Lead Shop Technician (Midland, Texas)

At K&R Operating our employees are what makes the difference.  As our industry changes one thing remains constant, great people make a great company, our success is due to the great people that work here. K&R Operating is staffed with certified, professional and experienced full-service personnel capable of handling all equipment needs. Our technicians specialize in all makes and models of engines and compressors. Join us and be a part of the new standard!

Summary: This is a full-time Lead Shop Technician position based out of the Midland, Texas Shop. Rotation is not available for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide specific guidance and leadership to Shop Technicians working on a variety of jobs
  • Ensure Shop Technicians are completing daily task including all necessary reports
  • Provide onsite leadership performing skilled tasks including all levels of maintenance,repairs, and overhauls on a wide variety of natural gas engine and compressors
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose all levels of compressor system failures and optimize compression equipment performance
  • Ensure that you and your Shop Technicians comply with all company and customer policies and procedures
  • Complete appropriate paperwork as directed
  • Continually hone and develop skills in line with technological advances of the industry
  • Able to work in a team environment as a contributing team member and capable of working alone when required 
  • Present a professional image


  • Advanced proficiency in compressor and engine maintenance
  • Possess intermediate knowledge of surface production equipment
  • Advanced troubleshooting skills to general electronic and mechanical control problems
  • Possess the necessary skills to lead and train employees in the shop
  • Operate and provide training to Shop Technicians on all types of diagnostic tools and have a full set of hand tools as defined by company standards
  • Willing to travel for short and periods of time
  • Willing to work set shifts
  • Required to pass all drug-related and background testing
  • Good customer-relation skills
  • Attend training and leadership classes and/or seminars as required
  • Should have intermediate computer skills and be capable of utilizing the computer as an appropriate diagnostic tool

 Education and/or Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Formal vocational training preferred
  • Five years of engine and compressor maintenance experience
  • Emissions controls, Control Panel and I&E experience
  • Advanced Caterpillar and Waukesha engine experience
  • Advanced Ariel, GE and other gas compressor experience

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read, write, and speak fluently in English.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to maintain an acceptable driving record
  • CAT Training preferred

Physical Demands:

  • Often required to lift heavy objects
  • Spend long periods of time standing
  • Must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds

FREE medical and vision coverage for all K&R employees, industry leading medical coverage for dependents, 401k with company match, dental coverage, short-term and long-term disability and MORE