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STI/SPFA is Hiring: Standards Engineer

Posted by kbruce on 12/20/2018 3:22:25 PM

Job Title: Standards Engineer


About Us

STI/SPFA is a trade association representing fabricators of steel construction products and their suppliers. Member companies produce steel storage tanks, field erected storage tanks, pressure vessels and heat exchangers, and pipe and pipelines. Our member’s customers are from the petrochemical, power generation, food, pharmaceutical, fuels, wastewater and water transmission industries. Our goal is to be the recognized authority on steel storage tanks, pipe, pressure vessels, and other steel plate fabricated products.



The person in this position will work mainly with STI’s shop fabricated tank section. Much of the work will be done independently, but with collaboration from STI’s technical committee. Responsibilities include:


  • Manage our tank inspection certification program.  This includes coordinating with the 40+ member committee as necessary to update to the SP001 Inspection Standard and SP031 Repair Standard.  Supervise the AST Inspector Certification Program including working with instructors, develop requirements and exams, setting schedule and location for classes. Answer questions about the use of these standards and maintain consistency in responses.
  • Update and maintain STI tank fabrication standards. Inform member manufacturers of the requirements and answering questions. Through committees, update standards as needed by develop draft language, present technical information on topics, develop consensus, and communicate changes to the members.
  • Update and maintain the STI owned UL and SwRI Listings. Responsible for all aspects of a project, from obtain the quote, determine what testing is required, obtain samples, perform preliminary research, and write project reports.  Add and subtract licensed members to the Listings.
  • Represent STI at industry meetings, conferences, and trade shows. Attend meetings such as API, UL/ULC, Fire Code committees and PEI. Represent steel tank fabricators at other industries’ standards development meetings by presenting information on steel tanks and the STI licensing program to obtain the best possible opportunities for our member manufacturers.
  • Give presentations to promote information about STI technologies and other topics of interest to the steel tank and petroleum storage industries.
  • Answer questions from STI members, tank owners, regulators/AHJs and others. STI’s goal is to be the recognized authority on steel tanks. As such, we receive many questions on a variety of topics.
  • Safety and Health committee liaison. With the chair, co-chair and consultant, develop meeting agendas and minutes.  Produce Spotlight newsletter with consultant and Communications Manager.  Update Safety and Health documents.
  • Provide education and training, from on-line webinars to in-person certification classes.
  • If you like a variety of tasks, this job is a wonderful opportunity!



If you like to travel, are comfortable talking in front of a group, are a technical person who likes working with people, and have good written and oral communications skills, this could be the job for you!

Ideally, you will also have experience with one or more of the following:


  • Underwriters Laboratories tank standards
  • EPA regulations such as 40CFR 112 or 40CFR280
  • Manufacturing of steel products
  • ASME pressure vessels, API 620 or API 650 standards
  • NFPA 30 and 30A


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or other scientific discipline.
  • Minimum 5 years experience.
  • Willing to travel 20% - 33%.


More about us

STI is a small, friendly company in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Working here, you can experience big city life one weekend and the next weekend visit a farm. STI offers flexible working hours, medical and dental insurance.


To Apply

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter, along with your salary expectations, to

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