Senior Mechanical Engineer
Location: Freeport, TX
The Senior Mechanical Engineer serves as the technical lead for mechanical engineering issues and supervises a small team of Engineers within the Operations group.
● Technical oversight and monitoring of all critical mechanical assets in the operating facilities, both fixed and rotating.
● Provides advanced troubleshooting techniques where required and leads Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) on mechanical incidents or systems needing repairs.
● The Senior Mechanical Engineer will develop and help administer inspection & preventative maintenance programs for rotating and fixed equipment and will be an integral part of the predictive and preventative maintenance and troubleshooting of all rotating equipment.
● Capturing lessons learned from all mechanical equipment issues and applying these lessons forward to existing and new assets.
● Ensure equipment design, maintenance & reliability programs comply with Company’s policies and procedures.
The Senior Mechanical Engineer is expected to have a general knowledge of process plant, compression system, and other fixed & rotating equipment, as well as associated pipeline systems and meter stations. They should be familiar with:
● Centrifugal compressors
● Gas Turbine Drivers
● Pumps, reciprocating compressors, and other rotating equipment
● Pressure vessels, columns, heat exchangers and air cooled heat exchangers.
● Fired Heaters
● Auxiliary Equipment; Air Compressors, Lubricating Oil Systems, etc.
● ASME B31.8 and B31.3 piping codes
● PHMSA Part 192
● Cathodic Protection systems
● Familiar with other API, ASME, NFPA, and DOT codes and standards is a plus.
● Familiar with general rotating and fixed equipment inspection and vibration analysis.
● Familiar with maintenance management principles including predicative and preventive maintenance.
● Knowledge of Bently Nevada System 1, PI Process Book, and SCADA.
● Knowledge of Maximo or other work scheduling/tracking software.
The Senior Mechanical Engineer should have particular expertise and experience in either rotating equipment or fixed equipment, but will need to have overall familiarity with both areas.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities/Essential Functions
● Supervise a small team of engineers (Mechanical and Reliability) and provide mentoring and coaching.
● Oversee design, specification and selection of new or replacement mechanical equipment; including inspection and testing.
● Oversee resolution of mechanical design, reliaiblity & warranty issues found post startup
● Supports the Engineering Team in the execution of Capital Expenditure Projects; assist Project Engineering on mechanical design and installation issues.
● Serves as a subject matter expert on mechanical systems engineering issues (not limited to risk engineering, system integrity and applicable specifications, philosophies and standards) and assists support groups (Maintenance Supervisors and Technicians). Understand and interpret codes, standards and regulations that are equipment related.
● Work closely with Operations & Maintenace on optimization and troubleshooting of rotating and fixed equipment.
● Review/design and deploy maintenance programs for rotating and fixed equipment, including specifying maintenance practices, procedures, test equipment, and frequencies.
● Work closely with OEMs to ensure current mechanical work practices are effective and improving reliability. Supports Maintenance with communication with OEMs, including developing and maintaining various customer service agreements.
● Leads RCFA on mechanical incidents, reliability issues or systems needing repairs.
● Assists with turnaround planning and successful execution.
● Participates in the Management of Change process.
● Participates in HazOps, HazIDs, and Risk Assessments as required.
● Provide support to Operations and Maintenance personnel to ensure facilities operate safely, efficiently and with high mechanical reliability.
● Oversee processes to track, trend, and report performance and reliability data of rotating and fixed equipment to ensure all facilities are maintained and operated within allowable OEM tolerances and achieve high reliability and availability.
● Develops Key Performance Indicators (KPI) with the emphasis on monitoring and analysis for rotating & fixed equipment systems for increased efficiency and reduced downtime between scheduled PMs and planned outages.
● Uses sound engineering practices, plant standards and specifications, to ensure that documentation for the mechanical systems is maintained properly. Responsible for the development of documentation standards including updates to the maintenance, reliability and unit operating manuals.
● Capture and maintain lessons learned for key equipment and systems at all facilities.
● Review and evaluate new technology and report findings for potential inclusion on existing facilities and future projects.
Education, Certification, and Experience
Minimum Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Industrial, or Chemical Engineering
Minimum Experience Required: 5+ years of operations experience in a LNG, NGL, cryogenic / natural gas processing, petrochemical, or other hydrocarbon processing facility. S pecific expertise in either rotating or fixed equipment.
Preferred Education: Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Professional Engineering License
Preferred Experience: 10+ years of operations experience in a LNG, NGL, cryogenic / natural gas processing, petrochemical, or other hydrocarbon processing facility. Prior experience as Lead or Senior Engineer. S pecific expertise in either rotating or fixed equipment.
● Strong leadership, supervisory, teamwork and technical abilities are required.
● An acute sensitivity to personnel and process safety issues in a hazardous / hydrocarbon processing environment.
● Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills.
● Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
● Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of an organization and with individuals and groups from different disciplines, industries and governmental agencies.
● Able to work with a culturally diverse group of technical individuals whose skills cover the range required to engineer, operate and maintain the LNG production facilities.
● Possess the personality and ability to relate to and to establish a mutually respectful relationship with management, peers and various level facility workers (including General Manager, plant supervision, other discipline engineers, and O&M staff), all of whom are all responsible for ensuring safe, reliable, and efficient operations.
● Highly organized, with effective planning skills; able to manage multiple activities and programs in a timely fashion and with a high degree of accuracy; able to meet work deadlines.
● Computer literate including Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, Project and PowerPoint.
● Primarily operates in a professional office environment within or adjacent to a hydrocarbon process plant. Sometimes operates in a control room, field equipment room, machine enclosure, or process plant field environment.
● Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, printers/photocopiers w/scanner and fax, and filing cabinets.
● Routinely uses typical office, control room, & field communications equipment such as computers, hand-held devices, phones, videoconferencing devices, and radios.
● Must be able to wear all necessary PPE equipment to perform job functions, including Fire Resistant Clothing, and hearing protection, where required.
● Exposure to indoor and outdoor weather conditions.
● Not necessarily protected from weather and temperature changes. Possible exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid or windy weather conditions.
● Exposure to moving mechanical equipment and electrical circuits.
● Exposure to constant, or intermittent sounds of a pitch level sufficient to cause marked distraction.
Work Authorization/Security Clearance (required)
● Transportation Worker Identification Card (current or ability to obtain one)