Site Lead Operating Engineer - Sterling



Other Engineering
San Bernardino, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Site Lead Operator – Sterling Natural Resource Recovery Center

Company Description:

Anaergia is a global leader in the production of clean energy, fertilizer, and recycled water from virtually any waste stream, offering the widest range of maximizing resource recovery solutions for the municipal, industrial, commercial, and agricultural markets. Anaergia’s integrated solutions create value for its customers in the forms of renewable energy, quality fertilizers, and clean water, while dramatically reducing the cost of waste management. Anaergia operates globally through established offices in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and its breakthrough technologies are in use at over a two-thousand resource recovery facilities worldwide, reducing greenhouse gas emissions while creating new revenue sources for its clients.

Facility Description:

Anaergia is managing the operations and maintenance of the Sterling Natural Resource Recovery Center (SNRC) anaerobically digestible material (ADM) receiving area. The SNRC ADM receiving area receives high strength organic waste in 5,000-gallon tankers and is offloaded to buffer tanks using an onsite pumping system. The waste at the receiving area is co-digested with the municipal sludge-producing biogas. The Biogas is treated and upgraded to renewable natural gas (RNG) and injected into the utility pipeline. The biogas treatment and upgrading facility is owned and operated by Anaergia and the facility is located on the SNRC property.

Job Description:

This role reports to the Director of Plant Operations. The Site Lead Operator will be based out of the Sterling Natural Resource Recovery Center located in San Bernardino, CA and will be required to travel as needed to support projects in Anaergia’s Western region.

  • The Site Lead Operator has responsibility to service equipment at sites utilizing Anaergia
  • The Site Lead Operator under the direction of the Director of Plant Operations has responsibility for establishing and maintaining world-class customer service, safety, and environmental standards for the customers and Anaergia while driving a strong culture of operational and maintenance.
  • The Site Lead Operator has the responsibility to support the Director of Plant Operations to meet financial, strategic, operational, and performance goals for Anaergia and provide exceptional service attending to customers.
  • The Site Lead Operator will review, develop, and implement procedures that improve customer service, operations, and maintenance of equipment efficiencies, and increase revenues by using “Best Practices” while maintaining a high safety standard and compliance with all regulatory and safety procedures.
  • The Site Lead Operator will be responsible to develop and deploy efficient maintenance and production practices by utilizing operational excellence, quality improvement, best practice implementation, enhanced equipment reliability, repair and maintenance practices, business process consulting, and supply chain development to meet production goals.

Role Responsibilities

  • Monitor or conduct observation and analysis of daily unit production to determine the improvements needed.
  • Interface collaboratively with other technology resources in the organization to bring appropriate resources into the unit to resolve problems beyond the scope of the Operating Engineering position.
  • Work closely with operations personnel to identify and resolve issues impacting operations.
  • Conduct formal Root Cause Analysis of events affecting plant production.
  • Assist in training operators to maximize the safety, quality, and productivity of the process.
  • Analyze work study data and equipment specifications to establish time and production standards.
  • Apply mathematical analysis to determine validity and reliability of sampling and work-study statistics.
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures and training criteria for new and modified equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation
  • Coordinate efforts with engineering to design and install new equipment
  • Aid in commissioning of new equipment, including writing procedures and training
  • Generate various production reports at intervals for management and other company divisions
  • Provide input into raw material inventory management, including RM specifications
  • Design and perform unit process experiments to optimize operations
  • Safety – Support safety and ensure the safety and health of self and workers, contractors and others who may be affected by activities at the facility, ensure compliance to Company’s Health and Safety program, and fulfilling all legal, safety, and health requirements.
  • Compliance – Maintain an immaculate compliance record with all safety, regulatory and governmental.
  • Championing the company’s policy framework – Support the development of the Company’s Vision Statement and the Company’s strategy defining the Standards and code to be practiced, providing resources and implementing HR practices, site security and monitoring, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and Work Instruction (WI) around operations, maintenance, production, accounting, safety, environmental monitoring and reporting, documentation, and record keeping; Establish and implement facility policies, goals, objectives and procedures that are in line with the Company’s Vision Statement and Strategy conferring with other management team members as appropriate.
  • Budget and Revenue – Provide support to meet the company's annual financial and commercial targets as set by the Managing Director. Meet the annual expected availability and profitability of the assets. Support reporting on monthly P&L and optimize profitability through operational and maintenance efficiencies and revenue enhancements that will result from market conditions.
  • Leadership - Abide by all internally established control systems and authorities; Lead by personal example and encourage all employees to conduct their activities in accordance with all applicable laws and the Company’s standards and policies, including its safety and health and environmental.
  • Reporting – Effective reporting to help the Director of Plant Operations draw conclusions, make inferences, and elicit crucial.
  • Planning and Procedures – Develop sound planning, roles and responsibilities, procedures, and transparency in maintenance throughout the site.
  • Environmental – Coordination with Regulator and other government and non-government agencies and community stakeholders regarding environmental compliance as needed.
  • Communication - Communicate effectively with supervisors, coworkers, employees, Government authorities and other stakeholders. This communication shall include the development, implementation and utilization of reports, presentations, the use of a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), and use of best practices. Utilize interpersonal savvy to rally internal and external resources to meet goals, encourage coordination and cooperation throughout the site.
  • Report – Provide support to the Director of Plant Operations to ensure that the ERP and CMMS systems are kept up-to-date to track budget variance, inventory, sales report, monthly budget and cash flow forecast, safety and environmental compliance, departmental and individual long-term and short- term targets; Schedule coordination meetings to ensure progress, analysis and corrective actions are documented and tracked; Complete month end, quarterly and yearly reports.
  • Budget, Finance, and Cash-management - Control all service, maintenance, and contractor expenditures within control; Ensure optimal deployment of resources, maintenances of all assets; make confident recommendations and decisions to meet business needs.
  • Other - Work as assigned from time to time by the Director of Plant Operations.

Job Requirements:

Education & Experience: High school graduate with ten years of relevant experience as a maintenance technician servicing and maintaining industrial plant process equipment.

Key Competencies:

The Operations Technician has the following skillsets:

  • Skilled in understanding customer support, mechanical equipment repairs, scheduling, technical drawings, documents, specifications, and use of CMMS (computerized Maintenance Management System).
  • Ability to service and maintain equipment such as industrial engines, conveyors, pumps, hydraulic controls, regulators, valves, piping systems, chemical feed systems, screw feeders, compressors, electrical equipment, instrumentation, and similar equipment.
  • Have the ability and capability to read blueprints, technical manuals and engineering specifications to maintain and fix equipment. Identify the tools, and equipment necessary for repair and maintenance Identify parts and other materials required to maintain and fix equipment. Perform basic diagnostic testing of pumps, compressors, conveyors, screws and other large industrial machinery. Ability to check machine performance, dismantle machines, and remove parts for repair using hand tools, chain falls, jacks, cranes or hoists. Test damaged parts in comparison to specifications. Replace the damaged and worn parts if necessary. Reassemble machines after the completion of repair or maintenance work. Clean and lubricate machinery including changing oils when required. Basic pipefitting capabilities. Ability to maintain records of repair and maintenance work using CMMS system.
  • Travel may be required up to 5%.
  • Ability to utilize, implement and maintain a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) for inventory control and maintenance.
  • Must successfully pass all training requirements including safety certifications and ability to wear a respirator and SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus).
  • Must have the ability to use Microsoft Office including Word and Excel.
  • Highly motivated and engaged to achieve goals including safety, environmental, financial and operational.
  • Working knowledge of Lean, Six Sigma tools, Statistical Analysis, SPC Tools desirable
  • Ability to maintain and promote safe work site for self, employees, contractors, vendors, and any other visitors.
  • Ability to be deployed to support customers in compliance with all safety and environmental regulations.
  • Ability to support Anaergia with all contractual agreements including utilities, suppliers, customers, and vendors.
  • Ability to develop, implement, and deploy maintenance practices that ensure optimal availability and reliability.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication
  • Ability to coordinate staff and contractor efforts to solve problems and optimize plant operations; plan and schedule individual workload without close supervision.
  • Strong analytical, decision making and initiative skills.
  • Ability to develop and implement best practices and work instructions utilizing vendor manuals, written and verbal instructions and industry best practices.
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams and engage/gain the respect of the hourly workforce.
  • Working knowledge of other engineering disciplines.
  • Ability to analyze data and write reports and create presentations.
  • Ability to administer company policies and procedures and maintain a strong culture of operational responsibility and safety.
  • Fluent in English