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Senior Project Engineer – Mechanical

Date Posted: June 19, 2024
Reports To: Engineering & Project Leads
Location: Geismar
Duration: Full-Time

Position Summary

The Senior Project Engineer – Mechanical facilitates the development of all capital projects for the Geismar site, including the initial 3 stages of a capital project (Visualization, Conceptualization and Basic Engineering), as well as monitoring the successful completion of the detailed engineering, while ensuring the quality, integrity, safety and regulatory compliance of the Manufacturing Capital Management Process (MCMP). Leads a small portfolio of projects during the initial stages of the process and supports the Maintenance execution lead with the execution and completion of capital projects once approval of funds is granted. Provides Q/A support to peer Project Engineers on other assigned capital projects. Is also responsible for performing Mechanical Engineering design and pipe stress calculations to support the site CAPEX and OPEX portfolio.

Position Responsibilities

• Utilizes the Manufacturing Capital Management Process (MCMP) procedure to progress a project from initiation to completion.
• Manages technical small to mid-sized capital projects from Stages 1 to 3 as per MCMP.
• Supports the execution leads on projects progressing from Stage 4 to close-out as per MCMP.
• Provides Q/A support to other Project Leads and their portfolios.
• Leads the selection of alternative studies during Stage 2 as per MCMP.
• Manages contract engineering services related to conceptual studies and Front-End Engineering Design (FEED).
• Leads the request for funding (AFE) on capital projects assigned as per MCMP.
• Estimating budgets and time scopes for each project.
• Works in collaboration with local engineering contractors on the development of engineering packages.
• Designs and develops mechanical systems, keeping in mind the budget, timelines and other essential resources.
• Reports to the Projects and Engineering Lead regarding the status of each project.
• Uses CAD and 3D CAD programs to plan mechanical design projects.
• Troubleshoot problems and devise solutions to resolve them.
• Performs and checks piping stress analysis calculations, conducts studies and prepares reports.
• Preparing critical line list, piping stress analysis specification and technical specification for Spring Hangers/Supports datasheets.
• Selecting types of support restraints and special support at feasible structural locations.
• Providing piping design loads on process structures, pipe racks, etc., to the civil/structure department.
• Reviews piping support designs and provides design support to piping designers.
• Verifies piping designs and their compliance against specific regulatory codes.
• Conducts pipe wall thickness calculations.
• Reviews specifications, drawings and vendor equipment documentation.
• Contributes to discipline Design Criteria for engineering or design activities.
• Ensures design meets company and industry standards, as well as regulatory codes.
• Remains up to date with knowledge and skills in engineering’s best.
• Prepares a high-level Schedule during Stage 1 of an assigned project.
• Prepares an Order of Magnitude cost estimate during Stage 1 of an assigned project.
• Supports Schedulers, Cost Estimators, or similar roles within the Maintenance execution organization on the preparation of classified cost estimates and detailed schedules.
• Monitors the performance of contractor companies to meet project priorities and minimize schedule delays/cost increases.
• Supports SMT requests related to Project Engineering issues.
• Utilizes appropriate codes and standards, calculations and specifications.
• Actively promotes compliance with Methanex policies, procedures and applicable standards with engineering, construction and construction support contractors.
• Collaborates with the Technical team in developing and actioning the annual department plan; ensures individual activities align with Geismar’s business plan and Corporate Strategy.
• Ensures individual compliance with all Methanex HR policies and procedures, including performance optimization.
• Responsible for ensuring awareness of all controlled documents relating to this position as per the Document Awareness Report from the Document Management Database.
• Contributes to the ‘operational excellence’ of Methanex USA as an effective member of the Technical Department.
• Ensures compliance with local regulation requirements regarding pressure equipment, safety and environment.
• Revises priorities on an ongoing basis in response to project needs.
• Leads or participates in project hazard and HAZOP reviews.
• Networks with other Methanex sites to the mutual benefit of all sites.
• Responsible for ensuring awareness of all controlled documents relating to this position as per Document Awareness Report from Document Management Database.
• Contributes to the ‘operational excellence’ for Methanex USA as an effective member of the Technical Department.
• Contributes to the organizational vision of Global Methanol Leadership and as a team member demonstrates the core values of integrity, trust, respect and professionalism.
• Demonstrated through feedback from team and leaders.
• Undertakes all aspects of the role through living the Methanex values.
• Remains current with all safety and procedural training related to the role.
• Actively participates in the site’s behavioral-based safety program, Everyone Owns Safety (EOS), by completing safety observations monthly.
• Conducts all business in a manner that supports the Responsible Care® ethic.

Position Qualifications

• Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution required.
• Eligible for membership with the Louisiana Professional Engineering & Land Surveying Board (LAPELS); ability to be registered as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) if required.
• A minimum of 15 years of engineering experience and a minimum of 5 years as a Project Engineer or Project Manager is required.
• Proficiency with the PMI standards for Project Management and familiarity with stage/gate processes for project management.
• Understanding of mechanical/piping engineering and design in a petrochemical environment
• Knowledge of the petrochemical industry.
• Experience using CAESAR II stress outputs software.
• Strong experience with AutoCAD & Navisworks.
• Knowledge of standards and procedures and industry best practices.
• Project management fundamentals.
• Familiarity with industry codes and regulations.
• Safety culture in design and construction.
• Computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office software.

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