Company: Shell
Skills: QA / QC / Inspection
Experience: 5 + Years
Education: High School/Secondary
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Deer Park, New York, United States
Status: Active

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Job Description

The essence of the pressure equipment inspection function is to be predictive with regard to equipment integrity. The inspector must analyze the data to understand the actual corrosion or degradation mechanisms and assure pressure equipment integrity.

This analysis may include but is not limited to:

  • Knowledge obtained by monitoring equipment for physical degradation.
  • Recognizing operational upsets or changes which could lead to changes in corrosion rates or patterns.
  • Comparing the data with pressure equipment records.
  • Consultation with technical staff to develop equipment inspection intervals, alterations of operations to reduce pressure equipment degradation rates, and when required, maintenance recommendations.

Base Work:

  • Inspects and monitors the condition of pressure equipment (vessels, columns, piping, exchangers, relief valves, tank, etc.) with the purpose of detecting corrosion or other physical phenomena that may lead to an unacceptable level of risk, an unsafe condition, failure of the equipment, or deterioration of its intended function.
  • Engages Pressure Equipment supervision and/or technical organization when inspection data reveals equipment near or past retirement, due to wall loss or other damage mechanisms.
  • Surfaces known preparatory work that must be completed before an inspection can be performed and highlights inspection support requirements.
  • Inspects all non-pressure retaining components that affect the integrity of the pressure equipment including, but not limited to, foundations, fireboxes, stacks, structural members, tank seals, spring hangers, etc.
  • Coordinates applicable regulatory state inspections of equipment such as fired boilers, air receivers, wharf piping and DOT (Department of Transportation) piping and relief devices.
  • Documents inspection findings (thickness readings, visual inspections, and specialized NDE inspections) in w-IMS (web-Integrity Management System).
  • Establishes renewal thicknesses for equipment using the guidelines outlined in company procedures and by consultation with the pressure equipment engineer where needed and uses these renewal thicknesses to calculate the remaining lives of piping and equipment.
  • Keeps and maintains inspection schedules and strategies with a clearly defined scope of work up to date in w-IMS. Work scopes shall have sufficient detail where a maintenance planner can properly plan the work with minimal additional PEI input.
  • Develops and maintains equipment inspection drawings, including equipment drawings, piping isometrics, corrosion and material diagrams, etc., in accordance with site procedures.
  • Analyzes inspection data against expected corrosion and damage mechanisms to determine the condition of the equipment to assure pressure equipment integrity.
  • Communicate inspection results with S-RBI Focal Point to update model, inspection strategy, and schedule.
  • Reviews equipment histories and develops technical basis for Inspection Interval Extension Requests.

Unit Support:

  • Maintains contact with operations and maintenance personnel daily to be aware of changes in operating conditions that could affect the performance of the pressure equipment.
  • Serves as the focal point for any pressure equipment integrity issues on the area Production Team.
  • In the area Production Team, communicates current efforts to solve problems, listens to the needs of customers, and discusses corrosion concerns or operating events that could have detrimental effects on equipment with the appropriate personnel.
  • Serves as the primary PEI contact for Production Team run projects. Participates in the initial safety, environmental and operability (SEO) review. Identifies requirements for needed updates to inspection records based on changes.
  • Serves as the primary PEI contact for area maintenance team activities, including: Temporary Repair process, hot tap packages, weld procedure review, spool sheet review, inspection of ongoing/completed maintenance activities.
  • Record leaks and pressure equipment failures in w-IMS and is responsible for comparing with the S-RBI model to determine if any revisions are required.
  • Issues recommendations and develops repair procedures for pressure equipment based upon inspection findings and the expected performance for the equipment.
  • Involves the pressure equipment engineer and supervisor in all repairs or alterations (as defined by NBIC and/or API 510) to pressure vessels.
  • Supports the PRD servicing work process, including specification sheet review.
  • Performs quality assurance on repairs and new fabrication of pressure equipment.
  • Participates in and supports unit specific activities such as MOC Technical Review and CCD revalidations.
  • Makes metallurgical, material, and protective coating recommendations based on tests, research, experience and/or communication with specialists.

Unit T/A Support

  • Following is a high level summary of the support desired for a unit turnaround.
  • Develop Preliminary Work Scope List assuring required schedules are included.
  • Take Preliminary Work Scope List and create folders for Internal Work Scope Challenge
  • Coordinate and facilitate the Internal Work Scope Challenge.
  • Complete Internal Work Scope Challenge action items.
  • Finalize Work Letter List and enter into the turnaround planning workletter assuring all schedules have adequate work scope where a maintenance planner can properly plan the job with minimal additional PEI input.
  • Verify final Work Letter prior to the External Work Scope Challenge.
  • Participate in the External Work Scope Challenges.
  • Follow up on External Work Scope Challenge action items.
  • Create addenda and obtain approval through the Addenda process for any work identified after the scope has been closed.
  • Provide input to Turnaround Planning Support role on logistic needs for turnaround.
  • Provide input to Turnaround Planning Support role on manpower estimate for turnaround.
  • Perform a detailed review of the final PEI Work Packages as prepared by the PEI Turnaround Planner.
  • Support execution of the turnaround in a lead or support role as assigned.
  • Prepare for and facilitate the Internal Post Turnaround review.
  • Participate in External Post Turnaround Critique.
  • Enter "80/20 Work Scope" into workletter for the next turnaround.
  • Reviews equipment histories/schedules and develops technical basis for inspection interval extension requests related to requested turnaround deferral analyses.


Company Description

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with over 90,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. In the US, we have operated for over a century and are a major oil and gas producer onshore and in the Gulf of Mexico, a recognized innovator in exploration and production technology, and a leading manufacturer and marketer of fuels, natural gas and petrochemicals. We deliver energy responsibly; operate safely with respect to our neighbours and work to minimize our environmental impact. We are in search of remarkable people who will thrive in a diverse and inclusive work environment to deliver exciting projects locally and globally. People who are passionate about exploring new frontiers. Innovators and pioneers. People with the drive to help shape our future. Because remarkable people achieve remarkable things.


  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • High School diploma
  • Minimum five (5+) years' experience as a visual inspector, preferably with Unit Run and Maintain experience
  • As a minimum, possess at least one of the following certifications (all three preferred)
    • API-570
    • API-510
    • API-653
  • Must earn a 2nd certification within one year if only holding one now.
  • Must have:
    • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
    • Strong leadership and organizational skills
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • Performance driven, proactive, and self-motivated
    • Positive attitude
    • Basic computer skill in Excel, Word and Power Point
    • Knowledge of w-IMS inspection records database is preferred
  • Must be willing to work occasional overtime, weekends, nights and holidays in response to critical inspection needs and/or planned events.
  • Climbing of ladders/scaffolds and entering of confined spaces to inspect and evaluate corrosion issues required.
  • Background in refinery or petrochemical processes, corrosion mechanisms, and material properties along with working knowledge of Shell design standards and PEI Corrosion and Materials Best Practices.
  • Minimal travel requirements.



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