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Company: Kinder Morgan Inc.
Location: CA - Fairfield CA
Posted: 10/28/2013
Salary: N/A

Job ID: 8133

Position Description:
Primary purpose:
• Manages corrosion control program for assigned region; accountable for related activities including design installation, operation and maintenance of all corrosion control facilities for maximum efficiency and safety. Ensures compliance with policies and procedures mandated by state and federal pipeline safety regulations.

Essential duties and responsibilities:
• Manages regional corrosion control program in order to achieve goals within budgeted funds and available personnel; plans projects and designates accountability for assignments, reviews progress, directs changes in priorities and schedules as needed to assure work is completed in an efficient and timely manner. Participates in the selection/promotion of staff, salary change considerations, and disciplinary matters.
• Conducts performance evaluations and resolves grievance. Provides training and motivation to make full use of individual capabilities and to meet changing system demands. Orients new employees as to procedures, policies, location and operation of equipment or assigns such orientation and familiarization to appropriate personnel. Coordinates annual refresher, safety and emergency response training.
• Serves as project manager for regional projects necessary to achieve regional goals. This includes development of AFE’s, project scoping, permitting, material and services acquisition, cost control, preparation of bid packages, performance of job walks, and routine reporting. Prepares contract drawings, specifications and bid invitations when outside contractors are to be used.
• Develops figures for and administers capital and maintenance budgets based on staffing and resource requirements, cost estimates, objectives and goals.
• Monitors and documents expenditures assuring compliance with approved budget and staffing levels.
• Designs corrosion monitoring and catholic protection systems through complex activities including specifications, calculations and graphic and statistical analysis, power assessment and evaluation of survey data.
• Coordinates work with departments responsible for contracts, environmental compliance and right-of-way procurement.
• Prepares contract drawings, specifications and bid invitations when outside contractors are to be used.
• Plans, coordinates, and directs jobs, determines priority of corrosion control projects and installation of protective measures.
• Maintains required records, including assembly, compilation and review of reports. Enters computer data and generates reports. Reviews as-built drawings and annual survey data. Make corrections as needed and forwards modified drawings to Regional Headquarters for recording changes. Analyzes field test data from annual and interim surveys and determines best corrective action.
• Investigates corrosion problems in the field through survey work and/or research and may coordinate some activities with other Corrosion Engineers and/or vendors when necessary.
• Ensures regional compliance with applicable codes, regulations and standards. Primarily DOT requirements and NACE recommendations. Conducts annual Level of Protection surveys as needed.
• Delegates and reviews Company's notifications to various agencies, companies, and committees of corrosion protection systems. Participate in regulatory audits and present regional corrosion program.
• Resolves cathodic protection and interference problems involving measures to be taken, as well as any system adjustments. Implements corrective action through corrosion and maintenance personnel or oversees work of outside contractor.
• Provides oversight in all aspects of regional Close Interval Survey projects.
• Establishes and maintains professional relationships with local, regional, and national NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) organizations.
• Represents Company at regional inter-company corrosion correlating committees. Delegates and reviews Company's notifications to various agencies, companies, and committees of corrosion protection systems.
• Consistently maintain and demonstrate a high regard for personal safety, for the safety of company assets, employees, and the general public.

Position Requirements:
Minimum requirements:
• Bachelors degree or higher in Engineering, Science, or related field from an accredited school or relevant professional experience that has developed equivalent engineering, project management and/or corrosion skills.

Experience / Specific Knowledge:
• NACE International Level 4 CP Specialist certification or the ability to attain certification within 28 months of acceptance of position.
• Minimum of 5 to 10 years working knowledge of pipeline operations, project management, risk management concepts, engineering principals, and DOT Part 195 regulations
• Understanding of basic statistics and cost/benefit analysis.
• Design, construction, and troubleshooting of corrosion monitoring and cathodic protection systems.
• Practices, procedures, tools, materials, and equipment used in cathodic protection of refined oil pipelines.
• Corrosion instrumentation.
• Occupational hazards and required safety precaution related assigned duties.
• Pipeline operations and location.
• Utility operations and right-of-way.
• Protective coating used on petroleum pipelines.

Certification, licenses, registrations:
• A satisfactory driving record as determined by the Company and a current, valid State driver's license are required.
• If the employee is subject to license or certification requirements or training as stipulated by local, state or federal agencies or the Company, now or in the future, compliance is required under this job description.

Competencies, skills, and abilities:
• Proficiency with computer applications, including Microsoft Excel, Word, Project, and Outlook.
• Well-balanced interpersonal skills and strong verbal and written communications skills are required.
• Must be accountable and take direction from Managers; keep required work schedules, which include regular and predictable job attendance; focus attention on details; follow work rules.
• Organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks are essential.
• Must be a problem solver with the ability to find resolutions.
• Must be self-motivated and capable of working with minimal supervision and/or direction.
• Must be flexible and able to work effectively in a team environment and consistently maintain a professional and respectful demeanor/attitude with co-workers, clients, vendors, and regulatory agencies.
• In order to meet the various maintenance and general operational requirements, a mechanical aptitude is necessary.
Ability to:
• Exercise skill in the monitoring, maintenance, and repair of cathodic protection facilities.
• Plan, organize, and oversee assigned work programs.
• Analyze and evaluate operations; develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems.
• Demonstrate a good sense of direction in order to locate remote pipelines, rectifiers and test stations.

Physical demands:
• Employee must be physically capable of completing and satisfying all training requirements as stipulated by local, state or federal agencies and/or Company Policy.
• Work is performed outside in varying and sometimes extreme weather situations.
• Field activities may include walking to and amidst work and/or construction sites, climbing in and out of trenches, working around heavy equipment, negotiating rough terrain, areas of loose rock and working in confined spaces.
• Use senses of sight, hearing, and smell to aid in the identification of systems and equipment malfunction
• Distinguish basic colors
• Operate a 4WD vehicle for off road driving
• Perform physical labor in a variety of extreme climactic conditions, including walking, bending, stooping, climbing tanks, digging, lifting and general manual labor.
• Frequently may walk up to 5 - 10 miles in a day, including through brush and rugged terrain in temperatures that can range from 20 to 120 F.
• Work may involve the use of weed and brush cutting equipment and other hand tools.
• Must dig holes in various types of soils, rocks, etc. in order to obtain low contact resistance prior to measuring structure potentials.
• Approximately 30% of the work may be performed in an office environment. The balance of the work may involve negotiating rough terrain, mountainous or desert regions, or heavy urban traffic areas.
• May lift weights up to 50 pounds unassisted.

Working Conditions:
• Position subject to 24-hour call-out, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
• Climatic conditions are determined by location assignment and may include severe seasonal changes including both winter conditions with frequent snow or extreme summer heat and sun, depending upon geographic location.
• Survey work frequently involves getting dirty, sweaty, dusty, and hot, especially during summer months.
• Drives a 4-wheel vehicle up to several hours per day. Must be able to drive pipeline right-of-way without accidents or equipment damage.
• Travel to remote areas within a particular region may involve extended periods of driving, both on and off road and could involve exposure to electrical shock, very difficult terrain, traffic hazards, snakes, spiders and other crawling and flying insects, cuts, bruises, etc.
• Work in remote areas is often performed alone and without direct supervision; judgment is required when consultation with supervisor is not possible. Must schedule and monitor own work.
• Extensive travel may be required including overnight stays for several days.
• Extended periods of sitting may be required for administrative activities.

Supervisory responsibility:
• Yes

Preferred education, experience, certifications, competencies, skills, and abilities:
Above the minimum requirement; not required but advantageous in this position:
• Hydraulics experience desired
• NACE International "Corrosion Technician" certification desirable.
• Prior experience requiring mechanical aptitude and skill is a plus
• Basic knowledge of cathodic protection
• Knowledge of piping, valves and pressures
• Knowledge of pipeline operations
• Experience with storage tank operations, including inspections, alarms and sampling
• Experience with light maintenance (mechanical, electric, electronic)


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