Senior Engineer - Boiler Tube Failure Engineer Job Listing at DTE Energy in Detroit, MI
Title: Senior Engineer - Boiler Tube Failure Engineer
Location: Michigan-Southeast Michigan-Detroit
Experienced level position whose typical assignments are in the areas of engineering or scientific design, problem solving, and technical support for the optimum operation and maintenance of company assets. Requires the use of advanced techniques and the modifications and extension of theories, precepts, and practices of own field and related sciences or disciplines. Makes decisions independently on engineering problems and methods, and represents the organization to resolve important questions. Directs, coordinates, and reviews the work of a small group of professionals.
- Develops new or improved techniques and procedures
- Develops, coordinates, and directs important project and engineering assignments with complex features
- Provides guidance on company standards and policies
- Provides technical expertise to others within and outside of Fossil Generation
- Provides work direction, training and technical guidance in the area of boiler operations and tube failure reduction.
- Recommends and implements solutions to complex problems involving engineering, design, operation, and maintenance of power plant boilers.
Typical assignments may include but not limited to:
- There is a corporate BTFR (boiler tube failure reduction) team and defined BTFR teams in each of the plants. Plant BTFR teams are formed by engineers, technicians, operations, maintenance (welding) and chemistry engineer and will meet on regular basis. Corporate BTFR team will plan scope of work during scheduled outages, support capital projects, identify need for boiler component replacement.
- Use of a web based database (AWARE) to document tube failures and attach relevant information including metallurgical, welding reports, pictures, thickness readings, etc.
- Weekly update of a BTFR 4-block for each of the plants which include the percent ROF due to tube leaks, failure mechanisms, their location for the last 52 weeks and Year to Date.
- The company has a corporate guideline (PPO 255) that establishes the basis for the BTFR program at the corporate level.
- Coordinate annual seminar on failure mechanisms, their root causes, best repair and operating practices and how actions by engineers, operation and maintenance personnel can affect overall reliability.
- Each plant BTFR team sets goals for the year (with defined target dates).
- Develop guidelines for boiler operation with known tube leaks based on EPRI recommendations.
- Review soot blowing processes and establish criteria as it relates to Boiler tube erosion.
- Specify treatment of Boiler tube panels such as coating Boiler tube panels with weld overlays to increase their resistance to fireside corrosion.
- The central and plant BTFR team developed inspection booklets for each of the boilers. Each booklet includes drawings, soot blower ID number and location, tube material information, what to inspect for in each of the floors/areas and pictures of typical failure mechanisms/ failed tubes.
- Create and maintain Boiler maps show Failure mechanisms and detailing Wastage rates, etc
- Boiler inspections are performed in-house:
* Corporate BTFR team will participate in the inspection of boilers during scheduled outages.
* Use standardized inspection reports throughout the fleet, in Excel format, which include item priority, type of damage, recommended repairs, complete tube material information and location in the boiler, pictures and additional notes. Engineers and boilermakers will review the report and agree on item prioritization and most appropriate repair methods.
- Bachelors degree in an engineering discipline with seven years of job-related experience in fossil fired power plants, OR
- Masters degree with six years job-related experience in fossil fired power plants, OR
- Doctorate degree with three years job-related experience in fossil fired power plants
- Experience with boilers and boiler operation preferred
- Computer Skills: Proficiency in computer applications applicable to specific work field/discipline
- Ability to give presentations, manage multiple projects, train and mentor others
- Apply and interpret industry codes and standards in related discipline
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with people at all levels both within and outside the company
- Knowledge of applications, equipment, and use of systems specific to work field or discipline
About DTE Energy
DTE Energy is a Fortune 500 company based in Detroit, MI. We are a diversified energy company, involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Our operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on coal and gas mid-stream services, power and industrial projects, unconventional gas production and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available athttp://www.dteenergy.com
DTE Energy is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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