Mechanical Engineer

US$85 - US$95 per hour
Freeport, Texas

Provide day to date interface between engineering and maintenance at the LQF facilities. Attend daily maintenance meetings and support operations and maintenance needs. Report issues to SMEs. Manage reliability and mechanical integrity technicians and contractors in overall support of the facility MI and reliability programs. Review vibration and mechanical integrity reports. Complete first assessments of risks and issues identified and driving mitigations and solutions to completion. Update engineering documentation in support of the Management of Change (MOC) process

Job Summary

The Mechanical Engineer reports to the Senior Mechanical Engineer and is the technical steward for mechanical equipment, which can include rotating equipment, vessels & columns, heat exchangers, tanks, and other mechanical systems. They should have in-depth knowledge of either Rotating or Static Equipment and associated mechanical systems, including design, diagnostics, and maintenance procedures. The Mechanical Engineer will provide technical leadership and discipline expertise to less experienced support staff, maintenance, and production groups. The Mechanical Engineer will be responsible for assisting mechanical equipment maintenance; this includes supporting the Senior Mechanical Engineer and Reliability Engineer to develop and help administer inspection & preventative maintenance programs for rotating or fixed equipment. They will be an integral part of the predictive and preventative maintenance program to improve the reliability of mechanical systems, including all associated documentation. The Mechanical Engineer is expected to participate in equipment troubleshooting and Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) on incidents related to mechanical equipment and provide recommendations.

The incumbent should be committed and have a high sensitivity to Health, Safety & Environmental (HS&E) issues including Process Safety Management, and shall ensure equipment design, maintenance, and reliability programs comply with Company?s policies and procedures for the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the LNG facilities.

The Mechanical Engineer is expected to have expertise in either process plant rotating equipment or fixed equipment. For example, they should be familiar with:
- Centrifugal compressors
- Gas Turbine Drivers
- Pumps, reciprocating compressors, and other rotating equipment
- Auxiliary Equipment; Air Compressors, Lubricating Oil Systems, etc.
- Rotating equipment inspection and vibration analysis.
- Bently Nevada System 1
- Pressure vessels, columns, heat exchangers and air-cooled heat exchangers.
- Fired Heaters
- ASME B31.8 and B31.3 piping codes
- PHMSA Part 192
- Cathodic Protection systems
- General fixed equipment inspection and NDT.

In addition, they should be familiar with or have knowledge of:
- Other relevant API, ASME, NFPA, and DOT codes and standards.
- Maintenance management principles including predicative and preventive maintenance.
- PI Process Book, and SCADA.
- Maximo or other work scheduling/tracking software.

Location/Travel Information

This position is based at the Quintana Island Liquifaction Facility (LQF) with frequent visits to the nearby Pre-Treatment Facility (PTF) and other off-site locations in the Freeport area as required. Occasional travel to vendor facilities or engineering offices may be required. This position requires the incumbent to hold a valid, unexpired driver license at all times in order to perform the essential functions of the job.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities/Essential Functions

- Serves as the technical specialist for either Rotating Equipment or Static Equipment and Mechanical Systems and provides regular support to the Operations & Maintenance to ensure safe and reliable operations.
- Serves as subject matter expert on engineering issues (not limited to risk engineering, system integrity and applicable specifications, philosophies and standards) and assists support groups (Maintenance Supervisors and Technicians).
- Leads design, specification and selection of new or replacement mechanical equipment, including inspection and testing. Understand and interpret relevant codes, standards and regulations.
- Assists resolution of mechanical design, reliability & warranty issues found post startup.
- Supports the Engineering Team in the execution of Capital Expenditure Projects; develops proposals for plant improvements including design basis and preliminary estimates.
- Work closely with Operations & Maintenace on inspection, optimization and troubleshooting of rotating or fixed equipment. Oversee OEM reps or service contractors.
- Assist design and deployment of maintenance programs for rotating or fixed equipment, including specifying maintenance practices, procedures, test equipment, and frequencies.
- Work closely with relevant OEMs to ensure current mechanical work practices are effective and improving reliability. Support Maintenance with communication with OEMs, including maintaining various customer service agreements.
- Implement processes to track, trend, and report performance and reliability data of rotating or 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 or 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 rotating equipment or static equipment & mechanical systems, is maintained properly. Responsible for the development of documentation standards including updates to the maintenance, reliability and unit operating manuals.
- Assist Maintenance, Procurement and Reliability Engineer to determine equipment spare parts or specialty tool requirements.
- Participates in 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.
- 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.


- Strong technical leadership, teamwork, and administrative 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 terminal and Liquefaction 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.
- Well 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.

Work Environment

- 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.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. as required in order to lift files, boxes and office equipment as necessary.
- Ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bending, standing on a stool, or climbing as necessary to perform these functions.
- Ability to drive to other Company work locations as required.
- Ability to move throughout all areas of the facility.
- Stand and/or sit continuously and perform job functions for a full shift.
- The incumbent is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
- Physically able to walk, stand, bend, stoop, kneel, reach, twist, lift, push, pull, climb, balance, crouch, handle and move items weighing up to 50 lbs. without assistance.
- Visual acuity corrected to perform job functions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
- While performing the duties of this role, the incumbent will be required to talk and hear.
- May be required to enter confined spaces.
- May be required to work at elevated heights.

Work Authorization/Security Clearance (required)

- Transportation Worker Identification Card (current or ability to obtain one)

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

HS&E Roles and Responsibilities

Support the policies, efforts, and programs of Freeport LNG HS&E Management System, including implementation of Process Safety Management. Actively participates in application of HS&E Management System Policies, including Management of Change. Ensure that HS&E concerns are given priority in all activities completed within their area of responsibility. Implement routine inspections to ensure safe operating conditions.

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