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Project Engineer in Longview, WA at Westlake Chemical Corporation

Date Posted: 11/26/2018

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Job Description


Engineer I – Project Engineer


Manager – Engineering




Plant Manager


Westlake Chemical is offering an opportunity to apply your experience and skills as a Project Engineer at their Longview, Washington chemical manufacturing plant. The Project Engineer facilitates the detailed design and construction of plant improvement projects and is responsible for project success with respect to safety, quality, schedule, and cost.


May include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Facilitates detailed mechanical design of projects based on front-end designs provided by the process engineer. Develops design scopes and oversees consulting engineers performing detailed mechanical design.  Projects typically involve chemical processing equipment such as pumps, compressors, piping systems, tanks, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, and instrumentation.
  • Assembles construction bid packages from consultant designs, vendor information, and company contracts.  Facilitates the bid process and selects contractors for projects.  Supervises the contractor through the construction phase.  Actively monitors the safety, quality, schedule, and cost performance of the project during construction.  Takes action to correct deficiencies.
  • Effectively manages relationships with consultants, equipment suppliers, and construction contractors.
  • Completes all engineering records and documentation when projects are complete.
  • As needed, supports and maintains plant mechanical standards.  Develops new standards when directed.
  • Performs cost estimates used by management to determine subsequent year’s budgets. 
  • Participates in the cost/benefit evaluation of different design alternatives.  Selects design options that provide the lowest life cycle cost to the business.


  • Minimum two years’ work experience in an engineering role. Experience working in a process manufacturing industry (Oil/gas, Refining, Chemical, Pulp & Paper) preferable
  • Experience with ASME piping & pressure vessel codes preferable
  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering 
  • Authorization to work permanently in the US.
  • Maintains a high level of safety performance.  Prioritizes safety over other objectives.
  • Displays principle and discipline in adhering to plant policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Self-directed individual capable of taking ownership and responsibility for projects.
  • Considers safety, operability, and life cycle cost as critical variables when making design decisions.
  • Communicates effectively to employees at all levels of the organization, including front line manufacturing and maintenance workers, engineers from other disciplines, safety, logistics, finance, purchasing, human resources, and executive management. 
  • Follows through on commitments to other departments.
  • Interacts with coworkers in a polite and professional manner.
  • Develops and maintains good working relationships with contractors and consultants.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate as normally based in an office.  Some of the work may be required in the operating units which can require usage of required PPE including safety glasses, hearing protection, etc.  May also result in exposure to outside elements and may require usage of stairs and elevators.  Travel including air travel or auto travel may occasionally be required.