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Civil, Structural, Architectural Engineer

Praxair-Global Hydrogen • Spring, TX

Posted 25 days ago

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About Praxair

Praxair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Our products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. For more information about the company, please visit our website at

Position Summary

Position is for a Civil, Structural, Architectural Engineer located in the Woodlands, TX.  The successful candidate will assume a lead engineering role in the execution of Civil, Structural, and Architectural work packages to support one or more projects within the Global HyCO (Hydrogen & Synthesis Gas) Business of Praxair.  Role requires coordination of both internal design work and outsourced engineering with basic guidance and direction.  Depending on the project, the candidate will be involved in the engineering work of proposal (FEL), detail engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and commissioning.  Projects range from facility layout through detailed engineering and construction of gas processing facilities and can be generally categorized as follows:

  • Front End Engineering Design (FEED) , Front End Loading (FEL), and proposal work for future Praxair projects

  • Management of 3rd party EP(C) capital projects for Praxair over-the fence gas supply

  • Execution of operations capital (revamp and TAR) projects (either in house or 3rd party oversight)

  • Projects to develop Praxair internal product lines.

Successful candidate will serve as a subject matter expert within the organization ensuring compliance of engineering deliverables with Praxair standards and industry best practices.  Position reports to the manager of civil, structural, piping engineering with no direct reports but may supervise less experienced engineers or contractors assigned to projects.

Key Responsibilities:

Responsible for the engineering analysis, calculations, and specifications for civil, structural, and architectural engineering necessary for design packages to procure, fabricate, and construct Global HyCO projects.  Manage the execution of 3rd party work in case engineering is subcontracted.

Front End Loading (FEL)

  • Coordinate with design team to prepare optimized design concept for foundations, equipment structures, and buildings for new facilities and  revamps of existing facilities

  • Generate design sketches for feasibility studies and estimates quantities of civil and structural materials

  • Estimate engineering hours for both internal resources and third party engineering

  • Develop engineering criteria or basis of design documents based on current codes and standards

Detail Engineering

  • Coordinate with design team in the preparation of drawings for civil, structural, building designs

  • Prepare specifications related to civil, structural, and building designs (geotechnical investigation, geophysical survey, site preparation, fabrication packages, construction packages, etc)

  • Participate in 30%, 60%, 90%, and constructability design reviews

  • Perform engineering analysis and calculations for civil and structural designs for industrial structures (base plates, foundation anchor bolts, columns, stacks, ducts, heat exchanger and vessel support design, modular construction considering dead, wind, live, seismic loads in accordance with IBC, ASCE-7, ACI-318, and other relevant codes

  • Responsible for building code compliance, ADA requirements, zoning and permit applications

  • Review vendor and shop drawings for civil, structural, and architectural materials (piling, civil, steel structures, HVAC, and buildings)

  • Support reliability engineering and mechanical integrity efforts in engineering analysis and design of civil, structural, and building components

Procurement & Fabrication

  • Prepare specifications and compile bid packages and coordinate with procurement from initial quotation to order execution for steel structures, foundations, buildings, HVAC, and other civil, structural, or architectural related components
  • Interface directly with internal and external customers and suppliers

Construction & Commissioning

  • Prepare specifications and compile bid packages for subcontracts involving the installation of civil, structural, architectural items

  • Coordinate with on-site construction management to identify, analyzing, and resolving engineering issues across multiple disciplines

Key Accountabilities:

  • Breadth and depth of knowledge in a field of specialization and working knowledge of other fields

  • Interface with internal functional groups (engineering departments, procurement, construction, operations)

  • Ensure design packages are in compliance with Praxair standards as well as country-specific regulations (i.e.  IBC, ASCE-7, ACI, ASHRAE, OSHA, ADA)

  • Lead the resolution of issues such as conflicting design requirements, suitability of materials, and similar

  • Innovate developing, selecting, and implementing engineering techniques and solutions to solve complex problems. Anticipate issues and proactively develops contingencies

  • Outline project requirements, prioritize tasks, and report progress to ensure that objectives are being met

  • Define critical project criteria to ensure project completion; ensure successful completion of assigned project phases within the budgeted time and cost constraints

  • Promote ideas within the group to improve design and implementation practices

  • Make technical decisions based on full awareness of viability, cost, and other benefits

  • Facilitate team meetings and decisions; provides technical council to project team members in field of expertise

  • Encourage collaboration across functional skills including acting as a lead engineer on complex projects

  • Preform complex tasks and assignments often requiring development of new designs, processes, or techniques

  • Provide technical and engineering support to Praxair regions and/or plants

  • Recommend standards and guidelines and may author and implements improvements to assigned work processes

  • Serve as a consultant to others, providing technical information and engineering recommendations assisting various initiatives.

  • Coach and mentor junior engineers within the organization

  • Identify opportunities for cost reduction and continuous improvement initiatives

  • Facilitate consistent use of best practices across plants, regions, and business units

Job Requirements

Mandatory Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Engineering

  • Minimum 10 years of experience as structural, civil, or architectural engineer (positions are filled at level commensurate with experience)

  • Detail oriented self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as to lead and participate on cross-functional teams

  • Demonstrated experience in all project phases (FEED, detailed engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning)

  • Team-oriented focus with strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills across all levels within the company as well as organizations outside the company

  • Positive attitude with ability to adapt and respond quickly to changes and work schedule to accommodate project specific needs

  • Practical and results oriented, demonstrating an ability to successfully drive multiple concurrent projects to successful completion under short time constraints

  • Ability to plan and execute project tasks as it relates to civil, structural, and architectural disciplines

  • Working knowledge of civil and structural design software (RAM, RISA, STAAD Pro, Smartplant Review, Navisworks, Bentley Autoplant, AutoCAD, Microstation)

  • Current with state of the art tools, design practices, and concepts

  • Both domestic and international travel to facilities and offices expected up to 25% with potential travel to global project sites for an extended period (1-3 months) or expatriate assignment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional Engineering (PE) License

  • Experience in a refinery or chemical process plant engineering as well as an understanding of codes and regulations pertaining to facility design and engineering

    • Familiarity with engineering design process including package preparation, design reviews, customer/supplier interface, and construction experience

    • Experience specifying steel, civil, and architectural components

    • Experience performing calculations and reviewing drawings for structural and civil disciplines

    • Experience working with local municipalities on permit requirements and managing submittal requirements

    • Familiarity with HyCO technology (SMR, ATR, POX, OTM) or other industrial equipment including industrial equipment and structures

    • Experience in design of modularized process piping and equipment

  • Proven record in managing plant design activities in broad range of projects from $1 million to $50-$200+ million range

Job ID: 19000335
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