Thermal Hydrolysis Tech

Thames Water
Dartford, Kent
20 Jul 2017
19 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Thermal hydrolysis plant (THP) engineer

What is the purpose of this role?

We are currently looking for a THP engineer to work for the UK's largest water and Sewerage Company on either a permanent basis or temp - perm.

The role is a management and maintenance post, performing a range of activities to make sure plant is available and operating at optimum performance at all times. This will be a key role on an advanced digestion plant including the thermal hydrolysis and green energy generation process. Part of this role will ensure that all statutory and regulatory measures are achieved and maintained.

The role will support the Site Performance Manager in ensuring optimal performance of the sludge process and careful operation alongside the whole wastewater treatment process on site.

What makes this role unique?

This exciting post will be unique, combining the opportunity to join a new team and work with brand new, advanced process plant whilst it is still being built and commissioned. You will be working in a team where a high level of operational attention to detail is required to maintain compliance. You will help ensure the site operates efficiently and meets the expectations of our customers and regulators. Reporting to the Site Performance Manager, you will work using your own initiative, dealing with any issues, identifying problems and providing solutions. This role will be working with a new thermal hydrolysis plant (THP) which increases gas production and in turn generates green energy.

What will this role involve?

Planning and delivery of annual plant outages, in a timely manner and within budget. Day to day liaison with Site Performance Manager to ensure plant is available and performing to its optimum. Annual review and renewal of service contracts, undertake remedial work highlighted in timely manner. Ensure all statutory checks / inspections are carried out within the required timescales, and that all records are kept up to date. Co-ordinating permits, making sure documentation is submitted and reviewed in advance, complying with all relevant health and safety requirements. Carry out regular health and safety audits. Making sure each site has a critical spares tracker that is kept up to date and coordinated with operations.

Over time, the role will develop as the new plant is built, commissioned and ramped up. If not already possessed, the successful applicant will be required to undertake Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme (BOAS) training and gain certification. Other qualifications and training may also be expected.

What skills are we looking for?

You will possess a keen and committed manner and enjoy working using your own initiative. Maintenance or Engineering background with experience of working with complex process plants, generators, boilers and Combined Heat and Power plants (CHP). Skills including project delivery and coordinating shutdowns along with a good understanding of Health and Safety Regulations. Previous experience of dealing effectively with statutory and regulatory obligations. Previous people management and development experience. Qualifications should include HNC/ HND or equivalent engineering qualifications, or NCQ Level 2 or higher process-related qualifications. BOAS certification and WAMITAB CoC qualification desirable but not essential at this stage. Relevant experience in a similar industry desirable. Good communication skills essential. Experience of leading teams and accountability for project delivery.

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