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Engineer - Refractory


Reliability Engineering 

Shift Scheduling


General Summary

The Emirates Steel Asset Refractory Engineer is accountable for the operational integrity and reliability of Emirates Steel Refractory protected assets to achieve Emirates Steel’s objectives of Safety, Quality, Cost & Delivery. The role is accountable for development, implementation, improvement and maintenance of Emirates Steel refractory standards, systems, and strategies. The role delivers these objectives through an integrated model of focused engineering inspections and compliance to relevant industry standards as a foundation for continuous improvement to plant refractory integrity within the site’s asset management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Emirates Steel Refractory Engineer will be the custodian of compliance to all refractory equipment and installation standards for Emirates Steel refractory protected Assets.  

  • Work with Refractory teams to increase the operating availability and performance against reference rate of asset.
  • Facilitate Root Cause Analysis, determine root cause of equipment failure, and put in place actions to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Analyses records, troubleshoots equipment problems, and makes procedure recommendations to operations and maintenance or implement engineering solutions.
  • Facilitate and lead Root Cause Maintenance & Failure Mode Element Criticality Analysis .
  • Provide refractory Engineering support in Shutdowns
  • Prepares cost and schedule estimates, makes recommendations as to the methodology, equipment, and material requirements as per asset life engineering.
  • Ensure the monitoring of critical machinery, and otherwise identified equipment, condition through the optimized use asset life prediction methodology.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities(Contd)

  • Ensure development of condition monitoring techniques as per market development and plant needs to ensure reliability of refractory.
  • Documents technical work by setting up work plans and preparing appropriate records and reports.
  • Optimizing critical spares inventory as per asset life design and engineering.
  • Ensure new assets have refractory reliability incorporated into the design, and ensure operational readiness is obtained when commissioned.
  • Provide leadership, training and coaching on Reliability and refractory standards and best practice.
  • Ensure analysis, upkeep and recording of all equipment failures databases and supply analyzed information as to top failure modes and come up with engineering and management solutions to improve (MTBF) Mean Time Between Failure as per plant targets set and plant reliability.
  • Ensure analysis, upkeep and recording off all the high-cost equipment failures and supply engineering and asset strategy solutions to continuously improve budget costs on repairs and maintenance.
  • Understand and identify critical and other equipment asset life cycle and upkeep information and initiate replacement when maintenance is no longer cost effective against capital replacement

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities required

  • In-depth knowledge of refractory technology and processes requirements.
  • Steel making process i.e. Direct Reduction, Steel Melting, Billet Casting, Re-bar rolling and Material handling equipment.
  • Demonstrate innate business intellect, achievement orientation and competitive spirit
  • Exudes confidence, yet be without strong ego needs; is self-aware and open to feedback
  • Show courage to make decisions, yet is patient to make the right ones
  • Model resilience and flexibility; adapts well to new circumstances and adversity
  • Demonstrate a bias to working in a team-oriented fashion, supporting other’s success
  • Ability to problem solve complex issues.
  • Sound knowledge of Pressure Vessel and Piping codes and standards.

Minimum Education Qualification (Education Degree)

Bacheloer in Engineering

Any preferred professional training

  • NDT Training highly desirable
  • Professional Association membership


Professional Experience (Must haves)

More than 5 years’ refractory maintenance experience in relevant plant equivalent positions.

Previous Experience/exposure Recommendations

  • Working experience in any of the Middle east countries (familiar with rules and regulations, climatic conditions)
  • Health & Safety compliance systems experience

Key Performance Indicators

Behavioural Competencies

Commitment to Result & Quality (Middle Management & Senior Employees)
Customer Orientation
Drive Health & Safety Culture (Middle Management & Senior Employees)
Effective Communication (Middle Management & Senior Employees)
Innovation & Change Management
Leadership & Developing People
Planning, Executing & Decision Making

Technical Competencies

Working Condition Requirement

Concussion Low
Dirt Low
Dust Level Low
Exposure to Chemicals Low
Exposure to light Low
Exposure to sun Low
Gases & Vapors Low
Heat Level Low
Hindering Safety Gear Low
Humidity Level Low
Lack of light Low
Noise Level Low
Oil & Grease Low
Risk of Accident Low
Risk of Cold Low
Working in heights Low