Mechanical Specialist, High Pressure at Lyondell Chemical Company

Posted in Other 8 days ago.

Location: Westlake, Louisiana

Job Description:


Basic Function

The Mechanical Specialist for high pressure equipment provides rotating and fixed equipment mechanical maintenance and reliability support for the Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Unit at the Louisiana Integrated Polyethylene Facility in Westlake, Louisiana. This role supports the production unit maintenance/reliability efforts and drives improvements in maintenance work processes, procedures, performance, and cost. The position supports task planning, incident investigations and work performance as they relate to the LYB's key focus areas of Safety, Environmental, Quality, Reliability, and Cost of operation.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Troubleshoots issues with high pressure mechanical equipment (pressure vessels, heat exchangers, reciprocating and centrifugal compressors, pumps, gearboxes, blowers, turbogenerators, boilers, etc.)
  • Conducts investigations to determine root cause of equipment failures; complete and close findings as required
  • Tracks and Leads improvement activities for the LDPE Secondary Compressor
  • Responsible for tracking and developing activities to improve MTBF of Secondary Compressor cylinder life
  • Develops and presents reports on improvement activities within the High Pressure Envelope of the LDPE Operation
  • Participates in site reliability improvement teams which identify, prioritize, and resolve maintenance/reliability/production issues
  • Performs Inspections of Rotating and Fixed Machine Components to Specifications and Prints. This includes:
    • Surface Finishes
    • Machine Fits
    • Dimensional Accuracy
    • Positive Material Identification
    • Material Hardness
    • Heat Treatment Requirements and other Mechanical Properties as required
  • Develops a working knowledge of plant standards
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with local and specialty machine shops
  • Monitors Prognost vibration system on Secondary Compressor
  • Field and shop visits as necessary to ensure required quality of machine parts
  • Provides technical/engineering specifications for inspection/repair of existing pieces of high pressure mechanical equipment
  • Provides support to establish adequate spare parts and preventative maintenance tasks on equipment
  • Provides planning support for major machinery overhauls, equipment replacement, specifying scope of required work and technical details to ensure successful execution
  • Responsible for taking readings, utilizing plant data/control systems and observing process conditions on a continual basis to maintain good control of the unit
  • Provides accurate and timely communication to co-workers and works with other functions to improve individual and unit performance
  • Supports and participates in the site's safety programs

Min. Qualifications

  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 10 years Machinist experience
  • Minimum of 5 years Machine Parts Inspection
  • Experience performing equipment troubleshooting and root cause failure analysis is required
  • The critical competencies for this position are communication, teamwork, problem solving and decision-making, results orientation, initiative, relationship building, and technological orientation
  • Strong interpersonal skills; Able to communicate well within the team as well as with other discipline personnel
  • Efficient at usage of MS Office tools
  • Must be a self-starter

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10+ years of plant experience working with Rotating, including reciprocating compressor, and Fixed Equipment in LDPE Operations is preferred


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LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year.

We have the potential - and responsibility - to use this scale and reach to make a positive impact across our value chains. That's why we are working to make meaningful progress to address some of the world's most pressing challenges such as reducing plastic waste in the environment, helping to mitigate climate change and contributing to a thriving society for our employees, the communities where we operate and the people who depend on our products. To learn more, click here.

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