Staff Engineer, Process

Cheniere Energy, Inc. - Houston, TX (30+ days ago)3.7

Full-timeEstimated: $74,000 - $99,000 a year


The Staff Engineer, Process Engineer reports to the Manager, Corporate Technical Services, and is the primary technical contact for all matters related to the process technology support at all Cheniere’s operating facilities. The Senior Process Engineer provides Company Operations departments with process expertise, participates in development of capital projects, conducts data analytics and process testing as required to solve problems, optimize plant performance, supports safety and environmental compliance, and understands business objectives so that the facility operates in support of business needs.


Understand the principles of fluid flow, heat transfer, thermodynamics, and the chemistry of hydrocarbon processes. Familiar with the hazards of hydrocarbon processes, cryogenic services and the methods used to keep process facilities safe. In-depth knowledge of LNG Liquefaction process engineering. In-depth knowledge of applicable codes, standards, and regulations and their implementation in LNG operating facilities. Competent in the use of process simulation software.


Provide process engineering expertise and guidance to Operating facilities to make improvement recommendations related to process systems design and controls.
Develop and conduct process simulations in conjunction with Operating facilities to investigate system steady state responses in support of diagnostics and troubleshooting.
Provide design solutions and performance tests requirements towards optimizing production or solving process related incidents.
Develop process design basis, preliminary cost estimates, and schedules to support capital and facility upgrade projects.
Develop, review and participate in the bidding of engineering services and technical contracts
Support the technical review and closeout of critical Management of Change (MOC) activities at Operating facilities.
Participate in Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) and Hazard and Operability Reviews (HAZOP) to ensure safety in design and facility operations, and participate in Pre Startup Safety Reviews (PSSRs).
Participate in incident investigation to analyze equipment and system failures and deviations and provide solutions and corrective actions to root causes.
Technical lead to coordinate community of practices, knowledge, and lessons from various sources including technology providers and licensors and ensure deployment across Operating facilities and project development groups for appropriate evaluation and recommendations.
Assure Operations requirements are considered on major projects, and support Operations Readiness activities.
Interact with and support Commercial Operations, Regulatory Affairs, and other departments to ensure that appropriate process data and analyses are available to support Company’s business objectives.
Coach, mentor and develop less experience staff within the process engineering practice.

Education and Certifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. A Professional Engineer’s (PE) License is a plus.
Experience: Seven (7) years experience working in an LNG Liquefaction setting as a Process Engineer.

Team work, leadership and administrative abilities are required.
An acute sensitivity to safety issues in a hazardous environment.
Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
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 savvy including Project Management, database, Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, and HYSYS computer process simulation.
Must maintain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card in good standing status.

There are no direct reports.


The Process Engineer requires minimal supervision.


Job is performed in an office environment and industrial plant setting.
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 or 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.
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.