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Quality Assurance Engineer

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: New Orleans
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 17/07/2014
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The Role:
RCFA Team Analyst

On request the Wells Quality RCFA Team conducts investigations into Wells tool and equipment failures (excluding work unit equipment) that occur primarily during Drilling (DRO), Completions (COM) and Workover (WO) operations. These investigations often involve travel to vendor locations to witness the incoming inspection, testing and initial stages of disassembly of the failed tools and equipment. We then work with the vendor to arrive at the root causes of the failure event and in developing appropriate corrective actions to mitigate the risk of repeat failures. Investigation findings, conclusions and recommended corrective actions are documented in a report that is submitted to management for approval. Approved reports are saved in Open Wells and are directly assessable from the RCFA Team website. Lessons learned are shared globally via the quarterly RCFA Awareness Bulletin.

The following skills/experience is desired:
• 4-year engineering or technical degree
• Minimum of 5-years experience in either Drilling or Completions and Well Interventions – preferably experience in both (Drilling and completions service company experience with tools and equipment may be substituted.)
• Familiarity with tool/equipment design, quality/reliability and maintenance and/or investigation
• Failure analysis experience
• Training in formal Root Cause Analysis processes
• Strong communication skills (both verbal and written)
• Offshore work experience is a plus, but not required
• Quality Management experience is a plus, but not required

The following general job description applies:
• Conduct multiple equipment failure investigations at a time according to the defined Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) process.
• Witness and represent concerns/interests during incoming testing, disassembly and inspection activities following equipment failures. This may include coordinating participation and defining responsibilities for qualified third party representatives to witness incoming testing, disassembly and inspection activities following equipment failures when RCFA team members cannot be present.
• Deliver timely preliminary failure analysis reports to the appropriate well delivery personnel. These reports provide the initial findings, interim recommendations and the forward plan.
• Work closely with RCFA Team members, Subject Matter Experts and the vendor’s failure response focal points during RCFA’s to develop the terms of reference, focus investigation tasks, evaluate data and results, and develop conclusions, corrective actions and recommendations.
• Facilitate independent testing and analysis during investigations, as necessary. The vendor will often be capable of arranging for the required testing and analysis, but this work must be evaluated and approved by the RCFA team Analyst.
• Prepare RCFA reports in a timely manner via the prescribed format. Upload approved reports into reports database and link the reports to the RCFA Team’s website.
• Inform the RCFA Team Leader of key issues and improvements identified through RCFA.
• Prepare and deliver RCFA highlights presentations for engineering network meetings.
• Prepare notices/cautions and key investigation updates for the quarterly RCFA Awareness Bulletins, which are directed at well delivery teams to reduce frequency and cost of repeat failures.
• Participate in meetings with well delivery personnel to help summarize RCFA findings, corrective actions and recommendations. Such meetings may include well planning sessions and after action reviews.
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