Jacob Zachry

After graduating with honors from Texas Tech University with a Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Zachry relocated to California and began a career in oil and gas as a Field Engineer for Baker Oil Tools. Jake quickly rose through the ranks at Baker Hughes and held several Field and Applications Engineering positions before ultimately becoming the Western Area Engineering Manager. After leaving Baker Hughes, Mr. Zachry worked as an offshore wellsite manager in both state and federal waters before joining the Krummrich Engineering team in 2012 as a Sr. Project Engineer.


July 2015 to Present:                                                     Krummrich Engineering Corporation
Reno, Nevada

Sr. Project Engineer
Provide drilling, workover and completion engineering services to oil and gas operators in California and Nevada. Responsible for technical recommendations, cost estimation and AFE preparation, regulatory compliance and general project management.

August 2012 to July 2015:                                            Krummrich Engineering Corporation
Ventura, California

Sr. Project Engineer
Provide drilling, workover and completion engineering services to oil and gas operators in California. Responsible for technical recommendations, cost estimation and AFE preparation, regulatory compliance and general project management.

March 2012 to August 2012:                                      Krummrich Engineering Corporation
Ventura, California

Drilling Consultant
Supervised offshore well work including completions, work-over, remedial/stimulation and fishing operations. Managed equipment, material and personnel scheduling and logistics. Worked in both state and federal waters and acted as primary on-site contact for respective regulatory agencies (DOGGR and BSEE). Responsible for regulatory compliance of well work operations.

November 2010 to March 2012:                             Baker Hughes – Baker Oil Tools – US Land
Ventura, California

Applications Engineering Manager, Western Area
Oversee applications engineering team and technical support activities in US Land, Western Area. Assist Western Area Field Engineers in career advancement and development.  Manage a team of ten engineers with varied levels of experience and education. Act as new product and technology champion for Western Area. Work with customers on high priority, technically challenging projects. Assist University Recruiting Team with recruiting and hiring new graduate engineers US Land Region.

July 2008 to November 2010:                                  Baker Hughes – Baker Oil Tools – US Land Ventura, California

Western Area Support Engineer
Provided applications engineering services and technical support for all Baker Oil Tools districts and product segments in California including Cased Hole Completions, Wellbore Intervention, Wellbore Construction and Sand Control Services. Assisted HS&E and Quality teams in implementation and maintenance of new programs and systems.

October 2006 to July 2008:                                      Baker Hughes – Baker Oil Tools – US Land Ventura, California

District Engineer
Provided applications engineering services and technical support for Baker Oil Tools Ventura district. Worked intimately with customers to design cased hole completions, fishing programs and  workover operations to best address their specific applications. Trained and mentored field engineers and field service trainees. Spent a considerable amount of time in the field supervising the installation of Baker Oil Tools equipment on land and offshore. Supervised 80+ field installations while in this position.

February 2006 to October 2006:                              Baker Hughes – Baker Oil Tools – US Land Ventura, California

Field Engineer Trainee – Cased Hole Completions
Worked in warehouse redressing and repairing used rental tools and customer equipment. Attended classes and training sessions to increase knowledge of Baker Oil Tools products and general industry knowledge. Observed field operations and trained with experienced, qualified personnel. ‘Broke-out’ and began supervising field installations independently by April 2006.

June 1999 to August 2004:                                      Erb Products
Carson City, Nevada

Centrifugal Compressor Technician
Repaired, refurbished and modified Paxton, McCollugh and Kaiser centrifugal superchargers for vintage automobiles. Used machine shop equipment to build and repair obsolete and unobtainable replacement parts. Repaired and modified heavy equipment such as bulldozers, loaders and tractors.


Horizontal Producers                                                                                                           2015

  • Worked with a California operator to drill 3 wells near San Ardo, California
  • First well was a test well that was drilled to 2231′, logged and abandoned to surface in 4 days
  • Second and third wells were horizontal producers drilled to ~3600 MD, 1700′ TVD

Exploratory Gas Wells                                                                                                         2014-2015

  • Worked with gas storage operator to engineer and drill two exploratory wells in search of native gas near Goleta, CA
  • Drilled both wells on time and under budget
  • Engineered and supervised the completion and testing
  • Drill site located in Santa Barbara County, in the flight path of the Santa Barbara Airport, on a site of cultural significance to the Chumash tribe and approximately 200 yards from the ocean
  • Worked within environment, noise, transportation and cultural guidelines put in place by the state, county, city, FAA and other applicable regulatory agencies

Coalinga, Pyramid Hills and Midway Sunset Drilling                                             2013-2014

  • Drilled 14 wells in Coalinga
  • Drilled 38 wells in Midway Sunset
  • Drilled 4 wells in Pyramid Hills

Entire project completed on time and under budget with only one recordable incident and no recordable injuries

Directional Redrills                                                                                                               2012-2013

  • Worked with local operator and out of state partner on two challenging directional redrills
  • Wells originally drilled in the 1940s. Remedial work was required before redrilling could commence
  • Exited 7” casing 9000’+ deep and directionally redrilled 6-1/8” hole to 10,100’+ TD
  • Completed wells with high pressure liner equipment for anticipated fracture stimulation

Midway Sunset Cyclic Steam Drilling Project                                                                  2012-2013

  • Worked with independent operator to drill 22 shallow steam wells in the Midway Sunset area
  • Reduced average days per well from four to three
  • Reduced average cost per well by approximately $20,000 (10-15% savings)

Primary Production and Cyclic Steam Pliot                                                                      2012-2013

  • Worked with independent operator to recomplete two purchased wells near Coalinga and place on primary production
  • Managed primary production of wells into temporary facilities
    • Minimized daily cost while gathering invaluable production data
    • Based on success of initial program, operator has planned to drill four new wells and launch a steam pilot program

Safety Joint with Indicating Feature          US Patent Application 13151,878                2011

  • Designed Rotationally Locked Shear-Out Safety Joint with indicating collet for positive reengagement
  • Allows operator to retrieve and reuse valuable gravel-pack assembly and replace it with low-cost isolation assembly. Collet and matching housing profile provides positive indication of reengagement and verification by over-pull
  • Designed two product models: 3-1/2” and 5-1/2” nominal sizes
  • Coordinated with local machine shop to build prototypes. Conducted all function and integrity tests locally 

AT Liner Hanger Design and Marketing                                                                2010 – 2011

  • Collaborated with Region Engineering group and Area Sales group to develop a low-cost, hydraulic-set, rotating liner hanger for California market
  • Coordinated with outside suppliers to ensure compliance with BHI quality plan
  • Consulted with Area Sales group to bring AT Liner Hanger to market
  • Reduced cost of sales by over 40% and regained lost market share

Western Area Pressure Testing Initiative                                                              2008 – Present

  • Designed pump systems for hydraulic pressure testing of down-hole equipment in five district facilities
  • Liaised with vendors to procure system components
  • Assembled and installed pump systems on-site
  • Evaluated existing test enclosures and made necessary modifications to ensure compliance with Health Safety and Environmental policy
  • Wrote site-specific testing procedures and provided hands-on training and certifications for operators
  • Designed and built digital data acquisition module to record pressure tests
  • Perform yearly calibration process on data acquisition transducers

California Public Resource Code Revision                                                                           2008

  • Petitioned California Department of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to revise antiquated regulations preventing the use of liner-top packers
  • Gathered field data demonstrating real-world benefits of liner top packers
  • Researched and presented examples of US and Canadian legislation that had been revised in light of technological advances in liner-top packers
  • Hosted several meetings with DOGGR representatives and officials
  • Succeeded in persuading local DOGGR to adopt a Field Rule allowing the use of certain liner-top packers. Field Rule was eventually nullified by DOGGR in Sacramento

Equalizing Injections Tool for Heavy Oil Conditioning   US Patent 7650941                2007-2010

  • Designed injection tool to provide equalized pressure and flow-rate while injecting fluids over long intervals
  • Built and tested prototype
  • Filed patent in 2007; Patent was granted in 2010


Texas Tech University         Lubbock, TX                                      Graduated December 2005

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Minor in Mathematics
Graduated Cum Laude in Honors Studies