Plant Engineer - Mechanical

Engineering & Technical Geismar, Louisiana


Position Summary

The Plant Engineer – Mechanical provides effective support to the Geismar site operation from the tactical point of view, with aspects related to the mechanical engineering field such as design, stress evaluations, pressure vessels and rotative equipment troubleshooting. As well as the progression of small OPEX projects and Management of Change using mechanical engineering expertise and appropriate resources to ensure work is completed safely, in a cost-effective manner, within budget and schedule and to the standards required.

The Plant Engineer – Mechanical will focus on improving the life-cycle costs by using evaluating emerging technologies and technical solutions for mechanical equipment. They will perform mechanical engineering tasks including engineering analysis, drawings, system and functional requirements, hazard analysis and vendor performance specifications. They will be asked to collaborate with multiple partners from all levels of the organization to determine data and requirement inspired technical solutions.

They will ensure conformance with set standards for quality, integrity, safety and regulatory compliance of projects, standards, procedures and relevant documentation relating to the Methanex USA facilities.

Position Responsibilities

  • Ensures all mechanical/piping and related tactical issues such as small modifications, troubleshooting and OPEX projects that arise at the Geismar facility are evaluated from the technical/mechanical engineering perspective.
  • Ensures all mechanical/piping project functions are integrated effectively across all relevant work groups.
  • Develops scopes of work for mechanical/piping OPEX modifications, following the global Management of Change (MOC) process.
  • Effective collaboration with the Maintenance Department on the troubleshooting, assessment, evaluation, inspection and recommended solutions related to static, rotative equipment and mechanical related issues in general.
  • Provides effective mechanical/piping engineering services.
  • Contributes to the design approval process on assigned OPEX projects and small modifications to ensure input is obtained from the appropriate disciplines and changes are made to the design as required.
  • Participates when required as Quality Assurance on engineering design packages supporting the Projects and Engineering organization in technical for compliance with statutory requirements, appropriate standards and Methanex procedures.
  • Ensures appropriate hazard and risk reviews are conducted and all issues identified are actioned. Participates as Plant Engineer – Mechanical SME during HAZOPs and similar risk assessments when required.
  • Ensures appropriate reliability reviews are undertaken on project designs.
  • Supports site project leads as Plant Engineer – Mechanical stakeholder when required.
  • Helps to ensure the systems to maintain and store mechanical/piping drawings by the drawing office are in compliance with the Methanex USA procedures and standards.
  • Supports plant Operations, Maintenance and other stakeholders with mechanical engineering services requests related to safety and reliability vulnerabilities in the plant. These may be identified through various work processes including work orders, incident investigations or technical service requests.
  • Utilizes appropriate codes, standards, specifications, calculations methods and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) as required for engineering design.
  • Coordinates work with external consulting engineering services providers as required, ensuring compliance with all processes and procedures.
  • Contributes to the organizational vision of Global Methanol Leadership and as a team member demonstrates the core values of integrity, trust, respect and professionalism.
  • Undertakes all aspects of the role through living the Methanex values.
  • Conducts all business in a manner which supports the Responsible Care® ethic.
  • 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.

Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution required.
  • Minimum of 5-10 years experience in a Mechanical Engineering role.
  • Understanding of mechanical/piping engineering and design in a Petrochemical environment.
  • Knowledge of the Oil&Gas, Refining and/or Petrochemical industry.
  • Knowledge of standards, procedures and industry best practice.
  • Project management fundamentals.
  • Familiarity with API, ASME and ANSI standards.
  • Demonstrated manufacturing exposure to typical mechanical procedures including welding, machining and assembly.
  • Experience with engineering design involving multiple manufacturing methods and different materials (metal and non-metal).
  • Experience leading design, installation and testing efforts on dynamic systems.
  • Safety culture in design and construction.
  • Computer literacy.