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Mechanical Technical Authority - VR/19845

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Status: Temporary
Location: Aberdeen
Ref: VR/19845
Rate: £Commensurate with experience

Currently recruiting for an experienced Mechanical Technical Authority on an initial 12-month contract basis for an Oil and Gas Operator based in Aberdeen. It is anticipated to be a long-term position and there will be the occasional requirement to work offshore.

Reporting to the Maintenance and Integrity Manager, the Mechanical Technical Authority will act as the Discipline Lead and Technical Authority for mechanical engineering (rotating and static). 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that all Mechanical Safety and Environmental Critical Elements (SECEs) are given the correct attention and scrutiny and their performance is reported accurately.
  • Ownership of the technical content of assigned SECE performance standards.
  • Responsible for the technical performance for assigned Safety Critical Elements and corresponding assurance activities; maintenance / testing strategy, performance achievement and corrective actions (deviations, repairs, improvements and audit / ICP findings etc.).
  • Accountable for the management of the major accident hazard risks in assigned area, supporting the increased awareness and visibility of major accident risk management and associated control measures, ensuring workforce engagement. Must be able to travel to offshore locations and onshore locations.
  • Defining the philosophy, strategy and standards for the assigned technical discipline ensuring industry best practice(s) are incorporated.
  • Accountable for reviewing and approving / rejecting deviations away from standards and the required risk mitigating measures when standards are not met.
  • Maintaining an overview of the safe and correct operation of system(s), including review and approval of technical content of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Operations and Maintenance Manuals, training courses and competency assessment materials.
  • Technical input and discipline review / approval of any change that could impact SECE or performance standard, including approval of major equipment / systems selection and sparing.
  • Technical endorsement of modification / design proposals by third party engineering contractors.
  • Ensuring that other relevant TAs are consulted when required and the impact of boundary issues between disciplines are managed.
  • Providing lead discipline incident investigation and technical support, ensuring any related incidents are reported, classified, investigated and all associated lessons learned are captured, and implementation tracked to conclusion to prevent re-occurrence.
  • Responsible for risk assessment and technical analysis / studies in support of the mechanical engineering discipline, including acting as the informed customer for identification and coordination of specialist technical support / work packages (quality, cost and schedule) if required by external parties.
  • Accountability for the following systems, with corresponding interfaces to other technical disciplines:
  • Rotating Equipment:
  • Gas turbines of all types.
  • Reciprocating equipment.
  • Centrifugal pumps and compressors.
  • Diesel generators.
  • Air compression.
  • Static Equipment / Lifting Equipment:
  • Heat exchangers.
  • Filtration systems.
  • Cranes, hoists and rigging equipment / lofts.
  • Fixed and portable lifting appliances.
  • Column lift.
  • Manual valves and PSVs.
  • Supporting Safety and Utility Systems:
  • HVAC and refrigeration systems.
  • Owner of the management system processes for condition monitoring of rotating equipment.
  • Monitoring and analysing discipline and associated system performance, identifying trends and areas that require improvement.
  • Recommending action plans to achieve those improvements for processes, systems, equipment or technology, including cross asset learnings and adoption of best practise.
  • Carrying out reviews / audits as necessary to be able to compile an annual assessment of the discipline and assigned systems, including the accuracy of supporting information and data.
  • Responsible for discipline self-assessment and summary in support of the Annual Management System review.
  • Acting as main focal point for O&G mechanical queries from the Regulatory bodies and other external stakeholders.

Experience / Qualifications:

  • A Degree qualification in a relevant Engineering discipline is essential.
  • Chartered Engineer status is essential.
  • Previous experience in a similar Mechanical Technical Authority type role, within the Oil and Gas industry, is essential.
  • Previous experience in a similar role, directly with an Oil and Gas Operator, would be preferred.
  • An emphasis on operations experience, as opposed to projects, would be preferred.
  • Previous mechanical engineering experience with pumps is essential.
  • Applicants will be expected to possess experience with turbines, compressors, cranes and static lifting equipment.
  • Applicants will be expected to be conversant with Brownfield installation modification processes within the North Sea.
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