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Operational Technology Server Administrator Job

Date: Nov 28, 2018

Location: Minot, North Dakota, US

Company: Hess Corporation


Hess is a leading international independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. 

We have an industry leading position in two key U.S. shale plays – the Bakken in North Dakota and the Utica in Ohio. Hess is also one of the largest producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and a key natural gas producer and supplier to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. The company is engaged in exploration and appraisal activities offshore Guyana, participating in one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries in the past decade, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, Suriname and Nova Scotia. 

Hess aims to attract, retain and energize the best people by investing in their professional development and providing them with challenging and rewarding opportunities for personal growth.  We are always looking for talented professionals who share our values and are passionate about making a difference in the world and in their careers. We strive to meet the highest standards of corporate citizenship by protecting the health and safety of our employees, safeguarding the environment and creating a long-lasting, positive impact on the communities where we do business. 

For more information about Hess Corporation, please visit our website at 


Position would assume the responsibility of designing, engineering or supporting the needs of ND OT PCD assets. Becoming heavily involved with the convergence of IT and Industrial data collection efforts. That allows information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) professionals to ensure that their current infrastructures are maximized. That develops a converged platform for flexibility that supports future business outcomes.


Job Role - A OT Server Admin, role is to design, install, administer, and optimize company servers and related components to achieve high performance of the various business functions supported by the servers as necessary. This includes ensuring the availability of client/server applications, configuring all new implementations, and developing processes and procedures for ongoing management of the server environment. Where applicable, the Server Administrator will assist in overseeing the physical security, integrity, and safety of the data center/server farm. This work entails detailed server modeling and analysis.


Process Control Domain Definition - (PCN) is a communications network that is used to transmit instructions and data between control and measurement units and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) equipment. These networks have, over the years, used many of the technologies and topologies utilized in other network applications. However, Process Control Networks (PCNs) have several special requirements that must be met in order for the solution to be acceptable to the industry. These requirements are, in no particular order: Robustness, Determinacy, and Compatibility. Robustness includes requirements such as connection redundancy, reduced sensitivity to Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), and good error checking and correction. Determinacy involves assuring that each device is guaranteed access to the network, and in many cases mechanisms to allow priority information (such as alarms) through the system. Compatibility allows SCADA and Distributed Control Systems (DCS) from various manufacturers to communicate with control and measurement equipment from others.



  • Implementation of PCD server projects for review by system administrator
  • Core hardware installation and configuration or maintenance within PCD or virtualization
  • Define, document and enforce server standards for implementation of new projects
  • Secure Server infrastructure by establishing and enforcing policies.
  • Report systems operational status by gathering data and monitoring activities
  • Prioritizing information and new installation activities
  • Troubleshooting server problems or outages, collaborating with admins on changes


Current Project Examples:

  • IT/OT network segregation to meet operational requirements
  • Manage OT system IP address appliances
  • Tioga and Minot data center PCD virtualization strategy to accommodate SCADA needs
  • Support new project or data center facilities design needs
  • System segmentation, high availability implementation
  • Existing and new server management
  • Server assessment, and asset collection
  • User management and active directory management



  • Highly motivated self-starter willing to accept responsibility and accountability.
  • Be able to recognize and solve problems.
  • Actively participates in safety programs and initiatives.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work or mentor trades preforming installation work including Electrical staff.
  • Willing to mentor and teach skill necessary to maintain equipment after installation.
  • Work effectively with others to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Ability to interpret electrical engineering issued drawings and trace electrical circuitry
  • Ability to interpret various documentation and drawings for electronic, instrumentation and process data. Including blueprints, schematics, Loop drawings, P&ID's
  • Understanding of SCADA and XSPOC systems.
  • Strong understanding of Industrial networking practices.
  • Knowledge of radio, fiber optic, wired or wireless Ethernet for SCADA systems.
  • Required knowledge of Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking.
  • Experience with installation and management of fiber optic systems or related devices.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in client/server domain administration
  • CISSP or other Cybersecurity certifications
  • Must have experience with network systems (switching, routing, firewalls) and in a client facing support role
  • Must have Linux and Windows server/desktop experience
  • Experience with client/server hardware and software troubleshooting
  • Working knowledge of virtualization technologies including Citrix, VMWare and Microsoft
  • Must have experience with NAS and SAN technology products
  • Experience with Microsoft Server Administration; MSCE highly desired
  • Understanding of domain security requirements and techniques including antivirus and firewall rule definition
  • Experience in process control/critical systems/real time database environments and supporting technologies preferred
  • Familiarity with typical process control system components and associated equipment – PLC’s, DCS, real time processes preferred
  • Scripting experience with SQL, vbscript, PowerShell preferred
  • Must have attention to detail and provide quality workmanship.
  • Formal training or networking certification combined with experience preferred.



The Hess Way of Working refers to competencies considered absolute pre-requisites for success. How you deliver results is as important as what you achieve. Every employee is expected to demonstrate the behaviors within these competencies to be considered an effective performer and, ultimately, earn career growth opportunities.

  • Builds Trusted Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Creates Effective Teams
  • Thinks Strategically
  • Inspires Innovation
  • Demonstrates Courage
  • Drives Continuous Improvement
  • Makes Quality Decisions
  • Delivers High Performance

Hess is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Posting Notes: Jordyn Makell Gustafson | Employee | Field/Plant Operations | United States| North Dakota | Minot | | |  | | Yes | 22107