Purpose of Position |
The purpose of this position is to provide ongoing specialized care of every mechanical unit (engines up to 10,000 hp, turbines up to 15,000 hp, compressors, and auxiliary equipment) in a designated geographic region of the pipeline system. Mechanical analysts perform diagnostic testing of each unit on a periodic basis; they interpret the test results and create a customized program to ensure each unit is operating safely, efficiently and within current compliance regulations. Mechanical analysts identify problems with the units and either solve the problem, make recommendations for repairs on their own, or participate with mechanical specialists to create and institute action plans. Mechanical analysts perform emissions testing of combustion equipment (engines and turbines) to ensure compliance with federal and state permits and to create reports that document the findings for the agencies.
Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities
Monitor the condition of each engine and compressor.
Identify areas for increased efficiency and areas for potential decreased fuel consumption. Ensure that all units are operating within 5% of established horsepower models.
Evaluate and/or adjust existing preventive maintenance programs or create a new preventive maintenance program for each unit, providing direction to field teams to implement.
Maintain records of the analysis of mechanical units to ensure capability of trending data.
Troubleshoot equipment problems when identified.
Monitor unit specific fuel consumption to analyze performance of air/fuel ratio controls and ignition systems. Make changes as needed.
Identify need for specialized operations and maintenance projects based on equipment condition, performance and reliability. Utilize the mechanical overhaul prioritization program (MOPP) to document unit overhaul priorities.
Maintain oil analysis records and reports. Communicate results to operating personnel and make changes to the preventive maintenance program as necessary.
Work with air quality manager on pertinent company emissions programs and issues. Provide feedback on company air testing protocol and upcoming air issues.
Provide analysis data and reports to environmental specialists for submission to state and/or federal agencies to ensure air permit compliance and reduce the potential of violations.
Provide assistance in setting up, maintaining and troubleshooting air/fuel ratio controls to ensure compliance within permitted levels. Maintain emissions compliance testing records to ensure documentation is available for field operations to update the location air binder and for the environmental department to submit to state and federal agencies as required.
Provide training to operating personnel concerning engine/compressor operations as well as emissions issues.
Provide input to the mechanical overhaul prioritization program (MOPP) to assist with planning of overhauls; provide performance testing of overhauled equipment to ensure unit efficiency.
Provide Mhealth and Maintenance Control System support for the mechanical specialists and operations teams.
Support other analysts as needed through training and sharing of best practices.
Perform any additional responsibilities as requested or assigned, such as inspection of mechanical projects and overhauls. Coordinate the activity of contract support for emissions testing.
Associate degree in engineering technology or related technical field or equivalent work experience. (Typically, three years of related, progressive work experience would be needed for candidates applying for this position who do not possess an associate degree.)
Five or more years of mechanical experience.
Thorough knowledge of operations and maintenance of engines, gas turbines, centrifugal and reciprocating compressors (high and low speed), pumps, dehydration systems and boilers.
Above average analytical and problem-solving skills are needed to identify and evaluate machinery performance and condition levels.
Above average computer skills are needed to support condition monitoring program software and setup requirements, MP2, tuning air/fuel ratio controllers, recip-trap software, MOPP software, CSI software (both RBMware and Mastertrend), and HTScompress.
Demonstrated ability to use the following equipment: Land combustion analyzer, Enerac exhaust analyzer, recip-trap, CSI vibration analyzer, Ultraprobe ultrasonic equipment, Beta trap engine balancer, SnapOn Versameter, borescope, infrared camera and infrared temperature probe.
Good verbal and written communications skills as well as strong human relations skills.
Knowledgeable of company operating procedures, DOT and EPA procedures, engineering standards, OSHA standards, safety practices and routine administrative duties, as well as state and federal protocol.
Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and projects concurrently.
Ability to work independently, assessing the needs of the machinery within jurisdiction of the position, and setting a personal schedule to meet those needs.
Will require approximately 50-75% travel within areas of responsibility.