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SHIFT TEAM LEAD (Lead Operations Technician)

Job Description and Qualifications

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD), a Fortune 500 manufacturer of industrial gases and chemicals, is seeking an experienced Operations Tech / Shift Team Lead, for the Gulf Coast Ammonia facility in Texas City, TX.

The Gulf Coast Ammonia facility is located in Texas City and consists of a Steam Methane Reformer, Air Separation Plant, Ammonia Plant and associated utilities, supplying Ammonia to the customer. The production facility is owned by Air Products and Gulf Coast Ammonia, with Air Products being the operator. The facility operates and requires support on a 24/7 basis.

You will initially be responsible for supporting the development of facility operating, safety, emergency, communication, and work process procedures. Additionally, you will be involved in commissioning the process systems for all 3 plants until start-up. When in both the start-up and operating phases of this project, the Shift Team Lead role is an on-shift position, supporting the shift operations team through operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting the equipment and facility. The basic function of this role is to provide first line leadership to support the operations team through continuous improvement of plant operation, maintenance, mechanical equipment integrity, reliability, cost, safety performance, and on-stream time.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Work directly with the SMR, ASU and NH3 loop operations site supervisors as well as the site manager, product coordinators, pipeline department, and Customer Service Center (CSC) to monitor the operation of the facility, as well as the site utilities.
  • Enforce operating, communication and decision-making protocols to address real time supply / demand balance changes.
  • Receive and communicate priorities on a daily basis for the ASU, SMR and NH3 plants based on overall system status, request rate, maintenance activities etc.
  • Act as single point of contact for communications on general, routine operations to site supervision, including escalation to the appropriate parties per protocol.
  • Act as a first point of contact for all levels of operator progression by providing training support on worker safety policies, facility processes, operating procedures, troubleshooting and operational discipline.
  • Understand the detailed Emergency Response Plan, accept authority in an emergency to take all steps necessary to protect personnel, and ensure safe operation of the plant and pipelines up to and including shutting down the plants and/or pipelines.
  • Lead emergency drills within the facility to maintain and reinforce response skills and knowledge of the site emergency response plan.
  • Support and consult Air Products pipeline team and 3rd party’s during an ammonia emergency response event on the NH3 GCA-owned pipeline .
  • Assist in the investigation of injuries, environmental excursions or releases, cost of non-conformance and Near-Miss incidents.
  • Know, comply, and enforce safe work procedures and operational discipline practices to the operations team.
  • Capable of writing detailed/complex operating procedures and marking up P&ID’s.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the implementation and operational readiness inspection for changes made in the field covered by the electronic management of change process.
  • Demonstrated ability to support the facility through a State or Federal Audit as well as an internal audit.
  • Detailed understanding of all facility Environmental Permits and the ability to handle all immediate environmental reporting requirements.
  • Act as the Hazwoper Incident Commander.
  • Act as a Confined Space Entry Supervisor.
  • Detailed understanding of facility interactions and transitions between all units during upsets.
  • Implement Best Practices.
  • Manage the sites internal programs including the MAS Team, Zero Leak Program, IRR Program, Hearing Conservation Program, Hazwoper and Respirator Program.
  • Participate in the basic safety process as a key member of the Site Safety committee and sharing responsibility for the site’s overall safety performance.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and periodic review of preventative/predictive maintenance programs to reduce unplanned shutdowns and improve overall plant on-stream capability.
  • Maintain an error-free execution. Pay very close attention to details and execute work to the highest possible standard. Apply a Continuous Improvement philosophy to daily work.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of minor and major shutdowns. Provide technical and hands- on support as required during shutdowns.
  • Provide troubleshooting expertise for the production units.
Qualifications/ Requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED.
  • Certificate in process technology or maintenance field (preferred) or 5-7 years minimum in a manufacturing/production, processing, or chemical/ petrochemical environment. Participants in Skills USA are encouraged to apply.
  • Strong operations aptitude is desired.
  • Must have good communication and leadership skills.
  • Must be a self-starter and willing to work in a team environment.
  • Good computer skills to facilitate and operate SAP and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Proven commitment to safety and continuous improvement
  • Position is in a 12-hr shift rotation. Includes nights and weekends.
  • Military experience is a plus.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to climb ladders and steps and lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Be able to meet call-in requirements as needed.
  • Must be willing to be on call.
  • Elevated work required.
  • Ability to enter confined spaces.
  • Must be able to wear self-contained and air purifying respiratory protection.

At Air Products, we work in an environment where diversity is essential, inclusion is our culture, and each person knows they belong and matter. To learn more, visit About Air Products.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including paid holidays and vacation, affordable medical, dental, life insurance and retirement plans. You will be eligible for benefits and also be 100% vested in your retirement benefits on your first day of employment.

Air Products thanks all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those applicants who are being considered for an interview, or are currently employed by Air Products, will be contacted.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (U.S.) You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, citizenship, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status.

Req No.

34607BR

Employment Status

Full Time

Organization

Global Industrial Gases

Business Sector / Division

Industrial Gases Americas

Region

North America

Country

United States
Company
Air Products
Posted
11/24/2021
Salary Range
$59,000.00 - 110,000.00
per Year
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Location
Texas City, TX 77592, US