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Mechanical Engineer



Job title

Mechanical Engineer


Chocolate Bayou, Alvin, TX – USA

Closing date

May 30th, 2022

Organizational context and job purpose

With LAO manufacturing facilities in Canada and Belgium, INEOS Oligomers is one of the large merchant suppliers of Linear Alpha Olefins (“LAO”). LAO’s are used in a variety of industries, with main markets being comonomers for polyethylene, feedstock for production of lubricants, surfactants, lubricant additives, and paper sizing chemicals, and base stock for drilling fluids. PAO is synthetic lubricant.

As part of its growth strategy, INEOS Oligomers is operating a world scale LAO & PAO production facility located on INEOS Olefins & Polymers site in Chocolate Bayou, Alvin, Texas (“Plant”).

As a Responsible Care company, we encourage our employees to embrace the principles of Responsible Care® by actively practicing them, promoting awareness of Responsible Care® and encouraging others to commit to these principles. Responsible Care® is the chemistry industry's commitment to sustainability - the betterment of society, the environment and the economy. Its ethic and principles compel us to innovate for safer and more environmentally friendly products and processes, and to work cooperatively to identify and eliminate harm throughout the entire life cycle of their products.

This position has accountability, in keeping with the INEOS Responsible Care principles and ethics, for all aspects of the operation of the Oligomers Plant, including safety/environment, people management, cost control, quality, production planning, project and process follow-up.

This position will embrace and promote the INEOS 20 safety principles.

Purpose of the job:

The Mechanical Engineer will report to the Maintenance Manager and act to:

  • achieve a safe and trouble -free operation,

  • support Operations and Maintenance in their day to day activities,

  • facilitate implementation of a preventive maintenance culture,

  • continuously improve maintenance organization capabilities to achieve best in class reliability,

  • maintain consistency and integrity of the static equipment components and systems, particularly in supporting plant modifications and minor betterment projects, and

  • support the implementation of a plant-wide comprehensive technical and behavioral safety culture.

  • work with plant inspector to ensure continuous mechanical integrity of the plant fixed equipment.


Internal factors:

  • Safety Performance, specifically shop and field construction safety performance

  • Plant Reliability & Availability

  • Maintenance organizational capabilities, knowledge base and know-how of maintenance supervisors, technicians, and planners.

External factors:

  • SHE compliance

  • Vendor support and know-how

Responsibilities AND Accountabilities

Accountability 1: Act as static equipment technical Subject Matter Expert in support of Maintenance and Operations

  • Be on call to provide technical support when needed,

  • Perform root cause failure analysis (RCFA) on static equipment component and system failures, develop and recommend corrective action proposals.

  • Work with plant inspector to ensure continuous mechanical integrity of the plant fixed equipment.

  • Advise and assist on-site mechanical technicians, planners and maintenance supervisors on static equipment component and system re-conditionings and repairs. Advise on modifications and improvements of maintenance re-conditioning and repair procedures and practices.

Accountability 2: Maintain consistency and integrity of all mechanical components and systems.

  • Take ownership of all mechanical related specifications and standards related to static equipment, and develop new ones where required or missing,

  • Ensure specifications and standards are followed for plant modifications and minor betterment projects,

  • Evaluate adequacy of plant inspection and testing programs to ensure integrity and availability of mechanical components and systems.

Accountability 3: Induce preventive maintenance, maintain and expand static equipment knowledge base, and drive continuous improvement of organizational capabilities to achieve best in class Reliability

  • Keep all relevant re-conditioning and repair procedures, vendor information, specifications and standards up to date, adapt to evolutions in available technology & lessons learned from corrective maintenance where appropriate,

  • Develop a risk-based inspection program proposal,

  • Monitor critical equipment and assist in the development and implementation of Preventive Maintenance programs,

  • Gather and classify all data and information pertaining to static equipment component and system failures and failure frequencies,

  • Perform all necessary analysis, conduct all necessary investigations involving vendors and subject matter specialists as needed to identify failure modes, and classify all findings,

  • Develop and implement action plans to eliminate identified failure modes, including but not limited to modifications and changes to:

    • Static equipment component and system specifications and standards,

    • Inspection, reconditioning and repair procedures, and

    • Mechanical technician training documents and programs,

  • Develop and deliver refreshment training for mechanical technicians.

Accountability 4: Support plant modifications and minor betterment projects.

  • Participate as a technical adviser on maintenance turnarounds and minor betterment projects,

  • Review and approve all mechanical aspects of specifications of new equipment, and develop specifications for all new static equipment components and systems as introduced by such minor betterment projects,

  • Participate in pre-start-up safety reviews, and assist in punch listing, pre-commissioning and commissioning of all plant modifications and minor betterment projects.

Accountability 5: Promote plant-wide Safety Culture.

  • Understand and apply company HSE practices, policies and procedures,

  • Pro-actively demonstrate safe behaviors and demand safe behaviors from everybody associated with the Plant,

  • Comply with Process Safety Management requirements,

  • Participate and rigorously apply Management of Change procedure,

  • Participate where applicable in Job Risk Analyses (JRA), Process Hazard Analyses (PHA), HAZOP studies, Incident Investigations, and other safety studies,

  • Develop and document mechanical discipline specific JRAs,

  • Participate in plant safety observations, near miss and incident reporting, and other plant-wide initiatives designed to drive Behavioral Safety.

Skills & Knowledge Required


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required

Technical Skills

  • Deep-rooted knowledge of OCB operations and the impact of operational issues on the ability to meet sales requirements.

  • Experience managing customer relations and handling concerns is a plus.

Behavioral skills

  • Strong Leader

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization.

  • Cultural Awareness

  • Influencing skills

  • Planning and Organization

ADA Physical requirements, visual acuity requirements and environmental conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and perform tasks requiring repetitive use of hands. The employee must occasionally walk and stand. Exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up-to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

Employee must have the ability to see written documents, computer screens and to adjust focus.

Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make discriminations in sound.

Work Environment:  This job is performed mainly in a temperature-controlled office environment.

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.