Plant Engineer

Air Liquide Longview , TX 75602

Posted 3 months ago

Company presentation

World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 65,000 employees and serves more than 3 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been at the core of the company's activities since its creation in 1902. Air Liquide's ambition is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term performance and acting responsibly.

Entity and activity description

Air Liquide Large Industries provides our customers with industrial gas and energy solutions that are vital to their own industrial production. We own and operate over 2,000 miles of industrial gas pipelines in the U.S. supplying mainly oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and syngas in large quantities from multiple production sources to major customers in the chemicals, petrochemicals, refining and steel industries. Our pipeline operations and industrial gas production facilities are closely monitored 24/7 within our leading-edge operations control center located in Houston, Texas. Our operations control group monitors over 89,000 data points and assists with product supply and coordination. We are constantly optimizing our supply network to provide high reliability and energy efficiencies allowing Air Liquide to adjust supply needs more quickly and effectively enabling growth to our customers.

Candidate must have valid employment authorization in the U.S. and must not require visa sponsorship now or in the future. This position is not open for non-immigrant visa sponsorship.

Job Responsibilities

The Plant Engineer is responsible for day to day operations and troubleshooting, to identify report and develop solutions to plant production bottlenecks. In addition, the Plant Engineer is responsible for executing tasks necessary to maintain air permit compliance. The position is a developmental position, leading to plant management at this or another Air Liquide facility.

Health, Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Compliance:

  • Provide visible HSE leadership to site technicians and actively champion the LIVES system.

  • Support and comply with all health, safety, and environmental procedures as directed by local and corporate personnel and safety departments.

  • Support and comply with all process safety management and risk management plan practices (EIS, PSM, MOC, etc)

  • Support, coordinate and manage the operating permit reporting, monitoring, and renewal requirements to insure compliance with federal, state and local rules and regulations.

  • Ensure all incidents are reported and investigated; documented and corrective actions are completed. Publish lessons learned. Work with the Maintenance Center on Root Cause Failure Analysis for major incidents.

  • Keep plant hazard analysis current and displays thorough knowledge of possible hazards and associated safeguards.

  • Process Safety Information (PSI) - P&ID's, safe operating limits and consequences of deviation

  • Process Hazards Analysis

  • Management of Change (MOC)

  • Incident Investigation

Operates the Plant Safely, Reliably, and Efficiently:

  • The Production Engineer is the owner of solutions to technical issues at the Plant.

  • Perform process troubleshooting.

  • Provide technical input and advice on equipment maintenance

  • Defines the tasks (for execution by operations and maintenance) to ensure mechanical integrity

  • Vessel and piping inspection program

  • Rotating equipment preventive maintenance

  • Own Key Operating Documents. Maintain updated red-lines at all times. Display detailed understanding of content and significance of each document.

  • Ensure GT's are understood and followed by the plant staff.

  • Make plant and process decisions to meet plant production needs.

  • Develop capital project scope, cost, and schedule as assigned

  • Partner with the Maintenance Center to execute predictive and preventive maintenance to eliminate catastrophic failures and unplanned maintenance.

  • Implement plant projects, as required, to improve plant HSE, reliability and efficiency.

  • Acts as plant manager during their absence.

  • Complete assigned action items from audits and other sources on time.

  • Ensure shift reports are sent out each shift and are accurate.

  • Ensure shift turnovers are completed effectively.

Cost and Budget:

  • Understand, monitor, and optimize operating costs within authorized budget.

  • Assist in developing plant budget needs

  • Develop cost and economic justification for capital projects

  • Execute capital projects within time and budget requirements

  • Identify and implement opportunities to reduce costs within delegated authorization.

  • Participate in the Capital Planning Process.

  • Continuously monitor and improve efficiency and availability.

  • Utilize national purchasing agreements and frame agreements.

Develops and Leads People:

  • Work to achieve our goal of "Zero Accidents" by taking a leadership role in safety.

  • Assist with training new technicians

  • Provide candid constructive input to management decisions and actively supports those decisions.

  • Willing to relocate for promotional opportunity

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering

  • 2+ years process industry experience

  • Technical and working understanding of Hydrogen, Syngas or ASU plant process

  • Ability to work extended hours and shift work as business needs dictate

  • On call nights, weekends and holidays as required

  • Able to travel - typically 3 to 4 trips per year

  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements for operating plants (Process Safety Management, EPA regulations, state and local regulations)

  • Ability to lead root cause analysis investigations

  • Familiarity with MS Office, Intelex, Capital Planning, Maximo and Oracle Cost Reporting, IntraPay and Oracle Purchasing.

  • General understanding of accounting principles and ability to learn plant operating budget

  • Trainable on Distributed Process Control (DCS) operation and troubleshooting.

  • Able to deliver and explain training material to operating personnel

  • Organized and effective at time management

  • Able to maintain a plant filing system and control of engineering documents

  • Ability to read and red-line key operating documents

  • Display mechanical and electrical aptitude for equipment operation and troubleshooting

  • Strong communication and team leadership skills

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