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Rotating Equipment Engineer

Job Description


Budget responsibility for approx £1,000k pa expenditure on major overhauls of critical machinery.

No direct reports but will be a major contributor to the coaching and education of team colleagues and site personnel.

Will be a Contract Owner of major site rotating equipment contracts of typical value UKP 500k pa.

Direct impact on unit maintenance costs and unit performance through equipment selection and advice.

Principal Accountabilities:

Provide practical and timely technical assurance to the PU’s on rotating equipment integrity issues. As part of the assurance process fulfil the role of Specialist Signatory e.g. Fitness for Purpose, Maintenance Concessions, Management of Change etc.

Manage / support the The Site rotating equipment PSSR programme, working closely with the Production and Service Units, to ensure no PSSR integrity ‘overdue’ inspections. Fulfil the role of Inspector and Competent person, develop inspection scopes, provide support, compile inspection reports, approve and mentor technicians.

Deliver reliability improvement of rotating equipment through involvement in site processes (e.g. Root Cause Analysis studies of failures, Bad Actor process, RCM reviews etc.) and through coaching of site personnel e.g. technicians / operators.

Proactively support, and lead where appropriate, turnaround scope preparation, planning and execution for large rotating equipment overhauls. Execution will include supervising The Site and 3rd party resource to deliver HSSE, cost and schedule within agreed targets.

Provide support on The Site projects with machine design, selection, specification for procurement, evaluation of vendor responses, factory acceptance testing and site commissioning, as appropriate.

Provide support in managing and developing site wide rotating equipment contracts, e.g. Condition Monitoring, Lubrication, Mechanical Seals, to drive cost effective reliability improvement whilst ensuring HSSE performance.

Act as a focal point for Rotating equipment standards including legislative requirements, internal and external standards and Industry best practices.  Interpret standards for The Site and then implement, communicate, share as necThe Sitey across Site.

Develop and revise site maintenance strategies and long term integrity and asset replacement plans for key Rotating Equipment.


Reporting to the Rotating Equipment Team Leader the role forms part of the specialist Rotating Equipment Team consisting of 4 engineers and 2 technicians.

The Rotating Equipment Team forms part of the Refinery engineering organisation.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Formal education: Degree in Mechanical Engineering preferred with, or potential to work towards, Chartered Engineer status.

A minimum of 15 / 20 years of rotating equipment in the petrochemical industry or with a relevant Original Equipment Manufacturer.

Good knowledge of the range of rotating equipment found on petrochemical plants and facilities, systems and processes required to support them.

Good knowledge of rotating equipment standards and their practical application in the field to deliver integrity and reliability improvement.

Good understanding of maintenance, projects, and inspection activities, risk and reliability management and quality systems.

Demonstrable communication and influencing skills to enable effective interaction with all disciplines and levels of the organisation, both The Site and our 3rd parties.

Key challanges:

Major Site shutdown in 2013/14.

Supporting a wide range of rotating equipment types and ages across a large refinery.

Supporting the development of technician and engineer competency.

Providing timely and appropriate technical advice to the Production Units to deliver the required level of integrity and HSSE performance while delivering site production requirements