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NREL Pressure Safety Program Leader in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Pressure Safety Program Leader



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

NREL has an opening for a Pressure Safety Program Leader.

  • Applies advanced ESH and engineering technical skills and expertise to lead and support NREL’s Pressure and Compressed Gas safety programs. Thorough knowledge of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes.

  • Develops goals and objectives for continuous program improvement, tracks performance and implements program modifications to improve performance.

  • Benchmarks with peers at other National Laboratories and industry to further NREL’s pressure safety programs.

  • Works collaboratively with Laboratory Management, Line Managers, research staff, Site Operations staff, and field deployed safety staff to verify program implementation, support, work delivery, and effectiveness.

  • Work with Laboratory Subject Matter Experts to develop training, review highly technical projects, and develop tools to improve program efficiency.

  • Lead the Laboratory Pressure Safety Panel.

  • Works with Quality staff to develop and complete periodic self-assessments for applicable programs.

  • Support risk management process by consulting with peers, researchers and management on the safety review process, which may include: leading or participating in process hazard analyses, assisting in the development of operational procedures, participating in pre-start-up safety reviews.

Support fellow ESH subject matter experts with implementation (including training, assessments, procedure maintenance, and consultation) of the following programs:

  • Pressure safety

  • Compressed gas safety

  • Cryogenic safety

  • Lockout tagout

  • Research equipment design (regarding ESH aspects)

  • Identifies budgetary needs for program improvements.

  • Perform special project work as directed by ESH Management.

  • Ability to lead and communicate with DOE safety staff


Basic Qualifications

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical, Chemical or Civil Engineering and 14 or more years of experience or equivalent Engineering experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree in Mechanical, Chemical or Civil Engineering and 12 or more years of experience or equivalent Engineering. Or, a PhD Mechanical, Chemical or Civil Engineering and 9 or more years of experience or equivalent Engineering experience. Or, relevant JD and 9 or more years of experience or equivalent Engineering experience.


Additional Qualifications

  • Advanced technical knowledge of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes. Advanced technical knowledge of State of Colorado Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes.

  • Ability to apply National Fire Protection Association standards (e.g.; NFPA 2, NFPA 55, etc.).

  • Ability to read and interpret building drawings and piping and instrumentation drawings.

  • Experience participating in Process Hazard Analyses (HAZOP, FMEA, Fault Tree Analysis).

  • Knowledge in pressure vessels, boilers, piping codes, pumps, compressors installation and inspection techniques.

  • Knowledge in welding/materials science.

  • Excellent understanding of 10 Code of Federal Regulation 851 and OSHA regulations.

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in programmatic planning, organization, improvement and execution.

  • Innovative and creative thinking.

  • Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to negotiate, influence, and perform independently.

  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills.

  • Proficient computer skills, including MS Office Suite, email and ability to quickly learn database software applications such as FileMaker.

  • Ability to travel on occasion.

  • Applies advanced technical principles, theories and concepts.

  • Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts.

  • Develops advanced concepts, techniques and standards.

  • Develops new applications based on professional principles and theories.

  • Viewed externally as subject matter expert in field.

  • Comprehensive and advanced knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field.

  • Superior leadership, project management and problem solving skills.

  • Ability to use various computer software programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Safety Professional +/or Professional Engineer.

  • Master's degree in occupational safety, engineering or other relevant discipline.

  • The ability to determine design conformance with multiple codes which are enforced by various regulatory officials before, during and after construction.

  • Ability to interpret and resolve conflicting codes and standards in order to support research goals.

  • Experience with inspecting and testing pressurized systems.

  • Experience consulting on ESH requirements during the design-build construction process.

  • Experience working at a Department of Energy site.


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