Chemical - Process Engineering, Chemical - Research and Development, Chemical Engineering
4 Year Degree
Sheppard T. Powell Associates, LLC (STPA), a consulting firm and laboratory (www.stpa.com), is seeking an individual interested in a career providing water treatment consulting services primarily for pulp & paper mills and power plants. The job requires international and domestic travel. This full-time employment position would require working at our offices in Baltimore, MD – when not visiting clients’ facilities.
A B.S. degree in science or engineering and at least 3-5 years of water treatment and confined-space inspection experience are required. Applicants with water treatment contractor experience are welcome. The full-time consultant is expected to spend 10-30 days per year performing internal crawl-through equipment inspections of steam/mud drums, deaerators, condensers, and other related equipment. Typically, these inspections are performed as part of 1-7-day mill/plant visits, which may include other consulting services as well. Other common consulting services - include the following.
Steam/water cycle chemistry reviews.
Interpretation of various laboratory analyses results for tube, pipe, deposit and water samples.
Chemistry manual development and/or training seminars.
Makeup water treatment system evaluations and design.
Troubleshooting makeup treatment systems and steam/water cycle chemistry problems.
Chemical cleaning planning and supervision.
Cooling water treatment.
Selected individuals must be self-motivated, independent, eager to learn, personable, respectful of others, capable of leading when required, and able to work well both alone and within project teams. Self-education using our extensive collection of reference materials is expected. Development and presentation of technical papers and participation in relevant technical societies are encouraged. Spanish language capability would be a plus. Experience with chemical cleanings is desired, but is not required.
STPA is an equal opportunity employer, participates in E-Verify, and maintains a drug-free workplace. Job offers are contingent upon confirmation of education, qualifications, and experience presented along with the successful completion of a background check, E-Verify, and pre-employment drug testing. A valid driver’s license and passport are required for travel purposes to clients’ facilities.
About Sheppard T. Powell Associates, LLC (STPA)
Sheppard T. Powell Associates, LLC (STPA) provides independent and objective consulting and laboratory services related to chemistry, chemical cleaning, corrosion, deposition, equipment failures & damage assessments and steam and water system treatment. We have no affiliations with the suppliers of water treatment chemicals, non-destructive testing services, equipment or instrumentation which we recommend to our clients.
Sheppard T. Powell Associates, LLC (STPA) has provided consulting services to a variety of pulp and paper mills – including facilities producing bleached and unbleached pulp, fine paper, consumer products, and newsprint. We have provided consulting services to facilities with boilers from 400 to 1800 psig and varying types of boilers – including kraft black liquor recovery boilers, red liquor boilers, and power boilers burning bark, sawdust, gas, oil, and coal. Biomass boiler experience includes both grate fired and fluidized bed boilers. Services to this industry include:
>Boiler water treatment. Some consultants are routinely involved in boiler water treatment reviews at pulp and paper mills. Current representatives from STPA have taught the recovery boiler... water treatment portion of the TAPPI Kraft Recovery Short Course since 1994.
>Steam purity monitoring and control. STPA has been involved in routine monitoring, upgrading monitoring systems and carryover studies.
>Steam/water cycle chemistry, deposition and corrosion. STPA is involved in audits of chemistry sampling, online monitoring systems, laboratory testing, chemistry programs, chemistry limit compliance, troubleshooting and training
>Water side inspections of steam generation equipment and deaerators as part of an assessment of the success of the water treatment program in controlling corrosion and deposition
>Chemical feed systems and feedwater and boiler water treatment
>Makeup water treatment selection, evaluation, troubleshooting and training
>Condensate filtration and polishing
>Tube sample selection, deposit weight and composition analyses, determining the need to clean, failure analyses and other metallurgical evaluations.
>Waterwall, generating bank, screen tube, roof tube and floor tube tube failure investigations for a variety of mechanisms (e.g., overheating, creep, underdeposit corrosion, near drum corrosion, deposit related fireside corrosion, etc.)
>Economizer tube failure investigations due to pitting and corrosion fatigue cracking
>Evaluations of deposition and corrosion in steam water cycles
>Chemical cleanings planning, specification development, and consulting assistance during chemical cleanings
>Layup of boilers. Including conventional approaches of wet layup, STPA helped to develop a dry layup system for a recovery boiler at one mill
>Mill water treatment and corrosion control evaluation. STPA has been a key part of teams evaluating mill water treatment and corrosion control in pulp and paper mills