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Burns & McDonnell Senior Chemical Engineer - Oil, Gas & Chemical (Houston) in Houston, Texas


Burns & McDonnell’s regional office in Houston, TX is seeking a Senior Chemical Engineer to apply technical expertise on engineering, procurement, and construction projects of processing facilities throughout the refining, midstream, chemicals, and renewables market sectors. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm and voted as a Best Place to Work in numerous cities across the United States.

This position will allow you the opportunity for direct client and end-user interaction while engaging your technical design experience and entrepreneurial spirit at an industry-leading firm voted a “Top Place to Work” in Houston, TX.

The Senior Chemical Engineer will work on an integrated design team within our Oil, Gas & Chemical division to perform the following duties:

  • Execute complex assignments requiring the use of advanced engineering techniques.

  • Develop and evaluate plans for major projects.

  • Utilize front-end loading process and best practices to facilitate cost-effective process engineering and project development.

  • Lead development of all process design calculations and develop deliverables such as hydraulic calculations, equipment sizing, process simulations, Heat and Material Balances (H&MB), Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs), and Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs).

  • Lead chemical engineering design activities on projects from the conceptual phase through design completion.

  • May assess feasibility or soundness of proposed applications when data is insufficient, or testing is advisable.

  • Plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate work requiring judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, adaptation, and modification of standard engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria.

  • Perform work that involves conventional engineering practices but may involve a variety of complex features.

  • May coordinate departmental and divisional project studies and report preparation assignments.

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and instruction to less experienced staff members.

  • Regularly meets and corresponds with clients or outside personnel.

  • Some marketing responsibilities.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program.

  • Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering may be substituted for one year of experience.

  • 7 years of related professional consulting experience with engineering teams for delivery of capital projects.

  • Lead engineer for EPC projects is strongly preferred.

  • Professional engineer preferred.

  • Strong knowledge of standard engineering techniques and procedures.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Must be proficient in the use of basic computer software (i.e., Microsoft Office Suite).

  • Experience in process simulation software (i.e. HYSYS and/or Aspen Plus, HTRI) is preferred.

  • Strong attention to detail, facilitation, team building, collaboration, organization, and problem-solving skills.

  • This position requires an individual capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments.

  • Must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered.


Job Chemical Engineering

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 211295