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Lead Structural Engineer - Oil, Gas, & Chemical


Houston, TX, US

Requisition ID: 154320 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit OGC Engineering 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: OGC 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

As a Lead Structural Engineer, you will be a part of a growing team that supports all aspects of the construction process by performing innovative design engineering through brainstorming conceptual designs, performing and/or reviewing structural calculations, developing plans, scheduling tasks to meet client needs, as well as mitigating risk to keep our construction crews safe. 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.

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 and typically requires less than 25 percent travel. Opportunities for flexible work are available. 


•     Performs complex calculations and applies standards correctly without supervision.  Takes lead when works with peers.  
•     Reviews the work of engineers and designers developing engineering and design documents as needed for the project.
•     Analyze structures using various structural engineering software programs for the design of buildings and building foundations, equipment platforms and foundations, pipe racks, and miscellaneous concrete and steel structures Prepares quantities, cost estimates, and other supporting documentation for projects.  
•     Prepare engineering drawings and calculations, include specifications relating to the discipline.
•     Reviewing, monitoring and ensuring compliance requirements are met for the design (e.g. Standards, specification and local codes and regulations etc.)
•     Possesses critical analytical skills and is adept at utilizing good decision making tool; high level of data analysis skills.
•     Regularly performs reviews of vendor documents to ensure specifications and data sheet requirements are met.
•     Leads mid to large-size project or proposals.
•     Develops and leads others in ways of improving the design and lowering cost.
•     Considers multiple solutions and makes good decisions based on good data analysis.
•     Manages several different assignments simultaneously.
•     Applies techniques/technologies to improve processes and business results.
•     Utilizes industry and company standards to design and engineer effectively.
•     Serves as resource to less experienced engineers.
•     Reviews application of standards for correct interpretations.
•     Leads projects in how to interpret and apply codes and standards.
•     Leads team to identify changes in the scope of work during mid to large-sized projects. 
•     Produces design changes as needed to stay within budget and schedule.  
•     Recognizes the importance of customer needs.
•     Performs assigned work efficiently and effectively to maximize person productivity.
•     Leads quality checks of the design and engineering of a mid to major-sized project to ensure accuracy.
•     Establishes credibility in terms of technical competency and team leading ability.
•     Prioritizes time to meet team commitments and individual work requirements.
•     Contribute to the development of client proposals and project cost estimates.


•     Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering minimum required.
•     10-18 years' minimum relevant experience in refining and petrochemical industry preferably with EPC experience.
•     Licensed Professional Engineer with NCEES records preferred
•     Travel < 25% expected.
•     Self directs work with limited supervision.
•     Provides guidance, leadership and training to less experienced engineers.
•     Leads small team to complete task/design on project.
•     Work with project team as representative and coordinates work within discipline department.
•     Adjusts to varying demands of work and performs well.
•     Develops and presents work in well-constructed written and verbal presentations.  Clearly conveys messages and ideas, gains understanding.
•     Communicates effectively with supervisor and members of immediate department.
•     Works collaboratively across departments and involves others in solving problems. Initiates meetings within own team, other disciplines or internal customers for clarity on work.
•     Supports project teams and departments in a positive and productive manner. Works well with other to accomplish common goals and objectives. 
•     Serves as technical resource and point of contact for external or internal customers.



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.
•    FIELD ROLES ONLY May work at various different locations and conditions may vary.

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 work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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