Mechanical Engineer – Process Equipment

Mechanical Engineer - Process Equipment


As a mechanical equipment engineer, you will oversee installation of and/or upgrades to manufacturing process equipment.  This typically involves rigging, leveling & alignment, assembly, mechanical connections, startup and testing of the equipment in question. You will manage and motivate the contractors to complete their work safely, on time, on budget, and according to spec.  You will resolve technical questions, communicate with others, process invoices & change notices, and publish regular updates.  In many cases, OEM engineer(s) will also be on site to provide commissioning support for the equipment in question.



  • Manage risks and ensure that contractors install the equipment safely, to specification, on time, and on-budget.
  • Thoroughly understand the equipment installation sequencing, assembly details, budget estimate, job scope, and schedule.
  • Read and thoroughly understand all manufacturer assembly drawings and instructions for equipment installation, bid packages and drawings.
  • Lead daily contractor meetings.
  • Effectively manage communications between the contractor, customer corporate engineers, and others to coordinate the work and resolve issues.
  • Conduct weekly calls with customer process engineers and issue meeting minutes.
  • Assure that installations meet customer requirements and standards.
  • Check key deliverables such as scope of supply, quality, workmanship, and functionality to ensure that systems are ready for use.
  • Perform administrative tasks including scheduling, budget management & cost control, issuance of weekly reports, parts management, etc.
  • Review and approve progress invoices and change requests.
  • Verify that all equipment drawings, operation & maintenance manuals and spare part lists have been received.
  • Coordinate commissioning activities with the contractors, equipment suppliers, and customer engineers.
  • Complete PSO (Process Sign-Off) for assigned equipment and manage punch lists.
  • Collect and maintain “as-built” design information.
  • Standard working time will be 5-1/2 to 6 days per week during construction.  Other hours may be required to meet deadlines or during the start-up and testing of new systems.



  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (OR solid experience managing equipment installations)
  • 5+ years of field equipment installation experience
  • Understanding of safe work practices
  • Able to assess quality of contractor services
  • Able to read piping schematics and flow diagrams
  • Thorough understanding of equipment rigging, leveling, alignment, grouting, welding and commissioning procedures
  • Technical familiarity with the following systems is preferred:
    • Industrial piping, pumps, valves, and instrumentation for: water, gas, hydraulics, pneumatics, steam, compressed air, and lubrication
    • Fire protection piping and systems
    • Process ventilation and cooling, including humidity controlled systems
    • Dust collector systems
  • Familiarity with industry and government specifications and standards for the above types of systems
  • Good familiarity with the type of equipment in question
  • Familiarity with best practices for equipment reliability
  • Knowledge of environmental concerns and requirements
  • Familiarity with Gantt chart scheduling and software, as well as identification and mitigation of schedule risks
  • Budgeting and capital forecasting experience
  • Use of AutoCAD two-dimensional drafting software
  • Good spoken and written English
  • Must be able to demonstrate effective teamwork, maintain a professional demeanor, and foster positive relationships inside and outside the team



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