Gas Controller - Colorado Springs, CO at Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Posted in General Business 13 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Job Description:

Position Description

Join our team as a Controller and help shape the future of North America's energy infrastructure with a career at Kinder Morgan.
The Controller is responsible for the operation of pipeline facilities (compression, pressure and flow control valves, etc.) to ensure the safe, reliable and efficient transportation of natural gas across the pipeline system in compliance with all DOT requirements and the company O&M Manual. In general, the role of the Controller is to remotely monitor and control the operation of their associated pipeline system via SCADA from the Gas Control Center (GCC) and respond to SCADA system alarms to maintain system integrity.
General duties and responsibilities:

  • Adjust the overall pipeline system to ensure that system pressures are maintained at normal levels and that pipeline facilities continue to operate in a safe and reliable manner.

  • Monitor and control the flows, pressures, temperatures, and gas qualities across the system and respond to SCADA system alarms, in accordance with the company's alarm management plan.

  • Adjust pipeline equipment operations in response to daily receipt and delivery requirements, system linepack, and the daily maintenance activities.

  • Monitor gas pressures necessary for system operation and respond as necessary to maintain MAOP compliance in accordance with company O&M manual and any other safety-related operational pressure limitations.

  • Monitor all alarms and respond to such alarms following the established protocol, including documentation and callout procedures.

  • Contact the appropriate operations location supervisor or designated operations personnel on call to confirm automated adjustments, investigate/validate operating parameters, make manual adjustments, or make corrections to maintain normal pipeline operations.

  • Document all relevant operational information during the shift and subsequently communicate the operating objectives and system status as part of a scheduled shift change briefing or within a shift due to breaks or other reasons.

  • Draft and distribute emergency response communiqués utilizing Kinder Morgan's emergency response notification system.

  • Maintain communication with gas control management/supervision to keep them informed of the operational status of the pipeline system.

  • Maintain communication with other control room personnel on shift and when changing shifts to keep them informed of the operational status of the pipeline system.

  • Complete and maintain the necessary Operator Qualification (OQ) and mandatory training as required by the company and maintain these qualifications via follow up training and/or requalification at required intervals.

  • Operate the associated pipeline system in accordance with the OQ requirements established by the company.

  • Assist in the troubleshooting of SCADA, communications and electronic gas measurement systems issues, as well as issues with various operating tools used by the control room.

  • Assist pipeline operations specialist's in managing imbalances with customers while delivering a high level of customer service.

  • Interface with gas schedulers and maintain collaborative inter-departmental and cross-functional working relationships with all members of the department and with field employees.

  • Ensure all internal and external customer issues are managed based on established procedures/protocols.

Position Requirements


  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Associate's degree in a technical discipline or equivalent work experience with a natural gas transmission system preferred.

Experience and Skill Requirements:

  • Excellent customer service skills.

  • Must be able to have continual phone conversations with other pipeline controllers, supervisors, schedulers, field personnel, customers, and operators of interconnects.

  • Must be able to handle stressful situations and effectively manage operations occurring simultaneously on different pipelines.

  • Computer skills and knowledge required.

  • Ability to multi-task.

  • Familiarity with SCADA systems highly preferred.

  • Prior control center experience in the pipeline or natural gas industry highly preferred.

  • Basic knowledge of pipeline operations, including station operations and pipeline hydraulics helpful.

  • Related work experience to include field technician, meter inspector, station operator, controls technician, pipeline and mechanical work desirable.

Certifications, Licenses and Registration Requirements:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver license and a driving record satisfactory to the company and its insurers (for travel).
Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to work a 12-hour rotating shift schedule, which includes holidays, weekends, night shifts and overtime with minimal time away from console during shift (12-hour shift rotation is required to maintain a 24/7/365 operation).

  • Work schedule change may occur with little advance notice.

  • Occasional unscheduled overtime may be required.

  • Open space office within the secured control room environment.

  • Occasional but infrequent travel away from the assigned work location may be required.

Job level will commensurate with experience and skill set.
The successful candidate will be required to clear a drug screen and a complete background check, including credit report (as applicable to the position), after an offer has been extended and prior to being employed.
Position is subject to random drug testing as required by DOT.

Pay range is $34.00 to $50.00 per hour. This position includes a discretionary annual incentive plan. Job level and pay commensurate with experience and skill set.
Kinder Morgan, Inc. offers employees a comprehensive benefits package. Benefits offered for this position may include the following: health care benefits including medical, prescription drug, dental , and vision coverage; Flexible and Health Spending Accounts; Life and Accidental Death and Disability insurance; Supplemental Life and Accidental Death and Disability insurance for employee and dependents; retirement benefits including a 401(k) with employer and employee contributions and a company-funded pension plan; paid time off; paid holidays; a flexible work schedule and many voluntary benefit plans.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER STATEMENT: 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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