Position : Unit Inspector
Location: Baytown, Texas

Basic Function

The Unit Inspector coordinates the Mechanical Integrity program for the site or unit they are assigned which includes daily support, coordinating the on-stream inspection program, and assisting in the development and execution of the inspection scope for the turnarounds, outages and projects. The incumbent will utilize inspection management systems, methodology, tools and programs to ensure ongoing reliability, cost effective maintenance, safe operations and continuous improvement of the stationary equipment. The incumbent is responsible for setting expectations and coordinating contract inspection services resources as well as contributing to the special reliability programs such as Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI), Above Ground Storage Tanks Inspections (AST), RBI, etc.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Ensures all fixed equipment Mechanical Integrity activities meet or exceed the corporate, local, and regulatory requirements.
  • Develops inspection plans, coordinates inspections, evaluates inspection results, develops run/repair/replace recommendations, tracks inspection findings/recommendations to closure and keeps RBI evergreen.
  • Utilizes inspection management systems (Antea) effectively.
  • Continuously optimizes inspection plans to reduce inspection and maintenance cost.
  • Ensures efficient use of contract resources to complete equipment/piping inspections and reviews inspection reports for accuracy.
  • Develops Inspection Test Plans (ITP) and performs QA surveillance of stationary equipment repair work, as well as new fabrication to ensure compliance with the requirements.
  • Interprets film for QA of RT inspection on existing equipment repairs as well as new construction fabrication.
  • Creates, reviews and/or approves repair plans to correct non-conformances.
  • Reviews welding procedures, procedure qualifications, and welder qualifications.
  • Interfaces with and supports maintenance/reliability/MI engineers, operations regarding concerns or deficiencies found on equipment.
  • Coordinates periodic dialogues and provides guidance to operations, PMCs, planning, and maintenance to ensure continued reliable operation.
  • Acts as an effective point of contact for interactions with other workgroups on Mechanical Integrity activities in their assigned areas.
  • Performs as the mechanical integrity lead for outages, turnarounds, and projects developing stationary equipment inspection and repair scopes.
  • Reviews and is knowledgeable with Global Asset Integrity Standard (GAIS) for Fixed Equipment, corporate inspection and maintenance procedures, site specific procedures and standards, and ASME and API codes.
  • Supports or leads special reliability projects such as Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI), Above Ground Storage Tanks Inspections (AST).
  • Supports all applicable incident investigations and Root Cause Failure Analyses.
  • Proactively participates in the development and testing of new tools and applications in the inspection area.
  • Proactively monitors technological developments in the NDE field and conducts tests to determine field of application.
  • Ensures all potential overdue inspection deferral forms are composed, submitted, and approved before the due date.
  • Assures Operational Excellence and HSE concerns and/or events are escalated and investigated appropriately in a timely manner.
  • Adheres and supports OSHA/Site Management of Change (MOC) process.
  • Ensures all stationary equipment is safe and reliable to operate.
  • Acts as a leader in safety with the ability to stop all unsafe work.

Min. Qualifications

Education

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent

Work Experience

  • 5+ years relevant inspection experience as a unit inspector in the refining, petrochemical or chemical process industries
  • Experience as a certifiable Level II NDE technician to perform UT (straight beam), MT, PT, VT and RT (film interpretation) desired

Area of Expertise, Requirements

  • Holds API-510 and API-570 certifications.
  • Holds API-653, AWS-CWI, and/or API-936 certifications desired.
  • Knowledgeable of inspection and repair requirements in API, ASME, NBIC and state/local regulations (such as boiler codes/laws).
  • Knowledgeable of inspection techniques, performing API/CWI inspections and evaluating inspection results per industry codes and standards.
  • Basic knowledge of damage mechanisms leading to equipment failure such as corrosion, erosion, chloride stress corrosion cracking, fretting, etc.

 

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