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Mechanical Supervisor

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Date: Feb 24, 2021

Location: Houston, TX, US, 77024

Company: Pacific Drilling

Position Summary

The Mechanical Supervisor is in charge of preventative maintenance, and ongoing corrective maintenance repairs to equipment pertaining to both mechanical topside and engine room areas, with a pro-active attitude to prevent non-productive time.

Department / Location

Operations / Offshore – Gulf of Mexico


Position Scope

The Mechanical Supervisor coordinates the preventative and corrective maintenance in his/her area of responsibility, communicates regularly with the other departments (electrical, electronic, subsea, drilling, marine and safety) as well as the client and other service partners when required.

He/she regularly communicates with onshore field support to ensure maximum efficiency and preservation of the assets onboard and is responsible to ensure the accuracy of data entered in the Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS) by any persons in his/her department.


Reporting Relationships

Direct Manager/Supervisor – Technical Superintendent


Supervisory Relationships

The Mechanical Supervisor has one direct report:

  • Chief Mechanic


Qualifications and Experience

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Ten years of offshore experience in the Mechanical department (either mechanical topside or engine room background) preferably with DP experience
  • Proven leadership and supervisory skills
  • Fluent  English communication skills (oral and written)
  • Completion of all mandatory training and certification requirements for Mechanical Supervisor as described in the Pacific Drilling offshore Training matrix.


Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Comply with the Pacific Drilling Code of Conduct, supporting policies, standards and applicable process documentation.
  •  Perform all work according to agreed expectations of both internal and external customers, focus on doing things right the first time, and contribute actively to continual improvement activities.
  • Act as a Safety Leader ensuring the ongoing identification of hazards and the implementation of controls to manage the associated risks with a special focus on Permit to Work and Isolation procedures.
  • Supervise and assist in completing the maintenance and repair of mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic components of :
  • All Topside Drilling Equipment, Drilling Related Support Systems and Tubular Handling Equipment.
  • Pedestal Mounted Knuckle Boom Cranes and Heli-deck access crane.
  • Ensure all activities are carried out according to State, Class, Flag and client requirements.
  • Inform Technical Superintendent and other department heads of any technical problems or limitations that may affect the safe operation of the rig.
  • Ensure that operations are planned, organized, supervised and executed in accordance with well programs, rig move plans, Pacific Drilling requirements and contractual obligations.


  • Using the CMMS, coordinate planning and execution of preventive maintenance with a minimum of 6-week overview to cover current hitch and half of back-to back hitch, keeping an updated and accurate historical record of all maintenance done as well as all equipment certification documents.
  • Verify minimum required spares onboard - together with direct supports - for critical/safety/maintenance/operational systems and liaise with Senior Materials Coordinator regarding outstanding orders and order with a pro-active attitude with regards to upcoming Preventive Maintenance. 
  • Verify workshop equipment/tools are maintained to the highest safety standards.
  • Ensure that members of the department have all necessary competencies, training and skills to perform their tasks. Provide assistance and training to the crew in the operation and maintenance of equipment; regularly appraise and provide feedback to department members.
  • Maintain the housekeeping onboard to Pacific Drilling standards with a particular focus on escape routes.
  • Responsible for creating an environment in which open communications occurs between departments, clients and third parties as required.
  • Clearly and accurately communicate work status at end of shift and end of hitch handovers.


Key Behavioral Attributes

  • Safety and team oriented
  • Enthusiastic, self-driven and dynamic, pro-active attitude
  • Always promote company interest in a positive manner
  • Commitment, Leadership and Accountability especially in HSE matters
  • Actively train, coach subordinates to ensure readiness for the next promotion/position by monitoring their performance, carrying out efficient appraisals as often as required.

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