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WR Grace
Lake Charles

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Grace's Lake Charles facility is one of the largest refining catalyst plants in the world and is an OSHA VPP Star-certified site. It represents over half of Grace's catalyst manufacturing capacity and produces a significant portion of the world's supply of refining technology catalysts. Products made in Lake Charles are used in multiple refinery operations to produce transportation fuels and chemical precursors. In addition to U.S. destinations, products are shipped to Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

In recent years, Grace has made capital investments of over $200 million at the Lake Charles facility, including a 2020 expansion project that doubled the site’s hydroprocessing catalyst capacity. Additional investments have been made to expand product technology, improve reliability, and reduce manufacturing costs.

The original Lake Charles facility was completed in 1953 when it began to provide the Gulf Coast area with manufacturing capacity for synthetic fluid cracking catalysts. The Lake Charles area was selected because of its central location in the Gulf Coast, between the two large refining centers of Baton Rouge, LA and Houston, TX. Lake Charles also was considered ideal because many of the raw materials required were locally available, along with transportation by water, rail, highway, and air. Over 350 Grace employees as well as over 100 contractors operate the facility. In addition to being a leading refining catalyst plant, Lake Charles is an established member of the Southwest Louisiana community providing numerous volunteer services and resources to support the local region.

TITLE: Reliability Engineer

REPORTS TO: Reliability Team Lead and Maintenance Engineer

BUSINESS: Refining Technologies

LOCATION: Lake Charles, LA

Summary of the duties of the position:

Accountable for the continuous improvement of asset availability and lifecycle costs

Primary responsibilities for this position:

  • •Conducts Critical Equipment Analysis
  • •Conducts Equipment Criticality Assessments
  • •Manages critical equipment lists
  • •Tracks and analyzes reliability data on critical equipment (not uptime data entry)
  • •Develops Maintenance Strategies by equipment types
  • •Designs and implements PM/PdM programs
  • •Identifies and defines reliability improvement projects
  • •Troubleshoots long term equipment issues
  • •Optimized equipment shutdown schedules and plans
  • •Manages minor capital & non capital projects
  • •Interfaces with state and govt. regulatory agencies
  • •Administers the Mechanical Integrity Program
  • •Administer Condition Monitoring Program
  • •Administer Lubrication Program
  • •Develop & Maintain Reliability Based Equipment and Design Standards
  • •Manage asset lifecycle planning and replacement
  • •Provides oversight of stores equipment repairs
  • •Participates in safety programs and initiatives
  • •Supports & facilitates RCAs
  • •Writes and edits SOP/work instructions
  • •Supports the training of site personnel
  • •Conduct Management of Change (MOCs)
  • •Conduct Process Hazard Analysis (PHAs) including GMP and PSSR
  • •Conducts Commissioning and Startup Activities
  • •Conducts daily job site inspections and walkthroughs
  • •Conducts OIRs and incident investigations
  • •Supports Purchasing/GRs/New Vendors/Requisitions
  • •Redlines Engineering Drawings and Documents
  • •Manages and catalogs engineering documents and drawings
  • •Manage process information and updates for P&ID, MOC, Interlock Schedule, etc.
  • •Executes productivity projects
  • •Assists with emergencies
  • •Conducts data sourcing and analysis

Required Education/Experience/Certifications Required/Sought:

  • •BS degree in Mechanical Engineering or another engineering discipline
  • •5+ years of maintenance or reliability engineering experience with a chemical manufacturing plant

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