I started my career in Oil Refineries as a scaffold builder working a Cat Cracker Outage at Cenex Refinery (CHS) in Laurel, Mt in 2000 working for Weld Tech Safety. I went on to work another Cat Cracker Outage at Exxon Refinery Billings,Mt in 2001 for Brand Scaffolding. Following the end of the Exxon Outage I was offered a job here at the Shell Martinez Refinery with Brand Scaffold. I continued to work for Brand at the Refinery up untill August of 2007 when I accepted a Job in operations with Shell, at the time I left Brand I held the position of Foreman overseeing the logistics and heavy oil production units in the refinery.
While working for Shell I was placed in our Clean Fuels Area which consists of Delayed Coking, HydroTreaters , Caustic Regeneration, and Isomerization Units. I worked these units until being promoted to shift team leader in 2014. I worked the STL job for 4 years5 years before being promoted to Refinery Team Leader, the job I currently hold today.
Health Safety and Envirnment are the core of everything we as operations do no matter the task. Communication with my team mates and other departments /resources are a major part of being successful and profitable in the refining busines.
Core Work Processes: Drives adherence to the ESP, MTA, OTM Work Processes, primarily through the STL, to ensure refinery operation is within identified limits and optimized at targets in order to meet the business plan on a shift basis. Advocates and exemplifies Stabilize, Slowdown, Shutdown when operation is outside of established ESP limits.
Leadership & People: As a leader and highest ranking delegation in the refinery on off hours, this person sets the tone for conducting business safely, in line with our core values, and meeting business plan expectations. Is instrumental in the change management process to drive employee ownership for LSR violations and the required consequence management. Owns and chairs the site wide morning production meeting focusing on full alignment between units and with HSE, E&S and Maintenance.
Became a Temporary Refinery Team Leader in 2018 and was promoted to Permanent Refinery Team Leader on 10/15/2020. Currently the RTL for Shift Team #1. Core Work Processes: Drives adherence to the ESP, MTA, OTM Work Processes, primarily through the STL, to ensure refinery operation is within identified limits and optimized at targets in order to meet the business plan on a shift basis. Advocates and exemplifies Stabilize, Slowdown, Shutdown when operation is outside of established ESP limits. Audits console alarm rates to understand potential refinery threats with console operators, and works with shift teams to develop mitigations when necessary. Conducts audits to ensure Console Operators are Performing Proactive Monitoring rounds. Results communicated to STLs. Leads the Shift Teams and STLs in following the ESP, MTA, OTM Work Processes, and sets the example and expectation “ properly completes the Refinery End of Shift Report, participates in Shift Turnover, Start of Shift Orientation, etc. Audits and coaches STLs on the quality of end of shift reports, disabled/inhibited alarm summaries and other aspects of ESP(audits shift reports and communicated back to STLs) Facilitates state of the refinery Start of Shift Orientation across all STLs to ensure the refinery is operating at plan, as well as identify any threats to operating at plan and within limits. Where needed, drives gap closure plan. This STL documents state of refinery against HSSE and business plan targets in the end of shift report, and communicates refinery wide. Site Integration: Single point contact for any changes to the Manufacturing Instructions or unit orders to ensure integration across the refinery. All communications regarding deviations flow through this position to the STLs, console operators and the Economics & Scheduling Dept. Assures that refinery changes affecting downstream units, upstream units, or any external parties (suppliers or customers) are communicated and coordinated to prevent environmental impacts, product quality impacts, and potential safety concerns. A specific example of this includes sequencing activities during unit startups and shutdowns. Evaluates abnormal refinery conditions on off hours to make decisions and take actions to secure additional resources when needed (maintenance support, technical support, etc.) and coordinates unit STLs to slowdown, stabilize or shutdown as necessary. Maintains awareness of immediate and short-term (24/7) refinery threats, as well as ensures mitigations plans are in place. Responsible for quality management of off-test operations, including callouts for lab support, sending special samples off-site, ensuring tankage decisions are clear and communicated, and that troubleshooting of unit operations to correct the situation occurs. Leadership & People: As a leader and highest ranking delegation in the refinery on off hours, this person sets the tone for conducting business safely, in line with our core values, and meeting business plan expectations. Is instrumental in the change management process to drive employee ownership for LSR violations and the required consequence management. Owns and chairs the site wide morning production meeting focusing on full alignment between units and with HSE, E&S and Maintenance. Acts as a coach and mentor for the STLs as well as for the operators. Partners with CAMs on required development of STLs, supports for development when needed. Accountable for the results delivery of the shift against refinery business plan targets. Participates in Production Leadership Team meetings. Initiates HSSE partnering opportunities by involving H&S experts when needed to drive H&S results. Partners with Line & HR to lead investigations. Drives a fair and consistent process. Is involved in assessing and providing structural feedback as part of the FLL selection process. Technical Ensure shift team delivery of refinery business plan production targets and product qualities. Facilitates STLs and shift teams through investigation of deviations from targets and shift plans to close the gaps â€“ throughputs, yield, product quality, site Energy Intensity Index (EII). Coordinates plant wide troubleshooting efforts such as identifying flaring, low pH to sewer, high H2S in fuel gas, etc. Manages maintenance call outs in off shift Skills Display field leadership of personal and process safety, and environmental stewardship. Ensure adherence and understanding of policies, procedures and guidelines pertaining to health, safety and environmental issues. Responsible for ensuring control room and admin grounds condition meet housekeeping standards. Participates in PSSRs and has authority to accept the unit back from maintenance on behalf of operations when delegated that authority. Ensures necessary external communications to government agencies occur when abnormal situations warrant. Handles relations with federal or state agencies when they arrive at the refinery unannounced. Responds to community inquires during off hours.
I became a Temporary Shift Team Leader in 2013 and was promoted to Permanent Shift Team Leader in 2014. Responsibilities: The Shift Team Leader is accountable for day to day supervisory tasks and the longer term development operators so that Operational shift objectives and priorities are consistently understood and met. A primary component of this role is field leadership, mentoring and development of operators. It includes understanding of the business plan for their area of responsibility and supporting the shift teams to achieve these objectives with a strong focus on HSE performance as highest priority, with attention to other Global M priorities as well (Reliability, Cost, Margin, Energy, PQ). They also work in conjunction with the Production Unit Manager, Production Supervisor, and Operations Specialists to assist in development of the long-term strategy for the respective operating area. HSSE: Leadership of personal and process safety, and environmental stewardship with Goal Zero mindset. Adherence and understanding of policies, procedures and guidelines pertaining to health, safety and environmental issues. Demonstrated commitment to Martinez Refinery safety strategy “Be responsible for keeping the 10 people that work for you safe”. Leadership & People: Handles daily supervisory responsibilities involving operators. Enforcement of performance standards for operators Development of operators to meet the performance standards Works closely with PUM, Production Supervisor, and Operations Specialists to assure effective change management. Works closely PUM, Production Supervisor, and Operations Specialists to manage talent pipeline, develop succession planning for STLs and operating staff and mentors individuals to develop the required capabilities / competencies. Fosters productive relationship with USW. Maintain knowledge of USW contract and participate in relevant processes of managing a union workforce (ex: grievance process). Assure each team has operator training plans and assure job qualification requirements and proficiency is maintained. Assure performance management tools are being effectively used to manage performance gaps and development opportunities. Lead by example in exhibiting Lean leadership behaviors (Go See, Ask Why, etc.) and driving continuous improvement mindset Responsible for annual goals and performance appraisal process for direct reports. Core Work Processes: Assure the shift teams deliver business objectives each shift. Escalate to additional levels of support when shift teams need assistance to meet those objectives or mitigate threats. Understand and assure use of core work processes and procedures as a way of working (IPF, MOC, MTA, HEMP, ESP, ME, ER, PTW/LOTO, RCM). Understand, use, and coach use of Lean methodology for problem-solving and Lean tools for continuous improvement efforts. Skills HS&E: o Understands and adheres to all policies, procedures and guidelines pertaining to health, safety & environmental issues, together with emphasizing this perspective in their own work and in the work of others. Demonstrates Safety & Environmental leadership in prioritizing work. COMPREHENSION o Understands, continuously learns and applies knowledge and skills to effectively perform role. Proactive in coaching others to improve their knowledge & capabilities. PROBLEM SOLVING / DECISION MAKING o Uses fact based, structured decision-making process to initiate and support appropriate actions. LEADERSHIP AND TEAM FOCUS o Team player, works effectively with shift teams across the refinery, management, and discipline support groups. Can motivate groups to work as a team. PROCESS UNDERSTANDING o Understands and applies knowledge of work processes, policies and procedures to ensure safe, reliable, optimized operation. PROCESS OPERATION o Understands plant integration and impact of common systems (such as utilities, hydrogen, amine systems) on various units. Understands and applies the technical principles that apply to plant operation. PEOPLE MANAGEMENT COMPETENCIES. o Provides feedback, development and recognition o Demonstrates respect for people o Strong coaching and mentoring Skills o Strong communication and active listening Skills o Proactive at managing relationships o Builds networks and teams o Develops self and displays professionalism o Provides direction and shares information o Delegates work and delivers results o Analyzes and makes decisions o Acts with integrity and courage o Supports and sustains change o Manages customer relationships
Started my Shell / PBF Career as an Operator in Delayed Coking. I was qualified on the DCU Board, HydroTreater Board, DCU Outside A and B Jobs, Treater Outside Job and Isom Out Job. Worked multiple TA's during my time as an Operator and served as Lead Coordinator for the 2017 DHT Block T/A and 2017 DCU Block T/A, both T/A'S came in on time ,underbudget and injury free. Participated in Leader of Teams training and went thru multiple Goal Zero Safety classes and helped out as a presenter for T/A onboarding with outside contractors.
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