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Burns & McDonnell Staff Mechanical Engineer - Pressure Vessels & Tanks (Oil, Gas & Chemical) in Houston, Texas


We are seeking to hire a Staff Mechanical Engineer within our Oil, Gas & Chemical Global Practice in our Houston, TX regional office!

The Staff Mechanical Engineers to support projects in a variety of industry sectors, including the strategic areas of renewable fuels and carbon capture/reduction.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Specialize in and perform the mechanical design of equipment such as towers, columns, drums, and vessel internals

  • 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.

  • 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 document reviews, such as P&IDs

  • Gain experience through mentoring provided by senior personnel and add responsibilities such as the opportunity to oversee the execution of the above activities performed by less-experienced engineers.


  • 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 of experience.

  • 3 years of mechanical engineering experience with industrial pressure vessel design and software such as Compress and/or PVElite.

  • Experience with API tanks (650, 620, 625) is considered a plus.

  • Engineer in Training (EIT) certification is preferred.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work in a team environment with minimal supervision.

  • Previous EPC industry consulting experience and/or vessel fabrication, operations or maintenance/reliability experience is considered a plus.

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

  • TWIC eligible strongly preferred.


Job Mechanical Engineering

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 224585