DescriptionProvide corrosion engineering, technical support, direction and oversight for the Companys corrosion control program supporting Kinder Morgan natural gas storage pipeline assets. This position reports to the Manager-Corrosion Control.Job DescriptionProvide a high level of technical expertise and problem-solving to the field-based corrosion supervisors and corrosion technicians for complex corrosion control issues such as stray current, remedial actions, AC mitigation, atmospheric and underground coatings, electrical isolation, above-ground surveys such as close-interval survey, DCVG and ACVG, and design for specialized or complex cathodic protection systems.Act as primary contact for any coatings-related issues, including maintain company coatings specifications, coating selection for atmospheric and buried/submerged pipeline coatings, technical support for engineering design, project management and operations maintenance projects, specification of coatings testing requirements and reviewing results, developing new coating specifications, site visits to coatings mills to ensure coatings are being applied and tested according to company specifications.Provide support for the technical problems of operations, project engineering and engineering design.Provide technical support for corrosion control software such as American Innovations PCS/CPDM, data loggers, remote monitoring devices, close interval survey software, company database record management and GIS software.Support corrosion supervisors and corrosion technicians as a subject matter expert on Company standards and procedures, including O&M, construction standards, and material requirements related to corrosion control.Review and provide feedback on remedial action mitigation plans resulting from in-line inspections, cathodic protection surveys, close interval surveys, and internal corrosion inspections to assist in assuring development of cost effective solutions consistent with corporate philosophy.Review scopes and specifications that support responses to complex projects such as close-interval surveys and other field surveys including remedial actions, stray current testing and mitigation, data interpretation and engineering analysis, cathodic protection design, and programs for monitoring, assessment and mitigation of complex corrosion mechanisms such as SCC, AC corrosion, high-temperature corrosion and microbiologically-influenced corrosion.Perform corrosion control failure analysis to determine root-cause working in conjunction with company metallurgists and laboratory personnel, and develop remediation plans.Evaluate and provide specifications for new corrosion control equipment, material, and software.
EducationMinimum of BS in an Engineering discipline education, optimally with at least 10 years of in-depth corrosion control experience and working knowledge of field operations for natural gas pipelines.Competencies/SkillsAbility to effectively and efficiently perform job description requirements including those identified above.Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Position requires working with various management levels and departments to achieve reliability results.
Accomplished public speaking skills in formal situations for large audiences. Must have excellent writing skills with the ability to write clear and concise technical reports, procedures, specifications, and work instructions.This position requires a high level of analytical skills. Familiarity with root cause analysis for problem resolution techniques is a plus.
Ability to make informed decisions involving corrosion mitigation design, coating selection and inspection results, budgets, and broad program initiatives for corrosion control.Individual must be a self-starter and have a demonstrated ability to work without direct supervision.Assure quality, accurate and timely completion of all individual and group deliverables including timely completion of all requirements in related standards, procedures, policies goals, objectives and internal and external customer requests.Work well in a team environment including interaction and collaboration with management, peers and subordinates in an open and positive setting that demonstrates receptiveness to ideas and appropriate flexibility.Must be able to complete tasks and assignments in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. The role includes a continual commitment to safety and the environment.Possess advanced computer skills, familiar with integrated data development and analysis. Familiarity with American Innovations PCS/CPDM database software is a plus.Have an in-depth knowledge of applicable Federal and State pipeline safety regulations, including Title 49 CFR Part 192 Subpart I.Provide support as requested to help the Pipeline Integrity Group and the company reach its mission and objectives.Possess and maintain a valid driver's license and good driving record.The job position will be in the Kinder Morgan Houston headquarters located downtown at 1001 Louisiana St, Houston, Texas.Work ConditionsMust be willing and able to work in an office environment.Occasional travel to other field or corporate locations may be required depending on nature of ongoing work activities (typically 15% or less but may be higher depending on work requirements.)Availability for work outside normal hours as needed.Must be willing and able to carry a cell phone and respond as needed.Subject to drug testing program.Extended periods of sitting may be required for administrative activities.Preferred QualificationsExperience in managing all phases of corrosion control and demonstrated continuing responsibility implementing corrosion control programs in the gas or liquids pipeline industry including but not limited to cathodic protection, coatings, above-ground CP and coating condition surveys, and atmospheric inspections.Familiarity with applicable industry organization standards and recommended practices such as NACE, SSPC, API, ASME, etc.Knowledge of general pipeline operations standards, practices and procedures.Experience writing and revising standards or procedures.Detailed understanding of various methods of pipeline integrity assessment methods, including an understanding of pressure testing and in-line inspection technologies and experience evaluating in-line inspection surveys.Knowledge of non-destructive testing methods.Experience interacting with regulatory agencies such as PHMSA or related state agencies.Higher-level related industry certifications such as NACE Cathodic Protection Specialist and NACE Coatings Inspector Level II or Level III.Advanced computer skills such as working with database systems and GIS.Primary LocationTexas Houston Headquarters downtown
OrganizationPipeline Integrity and Risk Engineering Department
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