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Kinder Morgan Operations Specialist in COLUMBUS JCT, Iowa

Operations Specialist

Job ID #: 28362 Location: IA-COLUMBUS JCT

Functional Area: Misc./Trades Position Type: Full Time

Experience Required: None Relocation Provided: No

Education Required: GED

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Position Description

Kinder Morgan is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. We own an interest in or operate approximately 84,000 miles of pipelines and 157 terminals. Our pipelines transport natural gas, gasoline, crude oil, carbon dioxide (CO2) and more. Our terminals store and handle petroleum products, chemicals, and other products.

Kinder Morgan is committed to being a good corporate citizen and conducting ourselves in an ethical and responsible manner. We spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on integrity management and maintenance programs to operate our assets safely and to protect the public, our employees, contractors, and the environment. Operationally, we continue to perform better than our industry peers relative to environmental, health and safety measures.

The Operations Specialist position is based out of our Station 204, Natural Gas Pipeline (NGPL) Columbus Junction, IA compressor station/ Natural Gas Pipeline Storage Field located at 21864 120th St, Columbus Junction, IA 52738. This is a Monday through Friday position with rotating on-call responsibilities for nights and weekends. Operations Specialists at this location may be required to work seasonal shift work during the annual gas withdrawal cycle. These shifts are typically 12-hour shifts beginning at 6 am or 6 pm. Shift work occurs for up to 5 months per year and does include weekends and holidays.

Kinder Morgan offers a robust benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, two retirement plans, paid holidays, and paid time off.

To be considered for our Station 204, Columbus Junction, IA Operations Specialist position, click on “Apply Now” to sign in or create an account to upload your resume. This is a great opportunity for persons with a strong mechanical background or experience with pipelines or industrial maintenance.

Primary Purpose: Responsible for the operation and maintenance of pipelines (both transmission and storage field systems), compressors and auxiliary equipment, engines, turbines, motors, cooling equipment, pumps, dehydration equipment, process equipment, valves, seals, and other related equipment. Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Start, stop, and operate engines/pumps within defined operating parameters.

  • Ensure the cost effective and efficient performance of all engines, pumps and associated equipment at compressor stations, pipelines, and process plants.

  • Perform minor electrical maintenance.

  • Diagnose and repair engines, turbines, pumps, seals, valves, and instruments.

  • Install, repair, service and maintain valves, pipe, pipeline appurtenances, corrosion control protection systems, measurement equipment and storage well equipment.

  • Responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of all facilities and equipment, including pipeline right-of-way, storage areas, compressor stations and treating facilities. This includes, but is not limited to excavating, repairing, coating and backfilling pipelines, concrete work, painting, building maintenance, weed control, etc.

  • Maintain, adjust, make minor and major repairs, and operate equipment (e.g., gas compression and treating equipment, industrial wheeled equipment, water pumps, air compressors, dehydrators, coolers, test equipment, vehicles, etc.

  • Represent the Company during contacts with landowner/tenants, public officials/emergency officials and at local meetings. (One Call, Pipeline Groups, Soil Conservation, etc.)

  • Oversee construction and/or maintenance activities performed by third parties.

  • Train and oversee company and third-party personnel as required (e.g., personnel in progression, transport drivers, contractors, visitors, etc.)

  • Perform governmental compliance activities (DOT, State Agencies, EPA, etc.).

  • Identify, report and correct safety and environmental concerns.

  • Actively participate in safety programs and initiatives.

  • Participate in the development of O&M Procedures, Site Specific Procedures, project scopes and work plans.

  • Complete all applicable documentation and record keeping.

  • Perform all work in compliance with Company standards, procedures, regulatory, and Company tariff requirements.

  • Demonstrate performance toward operational excellence.

  • This position will require you to train and work as a compressor station operator on an as needed basis.

  • Other duties as assigned.

    Position Requirements

Education:

  • High School degree or equivalent Experience / specific knowledge.

  • Basic computer skills (knowledge of MS Office, various operating systems, and other company software).

  • Basic math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals).

  • Knowledge of operating costs and best practices associated with the equipment in area of responsibility.

Certifications, licenses, registrations:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and a driving record satisfactory to the company and its insurers.

  • Achieve and maintain all Operator Qualifications and job progression requirements applicable to the job classification.

  • May be required to achieve and maintain certifications as required to perform job duties and applicable to the job classification.

  • Completion of any site-specific technical training may be applicable.

Competencies, skills, and abilities:

  • Must respond in a timely manner to, and address, callouts, and emergencies during and after regular business hours including after dark hours, which require carrying a communication device.

  • A good mechanical background with a good work ethic is required.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Customer focus.

  • Periodic travel may be required.

  • Overtime may be required and is anticipated.

  • Ability to effectively organize, plan, prioritize, document, and complete work with a minimum of supervision.

  • Ability to work with customers, suppliers, other operations groups, engineering staff, and management.

  • Mentor fellow employees when the opportunity presents itself.

  • Must be able to work with a team, take direction from supervisors, keep required work schedules, focus attention on details, and follow work rules.

  • The successful candidate will be required to clear a drug screen and a complete background check, after an offer has been extended and prior to being employed.

  • Must maintain a safe work record.

Working conditions / Physical demands:

  • Must be able to withstand extreme weather conditions.

  • Must be able to frequently, enter confined spaces, climb to and work from elevated platforms, excavated areas, ladders, stairwells, walkways, etc.

  • Consistently lifting / carrying and pulling / pushing weights / forces up to 60 pounds

  • May work in low-lit areas.

  • Gripping forces up to 80 pounds.

Preferred Experience, Skills, and Knowledge:

  • Experience reading and interpreting blueprints, P&IDs, and other diagrams.

  • Knowledge and experience in safe handling practices of flammable gases, liquids and high- and low-pressure systems.

  • Knowledge in analyzing, adjusting, and making minor repairs on compressor engines, pumps, and other associated equipment.

  • Knowledge of pipeline or compression experience.

Job level commensurate with skills and experience. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This position may perform other duties as assigned.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER STATEMENT: We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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