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Mechanical Technical Authority

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Norwich, Norfolk
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 05/10/2017
  • Duration: staff
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The Role:
We are seeking a highly motivated dynamic individual who is able to fulfil the high demands and level of responsibility this position holds. This role is based in Norwich on a Monday to Friday basis and will report directly to our Assurance Manager.

The role will be responsible for all issues related to the integrity, maintenance and safe operation of mechanical equipment including diesel/gas generators. The prime role is to manage mechanical integrity with regard to HSE, production, people and costs.

There is an ongoing requirement for onshore and offshore site visits to audit and review mechanical equipment. Such audits aid assurance of continued mechanical system integrity and compliance. This position additionally manages the onshore workshop personnel.

The Mechanical Engineering Technical Authority role encompasses (but is not limited to) the following:
 Identify technical risk and advise Operations Management
 Manage onshore workshop personnel and activity
 Complete regular Site Assurance Survey (SAS) assurance audits
 Discipline focal point for Regulators and External Agencies
 Discipline owner for Asset Integrity & Life Extension themes & topics (HSE KP3 & KP4)
 Discipline owner of SNS standards and policies with expectation for periodic reviews
 Approve technical deviations from SNS standards and policies (with appropriate RA)
 Technical approval for SORs and MOCs
 Technical approval for risk assessments (from HAZOPs, TRMs, ORAs, etc.)
 Support asset safety studies such as HAZOPs, LOPAs, TRMs, etc
 Purchase Requisition approval of mechanical workshop PR's
 Support/Lead technical incident investigations and produce 'lessons learnt' bulletins
 Promote discipline 'best practice' through networking groups / forum

 Develop and assess relevant discipline competency framework and training requirements
 Assist with discipline recruitment at all levels
 Act as technical mentor for engineers, technicians, graduates and students
Discipline Standards and Procedure Owner
 Discipline owner of SNS standards and policies
 Conduct periodic reviews of SNS standards and policies to ensure compliance
 Ensure correct application of relevant SNS and industry standards, policies and practices
 Approve technical deviations from SNS standards and policies (with appropriate RA)
Discipline Performance Standards and Maintenance Strategy Owner
 Discipline owner of performance standards and maintenance strategies
 Review maintenance records via "pinch-an-inch" strategy

Safety Critical Elements include:
 Compliance - Safety Critical Equipment - Ensure compliance with all safety critical equipment and the use of the most appropriate inspection techniques
 Compliance (HSE) - Ensure mechanical system compliance with all health, safety and environmental legislation and best practice.
 Incident and Accident Investigation - Be able to thoroughly investigate the more serious incidents and accidents to ensure lessons are learned and to manage our reputation with the regulators
 Maintenance Management System - Ensure all maintenance activities and all data to be recorded against Safety Critical Equipment within the Maintenance Management System is submitted in an accurate and timely manner
 Management of Change (MOC) - Technical Review - Review MOC's for modifications in line with mechanical discipline requirements. This requires good judgement to ensure asset integrity is maintained.
 Risk Management - Understand and manage mechanical integrity to ensure that are not taking inappropriate risks in executing their work. This requires a thorough knowledge of HSE acceptable standards, risk management tools and practical discipline experience to ensure the correct risk/benefit analysis is carried out.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
 Chartered Engineer in good standing with the Institute controlling the TA discipline or demonstrably working towards chartership
 A higher Degree in a directly related discipline
 A minimum of 10 years' experience in a directly comparable technical environment
 may appoint Technical Authorities based upon experience alone. This will be case dependent, but should consider the following criteria:-
o Previous experience of developing and approval of maintenance and integrity strategies
o Previous experience of developing and managing the delivery of applicable Performance Standards
 A proven record of technical management within the appointed discipline
 A full understanding and a record of implementing the applicable regulation, codes and standards applicable to the full remit of PUK operations

About Fircroft:
Fircroft has been placing people in specialist technical industries for approaching half a century, focusing on mid to senior level engineers for contract and permanent roles worldwide. By applying for this job you give consent for Fircroft to contact you, via email & telephone, to discuss your application along with future positions and Fircroft's services.

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