Staff Engineer – Pressure Safety Program Manager

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Job ID: 5088
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Position Overview

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) is seeking a highly motivated and experienced pressure system safety engineer with substantial experience in the development and implementation of a pressure safety program. This position will serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to support the design, purchase, construction, installation, operation, inspection, maintenance, repair, and decommissioning of pressure systems. The successful candidate will provide support throughout various scientific and operational organizations within the laboratory.

Specific responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Stewardship of the SLAC pressure systems safety program.
  • Update and maintain SLAC Pressure Systems Program including procedures, requirements, forms, and tools.
  • Develop training and qualifying standards for pressure system operators, mechanics, inspectors, and design engineers.
  • Coordinate with scientific users.  Understand challenges of experimental programs and assist in developing controls, especially where experimental systems fall outside the scope or intended application of the consensus codes.  This includes vacuum systems and cryogenic systems.
  • Review and approve use of systems developed under non-US pressure code environments.  Establish and support alternate qualification reviews and programs.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert (SME) on conventional and experimental pressure systems and pressure vessels safety and code compliance.
  • Review and evaluate DOE Directives and industry codes and standards for potential inclusion into program requirements and guidance.
  • Evaluate work being planned on pressure vessels and pressure systems. Provide guidance to system and equipment owners to identify and mitigate hazards and to facilitate safe operation and maintenance of pressure systems equipment.
  • Perform technical review of pressure system designs and design changes. Participate in design reviews and technical meetings. Provide technical guidance and assist in the performance of safety and code compliance assessments.
  • Review, conduct, and evaluate pressure system safety analyses and risk assessments
  • Review submittals, drawings, procedures, and related documentation for compliance with required codes, standards, design criteria, and DOE directives.
  • Participate in pressure systems failure investigations. Develop recommendations to resolve deficiencies.
  • Support assessment and assurance activities to understand the effectiveness of the pressure systems safety program and to prioritize continual improvement initiatives.
  • Approve purchase requisitions for pressure system, components, or related services.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or related field and 4 years of experience in the design, operation, maintenance, or repair of pressure vessels and pressure piping.
  • Familiarity with the design, construction and operation of pressure systems including boilers, pressure vessels, piping, pumps, compressors, heat exchangers, piping systems, experimental chambers, and pressure relief systems.
  • A working knowledge of the requirements of codes and standards such as:
    • ASME B&PV Section VIII, Div. 1 and Div. 2 requirements and analyses
    • ASME B31.3 Piping requirements and analyses
    • ASME stress analysis of pressure systems and components
    • Compressed Gas Association (CGA) Standards for Pressure Relief Devices
    • Pressure systems-related California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) requirements, Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, and Department of Energy (DOE) policies, requirements, and procedures associated with pressure systems safety.
  • Knowledge of nondestructive examination methodologies for pressure vessels/systems based on their codes and standards of construction, failure modes, damage mechanisms, and the analyses that are used to identify precursors to those failure modes and to determine acceptable limits on operations
  • Working knowledge of national regulatory inspection requirements, including techniques and processes for fabrication, welding, inspections, and testing of pressure system components.
  • Knowledge of safe operations of high pressure, low pressure, and vacuum systems.
  • Knowledge of principles of operation of cryogenic systems, and engineered safety applicable thereto.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and collaborative work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a diverse team environment.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels within the organization.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to collaborate in a team environment. The ideal candidate would possess the social skills necessary to have positive interactions and collaborations with fellow SLAC staff including research staff, facility engineers, health and safety professionals, staff from other engineering disciplines, scientist, researchers, and facility users. A strong sense of customer support and an ability to develop and foster positive customer relationships.
  • Proficient with common computer software used in the office environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or closely related discipline
  • Experience in the development of engineering specifications and engineering standards
  • Experience with the configuration management programs
  • Familiarity with the pressure safety requirements of 10CFR851, DOE Directives, CAL/OSHA and industry codes and standards invoked as referenced by such Directives. Examples include DOE Order 420.1C Facility Safety; the California Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Plumbing Code(s); ASME BPVC and B31 series piping codes; NBIC and applicable NFPA Codes and Standards.

SLAC employee competencies:

  • Effective Decisions: Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development: Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability: Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative: Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability: Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
  • Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.

Physical requirements and working conditions:

  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Work Standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.  Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,
  • As an organization that receives federal funding, SLAC and Stanford University have a COVID-19 vaccination requirement that will apply to all university employees, including those working remotely in the United States and applicable subcontractors. To learn more about COVID policies and guidelines for Stanford University Staff, please visit found in the University’s Administrative Guide, 
  • Classification Title: Staff Engineer 3
  • Duration: Regular continuing
  • Job Code: 0133, Grade: L

The expected pay range for this position is $140,000 to $198,000 per annum. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory/Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

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