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Staff Engineer, Mechanical Reliability

Engineering - Mechanical
18000578 Requisition #
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The Staff Engineer for Mechanical Reliability reports to the Reliability Supervisor and is the technical steward for rotating equipment, static equipment, loading arms, piping, flange management and other mechanical systems.  The incumbent is responsible for supporting system maintenance and improving these systems including all associated documentation. The Staff Engineer for Mechanical Reliability will provide leadership and discipline expertise to less experienced support staff, maintenance, and production groups. The individual will not only engage in day to day troubleshooting and support, but will also conduct RCFAs related to rotating equipment and mechanical systems and provide recommendations accordingly. The Staff Engineer for Mechanical Reliability supports the Reliability Supervisor with driving continuous improvement within the maintenance and operation of assets to ensure the highest most cost effective level of asset availability. The incumbent is expected to be dedicated and have a high sensitivity to Health, Safety and Environmental (HS&E) issues and shall ensure reliability programs comply with Company’s policies and procedures for the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the terminal.
Understands all facets of equipment reliability and importance of reliability as it ties to HS&E, cost and risk reduction, and increased efficiency and production. Understands the physical properties and safe handling practices of LNG. Possesses knowledge of governmental regulations and related technical and safety codes, standards and permit related reporting requirements. Has in-depth knowledge of piping, static equipment, mechanical systems reliability, diagnostics, analyses and maintenance procedures. In-depth knowledge of rotating equipment is preferred; basic knowledge of rotating equipment is required.
  • Serves as the mechanical systems administrator with the primary focus on the development and implementation of programs to improve reliability. Provides daily rotating, static equipment and mechanical systems support to the plant to keep the plant systems operational. Responsible for tracking availability and improving the overall reliability for the mechanical equipment and its systems throughout the plant (pumps, compressors, fin-fans, blowers, gearboxes, diesel drivers, LNG tanks, loading arms, piping, flange management, torqueing and tensioning, pipe supports, pressure relief valves, thermal oxidizer, HRSG, heat exchangers, columns, vessels etc.).
  • Supports Reliability Supervisor with developing and maintaining various contracts and customer service agreements.
  • Uses sound engineering practices, plant standards and specifications, ensuring that documentation for the mechanical systems are maintained properly. Responsible for the development of documentation standards including updates to the maintenance, reliability and unit operating manuals. Participates in the Management of Change process. Ability to utilize computer assisted engineering and analysis software to perform engineering tasks and develop documentation.
  • Provides technical support, troubleshooting, and provide assistance in planning and coordinating work for the Maintenance Department. Works with maintenance and operations on reliability issues when they occur; have vision and ability to create quality solutions for any problems.
  • Responsible for analyzing work order repairs and failure data, pulling data for continuous improvement activities, meeting improvement milestones, developing performance trends, and monitoring for improvement.
  • Responsible for conducting Root Cause Failure Analysis on equipment failures to eliminate or mitigate consequences.
  • Responsible for evaluating the recommendations from the Reliability Technicians on predictive programs.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert on rotating and mechanical system engineering issues (not limited to risk engineering, system integrity and applicability to specifications, philosophies and standards) and mentor the support groups (Mechanical Maintenance Supervision and Technicians). Understand and interpret codes, standards and regulations that are equipment related.
  • Develops proposals for plant improvements including design basis and preliminary estimates and budgets for capital projects.
  • Develops working relationships with other department personnel within the plant in order to seek out opportunities that will add value to each job completed.
  • Responsible for evaluating the work flow process, identification of critical spares, spare parts storage and preservation requirements for rotating equipment, static equipment, piping, and flange management.
  • Accountable for ensuring the safety, security, health and environmental incidents are prevented through frequent job observations and assessments. Responsible for developing or collecting information in support of permit requirements as assigned.
  • Responsible for managing contracts for the purchase of goods and services needed and ensures the contractor fulfills their contractual obligations. Supports the efforts of the Reliability Supervisor, Maintenance Planning Supervisor, Maintenance Supervisors, Maintenance Manager, and Warehouse Supervisor in developing equipment spare parts requirements as needed.
  1. Education and Certifications: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or other relevant technical discipline with 10 years of experience. A Professional Engineering License is preferred.
  2. Experience: A minimum of ten (10) years experience with rotating and mechanical equipment in an industrial setting in engineering or operations, depending on type of experience. Recent experience with LNG is preferred, however, petrochemical, NGL, cryogenic natural gas processing, or other hydrocarbon processing experience may be acceptable. Knowledge of pipe stress analysis software is desirable.
  3. Skills:
  • Knowledge of CMMS Systems, RCA tools for conducting failure analysis.
  • An acute sensitivity to safety issues in a hazardous environment.
  • Strong leadership and exceptional verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Exceptional written and administrative abilities are required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of an organization and with individuals and groups from different disciplines, industries and governmental agencies.
  • Able to work with a culturally diverse group of technical individuals whose skills cover the range required to engineer, operate and maintain the LNG terminal and Liquefaction production facilities.
  • Possess the personality and ability to relate to and to establish a mutually respectful relationship with 1) management, 2) peers and 3) the various facility level workers (Plant Manager, plant supervision and plant workers) whom are all responsible for ensuring good operations.
  • Organized, planning skills, able to manage multiple activities and programs in timely fashion and with a high degree of accuracy, able to meet work deadlines.
  • Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Accomplished public speaker, able to create and deliver industry-specific presentations.
  • Computer literate including Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, Project and PowerPoint.
  • Must maintain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card in good standing status.
No direct reports.
The Staff Engineer for Mechanical Reliability requires minimal supervision.


  • Job is performed in an industrial plant environment.
  • Occasionally, work may be performed from home, after normal work hours or on weekends.
  • Limited travel required, as business conditions dictate.
  • Subject to drug and alcohol testing, per applicable federal regulations or as required by Cheniere.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to stand, walk, sit, climb stairs, work at height above ground on stairs and catwalks, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk, hear, smell, type and write.
  • Must be able to board a ship via a gangway, climb to the top of a tank (200+ steps), scale vertical steel ladder up to forty feet or more in height and lift and move objects weighting up to 30 pounds.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work indoors and outdoors, and be exposed to year-around weather conditions, ocean environment, and noise. There is a considerable amount of outdoor activities involved.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Required to pass regularly scheduled physical examinations mandated by regulatory authorities.
  • Required to obtain mandated certification by attending Company-sponsored training in basic first aid, CPR, and LNG firefighting.
Reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that the essential functions of the job can be performed and not hinder the employee's performance due to physical, mental or emotional disability.
Cheniere Energy is an equal opportunity workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected categories. This includes providing reasonable accommodation if requested for disabilities or religious beliefs and practices.

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