil 403-818-5532 Supervise service rig to rework and frac many wells in the Fox Creek area, examples are: determine PBTD & pressure test casing, cement squeeze the Notikewan, repair casing leaks, run cement bond log, perforate the gething, run frac string/packer assembly, frac, flowback, clean out sand and test Gething. Moved production test equipment & large coil tubing unit over muskeg in late march/early april to evaluate a well for a land sale. Drill with coil tubing unit/N2 thru shoe to make a open hole section, underream open hole section, run open hole logs, acidize open hole, swab and evaluate well, lost swab equipment, fish swabbing equipment, flow test well, moved out of Virgina Hills on April 4th over muskeg using many pieces of matting. Completed a 5 zone frac using packers/On/Off tools. Attempted to get equipment (packers & recorders out) using coil tubing unit, fraced with “x” tools. Other work included reworking wells, cement squeezes and re perforate, abandon wells, bond logs, set “G” packoffs and other slickline work.
July 2005 Stylus Energy
Reported to Phil Besler 403 375 0565 New shallow well completion, bond log, swab, perforate, 25 tonne water frac down casing, clean to bottom by flowing tubing while snubbing in.
Dec 2004- Sept 2004 Paramount Resources
Reported to Tim Wood 403 290 3619 and Phil Christie 403 290 3617 Trilogy was formed as the Trust unit of Paramount. Abandoned the Belly River zone on multiple shallow wells in Hanna-Drumheller area. Perforated the Horseshoe Canyon coal intervals 300-100 m and frac-ed with N2/coil tubing unit. Fished parted tubing and packers, fished TCP assemblies. Re-completed wells to 1400 m, set BP, re-perforate, swab to evaluate production.
Aug 2004 – May 2004 Delphi Spirit River
Reported to Frank Lowe 403 701 1061 Delphi had bought shut in wells from other oil companies, pulled tubing and evaluated wells. Re-completed some wells. Shut operation down as I had to get control of a dysfunctional service rig crew. Crossfeild area. Re-entered and drilled 2 wells deeper, stuck on one well, extensive fishing job to retrieve drill string and BHA which had become stuck on a anchor belly spring when we circulated loss circulation material into well.
April 2004 – Mar 2003 Seneca Resources
Reported to Phil Besler 403 716 3398 Hanna Drumheller Area Many new well completions between 900& 1400 m as follows: Install wellhead, run bond log, swab fluid, perforate, evaluate inflow, evaluate zone and maybe abandon zone, move uphole and perforate the next zone, maybe frac with a 20 tonne CO2 water frac, flow to p-tank, snub in tubing and clean to bottom with downhole valve and well flow or so that On/off could be connected, snub out to remove any valves, snub final string back in, flow test and turn well over to production. New well completions in Swift Current Saskatewan.
Jan 2003 Trico Resources
Reported to Murray Reynolds. New well completion in Sundre area. Installed wellhead, bond logged, TCP, oil based frac jobs on multiple zones. Logged R/A tracer log after the frac. Expired flare time due to production testing error, rigged up a incinerator and with ERCB approval kept flow testing.
Dec 2002 Apache Canada
Reported to Rodney Smith at Provost for coil tubing work on 900 m wells. Cleaned with coil tubing, flushby work, and changed BHP. Reported to John Webb at Stettler. Re-configured tubing string with a single service rig.
Dec 2002 Advantage Oil & Gas
Reported to Brian Ellithorpe 403 783 9899 Re-completed 2 oil wells, severe wax problems, stripping job required hot oiling and pulling the tubing.
Oct –Nov 2002 Case Resources
Reported to Myron Seebeck 403 860 3176 Started wellsite supervision, trained with Duane Boyer Consulting for a week. This area on the east side of Red Deer was a critical sour area as it was up to 20% sour and there were many people living close, however there were support people to do monitoring and public consultations. Supervised a double service rig, reworked and frac-ed 2 wells, TCP job and slickline work
1985 - 2001 Wireline Experience
I held most field positions that an electric wireline company has with the last being General Field Engineer. I was the manager of the Slave Lake shop for two years. Duties included crew supervision, unit maintenance, log interpretation, cased and open hole logging and economic management. I worked in Canada, USA, Malaysia, Italy and Russia, both off-shore and on-shore. I started a e-line company which had a base in Camrose & Slave Lake.
1974 - 1985 Rig Experience
I started as a Floorhand and worked all positions up to and including Driller. Paid my way thru 4 years of technical college during this time. Also worked at position below during this time.
1979 - 1981 Pumping Experience
Cementing and Acidizing Supervisor whose duties included crew supervision, customer invoicing, operation of oilfield pumping equipment and maintenance of the equipment.
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Jacobs Farms Daysland Ltd.
Jacobs Farms Daysland Ltd. I own and manage a grain farm of approx. 5500 acres in central Alberta. From May to October I am a full time farmer. Until 2008 I worked year round in the oil industry, only taking time off for seeding and harvesting. After 2008 my farm was getting too large and the oilfield had slowed down. I use the latest equipment for large capacity and the newest technology. I understand machine principles, hydraulics and electronics. This is a $20 million CDN business, managing it gives me business insight. As I am a farmer I make no attempt to advance beyond wellsite supervisor. See my website jacobsfarmsdaysland.com
2002 - Present Jacobs Supervision and Custom Work Ltd.
Oil and gas well workover and completions consultant. I have worked on a contract basis for many oil companies, including Shell, Pengrowth Corporation, Sogar Resources, Cork Exploration, Trilogy Energy LP, Paramount Resources, Delphi Energy Corporation, Seneca Energy Canada, Case Resources Ltd, Apache Canada, MEC Operating Company and Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. I have a combination of 38 years of technical schooling and experience in the Oil & Gas industry. I have supervised completions, workovers and abandonments from 500 m to 4000 m both sweet and sour. This much diversified experience makes it possible for me to make timely correct decisions in regards to economics, people, procedures and most importantly safety. I have all necessary tickets/certificates required in Alberta Canada. Because I am a true consultant working for multiple companies each year my work experience as a consultant cannot be broken down in chronological order. I only work on a contract/consulting basis.
I have conducted numerous safety meetings/operational meetings to provide leadership for all personnel on location. Some wells required a extensive emergency response plan which was generated in the head office but implemented on location. I have promoted good Heath, Safety and Environment (HSE) plans.
People with knowledge of completions and workovers know that there are small differing details to each operation, however there is no reason to memorize the past, as in a college exam the student who understands principles does much better than the student who memorizes certain procedures. However here is a list of my experiences or memorizations.
- Reporting, I have submitted reports using excel and wellveiw. I have made my own report template in excel and have used at least 20 versions generated by other people.
- Although I have worked in many areas most of my work has been done between Swan Hills and Olds, these wells are between 2000 and 3000 m, using primarily a double service rig, my superior mechanical and electronic aptitude make understanding the operating principles of the service rig very easily for me, I would like to see more technology used in service rig operations. On most of these wells tubing has been ran or pulled in order to conduct some of the following operations.
- Many of the wells I have worked on have been frac-ed, some horizontal, most vertical. Some were sand-condensate, some sand-water, some were acid and some were gassified. Screen outs occurred and were cleaned with coil/N2 units. Thru tubing fracs sometimes required pressure testing and special threading techniques to run tubing. I have used “X” tools, tree savers and frac wellheads.
- Many of the wells I worked on were flowed back after frac to p-tanks to evaluate inflow and recover load fluid.
- Many of the wells I have worked on required surface casing vent leak repairs, various types of cement squeezes were used. Some were bullheaded and some used cement retainers.
- Many of the wells I worked on were acidized.
- Tubing was snubbed in/out of many of the wells I worked on by both rig assist units and stand alone units. Some of these wells required cleaning sand to bottom by letting well gas/N2 flow up the tubing and making tubing connections to get to bottom.
- Some of the wells I worked on had complex packer strings either as 1 run frac strings or as multi-zone completions with multiple On/Offs and sliding sleeves to access the correct zone.
- Some of the wells I worked on required fishing operations, to me this is most enjoyable as fishing is a unique challenge.
- Many of the wells I worked on required slickline operations, either as a supplement to moving the tubing or stand alone as in running pressure recorders.
- Worked on critical sour wells just east of Red Deer. Extra support services are required on the surface but the downhole components are the same. I have worked on many sour wells and in fields where every well is sour.
- Retrieved many downhole plugs using coil tubing/rig & tubing, some were retrievable plugs, some were permanent and had to be drilled out.
- Abandoned may wells including surface abandonments, also I have done the opposite and re-entered old wells.
- Hung coil tubing in wells to be used as a siphon or production string. I have ran multiple tubing strings in Alberta which is not common, however I worked offshore running a e-line unit, multiple tubing strings are the norm offshore.
- Performed various operations on many directional and horizontal wells.
- Conducted shallow coil tubing fracs on Coal Bed Methane wells in the Hanna area.
- Installed/changed pumps on wells with co-rod.
- Ran pulled and replaced electrical submersible pumps.
- I have worked with slant service rigs.
- Experience working on SAGD heavy oil wells in Esso Cold Lake as a e-line operator.
- Worked on high pressure deep gas wells in the Foothills of Alberta.
- I have worked offshore and overseas as a e-line operator. I was classified as General Field Engineer while working for one of the major logging companies.
- Over my extensive career I have came in contact with most downhole assemblies, my superior mechanical aptitude enables me to understand how they work, what they do and once in a while design a better one.
- I have a Class 1 drivers license which enables me to drive a semi (my farm grain truck is a semi), this gives me knowledge of the logistics to move multiple pieces of heavy equipment as during a rig move.
- I have a ground disturbance ticket and I have performed surface abandonments which require alerting the correct people for ground disturbance.
- Logging, perforating and e-line fishing are very familiar to me.
- Conducted horizontal multi fracs. Large jobs were up to 16 zones and 1200 m3 of 28% HCL (limestone reservoir) or 16 zones and 500 tonne/10,000 m3 water based sand frac (sandstone reservoir).
- Ran multi zone frac assemblies with a service rig.
- Drilled out multi zone frac assemblies with service rig or coil tubing units.
- I think like a business owner, so I evaluated risk and reported to the head office.
1983 - 1985 Electronics Engineering Technology, S.A.I.T.
1976 - 1979 Mechanical Engineering Technology (Honours), N.A.I.T.
1974 High School, Graduated, Daysland High School
INDUSTRY TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS
- · Red Cross First Aid
- · Transportation of Dangerous Goods
- · WHMIS Fundamentals
- · Well Service Blowout Prevention
- · H2S Alive
- · Safety Management and Regulatory Awareness for Wellsite Supervision
- · Detection and Control of Flammable Substances
- · Confined Space Awareness
- · Ground Disturbance Level II
- · AMA Defensive Driving
Anything with an engine, more power and less weight makes a machine fun. For my 65th birthday I have promised myself a NHRA funny car team.
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Workers have parked motor homes and 5th wheel trailers on my farm, I have hookups.
Duties include operating and maintaining the latest large grain farming equipment such as tractors, air drills, hi clearance sprayers, swathers and combines, some of these machines are worth .5 million dollars, they have deluxe cabs, auto steer, yield mapping and variable rate seeding technology. Also around the farm jobs such as building and repairing grain bins and other buildings.
Qualifications: Post secondary diploma or high school diploma, farm experience is not needed (we train for our methods), mechanically inclined, welding and fabricating ability, computer knowledge, physically fit, with a “can get it done attidude”. You must be of above average intelligence as you will be expected to learn quickly (take this very seriously, we have no tolerance for dummies). You must have the ability to work alone in a safe manner. We have CB's, two way radio's and cell phones for communication.
Clean class 1 Alberta drivers liscence is desired, we can train.
Post secondary diploma, agriculture is changing to technology and innovation. The machines are very complicated electro-mechanical devices, most are computer controlled and have very thick manuals. Chemical and genetic engineering will become even more important in the future. We want some indication of intelligence, and the ability to finish a project. Our safety record is perfect, to maintain this we need people who listen to their teachers.
Gentle with machines and mechanically inclined, a understanding of machines is very rare, however in order to set these complicated machines to seed, spray or combine mechanical aptitude is required. All machines require maintance and fixing, sometimes the newest machine requires the most wrenching in order to get it dialled in. Although the machines are large and heavy, they are fragile.
Welding and fabricating, the factories make machines for a broad market, we modify them for our very demanding conditions.
Computer knowledge, most equipment is now steered by GPS, combines produce yield maps, the data is fed into a variable rate seeder, in other words computers control everything and data must be manipulated on a computer. Parts manuals are on computers at the manufactures and we have field computers with “air cards” to access the parts lists. Supplies and inputs must be inventoried on a computer when picked up. All jobs are considered "skilled".
Physically fit, although there is no physically hard labour (modern grain farms do not have “labourers”), getting in and out of machines to load and mix chemicals, seed, grain etc for up to 14 hrs/day requires a high level of physical fitness. Strength is not necessary as machines do all heavy lifting. Endurance is necessary.
“can get it done attitude”, because our planting and harvesting window is so short, the air seeder and combines are treated like Nascars, if they break a mobile shop (5th wheel trailer with welder, air tools, cutting tourch etc) is brought to the field and the machine is fixed instantly. If parts are needed they are put on the plane, shipped overnite and picked up anywhere in Alberta. In short nothing stops the seeder or combines.
Non smokers only, I do not want my deluxe cabs smelling like smoke.
Jacobs Farms Daysland will be expanding, if you believe agriculture is the future, you like being home every nite and you have minimum qualifications please send resume to e-mail address. I (Keith Jacobs) believe agriculture is the future because I believe the price of oil will hit $200/bbl in the next decade. Oil is so low now that many oilfeild companies will go broke. I have 35+ years of oilfield experience and in the winter I used to work as a oilfield consultant. Somehow the bio-fuel industry is surviving, when oil increases, bio-fuel will gain market share.
Daysland is a sleepy hockey town of about 800 residents, it has school, hospital, churches and everything needed for life. Most income into the town comes from government. There are a few great business people in town. Housing is very economical. Camrose is a beautiful small city located 45 km from Daysland, it is primarily agriculture based with a bit of oilfeild work. I would suggest living in Camrose.