Sr. Specialist - Welding

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The Sr. Welding Specialist reports to the Director of Material/Welding/QA-QC. This position will actively support welding and welding projects, maintain integrity and review compliance of the Company welding program from welding manual thru welder qualification.


This position is within the Quality Management group that provides technical support throughout Company Operations in respect to welding and metallurgical needs related to pipeline, plant, structural and materials. Candidate will be expected to have strong background in API 1104 and ASME Section IX welding and to be capable to provide detailed technical guidance in respect to welding, welding procedures and support of specifications and standards for welding associated with construction, operations maintenance and repair activities. In particular, The Welding Specialist is responsible for providing technical support for welding quality assurance and quality control means and measures for engineered and pressure containing, motion restricting materials acquired by the company; welding processes used during construction and repair in processing/pipeline facilities.


The Welding Specialist assists the Director in developing, deploying and monitoring company established quality welding goals, objectives and performance measures. The Welding Specialist will make recommendations and support improvements to the company’s quality welding program and will lead, influence, and document welding procedures, compliance and policy compliance across the Company operational areas.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Review and contribute to the Company Welding Manual for content and compliance to company policies, federal and state laws and regulations and industry best practices.
  • As needed, conduct or assist in training and qualification protocols for company welders.
  • Network and provide oversight, training, auditing, commercial term negotiation and approval of third party Welder testing facilities across Company functional districts.
  • Audit Company and contractor welding qualification records to ensure compliance to federal and state agency regulations, such as PHMSA, OCC and TRRC.
  • Provide ongoing support and collaboration with staff and contractor welders to foster craft improvement and growth.
  • Participate in biennial Company training initiatives for Welding Manual and NDE topics for Company welders
  • As requested, participate in yearly Company training initiatives for Welding Manual and NDE topics for Company and contract welding inspectors and other required personnel.
  • Provide SME advice, direction and support relative to welding implementation and completion issues, policy adherence and procedure compliance.
  • Candidate will be expected to work and interface with company and contract welding professionals, various levels of engineers and other commercial and operational groups to coordinate and communicate program directives.
  • This individual will be expected to support and work with the Company’s various customers, and other stakeholders to communicate welding program function and expectations.
  • This position will not have direct reports, but will be expected to be a strong mentor & leader to develop and assist other company staff to be successful in program execution and delivery.

Requirements:  Education and/or Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Requires 8+ experience in welding and or welding project execution.
  • Hold certification as American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (AWS CWI)
Preferred Skills: 
  • Relevant oil/gas welding experience and practical application of welding principals is a plus. Ability to understand, interpret engineering drawings and specifications preferred.
  • A high degree of interaction with a variety of groups from field construction personnel, vendors & internal personnel (environmental, engineering, operations), team-oriented, self-directed and the ability to be proactive rather than reactive.
  • A strong knowledge base in advanced NDE technologies including guided wave testing, Phased Array ultrasonic testing, time of flight diffraction (TOFD), Automatic Ultrasonic Testing (AUT), remote field eddy current testing (RFEC), digital radiography.
  • B.S in Welding Engineering or equivalent preferred, but not required.

Special Characteristics/ Job Requirements:

  • This position is expected to be located in our Houston, TX office location.
  • We seek someone with integrity, who is passionate about their work; takes ownership of his/her results, and can represent Energy Transfer with professionalism.

Working Conditions:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

1. Extensive travel required - approximately 50% of the time.

2. Occasional visits to industrial/manufacturing settings which may include hazardous materials and chemicals, as well as extreme temperature conditions and loud machinery, and require appropriate personal protective equipment.

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