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Date: Mar 23, 2018

Location: Salt Lake City, UT, US, 84101

Company: Williams

Engineer Sr - Turbines
ReqID: 96041
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Operating Area/Functional Area: Engineering Services

Bring your energy to ours. Help us become the premier provider of large-scale natural gas infrastructure in the United States.  At Williams, we’re focused on being great. If you are a high-performer and are committed to contributing to something much bigger than yourself, you are going to love working here. We’re well positioned to help meet the growing demand for natural gas as a cleaner-burning domestic energy source.
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Engineer Sr – Turbines, Salt Lake City, UT


Our organization is seeking a highly skilled Rotating Equipment Reliability Engineer to join our workforce in our Salt Lake City, Utah location.  The primary responsibility of this role is to provide engineering and technical expertise on centrifugal compressors and turbine drivers for optimal equipment performance, environmental compliance, troubleshooting, root cause failure analysis, repairs, and maintenance planning for our operating fleet.  This role also supports operations and gas control to troubleshoot compression performance issues.



•Maintain in-depth understanding of equipment and apply problem solving techniques to identify and correct equipment problems or inefficiencies.

•Gather and analyze unit performance and past history data; develop recommendations for improving performance and reliability (data mining).

•Lead or participate in equipment root cause failure analysis (RCA) investigations for equipment with catastrophic or premature failures •Help develop overhaul and repair recommendations and budgets for supported areas.

•Perform engine/compressor performance calculations and analysis •Develop and maintain relationships with Engineering, Tactical projects, and operations to assist them on their projects, while also learning from them.

•Research environmental permit requirements and equipment specifications and determine compliance •Be aware of business and industry trends and direction in the technical advances that can be brought to bear in equipment design to create a competitive advantage •Work with Operations, Facility Planners, and other SME’s to determine the health of critical equipment to insure that we are operating reliably, efficient, and in a safe manner while maintaining the availability of our equipment.

•Work with E&C to review and comment on drawings, scopes, and proposals.  Participate in factory acceptance  tests, drawing reviews, and some commissioning activities •Work with the Rotating Equipment team to maintain equipment operating procedures.

•Maintain equipment purchase specifications along with design and installation standards.

•Insure key contractors and vendors are working to meet Williams equipment needs and operational goals.

•Review compressor vendor surge/recycle /fast stop valve sizing and confirm or revise the recommendations.

•Support Facility Planners in review of compressor design parameters used in the hydraulic models and troubleshoot compressor modeling problems.  Provide Facility Planners with up to date centrifugal CSV files for use in their modeling of current and planned compression facilities.

•Gather and evaluate installed reciprocating and centrifugal compressor additions, modifications, or replacements using historic data to ensure project goals and vendor guarantees were met.  Develop recommendations for improving performance as needed.

•Maintain data base for all compressor packages along Northwest Pipeline’s system.  Data includes compressor size and type, drive type and horsepower, aero map/compressor cylinder data sheets, gearbox type and operating maps (if applicable) and included surge/fast stop valve information.


Functional/Technical Competencies:

•Possess the ability to mentor others through technical training and guidance on planning, scheduling, and engineering subjects.

•Have the motivation, ability, and drive to improve existing processes.

•Understand complex systems and be able to identify potential areas of improvement.

•Excellent knowledge of centrifugal compressor principles/fundamentals, i.e., head/acfm/horsepower/process discharge temperatures/torque/swept volume/clearance/etc.

•Assist in developing operating parameters for control logic that insures turbine operation in the SoLoNox or DLE mode.

•Assist in developing control guidelines for multiple compressors that identifies the number of units on line for any given throughput and insures that online unit(s) operate within the high efficiency areas of each unit’s aero map.

•Have computer experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Projects, PowerPoint, and Excel Work products.  Knowledge of Facility Planning’s Stoner hydraulic model is a plus.


Leadership Competencies:

•Integrity, Values, and Trust – Instills confidence of one’s intentions and positively represents the organization by being responsible and trustworthy.

•Drives for Results – Is motivated and determined to achieve objectives while working in compliance.

•Customer/Stakeholder Focus – Makes customer and stakeholder needs a primary focus of one’s actions; develops and sustains effective relationships with customers and stakeholders. 

•Communication – Exchanges thoughts and information clearly and concisely to ensure understanding of intended messages.

•Self Knowledge – Personally explores and seeks feedback from others to understand talents, motivations, values, and developmental needs; utilizes understanding to improve performance and build relationships.



•Bachelor of Science in Engineering

•Minimum of 10 years engineering experience, preferably in planning, operations support, or engineering / construction.

•Experience with transmission pipeline centrifugal compression (turbine, or electric drive) with a solid understanding of slow speed and high speed reciprocating compression and processing philosophies.

•Skilled at trouble shooting technical problems with rotating equipment.

•Experience with slow speed and high speed reciprocating compression is a plus but not mandatory.


*This position will be filled at a level commensurate with experience.


*Williams will pay relocation costs for this position.


Regular/Temporary Assignment: R
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
FLSA Status: E
Shift: N-Not Applicable
Percent of Travel: Up to 25%
Relocation Offered: Yes

Williams is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected under applicable discrimination law.

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