Where you fit in?
The Senior Electrical Engineer manages the performance of the overall Electrical System (overhead power lines and facility electrical equipment) in the Permian field, supporting increased production, minimal downtime, and Goal Zero HSE performance. The role serves as the primary Electrical Engineering focal point for all electrical issues for the asset.
What’s the role?
The Senior Electrical Engineer serves as the primary Electrical Engineering focal point for all electrical issues for the asset.
The Senior Electrical Engineer is primarily responsible for:
- Managing the state of the electrical/power system through instrument data (e.g. PI trends and or SCADA), specialized power software (SKM), relationships with field electrical supervisors/technicians, and direct observation in the field.
- Maintaining awareness of the business context for the field, with particular emphasis on related costs and value drivers.
- Maintaining an awareness of the state of electrical equipment through the Manage Equipment Care (MEC) process.
- Enforcing the use of the power request process to control the addition of loads to the electrical system.
- Understanding the root causes of electrical equipment and system failures.
- Actively using the MTO (Manage Threats and Opportunities) process to reactively and proactively address electrical issues in the field.
- Proposing and justifying solutions for electrical failures, then executing or overseeing execution (typically by the small projects team) of those solutions.
- Understanding the limits of the electrical System and where current performance is in relation to those limits, and make recommendations accordingly.
- Maintaining a close relationship with utility companies (ONCOR, TNMP, TXU) to address power issues, expansions and utility reliability aspects.
- Proposing and justifying electrical projects/improvements to safely add value through increased electrical reliability, or reduced costs, then executing or overseeing execution (typically by the small projects team) of those projects.
- Ensuring that the Management of Change (MOC) process is rigorously followed for all changes in the field.
- Maintaining ownership of critical documents (primarily One Line Diagrams, Area Classification Drawings, Power System Capacity (Load Flow, Voltage Drop), Arc Flash and Protection Coordination studies).
- Supporting and leading HSE investigations as required.
In all areas, application of Continuous Improvement / Lean practices is required to systematically reduce cost, increase production & Reliability, and improve safety. This includes documenting, sharing, and adopting lessons learned and best practices within the asset, across Shell Unconventionals, and externally.
- Regular (1+ days/week) presence in the Permian field (rather than the Midland office). Due to the areal extent of the field, extensive driving is required, including on unpaved roads. A Shell-provided pool truck will be available for field use and defensive driving training is mandatory.
- Interaction with all levels of the organization, including operators, electricians, field leadership, asset leadership, development teams, Regulatory, Land, Contract & Procurement teams, Engineering Technical Authorities, and project delivery staff.
- The Senior Electrical Engineer is expected to provide coaching and electrical competency development for other members of the technical team and field staff.
- In addition to the primary responsibilities, the Senior Electrical Engineer is expected to have close interactions and intermittent support to Controls & Automation and Rotating Equipment disciplines, as required.