Lead Process Engineer - Alternative Fuels/Renewable Diesel


Houston, TX, US

Requisition ID: 170343 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit OGC Engineering 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: OGC 

Employment Type: Full Time 


Position Overview

We are an innovative team of engineers and designers that supports projects throughout the company. Our staff leads and collaborates with Kiewit’s module fabrication and construction teams to approach construction-driven engineering with a focus on safe, cost effective, and innovative designs that achieve client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.

This position focuses on the front-end and detailed process design engineering in the markets which seek to produce various fuels from renewable feedstocks, such as renewable diesel (RD), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), e-Methanol and more. The candidate must be experienced with diesel hydrotreating, and the process units for the pretreatment of feedstocks and associated utilities requirements. They must be comfortable supporting process technologies outside of their base expertise, and evaluation of new technologies.

District Overview

Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc. is a full-service engineering firm serving oil, gas and chemical markets. Our combined staff of engineers and design professionals have expertise that spans all major engineering disciplines to serve the LNG, midstream, refining, and petrochemical markets. Backed by 130 years of construction experience, our construction-driven engineering focuses on constructability and safety in the earliest phases of projects to ensure on-time and on-budget project delivery.

Our rapidly growing oil, gas and chemical team, which includes structural, civil, piping, mechanical, process, process safety, electrical, instrument and control disciplines, is a multi-faceted and leading-edge division of Kiewit with best-in-class technical expertise focused on the EPCC delivery model for dynamic process facilities. 


This position is based out of our Energy Corridor Office in Houston, TX and typically requires less than 25 percent travel. Opportunities for flexible work are available. 


•    Prepare process engineering deliverables including process simulations, heat and material balances, process flow diagrams, piping and instrumentation diagrams, line and equipment sizing, and other deliverables necessary to define the process requirements.
•    Specify scope and technical requirements for internal use and technology providers in relevant process technologies.
•    Perform technical evaluations for selection of technology providers.
•    Improve existing processes by using different approaches/methods.
•    Review supplier technical documents for compliance with project specifications.
•    Develop criteria, guidelines, and best practices for the unit processes to provide for a safe, efficient, cost-effective, and reliable facility.
•    Support of construction, commissioning, and startup activities.
•    Proactively identify gaps in design, provide potential solutions and cost/benefit analysis. 
•    Develop mid- to major-sized project or proposals with no supervision.
•    Review and correct the work of engineers and designers to develop documents as needed.
•    Resolve conflicting requirements and approaches across disciple lines as needed.
•    Lead others in project objectives consistent with that of the organization.
•    Seek out industry experts when niche skill sets are required.
•    Manage several different assignments simultaneously.
•    Collaborate with others, internally and externally, to determine optimal solutions.
•    Serve as Kiewit representative in external industry organizations and committees.
•    Serve as a resource to less experienced engineers.
•    Identify gaps in team and proactively work to resolve.
•    Commitment to safety, ethics, and integrity.
•    Actively seeks feedback from customers and takes action to improve processes.  
•    Work with project team as representative and coordinates work within discipline department.


•    Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.
•    At least 10 years of experience in process technologies for pretreatment and hydrotreating processes to produce relevant products.
•    Strong understanding of underlying engineering principles and best practices.
•    Advanced knowledge of work processes to produce process engineering deliverables.
•    Clear interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills at all levels, both internally and externally.
•    Strong critical thinking skills.
•    Strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and time management skills.



Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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