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API-936 Refractory Inspector at Intertek

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Elko, Nevada

Job Description:


The opportunity has arisen for an  API-936 Refractory Inspector to join this global organization, which respects diverse perspectives, experiences, and traditions as essential, and values each employee's contribution toward achieving our business objectives. This is a short-term project in Elko, NV.


General Description of Responsibility

Monitor the installation, inspection, testing and repair of refractory linings to ensure that they comply with applicable codes, standards, and specific job requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the API-936 Refractory Inspector are oriented toward the installation, inspection, testing and repair of monolithic refractory linings and materials.  The inspector should be able to perform duties in the following categories:

    • Laboratory testing procedures including:

      • Test methods (C704, CCS, PLC, Density) and related calculations

      • Material Qualification

      • Testing equipment, sample preparation techniques, dimensional requirements for test specimens

      • Various materials utilized (for example, plastic, ceramic fiber, anchor, metal fiber, corrosion coatings, etc)

      • Curing and firing procedures

      • Acceptance/rejection criteria

    • Applicator and Material Qualification including:

      • Installation methods (e.g., gunning, casting, ramming, and hand packing)

      • Sampling and sample preparation procedures

      • Procedures for determining optimal water content and mixing

      • Applicable formulation and manufacturing information

      • Test panel/mock-up requirements

      • Applicable environmental controls

      • Surface preparation requirements.

    • Installation of refractory linings to include:

      • Knowledge of detailed execution plan including design details and quality standards

      • Packaging and storage requirements

      • Surface preparation and cleanliness requirements

      • Anchor: welding, layouts, patterns, materials

      • Frequency and methods of production sampling: gunning, casting, hand packing

      • Water addition: quantity and temperature, mixing procedures

      • Fiber addition:  percentage, material, mixing

      • Installation environmental controls (minimum and maximum temperatures)

      • Gunite procedures and equipment, including variables that affect gunite quality (i.e., air pressure, humidity, temperature, aging, water pressure, water purity, additives)

      • Knowledge of flash set

      • Casting procedures and equipment (e.g., air vibrator, vibrator frequency, vibrator sizing, forming, and setup)

      •  Ramming and hand packing procedures and equipment

    • Inspection, to include:

      • Lining design and installation requirements

      • Inspection and data collection procedures

      • Terminology, job specifications, and application standards

      • Visual and non-destructive test methods and qualification testing methods

      • Application/limitation for various inspection techniques (for example, hammer testing, sonic testing, radiography, core sampling, portable abrasion testing)

      • Material verification and traceability

      • Acceptance and rejection criteria

      • Repair procedures

      • Curing and dry out procedures

    • Post-Installation:

      • Knowledge of dry out requirements

      • Sealing requirements (for example, water mist, covering, membrane, curing)

      • Application and time limits for applying membrane curing compounds

      • Environmental conditions required for curing

      • Heating equipment, methods and procedures (e.g., gas fired burner, stress relieving heating elements)

      • Placement of temperature sensing probes

      • Knowledge of manufacturer's recommended heat up and cool down schedules

      • Applicable heating rates for various classes of refractories

      • Lining integrity inspection techniques

    • In addition to refractory inspection, inspection personnel should be familiar with non-destructive examination, including:

      • Radiographic examination

      • Liquid penetrant examination

      • Magnetic Particle examination (Yoke and Prod techniques)

      • Ultrasonic thickness measurement

    • Adopt an Intertek "Marketing and Sales" attitude in all client, vendor, employee, and outside contacts interactions.

    • Actively pursue continuing technical education courses or seminars.




    • Required:  High School diploma or equivalent with at least 3 years experience in the design, construction, repair, operation, or inspection of refractory linings, of which one year must be in supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API Recommended Practice (RP) 936.

    • Currently certified as an API-936 Refractory Inspector.

    • Must be able to operate inspection testing apparatuses specific to the inspection and testing of refractory linings.

    • Physical Requirements:

      • Must demonstrate the ability to read the equivalent of the size and letters of the Jaeger II chart at a minimum distance of 12 inches and distinguish and differentiate the contrasts between colors illustrated on an Ishihara Test Chart.

      • Shall be able to climb ladders/platforms to heights of 100 feet, in increments of up to 40 feet at one time.  Any fear of heights (acrophobia) should be identified.

      • Inspection personnel performing elevated work in refractory lined equipment shall be capable of wearing the required fall protection equipment.

      • Inspection personnel shall be physically capable of crawling in and out of small manways, climb inside vessels, boilers, process heaters or other confined spaces for inspection activities, often wearing Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) as required to comply with safety regulations.  Any fear of closeness (claustrophobia) should be identified.

      • Inspection personnel shall be able to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects weighing up to 40 pounds.

      • Inspection personnel are required to work in both environmental conditions, inside and outside.  Inspection personnel may be subject to extreme cold (temperatures below 32 degrees F for periods of more than one (1) hour) or to extreme heat (temperatures above 100 degrees F for periods of more than one (1) hour).

    • Inspection personnel shall possess fundamental written and verbal communication skills.

    • Inspection personnel shall be fluent (written and verbal) in the English language.

    • Computer skills, especially familiarity with MS Office applications, are necessary.



•     This position outline is a general guideline and does not represent all encompassing details.


Intertek offers a culture where motivated and customer-oriented employees can flourish, experience professional fulfillment, and reach their highest potential.  We also offer a generous compensation and benefits package(for full time benefited employees) including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, 401(k) with company matching, 100% tuition reimbursement, and a generous paid time off package.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to veterans status or on the basis of disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.