Pipeline Support Specialist

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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 andhandle petroleum products, chemicals and other products. Kinder Morgan has a great opportunity for the person who is ready to take
their career to the next level. We offer a challenging, but rewarding environment with competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package.

Position Description

Primary Purpose: The qualified applicant must coordinate and complete pipeline operations and maintenance tasks and projects in support of plant, pipeline, corrosion, measurement, controls, pipeline maintenance, mechanical maintenance, and project management. Job level will be commensurate with experience and skill set. Position will be based at Alice, TX facility.Perform all phases of mobilizing, operating and maintaining heavy excavation equipment (hydrovac truck, backhoe, track hoe, side boom, dozer, and skid steer) to include excavation frequently on loaded natural gas pipelines. Operate large truck and trailer hauling equipment required to transport heavy work equipment or project materials to and from the job site.
Daily responsibilities include, but are not limited to, operating heavy equipment, excavating loaded natural gas pipelines, assisting with pipe replacements, hot tapping and stopple equipment, pigging operations, pipe cleaning (internal and external), pipe fabrication, pipe recoating and hydrostatic testing. Incumbent may be required to lead others, train, develop training, ensure compliance, supply financial input, scope projects and oversee the work of contractors and contract workers.
This position also develops work plans and manages contractor construction crews that perform work on Kinder Morgan company assets and facilities.
This position reports to a Pipeline Support Crew Lead to ensure consistency and assurance of work performed in compliance with governmental and company policies and procedures.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Perform coating removal, surface preparation and the application of coating systems including 3M Scotch-Cote 323. -Installation of “Clock-Spring / Armor-Wrap” for repair on loaded pipelines.
Perform excavation observer and spotter tasks.Perform trouble-shooting and valve maintenance on DOT mainline isolation valves.Launch, monitor and receive pipeline pigs and develop pipeline pigging plans.Conduct internal pipeline cleaning or pigging operations utilizing internal pipe cleaning equipment.Disassemble meter tubes and perform internal meter tube cleaning. -Calibrate and maintain a holiday detector for coating application inspection.
-Perform pressure tests of pipelines and fabrications.
-Design and review pressure test plans per pipe and material specifications.
-Locate and mark pipelines with pipeline locating equipment, probe rods or by hand digging with shovel using drawings and alignment sheets for reference.Repair pig launcher and receivers, closures and install pig signals.Repair shorted pipeline casings and install CP test points on pipelines. -Prepare pipelines for full encirclement sleeves for anomaly repairs.
-Coordinate pipeline segment replacements including helping develop the HazOp plan.
-Evacuate, purge and load pipelines; operate pipeline air-movers to evacuate gas lines during hot work operations.Operate portable gas compressors and air compressors.Perform basic acetylene cutting and beveling operations. -Perform duties of a welder helper as needed.
Position Requirements

EDUCATION: High school diploma or equivalent is required. EXPERIENCE/SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE: 3 - 5 years of experience in all phases of Pipeline Construction, maintenance and repair to include equal experience in operating and maintaining heavy excavation equipment including hydrovac truck, backhoe, track hoe, side boom, dozer, and maintainer.Excavate in-service high pressure pipelines with track hoe. - Operate heavy equipment on difficult and steep terrainIndustry related experience is preferred. CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

-Ability to obtain CDL within 6 months from date of hire. Maintain a valid CDL driver license, and maintain a driving record satisfactory to the company and its insurers COMPETENCIES, SKILLS, AND ABILIITIES:Must have ability to read and interpret engineering construction blueprints for both pipeline and compressor station projects. -Individual must follow all safety, environmental and regulatory policies so tasks and assignments are completed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring proper handling and disposition of hazardous waste.
-Knowledge of both OSHA safety regulations and DOT pipeline regulations. -Strong mechanical skills and knowledge of heavy equipment maintenance procedures.
-Ability to read and interpret various company policies and procedures, Operations & Maintenance (O&M) manual and blueprints.
-Ability to respond in a timely manner to any emergency or after-hours calls.
-Good communication skills - must be able to interface effectively with many internal and external customers, regulatory officials, company contacts, co-workers and 3rd party contractors in a respectful and professional manner.
-Basic computer skills (knowledge of MS Office, operating systems, company software if applicable), trainable to custom software applications.
-Basic math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals).
Focused on internal and external customer service.Ability to work with a team, take direction from supervisors with focused attention on details, work rules, and adherence to required project work schedules.This individual will be responsible for administrative tasks including ordering and receiving required replacement parts, completing personal timesheets and expense accounts, completing and maintaining CMV documentation and maintaining a company vehicle. This position requires acting as a professional company representative when interacting with contractors and vendors.The position requires a significant amount of overnight travel to support operation areas throughout the company, working other than normal hours, overtime, schedule changes, and the ability to respond to call-outs.Promote and embody Kinder Morgan Core Values.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This position requires manual dexterity and visual acuity, as well as the ability to:
Lift, pull, push, and carry up to 50 lbs.Exert up to 100 lbs. of physical force.Stand, walk, kneel, bend, and squat for extended periods of time.Twist head and back for extended periods of time.Work in areas classified as confined space.Climb and work from ladders, catwalks, staging, and platforms.Ascend and descend slopes and ditches.Work with hands above head, lying on back.Work in adverse weather and/or extreme temperature conditions.ADA Job Requirements: Reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that the essential functions of the job can be performed and not hinder the employee's performance, mental, or emotional disability.
WORKING CONDITIONS: The individual will normally be working outdoors, in a pipeline construction type of environment.

Work schedule is Monday through Thursday, ten hours per day and will involve overtime. -Work schedule during construction is Monday through Saturday, ten to twelve hours per day.
-This position requires extensive travel and overnight stays are frequent with work away from the reporting location required up to 75% of the time and the ability to respond to call-outs 24/7.
The successful candidate will be required to clear a DOT drug screen and a complete background check after an offer has been extended and prior to being employed.
Kinder Morgan is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status. EOE/M/F/D/V
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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