Flange Management Technicians at RusselSmith Group

RusselSmith is an ISO 9001:2008 certified asset integrity management services company incorporated to serve the needs of the global oil and gas exploration and production industry, using rope access technology as our principal medium of access. A career at RusselSmith offers you growth and a chance to make a difference.
Throughout our history, we have continued to help our employees realize their dreams, whilst creating opportunities for them to fulfill their personal and professional potential.

Job Title: Flange Management Technician

The Technician / Engineer should be capable of:

  • Health and safety precautions
  • The health and safety precautions at the work site
  • Safety precautions when handling and removing compressed Asbestos fibre (CAF) gaskets
  • Hot bolting and live plant procedures and risk assessment
  • Pressure, temperature and hostile environmental factors (such as corrosion and vibration) on the degradation of the bolted assembly
  • Factors which result in bolt load variation
  • Applied and residual load
  • The effect of different lubricants on friction losses
  • The relative accuracy of different methods of tightening
  • The technique for application of tensioned bole loading
  • Joint assembly methods and tightening procedures
  • The need to check gaskets, nuts and stud bolts against specification
  • The requirement to tag and complete records for assembled joints


  • Check the compatibility of selected Torque tools and equipment capacity prior to use
  • Top up oil levels in hydraulic pumps
  • Clean and protect tools and equipment from corrosion
  • The principles of joint component sealing action
  • The principles of bolt elongation and tensile stress
  • The function of gasket or seal types
  • The importance of correct bolt loading
  • The effect on bolt load and seal compression using different methods of tightening
  • The importance of using correct lubricant
  • The importance of correct selection of joint components to comply with the design specification
  • The correct sequence and number of tightening passes required for toque and tensioned bolts
  • The principles and techniques used for direct bolt length measurement
  • The need for and using reporting procedures when defects or faults in bolt tightening equipment or its assembly are identified
  • The principles of preparing bolted joint connections for assembly
  • The need for seal face cleanliness and for nuts to be free running
  • The effect of joint alignment and gap uniformity on residual bolt loading
  • The importance of gasket storage, handling, preparation and installation
  • Good installation practice for bolting, washers and nut orientation for tightening method and equipment to be used
  • The need to report variance from design specifications and tightening procedures
  • The principles and requirement for the safe selection, calibration, installation and use of hydraulic torque and bolt tensioning equipment
  • Principles of carrying out bolt de-tensioning and joint breakout safely and correctly
  • The important of attending product specific training and following manufacturer’s procedures for proprietary joint types.
  • Why mixing components from different equipment manufacturer is prohibited
  • The principles of inspection after tightening and the procedure and the techniques to be used such as “break loose” tests (Check passes) and bolt tightness Tap-test
  • The requirements for the storage, preparation, maintenance and calibration of torque tools and bolt tensioning equipment for its safe use


  • Recognize and rectify the faults with torque or tensioning equipment
  • Interpret joint or flange manufacturer identifying marks
  • Identify defects, distortion and surface irregularities on flange sealing faces and threads
  • Demonstrate ability in;
  • Preparation of all joint components
  • Correct selection and assembly joint components
  • Diagnosis and rectification of problems with hydraulic equipment
  • Selection and correct installation of hydraulic torque or tensioning equipment
  • Correct application of various tightening techniques
  • Carrying out specified tightening sequence and subsequent tightening passes to ensure axial alignment and squareness of the joint assembly
  • Carrying out joint breakout safely and correctly
  • Carrying bolt ‘break loose’ tests (check passes) to check integrity of assembled tensioned assembly
  • Completion of a joint record sheet
  • Integrity and inspection checks of completed joint assembly
  • Maintaining a personal portfolio of joint assembly
  • 0-2 years.

Location: Nigeria

Closing Date
Not Specified.


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