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Burns & McDonnell Senior Lead Mechanical Engineer - Oil, Gas & Chemical (Houston) in Houston, Texas


Burns & McDonnell’s Oil, Gas & Chemical global practice is searching for a Senior Lead Mechanical Engineer in its Houston, TX regional office. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm ranked numerous times on FORTUNE’s List of 100 Best Companies to Work For and voted as a Best Place to Work in cities across the United States.

The Oil, Gas & Chemical global practice works on projects from gas plants and midstream facilities to refining assets, chemical production plans, and stand-alone storage and logistics facilities. The Senior Lead Mechanical Engineer will support projects in several industry sectors, including the strategic areas of renewable fuels and carbon capture/reduction. The Senior Lead Mechanical Engineer will lead the project team throughout the design and construction process, adapting mechanical designs according to budget constraints, design factors, or client needs.


  • Lead mechanical design of projects from the conceptual phase through design completion for project needs and requirements that are set forth by the Project Managers.

  • Specialize in leading multiple Mechanical personnel in an EPC project environment in the Oil, Gas & Chemical industry

  • Prepare and review Mechanical engineering discipline deliverables

  • Apply specialist knowledge of commonly used mechanical concepts, practices, codes, and procedures within the mechanical engineering services industry

  • Apply knowledge and experience to complex projects, find non-standard design solutions

  • Interface and coordinate with multiple engineering disciplines to meet project design requirements and effectively manage the internal flow of data and design changes

  • Perform inter-discipline engineering document reviews, such as P&ID’s

  • Provide field installation support for client and construction personnel and in pre-commissioning & start-up support

  • Provide mentoring of personnel and additional responsibilities such as the opportunity to oversee execution of the above activities performed by less experienced engineers

  • Participate in sales and marketing efforts, lead the development of cost proposals and qualification statements to achieve financial performance targets

  • Prepare and present project labor hour budgets and equipment cost estimates

  • Report Mechanical discipline progress

  • Prepare technical bid & purchase documents based on process datasheets, client specifications, and industry codes and standards

  • Review vendor equipment bids and prepare technical bid evaluations

  • Review vendor drawings and other documentation and regularly meet, correspond, and coordinate with equipment vendors

  • QA/QC process adherence

  • Effective communication with other engineering disciplines, Procurement, Supplier Quality, and Construction

  • Compliance with company and site safety policies

  • All other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program

  • Or Bachelor of Science in Mechanical or related Engineering Technology from an ABET accredited program and successful completion of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam

  • Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering may be substituted for 1 year experience

  • 7 years of mechanical engineering experience with Oil, Gas and Chemical EPC projects

  • Professional Engineering License (PE) preferred.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, ability to work methodically and analytically in a problem-solving environment

  • Must work in a team environment with minimal supervision

  • Strong attention to detail, facilitation, team building, collaboration, and organization

  • Familiarity with design codes and standards such as API, PIP, and ASME

  • Experience with leading the Mechanical discipline design for large projects and delegating work tasks to team members. Ability to lead execution of work and resolve issues in a team environment.

  • Strong attention to detail, facilitation, team building, collaboration, and organization

  • Ability to perform quality reviews for detailed engineering documents and specifications.

  • Must possess or be eligible for TWIC

  • Ability to travel.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Mechanical Engineering

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 233465

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-DS #OGC