BP Americas, Inc. Fixed Equipment Subject Matter Expert in Whiting, Indiana


Job title:

Fixed Equipment Subject Matter Expert



Role synopsis:

The Fixed Equipment Subject Matter Expert (SME) acts as the site technical authority for a number of Fixed Equipment Asset Classes and Mechanical/Civil discipline areas for the Whiting Business Unit.

Along with other Fixed Equipment SMEs in the Reliability Engineering Team, the SMEs are accountable for all mechanical asset classes and discipline areas. These areas potential include; civil, rigging, repairs, stress, heat transfer, chemical cleaning, hydraulics, mechanical design of distillation and fractionation, mechanical design of separation, fabrication, and construction.

The Fixed Equipment SME is expected to own the equipment strategies for their asset classes, optimize the life cycle plans, improve mechanical availability and integrity equipment, and reduce lost opportunity impacts.

The Fixed Equipment SME is the author and owner of the Whiting Business Unit STPs for their Asset Classes.

The SME reports to the Reliability Engineering Superintendent. The SME will primarily interact with Unit Engineers, Reliability Engineers, Inspection, Projects, Operations, Maintenance, and TAR.

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United States - Indiana - Whiting

Is this a part time position?:


Relocation available:


Travel required:


Key accountabilities:

  • Authors and approves STP’s

  • Interprets and applies code standards and specifications for application

  • Acts as technical reviewer for job notes, scope or work and design review for new equipment.

  • Develops and leverages relationships with other technical experts both internally (RTE and other BU’s) and externally to BP

  • Reviews and approves engineered SMI's

  • Identifies and considers new technologies with Refining Technology & Engineering (RTE) collaboration.

  • Provides input to equipment operating envelopes

  • Performs support fitness for service evaluations

  • Serves as technical authority review for deferrals

  • Leads and supports significant RCAs and Incident investigations

  • Provides expert support and advise to Asset Teams

  • Supports turn-arounds with scoping and execution relating to their asset class(es)

  • Develops and executes long term equipment reliability plans and defect elimination

  • Disseminates industry practices through equipment strategies

  • Recommends PM requirements

  • Analyzes metrics pertaining to their asset class

  • Develops mitigation plans for specific equipment into the unit risk plans

  • Identifies risks on the unit risk lists

  • Analyzes the availability data for their asset classes

  • Champions equipment condition monitoring activities and new technology implementation.

  • With the relevant asset team, identifies reliability/availability improvement type projects and develops initial justification, incentives and business value to support the funding request.

  • Initiates project requests for both reliability improvement and equipment replacements “end of life” type projects

  • Has familiarity of all refinery reliability project work in business development or active CVP stages relating to rotating equipment

  • Provides input/feedback into new technology identification, development, and selection

  • Provides expert support and advise to the Project department

  • Expected to play a leading role in the coaching and development of mechanical engineers at Whiting Refinery

Essential Education:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering

Desirable criteria and qualifications:


About BP:

We are a global energy business involved in every aspect of the energy system. We have 75,000 employees in 80 countries, working towards delivering light, heat and mobility to millions of people, every day. We are one of the very few companies equipped to solve some of the big complex challenges that matter for the future. We have a real contribution to make to the world's ambition of a low carbon future. Join us, and be part of what we can accomplish together.

The Downstream segment has global manufacturing and marketing operations. It is the product and service-led arm of BP, made up of three businesses (Fuels, Lubricants, and Petrochemicals).

We aim to run safe and reliable operations across all our businesses, supported by leading brands and technologies, to deliver high-quality products and services that meet our customers’ needs.

Disciplined execution of our strategy is helping improve our underlying performance, capture opportunities for further growth, generate attractive returns and create a more resilient business that is better able to withstand a range of market conditions; and create opportunities for future growth.

The 4,400 employees of BP’s Fuels, North America business refine, store, move, deliver and market a wide range of distinctive and high-quality energy products that drive economic growth. Our U.S. refineries in Indiana, Ohio and Washington have a net daily processing capacity of 746,000 barrels. We manage more than 3,200 miles of pipeline and, through our interest in BP Midstream Partners LP, have an ownership stake in nearly 1,500 additional miles.

We also have a growing network of retail stations that provide fuels and convenience products to consumers at around 7,100 BP- and ARCO-branded sites, and close to 1,000 ampm convenience stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada.

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Reliability & Maintenance

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Countries (State/Region):

United States - Indiana


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Essential experience and job requirements:

  • Extensive technical and practical experience in relevant Asset class(es);

  • Strong reliability engineering experience

  • Minimum of ten years mechanical engineering experience in petrochemical/ refining environments

Other Requirements (eg Travel, Location):

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Eligibility Requirements:

If you are applying for a position in the United States, you must be at least 18 years of age, legally authorized to work in the United States; and not require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., TN, H1B status), now or in the future.