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Principal Piping Engineer


35h - Full time
Norfolk - United Kingdom
5 years of experience

Required Skills

Piping Engineer, Brownfield Engineering, Offshore Oil and Gas, Technical Authority.

Job Description

As the Principal Piping Engineer, you will support and deputise for the Piping Department Manager based in London, acting as the lead and focal point in Great Yarmouth. Acting as the TA for our assets in the SNS, you’ll demonstrate experience and detailed knowledge of FEED, Detailed Design, and EPC projects within offshore Oil & Gas.

The Role

  • Piping discipline focal point for the GY office
  • Piping Technical Authority for the GY office and ODE’s Asset Management team
  • Demonstrate & promote a culture of technical excellence, continuous improvement and innovation
  • A capable leader who is skilled at identifying key competency requirements, matching these with resources either by existing personnel utilisation/development or in the selection and recruitment of new personnel
  • Ensuring the consistency of discipline output by the implementation of corporate procedures & tools and industry codes & standards
  • Providing a major contribution across all phases of engineering work from concept through to detail design and implementation on onshore & offshore oil and gas projects
  • Provide technical support and assurance to ODE’s Asset Management team with a good appreciation of Major Accident Hazards and the role of Safety and Environmentally Critical Elements
  • In-depth knowledge of piping codes and standards and layout/design considerations.

Scope of Responsibilities

  • Be the focal point and Technical Authority (TA) for the piping discipline in GY
  • Resolution of technical issues liaising as necessary with clients, suppliers, and internal staff
  • Develop, maintain, and manage the discipline manpower resource and technical capability within the Great Yarmouth operation to support ongoing and future work
  • Staff and Contractor recruitment, selection and assignment
  • Undertake both initial and ongoing competency assessments
  • Provision of technical resourcing support to the Engineering Manager to meet company goals and targets
  • Identification and development of tools, standards and software to improve working efficiencies and enhance discipline capabilities
  • Ensure that all discipline work is conducted by competent staff and subjected to robust reviews, checks and verifications to ensure technical excellence and timeliness
  • Ensure any project discipline staff located remotely work to the required level of review and checks
  • Provide training, mentoring and assistance in the continuous professional development of staff
  • Remain up to date with design developments, statutory regulations, codes of practice and offshore/onshore industry standards
  • Keeping the Engineering Manager and Piping Discipline Manager informed of upcoming changes/opportunities in the piping discipline in the GY office
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals for new business (and project variations) including technical scope, CTR development and manhour estimates for the GY office
  • Vendor selection, performance monitoring and verification/quality review of sub-contracted discipline work
  • Capable of piping design engineering work as necessary for onshore and offshore oil and gas platforms, Central Processing Facilities and the like
  • Routine auditing of technical work output relative to technical input and established criteria and expectations
  • Carry out conceptual designs in support of concept selection studies
  • Assess the suitability of supplier offered equipment to meet client, functional, quality, reliability, environmental and safety requirements for brown field modifications
  • Project specific Specification writing (e.g. piping / valve specs), Data Sheet production (special piping items), requisition development, bid analysis, vendor coordination & equipment testing
  • In-depth appreciation of piping codes and standards and design considerations such as layout, pipe stress, support design etc
  • Attend and contribute to safety assessments including HAZOP, HAZID, constructability reviews etc.

Safety and Environmental Related Tasks

Safety, Health, Environment and Quality

  • Responsible for ensuring that all discipline activities conform to the corporate SHEQ Plan
  • Good understanding of Major Accident Hazards and the role of Safety and Environmentally Critical Elements
  • Must understand impact of piping discipline work on safety cases for offshore platforms

Competencies & Soft Skills

  • Significant experience in Oil & Gas design work required
  • Some experience in renewables sector beneficial
  • Leadership skills and management experience
  • Commercial awareness
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good report writing skills essential
  • Confident and outgoing individual


Minimum: An extensive knowledge of detailed piping engineering for brownfield work scopes associated with both on and offshore projects. Demonstrable experience of planning, co-ordinating and supervising other engineers and meeting SHEQ, cost & schedule criteria.

Preferable: Chartered Engineer, degree qualified in a relevant subject with current certification to work offshore. Working knowledge of AutoCAD.

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