Senior Mechanical Engineer

  • Location: Houston, TX
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #178109
Power, Power Generation
Houston, TX
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On behalf of one of North America’s largest natural gas distributors, we are looking for a Senior Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX

Top Attributes that would make a candidate stand out:

1. Turbine experience (particularly Solar Turbines);

2. Natural gas compressor station experience;

3. Centrifugal compressor experience.

High-Level Description

  • The Senior Engineer oversees the design for facilities associated with expansion and maintenance capital projects executed by third-party engineering firms to ensure compliance with Company standards and specifications and industry standards and managed to the project budget and schedule.
  • Liaison with other functional groups within Project Execution, Operations, and Shared Services to ensure project and company requirements are achieved and incorporated into the design deliverables.

Specific Accountabilities:

  • Oversees the development of the project scope, schedule, capital cost estimate, execution planning, risks, and supporting information related to assigned facility projects.
  • Ensures that all facilities are designed following all regulations, applicable industry codes, and corporate standards
  • Manages the execution of the design deliverables by a third-party engineering firm against the project budget and schedule
  • Reviews and approves design deliverables for example drawings, technical reports, and material listing sheets
  • Reviews vendor materials quotations, prepare technical evaluations, and recommends to the supervisor selections based on technical merit along with price and delivery. For example, turbine/compressor packages, equipment vessels, buildings, pipe, valves, and fittings
  • Leads the commissioning of newly installed facilities when required.
  • Reviews lessons learned from past projects and incorporate recommendations into future designs
  • Provide technical guidance to junior engineers within the team or others based upon technical expertise
  • Support and/or lead department initiatives as required
  • Ensures that development project scope definitions comply with all regulatory, environmental, health, and safety requirements through effective management and coordination of internal functional groups
  • Provides support and assistance to peers and more senior staff to facilitate business initiatives and legal compliance, e.g., Engineering Projects, Law, Health, Safety and Environment, Operations, etc.


  • Responsible for the successful operations of the assigned area with significant corporate financial impact.
  • Oversees the development and/or implementation of technical solutions, ensuring efficient coordination of technical resources and with other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provides informal leadership to peers.
  • Contacts (Working Relationships)            
  • Project Manager – Weekly interaction to provide updated status on progress, cost, schedule, and risk.
  • Supervisor/Manager, Facilities Project Engineering – Daily to weekly interaction to provide project status update.
  • External Engineering Firm – Daily interaction to provide oversight on project design activities.
  • Operations – Weekly interaction to provide project status updates and seek guidance on required design features.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Engineering degree in an applicable discipline
  • 7 years of progressively responsible experience in engineering and project management


  • Professional Engineer designation
  • Demonstrated ability to be innovative, initiate and manage change.
  • Capable of working independently, managing multiple projects, and prioritizing tasks accordingly
  • Ability to resolve complex issues based on depth and breadth of technical and business knowledge
  • Awareness of interrelationships with other stakeholders both internal and external to the project team
  • Effectively communicate technical issues and impacts to other technical and non-technical staff

Working Conditions

  • Office environment
  • Stress levels can be above normal as project work is deadline-oriented, highly visible and numerous activities are conducted concurrently
  • Overnight business trips to the field may be required, usually requires Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).