Senior Principal Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX

$250K - $500K(Ladders Estimates)

Gulf Interstate Engineering Co   •  

Houston, TX 77002

Industry: Energy & Utilities


15+ years

Posted 44 days ago


Position Title: Senior Principal Mechanical Engineer Location: Houston, TX Gulf Interstate Engineering serves the worldwide pipeline industry providing project management, engineering and design, GIS, procurement, and construction management services for hydrocarbon transportation systems. GIE specializes in pipelines and pipeline facilities such as pump and compressor stations, metering and regulating stations, storage terminals, and loading facilities.

Position Description

The Senior Principal Mechanical Engineer has a breadth of knowledge encompassing varying pipeline facilities and is qualified to handle up to large and complex projects. Works independently. He/she has a wide latitude of technical authority with full work responsibilities as well as limited administrative responsibilities within each project. He/she is the primary producer of mechanical deliverables for the project scope, but on most projects also assigns, guides, and reviews the work of lower level engineers and designers.

Work is periodically reviewed by the Chief Mechanical Engineer for accomplishment of objectives. Essential Functions • Prepares, reviews, or approves mechanical engineering calculations. • Prepares, reviews, or approves mechanical specifications and data sheets. • Prepares, reviews, or approves material requisitions for equipment, materials, and subcontracts. • Prepares, reviews, or approves technical bid evaluations for equipment and materials in cooperation with Procurement Department. • Prepares, reviews, or approves lists (equipment, valve, piping, tie-in, and specialty items). • Coordinates, reviews, or approves PFDs, P&IDs, piping plans, and site layouts. • Coordinates with client personnel relative to mechanical and piping activities. • Reviews and approves vendor drawings and documents. • Observes factory acceptance testing of equipment when required. • Prepares or reviews mechanical engineering deliverable status reports and work plans. • Reviews the mechanical scope of work to be executed to ensure it matches project specifications and/or contract documents. • Open to both short and extended term assignments to the site, client's office, or similar as may be requested by management. • Assists the Chief Mechanical Engineer in proposals. • Assists the Chief Mechanical Engineer in providing training to personnel. Qualifications • Typically 15+ years of experience focusing on oil and gas pipeline facilities such as o Compressor stations o Pump stations o Metering and regulating stations o Storage terminals o Loading/unloading facilities • In depth knowledge of petroleum liquid and gas industry codes and standards published by the US DOT, AGA, ANSI, API, ASME, ASTM, MSS, and NFPA, with the ability to apply the standards to facility designs. • Knowledge of computer systems in an engineering environment. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Education • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering • Professional Engineering License preferred Competencies • Effective technical skills • Meticulous attention to detail • Analytical problem-solving skills • Creativity and innovation • Excellent verbal and written communication skills All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.


Mechanical Engineering for pipeline facilities is a highly specialized group whose function is to provide engineering-design services covering: • Mechanical Equipment and Piping System Design – Develops the optimum systems based upon desired performance, space constraints, reliability, maintainability, flexibility, and cost. • Calculations and Studies – Performs calculations and studies such as the following: piping material selections, liquid and gas line sizing, pipe volume, pressurizing time, purging velocity, blowdown time, orifice sizing, regulator and control valve sizing, relief valve sizing, pump NPSHA, compressed air requirements, fluid properties, building ventilation, pressure testing, and fuel gas heating. • Site Layouts and Piping Plans – Determines location, size, and arrangement of major mechanical equipment and piping. Assist with building layouts. • Process Hazard Analysis – Participates in HAZOP, HAZID, and PHA as required. • Requisitions, Specifications, Data Sheets, Technical Evaluations – Prepares material requisitions with all supporting documents for equipment such as: - Pressure Vessels and Tanks - Silencers - Pumps and Compressors - Flares - Gas Turbines and Engines - Regulators - Filters, Scrubbers, and Separators - Control Valves - Pipe, Fittings, Valves, and Valve Actuators - Gas Dehydration Equipment - Heat Exchangers and Heaters - Relief Valves - Meters and Provers - Gas Coolers • Construction Drawings – Responsible for IFC drawing packages, including: - PFDs and P&IDs - Equipment lists - Equipment Plot Plans - Valve lists - Piping Plans and Details - Piping line lists - Piping Isometrics - Piping tie-in lists

Valid Through: 2019-10-30