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Boiler Reliability Engineer

Company: Covanta Energy
Location: Harrisburg
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

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Boiler Reliability Engineer

Primary Base: Camden, NJ EfW facility

Travel : ~75%

You must be legally authorized to work in the country where this job is located and not require any sponsorship assistance from Covanta.


The Boiler Reliability Engineer will be responsible for developing and implementing the inspection and maintenance methods, procedures and practices to minimize pressure part failures and maximize boiler reliability. Reporting to the Boiler Reliability Manager, the Boiler Reliability Engineer will ensure consistent oversight of boiler pressure parts, refractory, high energy piping, scrubber vessel and flue gas duct work system component life through detailed inspection and reporting to management.

Pressure part failures are the largest cause of unscheduled downtime in our EfW plants. Effective planning and execution of boiler inspections, proper specification of materials, and oversight of repair and replacement procedures is critical to reducing failures and improving boiler reliability.

The flue gas train which includes the scrubber, baghouse and all connecting ductwork can greatly impact the proper operation of the boiler and environmental compliance if not effectively maintained. Effective coordination of the inspections with the facility, condition assessment, and communication of best practices is critical to reliability of these components.


This job requires frequent travel within the designated region, occasional off shift work and weekends for outage support will be required. Expect to spend 75% of the time in the field and facilities with the balance spent in office

Accountabilities: (Broken down by Percentage of Time Spent)


  • Develop and execute Outage inspection plan. Ensure adequate and qualified inspection resources are available for all outages. Develop plant personnel and contractor support to perform thorough and complete inspections.


  • Accurately complete Condition Assessment Reports after each major and minor outage. Accurately communicate inspection findings and recommendations during the outages to Facility Management and Maintenance Group.
  • Complete Condition Assessment Reporting executive Summary for each facility communicating the priorities, risk assessment, and recommendations to regional and senior management. Plan condition assessment review meetings with each facility. Ensure recommendations are consistent with future outage plans, 5-year plans and long-term economics.
  • Review of all major pressure part replacement scopes and pressure part design modifications with the Boiler Reliability Director. Coordinate with suppliers and vendors to ensure that all pressure parts and products are delivered to meet all of our quality control requirements, perform shop QA/QC Inspections prior to delivery.


  • Assist in developing standards to track and maintain historical data on pressure part component life. Provide detailed life cycle analysis by pressure part component and other major boiler component by facility.
  • Maintain intimate knowledge of facilities availability and issues as it relates to boiler condition.
  • Communicate with the Boiler Reliability Director and Product Sourcing Manager regional pressure part requirements. Ensure pressure part bid specifications are developed in a timely fashion to support procurement initiatives within the company.
  • Establish and maintain a High Energy Piping Condition Assessment Program. This primarily includes the boiler feedwater piping, main steam piping, and associated pipe hangers, but not limited to these systems. Other systems may include sootblower piping, boiler drains, boiler penthouse piping, and turbine extraction.
  • Coordinate Scrubber vessel inspection with the facility as required by technical standards. Develop condition assessment reports based on NDE and visual inspections. Communicate repair scopes based on best practices. Develop historical mapping of the past and present repairs.
  • Coordinate flue gas duct work and Baghouse inspections with the facilities. Develop condition assessment reports based on NDE and visual inspections. Communicate repair scopes based on best practices. Develop historical mapping of the past and present repairs
  • Coordinate with Corporate Engineering and Boiler Reliability Director on all regional R&D projects and material evaluation programs. Establish and coordinate field work on pressure part material test programs.
  • Provide technical review on boiler and scrubber related Technical Standards, and periodically review and assess compliance by all facilities.


A successful Boiler Reliability Engineer will be both Customer focused and have a "safety first" mentality to ensure awareness of your surroundings and processes. You will possess a high level of self-motivation, a "self-starter" mentality with the ability and tenacity to solve problems.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering is preferred, however candidates with High School Diploma or GED and equivalent experience with boiler operation, inspection and maintenance/project management may be considered in lieu of a degree.


  • Experience and proficiency reading and interpreting technical documents, manuals and mechanical drawings
  • Technical Report writing, presentation, organization and people skills.
  • High proficiency in MS Office, especially with Excel (spreadsheets, modeling, and pivot tables) , Outlook, and Word is preferred.
  • Auto CAD are preferred but not required.
  • An ability to travel 75% of the time

Physical Demands and Environment:

  • Operating facility environment with OSHA required PPE, safety training for areas including confined spaces and heights.
  • Job requires physical demands consistent with work in industrial environment.
  • Majority of work will be accomplished by traveling to facilities performing assigned tasks and supporting scheduled and unscheduled outages


Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability EEO is the Law Poster (The poster can be found at https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf). Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to access job openings or apply for a job on this site as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by contacting us at careers@covanta.com.

Keywords: Covanta Energy, Harrisburg , Boiler Reliability Engineer, Other , Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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