The Praxair Leadership and Technical Orientation Program (LTOP) is a program that is sponsored by Praxair's United States Industrial Gas business unit. The program has a class of engineers that go through 52 weeks of training in a structured curriculum that is designed to give a very broad exposure to all aspects of plant operations as well as technical sales, business development, and the broader Praxair organization. The curriculum contains training common to both operations and sales with an opportunity for technical cross training. The LTOP is a mentored program, with each participant assigned a sponsor, and is specifically designed for those desiring to use an engineering/technical degree to leverage a management career and grow within the organization. Upon graduation of the program, you will relocate and move into an engineering or commercial role.
Specific areas of operations that you will be required to study include all of the various product line processes (air separation, hydrogen, hydrogen-carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, helium, coating materials, rare gases and standard plants); safety, health and environmental; distribution, logistics and customer service. Operations support functions will be covered as well.
LTOP engineers will be expected to become actively involved in many aspects of the various training sites' activities and support their daily operations. These activities may include plant startups or shutdowns, maintenance, project planning and execution, training, problem solving, safety program execution, customer interface, personnel management, efficiency monitoring, product shipping and scheduling/planning. Specific activities that will be performed by the engineer are related to the day-to-day operation of the plant and include but is not limited to the following:
- operation of the plant using the control system and physical equipment in the field such as motors, compressors, pumps, instrumentation and various utilities (electrical, water, steam and instrument gas)
- assessing the efficiency and operating capability of plant equipment specifically as it relates to energy consumption
- making changes to operating modes or to equipment to optimize efficiency
- troubleshooting plant process and equipment problems and implementing solutions
- utilizing control systems and high level advanced controls technology to optimize plant performance
- training operators in the areas of safety and plant operations
- providing some supervision of plant personnel or drivers as assigned by facility management
- monitoring compliance with internal Quality Assurance program requirements and initiating actions to correct non-conformance as appropriate
- executing various aspects of the Praxair Safety Program including training, documentation, inspections and correction of deficiencies
- monitoring plant and distribution costs for alignment with budgets and targets for improvement
- assisting plant operations and distribution personnel with day to day work activities as required such as operating the plant, taking readings, doing inspections, starting and stopping equipment, filling product vehicles and performing Quality Assurance tests
- executing projects in the plant in accordance to budgets, standards and facility operating schedules
- participating in technical sales and business development activities
Location: Various Locations within US (to be announced)
Estimated start date for the 2016-2017 LTOP program will be on or around July 1, 2017.
Travel is required to various sites throughout North America in order to complete assignments, participate in project activities, or for group and individual training.
Where your talent makes an impact. Qualifications:
Requires a Bachelor's Degree in engineering with 0 - 2 years of experience (internship or co-op experience highly desirable.)
The LTOP Engineer Candidate must have a BS in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Electrical Engineers with an interest in control systems or power generation and distribution will be considered.
The qualified candidate will meet the following criteria:
- A 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) out of 4.0 is highly desirable.
- Must have a positive attitude, be willing to quickly adapt to changing situations, have strong communications skills, and a strong will to build and maintain productive relationships across departmental lines.
- Must be able and willing to adapt to a work schedule that coincides with plant operational needs and travel to facilities within the region, and also make occasional trips to other domestic regions and office locations (approx. 40-50% travel.)
- Must be able and willing to perform the following:
- climb ladders and steps on multi-story process platforms.
- collect process data at elevated levels on permanent and temporary structures such as scaffolds.
- spend time outdoors at any time of the year to supervise field activities lasting days.
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