Mechanical Engineer - Heat Transfer


Houston, TX, US

Requisition ID: 172318 

Job Level: Mid 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.

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-focused engineering considers 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 will be based out of our Energy Corridor office. Opportunities for flexible work are available. 


This position focuses on the thermal and mechanical design and specification of heat transfer equipment including shell and tube heat exchangers, air-cooled heat exchangers, plate and frame heat exchangers, printed circuit heat exchangers, and other similar equipment.  Responsibilities include:
•    Perform equipment sizing and design calculations.
•    Perform heat transfer equipment technology selection.
•    Prepare data sheets, engineering guide drawings, and specifications with sufficient detail to define the equipment scope and technical requirements for inquiry and order on projects.
•    Perform technical bid evaluations for vendor selection.
•    Review vendor documents submitted for review or approval.  Act as the communication focal point for appropriate information/data between the vendor, client, and other disciplines.
•    Support construction, commissioning, and startup of equipment.
•    Provide troubleshooting support for equipment not meeting performance or mechanical integrity.
•    Develop criteria, guidelines, and best practices for the equipment to provide for a safe, efficient, cost-effective, and reliable end product.
•    Train staff members on the fundamentals of heat transfer equipment.


•    Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from a four-year college or university.
•    At least 5+ years of experience in heat transfer equipment design specifically in the LNG, midstream, refining, and/or petrochemical industries.
•    Intermediate (practical application) to advanced (applied theory) knowledge and application of:
o    API, TEMA, and ASME codes and standards associated with heat transfer equipment.
o    Best practices associated with heat transfer equipment design and design features.
o    Materials selection, including ASTM materials specifications and materials testing specifications, used in the design and fabrication of the equipment.
o    Quality assurance methods and practices for materials and fabrication of the equipment.
o    Welding processes and practices.
o    Manufacturing processes and operations from raw material form to fabricated product.
•    Advanced proficiency using HTRI, Aspen EDR, and COMPRESS or PV Elite
•    Proficiency using AutoCAD (preferred).
•    Strong understanding of underlying engineering principles of best practices.
•    Strong critical thinking skills.
•    Strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and time management skills.
•    Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
•    Commitment to safety, ethics, and integrity.




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.
  • 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 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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