SAFETY ENGINEER SME required by our client, to be hired on a contract basis, located in Houston, Texas USA.
Industry Sector: Oil & Gas
- The Safety Engineer is to review, approve and modify as needed existing and/or proposed fire systems design and documentation for the EPC phase of a capital project in a chemical plant.
- The Safety Engineer serves as the lead for the client, to ensure the designs are appropriate for the project.
- The Safety Engineer will interact with the engineering firm, as well as members of the client's project team and plant site operations team.
Serves as project lead for fire safety in interactions with engineering contractor, during the detailed engineering portion of the EPC phase of the project.
Ensures that designs are practical and conform to the codes and practices listed above.
Reviews, checks, modifies and approves fire protection design documents during the Engineering phase of EPC, as produced by engineering contractor or subcontractor including:
Firewater network piping.
Locations, orientations and layouts of valves, monitors, hydrants, foam systems and deluge systems.
Fire proofing of equipment and structures, the fireproofing material specification, and the fireproofing zones.
Vendor specifications of equipment, instrumentation and systems as well as vendor scopes of services
Philosophy and specifications for DCS controls and/or standalone controls for transfer and display of fire safety systems information.
Hydraulic designs in the fire systems.
Automated extinguishing systems for electrical locales, such as MCC's and substations.
Material take-offs for all the above.
Signs off on final design as-built drawings, in terms of correctness and functionality.
Serve as Client's main HES liaison for 3rd party visits to the site related to fire safety.
Supports Client's personnel in feeding information to DCS/PLC programmers working with the fire safety systems, to ensure there is the right level operational control and electronic display of information.
Participates in review meetings as needed with vendors of fire safety equipment. These meetings will be organized by the contractor. (Kickoff meetings, and technical clarification meetings.)
Arbitrates questions/conflicts in Fire Safety when these arise, working with IEC, subcontractor, and the site personnel as needed. Brings in corporate resources or consultants as needed.
Conducts reviews of fire safety designs and walkthroughs with the appropriate authorities, whether the fire marshal, site or corporate employees, internal insurance coordinator, or external insurance provider.
Assembles and summarizes the feedback, developing and executing action plans, or any necessary rebuttals.
Feeds information back to engineering contractor(s) as needed.
Works with site employees and contractors as needed, for testing of fire safety systems, whether for engineering designs or commissioning.
Works with IEC and contractors to assemble lists of materials, supplies, and spare parts needed for all new fire protection equipment and systems.
Serves as owner of the site electrical area classifications, giving guidance to team members when needed, and handling any modifications as needed.
Serves as owner of the site layout of toxic gas detectors, handling any modifications as needed.
Defines maps of horns, strobes and manual call boxes, working with contractor to maintain compliance with NFPA 72. Current view is that few or no horns or strobes are needed.
Owns maps of safety equipment, including safety showers and eye washes, modifying these as needed during and after the project
Works with site personnel to define the requirements for type and placement of signage related to fire safety.
Works with contractor and site HES personnel to finalize the operations manuals and site procedures related to fire safety and equipment at the end of the project.
Assembles training elements and conducts training for fire protection systems for the assets added or modified as part of the project.
- PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, in an Engineering or Safety Discipline
Minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in project engineering:
Minimum 5 plus years of experience in design and operation of fire protection systems for chemical plants: deluge, foam, firewater and all related instruments and controls.
Minimum 5 plus years of experience in fire proofing practices for structures and equipment.
Minimum 3 plus years of experience supporting fire safety and electrical classifications for chemical plant environments.
Experience in Onshore petrochemical segment and revamping projects
Working knowledge of API 500 and NFPA 497 (electrical classification) API 2218 (fireproofing), API 2030 (water spray systems), NFPA 24 (firewater mains); NFPA 72 (fire alarms and signalling); NFPA 16 (foam water sprinkler & spray systems)
Excellent organization, communication, and computer skills (Microsoft Office applications) with a strong attention to detail.
Excellent interpersonal skills - both verbal and written.
Motivated / self-starter
Innovative / creative / resourceful
Ability to challenge and influence decision making to peers, contractors, and senior management.
Leadership to manage complex projects
Capacity to anticipate project issues
Ability to effectively navigate and work within in a global and culturally diverse environment, including experience with European vendors is a must-have.
Strong, competent negotiating skills.
Ability to influence by example and the ability to lead and work with all levels of employees.
Must be very attentive to detail
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