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Project Engineer



Job title
Project Engineer

Chocolate Bayou, Alvin, TX – USA


Organizational Context:
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 basically 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:
During the Appraise & Select Phase of the project:
The Project Engineer will work with the engineering team and act as an independent contributor to:
I.    Assist in defining the scope
II.    Assist in engineering reviews associated with the project
III.    Assist in developing a cost estimate and project schedule
IV.    Review cost estimate for accuracy
V.    Develop a project execution plan
VI.    Help the deliverables for each phase
VII.    Identify long lead items and develop a procurement strategy

During the Detailed Engineering, Procurement and Construction phase of the Project:
The Project Engineer (“PE”) will be responsible for the follow up of detailed engineering, procurement, and construction of the project in the assigned area of responsibility and act as the project manager for all small projects. 

The PE will review and approve as appropriate all detailed engineering deliverables and vendor information, review and approve all procurement activities, coordinate expediting of material and equipment delivery, follow up field support, coordinate with the host site, set up and participate in inspection activities and equipment testing, follow up project implementation progress and contingency run down, set up and coordinate all punch listing activities, and provide the necessary input to the job data books in the assigned area of responsibility. 

The PE will be responsible for cost forecasting, reporting, and monitoring for the small capital projects for the projects
During Commissioning Start-Up and Operation of the Plant: 
The Project Engineer will report to the Engineering Supervisor and act as an independent contributor to:
I.    assist in achieving a safe and trouble-free commissioning and start-up,
II.    assist in developing the site project procedures, 
III.    assist in developing and managing the 5-year CAPEX schedule and budget,
IV.    define, manage, and execute site capital projects as assigned,
V.    assist maintenance and reliability engineering in subject matter areas within his/her field of expertise, and
VI.    support the implementation of a plant wide comprehensive technical and behavioral safety culture.

Internal factors:
•    Safety Performance (SHE), specifically project implementation, and shop and field construction safety performance
•    Annual Capital budget 
•    Plant Reliability & Availability
•    Availability and capabilities of INEOS and in house contractor staff

External factors:
•    Market for contractors, subcontractors, and availability of staff
•    Purchasing environment for process equipment and bulk materials
•    Environmental permitting and regulatory
•    Site partner interface and relationships


During Detailed Engineering and Construction:

Accountability 1: Communication and Interface with Project Manager, PMT, and Engineering Contractor.

Most important activities:
•    Ad hoc information exchange with other PMT members,
•    Regular progress meetings with EPC Manager, and other PMT members depending on the needs of the project,
•    Daily interface with project management, cost and scheduling, procurement, and discipline departments of engineering contractor 
•    Daily interface with field construction to organize and deliver Home Office Field Support
•    Regular interface with Maintenance function of operating plants to integrate maintenance know how in the detailed design of the project,
•    Regular interface with Host Site to provide and receive information and follow up on progress of site integration projects managed by Host Site.

Accountability 2: Ensure discipline engineering consistency during final development stage of the project.

Verify that Detailed Engineering is done in accordance with all documents, plans, specifications, descriptions, and procedures developed during former stages of the project. Verify that Detailed Engineering follows all applicable codes and standards, and specific site requirements in the assigned area of responsibility.  Verify that all Owners review comments (HAZOP, Operability, Maintainability and Constructability) are incorporated in the Detailed Engineering.

Most important activities:
•    Guide discipline departments of engineering contractor on daily basis,
•    Resolve all open and emerging discipline engineering questions,
•    Verify and approve as appropriate all detailed engineering deliverables (P&IDs, plot plan, process section lay outs, piping lay outs and isometrics, equipment and material data sheets, equipment list, line list instrumentation list, I/O list, motor list,).
•    Communicate Owners review comments and follow up on incorporation.

Accountability 3: Ensure in applying proper project controls.

Most important activities:
•    Set up further project implementation procedures as requested (work permitting, welding, inspection testing, commissioning, punch listing,),
•    Participate in further developing and implementing appropriate progress metrics covering procurement, construction, pre-commissioning, and commissioning activities.

Accountability 4: Ensure in cost effective project execution.

Most important activities:
•    Assist in developing and awarding subcontracts for the main project,
•    Assist in establishing proper and integrated construction work sequencing and planning,
•    Assist in coordinating all procurement and construction activities to keep project on schedule,
•    Assist in establishing proper pre-commissioning and commissioning planning.

Accountability 5: Ensure in executing all projects safely.

Most Important Activities
•    Participate in amending and implementing a project safety plan,
•    Participate in (sub)contractor safety introductions, toolbox meetings, Job risk analyses, site safety obesrvations, near miss reporting, safety stand downs,…as requested
•    Participate in the development and implementation of a comprehensive pre-commissioning and comissioning plan.

During Commissioning, Start-up, and Operation:

Accountability 1: Ensure appropriate project documentation in area of responsibility

Most Important Activities
•    Participate in the set up of a project filing system,
•    Organize appropriate transfer of all vendor and technical information to the plant’s operations and maintenance organisations,
•    Participate in delivering complete and comprehensive Job Data Books.

Accountability 2: Assist in safe commissioning, start-up, and early operation of the plant
•    Participate in Safety Walk Downs and follow up punch list work as requested during commissioning,
•    Support corrective maintenance in early operation of the project.

Accountability 3: Assist Engineering Supervisor to develop and implement the site’s capital project work process and program.

Most Important Activities
•    Make recommendations on  a formal capital work process and plant project procedures to manage project requests,
•    Assist in developing and managing the 5 year CAPEX plan

Accountability 4: Execute assigned capital projects safely, and within schedule and budgetary limits.

Most Important Activities
•    Co-ordinate with Process Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Operations and Maintenance as needed to define the most economical solutions to the problems addressed by the assigned capital projects,
•    Prepare project cost and schedule estimates as input for project approval,
•    Produce all documents, plans, specifications, data sheets, purchase requisition, purchase orders, work packages, schedules and procedures required to implement the projects through construction, commissioning, and start-up, using internal and/or external resources as needed,
•    Manage project cost and progress to ensure projects stay in budget and on schedule,
•    Organize all necessary Safety, Operations and Maintenance reviews, work to incorporate all comments, and strictly adhere to the Plant’s Management of Change procedure, 
•    Ensure all engineering, procurement, and construction work for assigned projects is completed safely and meets all Company and regulatory requirements,
•    Organize appropriate transfer of all vendor and technical information to the plant’s operations and maintenance organisations, and organize all necessary training at hand over of projects,
•    Organize appropriate close out of projects with all relevant plant departments at project completion.

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 in Job Risk Analyses (JRA), Process Hazard Analyses (PHA), HAZOP studies, Incident Investigations, and other safety studies, 
•    Participate in plant safety observations, near miss and incident reporting, and other plant wide initiatives designed to drive Behavioral Safety.


•    Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, or Controls and Instrumentation Engineering; Master's degree preferred
•    Minimum 7 years project engineering experience,
•    Experience in working with engineering contractors,
•    Maintenance supervision experience is a plus,
•    Track record of safety leadership 

Level of education & Experience in general
•    Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, or Controls and Instrumentation Engineering; Master's degree preferred
•    Minimum 7 years project engineering experience,
•    Experience in working with engineering contractors,
•    Maintenance supervision experience is a plus,
•    Track record of safety leadership 

Technical skills
•    Proficient in either mechanical, structural, civil, or instrumentation and electrical engineering,
•    Demonstrated technical capability to understand design issues and able to resolve them and assess vendor quotes against project objectives,
•    Demonstrated capabilities to assess work sequencing, optimize project planning and scheduling,
•    Deep understanding of cost engineering, and cost control practices,
•    Working experience with cost and scheduling tools is a plus,
•    Critical thinking to evaluate competing priorities and take rational decisions,
•    Capability to assess impact of specifications and standards for both rotating and fixed equipment on reliability and maintainability of production unit,
•    Fluent in English.

Behavioural skills
•    Excellent people management (leadership, delegation & particularly influencing skills),
•    Strong communication skills (upward, lateral, and downward in INEOS organization),
•    Self-motivated, self-starter; able to work with minimal supervision,
•    Team builder and problem solver,
•    Capable to manage multiple complex tasks simultaneously, with ability to prioritize and identify and focus on critical issues.

Must be able to acquire a TWIC card


  •   While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to lift at least 50lbs, walking, climbing ladders/stairs, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling. Must be able to perform climbing, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling and manual operation of various size valves and equipment. 

  •  The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.

  •  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.

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.