Electrical Engineer

Job Title: Electrical Engineer
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Torrance, United States
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2019-04-25
Reference: BH-106526-1
Contact Name: Jennifer Scharfman
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 26, 2019 18:20

Job Description

Primary responsibilities will involve maintenance engineering support and reliability improvements. Engineer acts as an equipment specialist to lead and coordinate refinery wide effort of identifying and implementing reliability improvements to obtain optimum asset performance.


  • Responsible for the improvement of the Electrical equipment class and is recognized as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for that class with a strong knowledge of the application and interpretation of the Company and industry standards of that class of equipment
  • Responsible for development of both one and five year Equipment Class Improvement plans that aligns with business goals and objective. Plan will focus on strategic goals and implementation steps for continued improvement of equipment performance.
  • Proactively seek reliability improvements directed at increasing plant equipment uptime
  • Provide quality control and design reviews of new projects that involve Electrical equipment
  • Work in a team environment with other engineering disciplines, operations and mechanical personnel
  • Provides leadership and oversight for equipment record system to assure correct information is being collected.
  • Track / evaluate and report Refinery key performances indicators for the Equipment Class and analyze any improvement opportunities.
  • Use the industry methodology to identify "Bad Actors" within equipment class.  In addition, Identifies and evaluates technology upgrades with application opportunities within the refinery that meet Torrance Refinery B/C (Benefit to Cost) ratio targets.
  • Mentor less experienced engineers and provide technical training to mechanical and operations personnel
  • Provide assistance in the field during plant start-ups, shutdowns or upsets
  • Provide troubleshooting assistance
  • Willing to be available outside of normal working hours to serve as technical consultant
  • Provide Root Cause Failure Analysis expertise and support as needed for equipment failures  
  • Handle All technical matters associated with Utility Company
  • Review and approve internal switching orders
  • Manage ECIP (Equipment Class Improvement Plan) for electrical and motors
  • Analyze bad actors and costs for electrical/motor spending and provide short and long term plans
  • Analyzes the data to develop the findings/learnings from electrical failures from Torrance and also other facilities. (EFR’s)
  • Owner of the SKM or eTAP coordination study and arc flash analysis
  • Co-owner for the electrical load control / tabulation with Electrical Specialist
  • Owner of the motor & master relay list
  • Assist maintenance to keep up with the Switch House drawings
  • Assist warehouse for critical motor spare program
  • Act as a technical lead in major electrical repair and overhaul (e.g. GTG overhaul, large synchronous motor repairs/10 year offsite PM, etc.)
  • Lead motor shop QAQC (audits) and shop visits for offsite repairs
  • Electrical lead for critical motor purchases and provide /review electrical specifications
  • Work with machinery for mechanical details
  • Review yearly transformer oil analysis and provide recommendations
  • Periodic inspection, maintenance, and repair of power poles
  • Mentor E&I engineers in technical areas and industry standards
  • Lead technical reviewer of the Area Classification Drawings
  • Lead continuous improvement of electrical PM program

  • BS in Electrical engineering
  • Minimum experience required is 7 years in the oil and gas industry supporting Electrical / Instrumentation in a plant environment
  • Must possess an expertise in assigned equipment class. Knowledgeable in maintenance practices and detailed understanding of the equipment class programs and strategies.
  • Must possess strategic and creative thinking abilities.
  • Must possess interactive skills necessary for teamwork building. This position acts as the focal point for the equipment class reliability and works closely with the Process, Mechanical & Technical for solution building.
  • Must possess good judgment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications and possess computer skills needed for communications and analysis.
  • Knowledgeable in industry standards and practices including process safety management practices and risk management
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities, manage short deadlines and emergency situations
  • Ability to communicate effectively to all levels of an organization