Position: Staff Engineer
Company: DCP Midstream
Location: Midland, TX
Asset Engineers at DCP have two roles;
Primary: Provide technical/operational guidance to Operational/Safety/Environmental groups with operational troubleshooting/optimization work on existing systems
Secondary: Assist the Commercial/Marketing groups with asset optimization leading to additional volumes with acceptable margin.
Key tasks include evaluating gathering system performance, compressor sizing, and proposing control changes to reduce processing upsets. Additionally their intimate system knowledge allows them to serve as a back up to Gathering System Supervisor.
As a resource to Operations, the Asset Engineer helps make sure all Safety, Regulatory, Industry and DCP Codes, Standards and Requirements are incorporated/documented, serves as an information resource to other groups and provides Commercial advise on how new gas production will affect the gathering system.
Asset Engineer has to be technically proficient and operationally savvy – but not a subject matter expert in:
o Power Generation
Asset Engineer is also familiar with elements of PSM, DOT section 192/195, Air/Water permits, Safety/Environmental policies, and is conversant with construction tasks and safe work techniques.
The Engineer becomes familiar with the operations of the Asset’s gathering systems, and any Marketing assets; their pressure, flow and operational differences, key limitations and capacities.
Most work is not a Project per se; generally it is a technical service or support that may or may not lead to a physical item being constructed. In many evaluations, construction does ensue, in others it is problem resolution or third party understanding of the operation.
Key activities are operation set point (Temperature, Pressure, Flow, Level) optimization of the gathering system on individual component basis as they relate to a system. Identify transient conditions that affect total on-line performance and help make operation changes to mitigate those conditions.
Projects can vary from Asset support to leading preliminary design/cost estimating efforts; although the intent is to limit the Asset Engineer’s project involvement on large projects to being a knowledge resource.
The intent is most of the pure Engineering work on a single project does not become so involved as to take 100% of a person’s time for weeks on end. The Asset Engineer will not generally be the Commercial contact for the multiple case studies. They will answer the quick questions of how much more gas can a part of the system take, what limitations do we have at a facility and explain the “how” of system operations.
Support the Asset Manager and Supervisors with Safe and Environmentally Compliant Operations that are economically optimized.
Insure all phases of any work comply with DCP\Industry\Regulatory
Develop Preliminary Scopes and Design solutions with regard to:
Liaison to Commercial and Marketing group on system limitations, bottlenecks for new gas prospects with regard to individual asset
Support the asset with PSM, MOC, Pre-Startup Safety Reviews and Training issues on new construction.
Liaison to Project Engineers on final design and approve implementation plan.
You can expect the Asset Team to:
Involve the Asset Engineer with Operational issues, reliability/performance and compliance issues.
Maintain communication on the changing priorities
Asset Team expects you to:
o Flowrates, Temperatures, Pressures
o System Limitations
o Permit limitations
o Limit involvement on major projects to FEL1 level of Project Management Process
o Milestones expected and Expected completion date
o Identify Potential upcoming Issues
o Issues needing resolution and assistance needed to resolve
o Assistance as needed
Education Requirements: An engineering degree as a minimum, BSME, BSChE, BSEE or equivalent