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Carson Mechanical Engineer


INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA

Interested in joining a winning team? A team whose employees are empowered to make a difference?




Carson, California

Organizational Context and Job Purpose

Business Context:  The O&P USA business includes the product lines Ethylene, Propylene, Butadiene, Polypropylene and Polyethylene.  Manufacturing sites include Chocolate Bayou Works (Alvin, TX), Battleground Manufacturing Complex (LA Porte, TX), and Carson, (Carson, CA), with a division office in League City, TX.

Job Purpose: The Mechanical Engineer will be assigned to the Polypropylene unit, and will be responsible for supporting the mechanical efforts for this facility. This includes working closely with the Operations and Maintenance groups to support daily operations and increase reliability. The position will also be involved in analyzing reliability data to develop site-wide and unit reliability improvements.

The Mechanical Engineer will track equipment performance by reviewing maintenance and reliability specific Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). The Mechanical Engineer is expected to provide guidance on the repair and operation of pumps, reciprocating compressors, blowers, large speed reducing gearboxes, heat exchangers, piping, pressure valves, etc. 

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • The position is accountable for understanding and putting into practice the INEOS 20 Principles.
  • Lead or participate on a Reliability Improvement Team with Operations, identifying major detractors from downtime of equipment and completing measurable improvement action plans.
  • Work with the Rotating Equipment machinists, Equipment Monitoring technicians and millwrights to address deviations in equipment performance.
  • Lead and/or Serve on RCFA investigation teams.
  • Work on Capital Projects to define specifications for new rotating and fixed equipment.
  • Develop and implement MOCs (Management of Changes).
  • Provide troubleshooting and assistance for unusual or persistent mechanical problems.
  • Provide oversight to the day-to-day activities of the assets to ensure the materials produced and services rendered meet or exceed the requirements of customers.
  • Effectively communicate to the site regarding reliability strategies, plant strategies/performance measures and asset objectives/goals.
  • Lead by influencing the resources available within the organization to assure objectives/goals of the team are delivered. 


  • BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field required
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience in petro-chemical, refining or manufacturing

The successful candidate should have:

Strong mechanical engineering skills with knowledge of reliability methodology.  A broad understanding of reliability tools such as vibration monitoring, oil analysis, Infrared Thermography for rotating equipment is also preferred.

Key skills and competencies:

  • Able to anticipate problems and adjusts accordingly
  • Has strong understanding of cost/benefit economic analysis and budgeting
  • Has the ability to generate new ideas from within self and from others
  • Can implement new and useful concepts effectively
  • Has effective oral and written, fosters open dialogue, listens attentively, understands appropriate audiences
  • Excellent communication with all levels of the organization and across different groups
  • Can make timely, effective decisions consistent with business plans and department goals; able to manage change and multiple priorities
  • Can mutually define requirements with internal/external customers
  • Able to organize work effectively and uses available resources
  • Has a proven record in problem solving, decision making, exceeding objectives and delivering results.
  • Has demonstrated the ability to manage progress and deliver multiple and competing priorities.
  • Works and interacts effectively as a team member.
  • Has the ability to positively influence others/promote philosophy, win concessions without damaging relationships.
  • Has a fundamental knowledge of principles of financial budgeting and capital management skills.
  • Has demonstrated the ability to manage progress and deliver multiple and competing priorities.
  • Has proven commitment and delivery of SHE compliance.   
  • Able to positively influence others/promote philosophy
  • Defines personal success in terms of the whole team    
  • Makes timely and effective decisions, includes use of good judgment and consideration of proper balance between benefits/risks. 

Physical Requirements

The mechanical engineer must be able to work in a variety of environments that include both fieldwork and deskwork.  Minimum requirements include:

  • Maintaining constant awareness of personal safety and the safety of all other personnel.  This includes knowledge of unit operation, procedures, and rules.
  • Being able to work in a safety sensitive environment that includes large rotating equipment and hazardous chemicals. 
  • The manufacturing facility is located inside a 3rd Party Refinery in the Los Angeles Basin.  As such, the mechanical engineer must be able to withstand both high temperatures while wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment.

In addition, the engineer must be comfortable working in a loud or dusty environment that could include exposure to fumes / odors or vibration from surrounding equipment.

  • Being able to ascend and descend a barrel ladder with continuous vertical length of up to 35 feet. 
  • Being able to climb and descend stairs up to a total structure height of 200 feet.
  • Being physically able to wear and navigate through the unit with a respirator if needed.
  • Being able to pick up a 50 lb object such as a fire extinguisher or a large book/binder.
  • Being able to work at a desk and operate routine items such as a computer and calculator.

Our culture is one of honesty and integrity with an emphasis on safety, health and environmental performance.On our team, people are acknowledged for embracing new practices that help create real value for customers.

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