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PLI Lead Technician
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NDT.org Job Number: 53699 * Please reference NDT.org Job Number on all correspondence
Company: Acuren Inspection, Inc.
State: TX Texas
Country: United States
Position: PLI Lead Technician

Certifications: Level II PT, MT, and UT II Thickness (MT
/ UT Thickness Certification required)
Shearwave, Advanced Sizing & Detection Technique
or
above preferred
NACE CIP Level I / CP Level I preferred
oKnowledge of the pipeline industry and, more
specifically, pipeline integrity inspections required

No relocation, Live anywhere

Very competitive wages with abundant overtime

Internal job code # 3092

This position is broad in scope, with direct exposure to
many aspects of the pipeline industry.

Working in the Pipeline Integrity Services group, a range
of technical and operational assignments will be
conducted which relate to analysis and review of pipeline
inspection data and support to the program execution as a
whole.

Approximately 90% of this role will be spent in the field
or field office and 10% spent at the division.

The (PLI) Lead Technician will work independently for
extended periods in remote areas in support of clients
programs.

Primarily will be performing calibrations; Nondestructive
Tests; evaluations for acceptance or rejection
determinations according to written instructions and
record results; performing tests outside the normal
requirements of NDT. Specific (PLI) specific examples
(Soil sampling, PH measurements, CP measurements, coating
condition assessments, pit depth gaging and calculation
of R-Streng/KAPPA values). Must be familiar with the
scope and limitations of the test/inspection method being
used and should exercise assigned responsibility for on-
the-job training and guidance of Assistants and Level I
PLI Technicians.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Set up and utilize nondestructive testing
equipment including mag yokes, UT thickness gauges and UT
Flaw detectors
Calibrate nondestructive test equipment
Conduct tests to ensure quality or detect
discontinuities (defects) using NDT methods of inspection
Establish techniques for proper examination of
objects under inspection, ensuring strict adherence to
safety regulations
Apply testing criteria in accordance with
applicable specifications or standards and evaluate
results
Organize and report test results
Perform specialized inspections
Review of pipeline integrity inspection reports,
including assisting other pipeline integrity technicians
with reporting
Attending operational meetings with client
engineers and project managers
Maintaining open lines of communication between
clients and pipeline integrity technicians
Updating pipeline integrity databases and
managing FTP sites
Tracking the status of priority digs and ensuring
all inspection and testing meets client specifications
Assisting in technician training
Assisting with dig package and cost estimating
Maintaining metrics on reporting, costs,
productivity etc.
Resolving any technical issues in the field
Reporting the results obtained from
investigations
May instruct and supervise others
Perform other job related tasks by manager



LEADERSHIP:
o Lead by example
o Practice activities and actions that are
encouraged
o Delegate work and provide guidance to the team
o Lead an environment that embraces Standards of
Business Conduct
o Create standardized work processes
o Create an atmosphere of trust and respect
o Communicate leading change with the vision of the
company

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS:
o Coach/mentor Team Members
o Set stretch goals for the team daily
o Perform training sessions
o Assist in job interviews and integrating team
members into the site
o Motivate others to obtain full potential
o Assist in performance evaluations



REQUIREMENTS NOT LIMITED TO:

o Education and Experience
o Post-secondary degree in an Engineering or
technical field is preferred.
o Level II PT, MT, and UT II Thickness (MT / UT
Thickness Certification required)
 Shearwave, Advanced Sizing & Detection
Technique
or above preferred
 NACE CIP Level I / CP Level I preferred
o Knowledge of the pipeline industry and, more
specifically, pipeline integrity inspections required
o Superior communication skills, both oral and
written.
o Organizational and time management skills.
o Interpersonal and leadership skills.
o Technical proficiency and attention to detail are
essential to the position.
o Computer literate with Microsoft Office skills
(including Word and Excel)
o Ability to manage and organize large and varied
amounts of data
o Experience in report/scientific writing
o Experience with AutoCAD a plus
o Technical background in NDT methods and
procedures
o Demonstrated ability to effectively perform
assigned NDT tasks and interpret results of inspections


o Desired Competencies
o Strong work ethic
o Dependable
o Exceptional safety and quality awareness
o Mechanical aptitude
o Adaptable to changing schedules
o Organized with exceptional attention to detail
o Team work
o Ability to follow directions and procedures





PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

Climbing - frequent Ascending or descending
ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like,
using feet and legs and/or hands and arms up in excess of
heights of 100 feet.
Balancing - maintaining body equilibrium to
prevent falling and walking, standing or crouching on
narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces.
Stooping - bending body downward and forward by
bending spine at the waist.
Kneeling - bending legs at knee to come to a rest
on knee or knees.
Crouching - bending the body downward and forward
by bending leg and spine.
Reaching - extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any
direction.
Standing/Walking - upwards of 95% of workday;
moving about on foot to accomplish tasks.
Pushing - using upper extremities to press
against something with steady force in order to thrust
forward, downward or outward.
Pulling - using upper extremities to exert force
in order to draw haul or tug objects in a sustained
motion.
Lifting - raising objects in excess of 50 pounds
from a lower to a higher position or moving objects
horizontally from position to position.
Fingering - picking or pinching or otherwise
working with fingers rather than with the whole hand as
in handling.
Grasping - applying pressure to an object with
the fingers and palm.
Talking - expressing or exchanging ideas by means
of the spoken word accurately, loudly and quickly.
Hearing - perceiving the nature of sounds at
normal speaking levels with or without correction and to
make discriminations in sound.
Able to perform very heavy work (exerting in
excess of 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in
excess of 35 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess
of 15 pounds of force constantly to move objects).
Ability to perform visual inspection involving
small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines
(including inspection); using measuring devices; and/or
assembly of fabrication parts at distances close to the
eyes.
Ability to determine the accuracy, neatness, and
thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general
observations of facilities or structures.
Able to perform in both inside and outside
environmental conditions.
o Able to perform in extreme cold (Temperatures
below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour).

o Able to perform in extreme heat (Temperatures
above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour).

Able to perform in and near hazards to include
proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles,
electrical current, working on scaffolding and high
places in excess of 100 feet, exposure to high heat,
extreme cold, or exposure to chemicals.

Able to perform in conditions that affect the
respiratory system or the skin such as fumes, odors,
dust, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.
Ability for frequent mobility in close quarters,
crawl spaces, shafts, small enclosed rooms, line pipes,
and other areas that could cause claustrophobia.
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