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Petrochemical Heat Transfer Consultant

Technical Consultant #2390


Expertise

  • Fired heat transfer equipment design
  • Project portfolio management
  • Project management
  • Un-fired heat transfer equipment design
  • RCA, (Root Cause Analysis) methodology
  • FEL, (Front End Loading) work processes
  • Process safety management
  • Operational excellence
  • Project Cost Control

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Senior Project Manager, Present

  • Directed capital projects, supervised troubleshooting of complex process problems and provided experienced process engineering specialists for process safety efforts and mentoring of lesser experienced process engineers.
  • Prioritize new potential refinery projects and to ensure that the project documentation contained an accurate problem statement, completed business case and a rough order of magnitude cost estimate.
  • Cost control, estimating, scheduling, engineering, document control and construction to execute approximately $150 million in capital projects during refinery unit turnarounds and outside turnarounds.
  • Work process development in capital and expense projects with engineering costs averaging 7% of TIC, (True Interest Cost) and field execution within 6 months of the start of engineering.
  • Manage teams executing work ($40 million) to address refinery wide infrastructure needs, including tank turnarounds, demolition, paint program, and outside battery limits (OSBL) piping and dikes.
  • Leading a department of engineers, (Process, Pressure Equipment, Control Systems, and Process Safety) that supported the execution of capital projects and provided technical support to world-wide manufacturing locations.
  • Assist in completing the development of an electronic front end loading (FEL) project work process and taught company staff on the application of the FEL Work Process for the execution of large capital projects
  • As a capital project gatekeeper, ensured the appropriate project deliverables were provided at each FEL stage-gate. Maximum project TIC was approximately $125 million.
  • Led a department of approximately 70 people (Project Managers, Designers, Cost Control and Construction) to execute $115 million in capital projects from concept through construction.

LyondellBasell, Houston Refinery, Houston, TX, 2015

Process Design and Technology Manager

  • Demonstrate expertise in refining technology, direct FEL 1&2 efforts for capital projects, oversee troubleshooting of complex process problems and provide experienced process engineering specialists for process safety efforts and mentoring of lesser experienced process engineers.
  • Involved with leadership and supervision of a Small Project Design Team (Piping, E&I, Civil) and the Document Control Department.
  • Led a team of experienced professionals to prioritize "new" potential refinery projects and to ensure that the project documentation contains an accurate problem statement, complete business case and a rough order of magnitude cost estimate.

Manager of Capital Projects, 2012 - 2015

  • Led a department involving Project Management, Cost Control, Estimating, Scheduling, Engineering, Document Control and Construction, to execute approximately $150 million in Capital Projects during refinery unit turnarounds and outside turnarounds.
  • Developed a work process, Project Request Form and a charter for a project review committee that prioritized and resourced refinery wide capital and expense projects.
  • Co-Managed the refinery portfolio of approximately 200 projects with a maximum project TIC of $50 million.

Asset Reliability Manager, 2011 - 2012

  • Execute the role as Gatekeeper of the refinery threat identification process and ensure that refinery cross functional threats have plans in place to mitigate those threats.
  • Lead a team of engineers that supported refinery wide operations from a maintenance engineering perspective.
  • Developed a team and work process to execute small capital and expense projects with engineering costs averaging 7% of TIC and field execution within 6 months of the start of engineering.
  • Managed a team that executes work ($40 million) to address refinery wide infrastructure needs (i.e., Tank turnarounds, Demolition, Paint Program, OSBL Piping & Dikes).

Invista Intermediates and Chemicals, Houston, TX, Engineering Manager, 2009 - 2011

Engineering Manager

  • Lead a department of engineers covering; Process, pressure equipment, control systems, and process safety, that supported the execution of capital projects and provide technical support to world-wide manufacturing locations.
  • Assisted in completing the development of an electronic FEL project work process and teach company staff on the application of the FEL Work Process for the execution of large capital projects.
  • As a capital project gatekeeper ensure the appropriate project deliverables are provided at each FEL stage-gate. Maximum project TIC was approximately $125 million.

Shell Oil (Motiva Enterprises), Port Arthur Refining, Port Arthur TX, 2007 - 2009

Manager of Capital Projects and Services

  • Led a department of approximately 70 people (Project Managers, Designers, Cost Control and Construction) to execute $115 million in capital projects from concept through construction.
  • Implemented utilization of Capital FEL work processes and stage-gate reviews to improve project funding cost estimates and to provide a project that meets customer's requirements.
  • Received support and partnered with Process Engineering Manager to develop a Process Engineering group that improved project concept development and business justification.

Operation Manager- Convent Refining Site, LA, 2004 - 2007

  • Achieved the forecasted budget in site maintenance, catalyst and chemicals of $26 million for the Fluid Catalytic Cracker, Crude Vacuum Pipe Still, Sulfur Block and ISOM refining units.
  • Helped develop and lead cross-functional Production Team that addressed area safety, environmental, yield, energy, reliability and cost objectives associated with area refining units.
  • Staffed, planned decontamination, and defined scopes of work for 2006 FCC and Sulfur Block maintenance turnarounds. Decontaminated FCC unit and turned over to maintenance in 3.5 days.

Equipment Specialist-Capital Heat Transfer-Shell Global Solutions, Houston, TX, 1997 - 2004

  • For large capital heat transfer projects having a TIC value from $75 to $500 million, provided owner's technical guidance to Engineering Contractors for the design and fabrication of fired (refinery heaters, boilers and incinerators), un-fired (heat exchangers, air coolers, cooling water towers and vacuum systems) and heat transfer equipment.
  • Maintained competencies and skills to design fired and un-fired heat transfer equipment through the use of HTRI, FRNC-5 (Fired Heater) and Shell in-house modeling programs.
  • Taught corporate Heat Transfer Equipment and Distillation Column Auxiliaries courses to new manufacturing location engineers, raising their competences level.
  • Identified capital reduction opportunities of $5 million and $11 million respectively on the Maya - 2 and Delaware City, Delaware Wet Gas Scrubber Projects.

Safety, Heat and Transfer Equipment Specialist, Shell Oil & Chemical, Deer Park, TX, 1991 - 1997

  • Identified relief valve or instrument set-point modifications that enabled feed rates at the GOHT and DU-2 to be increased by 1 MB/D and 10 MB/D respectively.
  • Assisted in addressing PHA issues involving over-pressure and under-pressure scenarios for refining unit equipment and/or relief disposal systems.
  • Thermally re-rated or designed heat transfer equipment involving shell and tube exchangers, air coolers, plate and frame exchangers, fired heaters and incinerators.

Plant Engineer for Crude Distillation Units, Shell Oil, Deer Park, TX, 1988 -1991

  • Provided technical support to Operations and Maintenance.
  • Executed projects totaling $3 million from concept through construction as a Project Engineer.
  • Assisted in the development of maintenance and major special budgets.

Education

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
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