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Project Engineer
Westlake, LA  Posted: 2/2/2021


PTS, working with a leading refiner, is seeking a Project Engineer for a long-term role in Lake Charles, LA. 
The Project Engineer is responsible for the development and execution of mid to large sized refining projects up to $10MM. This position interfaces with Unit Process Engineers, Operations, Maintenance, Planning, Commercial, Environmental, and Process Design to develop and execute a variety of projects to enhance safety, reliability, and profitability of refinery operations. This position is expected to manage projects through use of EPC contractors in a primarily task force environment.
  • Responsible and accountable for all phases of project life cycle
  • Supports development of scope definition 
  • Prepares project authorization documentation including cost estimates, project justification, schedules, and execution plans
  • Responsible for cost control, coordinating multi-discipline design resources, procurement, construction, commissioning, and project closeout activities 
  • Develops project contract strategies and prepares engineering / bid specifications
    Reviews designs, drawings, and material selections with multi-discipline integrated project team
  • Coordinates all permitting activities and inspection resources 
  • Conducts safety audits and inspection in support of project construction
  • Participates in process hazard analyses for new facilities and supports development of MOC documentation.
  • Completes Pre-Startup Safety Audit prior to commissioning new facilities
  • Coordinates activities to closeout project documentation including inventory and as-built documentation, post project audits, and lessons learned
  • Provides startup and operational troubleshooting assistance as needed for project implementation, including support for operating procedure development, operator training, and turnaround planning for new facilities
  • Delegate any or all of the above activities to EPC contract work force
  • Represents refinery and company in internal and external meetings, committees, networks, and organizations
Basic/Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States on a regular full-time basis without restrictions
  • Minimum of 5 years project engineering work experience
  • Minimum 2 years of EPC experience
  • Able to read and understand specifications, schematics, diagrams, and drawings
  • Willingness to maintain face daily so that a respirator/face mask can seal properly (some examples include being free of facial hair and/or clean shaven)
  • Hold a valid driver’s license

Preferred Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical, Mechanical, or Civil Engineering
  • Familiar with the concept of FEL
  • Front End Loading of projects
  • General understanding of process safety management and inherently safer systems
  • Past experience with refinery turnarounds
  • Familiar with drafting techniques and symbols
  • Champion of change to align with business strategies
  • Courage to surface and resolve conflicts in a timely manner
  • Detail oriented
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  • Disciplined problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Effective teamwork and facilitation skills.
  • The individual will be expected to interact with various departments within the refinery organization and coordinate activities of technical resources.
  • Must be able to interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Accepts ownership and is accountable for the assigned projects
  • Dependable, follows through on promises and commitments
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and adapt to changing environments
  • Administrative skills necessary to manage projects planning, scheduling, cost estimating and tracking
  • Ability to successfully perform tasks in SAP, word process, spreadsheet, and database software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and scheduling software (Microsoft Project) with little or no assistance.

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