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Process Engineer at Kinder Morgan

Process Engineer

Kinder Morgan Houston, TX Full-Time

Position Description

At Kinder Morgan we are dedicated to delivering energy to improve lives and create a better world by providing energy transportation and storage services in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible manner for the benefit of people, communities and businesses. We expect all of our employees to act with integrity, do the right thing, and treat everyone with respect every day.

You will join a collaborative team of process engineers that provide fulfilling support to current/future operating assets nationwide and take part in fun and exciting project work to drive continuous improvement of our gas processing facilities.  

Kinder Morgan offers competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and hybrid/alternate work schedules.

The Engineer – Pipeline  (Processing) is responsible for providing analytical and technical expertise to support the design, engineering, operation, and construction of natural gas processing facilities in accordance with government regulations, industry codes and standards, Company codes and standards, and applicable process safety criteria. The position will evaluate and assist in developing processes and programs that encourage safety, reliability, and improved performance and efficiencies.

  • Establish and maintain a high level of communication and flow of information early in all projects (and support functions) to include all stakeholders; detail and define scopes of work/supply, expectations, timelines, and progress reporting.
  • Act as a Company liaison between project management, operations, and third party engineering contractors to ensure facility design and equipment proposals comply with Company standards
  • Provide troubleshooting, optimization, and reliability support to operations with process simulation tools and operational understanding.
  • Develop project design bases and feed studies for proposed Operations & Maintenance (O&M) and capital projects.
  • Perform technical, risk, and safety evaluations of materials and chemicals utilized.
  • Develop and update process and equipment specifications and standards.
  • Explore, evaluate, and introduce new technologies to enhance safety, reliability, and performance; network with industry groups, technical committees, and suppliers.
  • Promote open, ethical, and continuous communication between various departments, customers, and personnel.

**Position may be filled at various levels depending on experience and job skills of the successful candidate**

Position Requirements

Education Requirements:

  • BS degree in Chemical Engineering from an accredited college or university
Job Requirements:
  • Operational experience and knowledge of natural gas processing facilities and equipment.
  • Experience with design, economic evaluation, and optimization of both new and existing natural gas processing facilities.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to interface with a diverse range of personnel with varying disciplines, backgrounds, and experience levels.
  • Strong customer focus in dealing with Project Management, Business Development, Operations, Contractors, Suppliers and other internal and external groups.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve remotely (over the phone).
  • Familiarity with and understanding of the following standards: OSHA 1910.119 Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals and EPA 40CFR Part 68 Risk Management Plan (RMP).
  • Perform detailed sizing, design, and specification of all major equipment within gas processing facilities including, but not limited to, the following: compression, heat exchangers, pumps, towers, separators, heaters, control valves, and Pressure Safety Valves (PSV’s).
  • Develop and review P&IDs.
  • Participate in baseline, revalidation, and project PHA/HAZOP studies as necessary for both new and existing facilities; assist in completion of Management of Change requirements.
  • Perform and/or validate relief valve and flare system sizing/evaluations.
  • Maintain and update Process Safety Information (PSI) including but not limited to Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), Heat & Material Balances, Process Simulations, Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs), Cause & Effect Matrices (C&E), Consequences of Deviation (COD), Pressure Relief Valve Calculations, and Maximum Intended Inventory (MII).
  • Functional knowledge and understanding of ASME B31.3, ASME Section VII Div 1, API 520/521, and other RAGAGEP standards and regulations related to process engineering facility design, construction, and operation.
  • Thorough understanding of the following midstream processes:
    • Glycol Dehydration
    • Solid Desiccant Dehydration
    • Compression
    • Joule-Thomson Refrigeration
    • Closed Loop Refrigeration Systems
    • Stabilization
    • Fractionation
    • Cryogenic Turboexpander Plants
    • Acid Gas Removal Systems
    • Liquid Storage, Transfer, and Unloading/Loading
    • Utility Systems (e.g. heat medium, fuel gas, steam, instrument air, etc.)
    • Review and provide feedback on equipment drawings, vessel calculations, and construction drawings.
    • Assist EHS with environmental permit requirements including air emissions, storage, and proper disposal of waste.
    • Knowledge and experience with managing projects.
    • Ability to develop, read, and interpret mechanical blueprints and diagrams.
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications.
    • Strong presentation and report writing skills.
    • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and a driving record satisfactory to the company and its insurers.
    • Business travel is required and expected to be up to 20% of time.
    • Required to carry a cell phone and respond as needed during working and non-working hours.
Preferred Experience, Skills, and Knowledge:
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in design, construction, or operation of natural gas processing facilities.
  • Possess fundamental knowledge of midstream gathering and natural gas processing.
  • Familiar with applicable industry codes, standards, and regulations.
  • Proficient in the use of process modeling applications (e.g. BR&E ProMax, Aspen HYSYS, Aspen Flare System Analyzer, Aspen Exchanger Design and Rating, etc.).
  • Experience with process facility instrumentation, controls, and automation.
Physical Demands:
  • Must be able to walk up and down stairs/ladders, negotiate uneven surfaces, and comfortably work on top of oil storage tanks and catwalks.
  • Exposure to smells and fumes associated with refined petroleum products.
  • Climatic conditions are determined by work assignments and may include winter conditions with frequent snow or extreme summer heat depending upon geographic location.
  • Employee must be physically capable of completing and satisfying all training requirements as stipulated by local, state, or federal agencies and/or Company policy.
  • Individual will be required to carry a communications device and must be willing and able to support operations 24 hours per day in case of emergencies.
  • Extended periods of sitting may be required for administrative activities.
  • Must be willing and able to travel throughout the United States.
  • Extensive travel may be required including overnight stays for several days.
  • Field activities may include walking to and amidst work and/or construction sites, climbing in and out of storage tanks, working around heavy equipment, negotiating rough terrain including areas of loose rock, and working in confined spaces.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER STATEMENT: We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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