May – and every month – is for maintenance at Puget Sound Refinery
May 05, 2021
For most people, tulips have been topped, preparations for the garden are underway and many are making home maintenance and improvement to-do lists. Meanwhile, at Puget Sound Refinery, May maintenance is in full swing, just like it is the 11-other months of the year.
A year-round effort
The hard-working maintenance crews don’t hibernate during the short days of winter, they spend the entire year making sure work-orders are complete, needed upgrades are made and preventative maintenance is completed on schedule.
“400 maintenance work orders could be issued each month,” says Maintenance Excellence Team Lead Andrea McDaniel. “It could be as straightforward as go check oil on the pumps and drivers while others are more detailed.”
Everything the PSR maintenance team does helps make sure the refinery is running safely and efficiently.
Maintenance: Two teams and teams within them
At PSR, there are two main branches of maintenance. The group that works on the equipment while it is in operation and the group that works on it when it’s shutdown, a period known as a turnaround.
The maintenance team includes more than 400 PSR employees but, as the Anacortes community knows, that number can swell to 1,000 plus during large turnaround events when additional contractors are brought in. Within those two teams, we have smaller teams that include people with very unique talents.
“We employee skilled people in respective disciplines in order to manage equipment in the best way,” says Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Reliability Manager, Justin Munoz.
The metal trades team works pipes and vessel, our instrumentation and electrical people focus on the wires and electronic elements, machinists on pumps and compressors plus, we’ve got teams of cleaners, machinists, planners and administrators too. Every single person on every one of those teams contributes and collaborates with other departments for the safe and effective operation of Puget Sound Refinery.
“It’s pretty complex, managing that whole population of equipment,” says Munoz. “A rigorous work progress around it and structured management system is super important.”
Meet the team:
As most people prepare for the end of spring and the unofficial start of summer by making home maintenance lists and doing spring cleaning, at PSR it is business as usual. But this May, you’ll have a chance to meet just a few of the hardworking people who do the hands-on work to keep equipment in a state of good repair in Puget Sound Refinery Maintenance Profiles.
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