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Operations Specialist
Job ID #: 23137 Location: MS-ROLLING FORK
Functional Area: Misc./Trades Position Type: Full Time
Experience Required: 1 - 3 Years Relocation Provided: No
Education Required: GED

The Operations Specialist will be based out of Kinder Morgan’s Southern Natural Gas (SNG) Onward Compressor Station located at 6081 Highway 61, Rolling Fork, MS 39159.  This is a Monday through Friday position with bi-weekly on-call responsibilities nights and weekends.  Kinder Morgan offers a robust benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, two retirement plans, paid holidays, and paid time off.    Kinder Morgan is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. 

To be considered for our Onward Ops Spec job click on Apply Now to sign in or create an account to upload your resume.  This is a great opportunity if you are an experienced Pipeline Field Man, Natural Gas Operations Technician, Quality Tech, Corrosion Technician, Gas Mechanic, Industrial Electrician, Electrical and Controls Technician, Electrical and Instrumentation Technician (E&I Tech), Electric Technician, Compression Technician or similar.  Experience working with equipment manufactured by Caterpillar Natural Gas Engines and Cooper Bessemer Engines is a plus.

Operations Specialist Primary Purpose: 

Responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of Company gas pipelines, appurtenances, compressor stations and other related facilities. 

May also implement and maintain electrical power circuits and equipment, electronic and pneumatic equipment used in pipeline operations, compressor stations, plant operations and measurement facilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for the operation and maintenance of pipelines, compressors and auxiliary equipment, engines, cooling equipment, compressor stations equipment, pumps, valves, and other related equipment.
  • Start, stop and operate engines/compressors within defined operating parameters.
  • Ensure the cost effective and efficient performance of all engines, compressors and associated equipment at compressor stations and pipelines.
  • Diagnose and repair engines, compressors, valves and instruments.
  • Install, repair, service and maintain valves, pipe and pipeline appurtenances.
  • Responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of all facilities and equipment, including pipeline right-of-way, including but not limited to excavating, repairing, coating and backfilling pipelines, concrete work, painting, building erection, weed control, etc.
  • Maintain, adjust, make minor repairs, and operate equipment; air compressors, coolers, test equipment, vehicles, etc…
  • Represent the Company during contacts with landowner/tenants, public officials/emergency officials and at local meetings. (One Call, Pipeline Groups, Soil Conservation, USFS, etc.)
  • Oversee construction and/or maintenance activities performed by third parties.
  • Train and oversee company and third party personnel as required (e.g., personnel in progression, transport drivers, contractors, visitors)
  • Perform governmental compliance activities (PHMSA, State Agencies, EPA, USFS, etc.)
  • Perform minor electrical maintenance.
  • Identify, report and correct safety and/or environmental concerns.
  • Actively participate in safety programs and initiatives.
  • Participate in the development of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Procedures, site specific procedures, project scopes and work plans.
  • Complete all applicable documentation and record keeping.
  • Perform all work in compliance with Company standards, procedures, regulatory, and Company tariff requirements.
  • Demonstrate performance toward operational excellence.
  • Regular and predictable attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Our Operations Specialists come to Kinder Morgan from a variety of backgrounds, job titles, Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) and Career Management Fields (CMF).  Many of our employees are Veterans who transitioned from Active Duty or currently serve in the Reserves.  So whether you received your training while serving our Country in the military or while working in the private sector we encourage you to consider continuing your career as an Operations Specialist with Kinder Morgan. 

Minimum Requirements: 


  • High School Diploma or GED 

 Experience / Specific Knowledge:

  • Must respond to, and address, callouts and emergencies after regular business hours including after dark hours, which requires carrying a communication device.
  • Knowledge of Natural Gas Engines and Compressors, Compressor stations and Pipeline system operations.
  • Knowledge reading and interpreting blueprints, piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) and other diagrams.
  • Knowledge and experience in safe handling practices of flammable gases, liquid, and high/low pressure systems.
  • Knowledge and experience with electrical switch gear, power distribution, electronic circuits, electronic test and measurement instruments, the National Electric Codes is a plus. 

Certifications, Licenses, and Registrations:

  • Possess a valid driver's license and meet company insurability requirements.
  • May be required to possess a commercial driver’s license, drive a company commercial vehicle and comply with all commercial vehicle and Department Of Transportation DOT regulations.
  • May be required to achieve and maintain certifications as required to perform job duties
  • Achieve and maintain all OQ qualifications and progression requirements applicable to the job classification. 

Competencies, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Basic computer skills (knowledge of MS Office, various operating systems, and other company software).
  • Basic math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals).
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Customer focus.
  • Ability to work with a team, take direction from supervisors, keep required work schedules, focus attention on details, and follow work rules.
  • Ability to speak and understand English.
  • Ability to work with others, take direction from supervisor(s), focus attention on details, and follow work rules. 
  • Advanced Knowledge and Experience using Microsoft applications; Outlook (email), Excel and Word is a plus.


Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to frequently:
    • Enter confined spaces.
    • Climb to and work from elevated platforms, ladders and walkways.
    • Must be able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds in awkward positions, and 50 pounds from floor to waist.
    • Must be able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, climb vertical access ladders and stairwells, carry up to 50 pounds and to see, hear, walk and talk effectively. 

Working Conditions:

  • May work in low-lit areas.
  • Must be able to withstand extreme weather conditions.
  • Must be able to climb to and work from elevated platforms, ladders, and walkways, etc.
  • Depending upon the location and workload, travel will be required.
  • Must reside in the general vicinity of Onward Compressor Station for on-call and emergency response purposes.

Preferred Experience, Skills and Knowledge (above the minimum requirements; not required, but advantageous in this position)

  • Experience in operating and maintaining Natural Gas Engines and compressors.
  • Knowledge and experience in safe handling practices of flammable gases, liquids and high-pressure systems.
  • Knowledge and experience with electronic equipment, high-pressure gas, processing equipment, pumps and reciprocating gas engines and compressors. Particular knowledge and experience working with equipment manufactured by Cooper Bessemer.
  • Computer skills:  Proficient in MS Office: Word, Excel, And Outlook.  Experience with various operation systems and other company specific software; Asset Management Software (Maximo), Incident Management Systems (IMPACT), Learning Management Systems (LMS), etc…
  • Mathematical skills:  Proficient in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This position may perform other duties as assigned.  Job level will be commensurate with experience and skill sets. The successful candidate will be required to clear a drug screen and a complete background check, after an offer has been extended and prior to being employed.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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