Staff Engineer – Process Safety Management (PSM)

at NES Fircroft
Location Port Arthur, Texas
Date Posted September 19, 2022
Category Mining / Oil / Gas
Job Type Permanent


NES Fircroft Contact:

Stephanie Jones,


Location: Beaumont/Port Arthur

Role: Staff Engineer, Process Safety Management (PSM)


  • Bachelor s degree in engineering required; Chemical/Mechanical Engineering preferred; A Professional Engineer s (PE) License is a plus.
  • Minimum of ten (10+) years related experience in the Oil, Gas or Chemical Industry, or equivalent military experience.
  • Minimum of five (5) years experience in application of PSM in oil and gas industry with thorough knowledge and understanding of all OSHA PSM elements, Process Operations, and Process Safety Risk Management.
  • Proven capability in preparation and presentation of information to a varying audience as well as develop concise factual PSM performance reports.

The opportunity:

The Staff Engineer, Process Safety Management (PSM) reports directly to the Process Safety Management Lead and will support all Facility Operation and Maintenance departments for PSM related activities. The Staff Engineer, PSM has responsibility for relevant PSM activities including, but not limited to: overall PSM implementation, inclusive of employee participation in PSM related activities, process hazard analysis (PHA), pre-startup safety reviews (PSSR), process safety information, and risk management as it relates to process safety elements. This role includes both coordination and direct service delivery function. The Staff Engineer, PSM is required to facilitate, coordinate, and/or perform PSM activities.

What you need to know to be a good fit:

  • Possesses a thorough understanding of OSHA PSM, Responsible Care, and EPA - RMP regulations.
  • API Process Safety Performance Indicators, Management of Hazards associated with Process Plant Buildings and Process Safety Risks at a facility.
  • Basic understanding of consequence modeling, Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA) methods and interpreting results.
  • A basic understanding of natural gas liquefaction, transportation, operations, storage, and loading.
  • Understanding of organizational structure and has ability to recognize site programs/projects that require PSM activities, including, but not limited to, new projects, business process, procedures, administrative or business systems.
  • In addition, familiarity with the various applicable federal, state, and local agencies and applicable laws, regulations, codes, standards, and permits required to operate terminals, including but not limited to: DOT, OSHA, USCG, EPA, FERC, NFPA, and knowledge of emergency response operations, planning, techniques, and reporting.

What you'll be doing:

  • Support the adoption, implementation, and assurance of the PSM elements across the various site departments to ensure company best practices and procedures are understood, implemented and followed.
  • Support and facilitate PHAs and other risk assessment processes.
  • Identify and quantify Process Safety risks at the facility and measures for managing these risks.
  • Support and participate in the site s process units initial and revalidation (Hazard and Operability) HAZOP program.
  • Ensure pre-startup safety reviews (PSSR) are performed when required and meet the requirements of the PSSR standard, in planning, execution, and reporting.
  • Provide technical leadership and support to identify hazards, evaluate the risk of those hazards, and assist in the development of effective solutions to mitigate risk.
  • Perform periodic PSM evaluations using the Corporate PSM Standard Checklist.
  • Supports the Incident Management Process and Incident Investigations associated with identified Process Safety Events.
  • Assigns and tracks process safety action items and drives closure as required.
  • Support incident investigation teams in understanding and identifying process safety hazards and appropriate risk mitigation actions.
  • Develop, monitor, and analyze trends in site Process Safety Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  • Support the development of safe operating practices in support of plant operations.
  • Identify opportunities to update site emergency response plans as required to ensure process safety events are adequately managed.
  • Support the MOC Process to ensure risks are properly identified and managed for changes and PHAs and PSSRs are adequate.
  • Support the Bypass Override process as required.
  • Train and provide assistance with project safety reviews.
  • Train and mentor others in process safety to understand, identify and reduce process safety risk.
  • Support the delivery of the Site Self-Assessment Plan requirements as it relates to PSM activities.
  • Support the site in identifying and sustaining the management of key process safety information.
  • Ability to support and manage external process safety resources when required.
  • Supports the Risk Management Process for PSM related risks.
  • Support the development of PSM software tools.
  • Perform Facility Siting reviews to evaluate occupied and non-occupied buildings.
  • Perform analysis of activities within the facility to ensure Process Safety Risks are adequately managed and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned by the Process Safety Management Lead as defined within the PSM Standard and associated process safety procedures.

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