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Principal Engineer

Company: Caterpillar
Location: Houston
Posted on: May 28, 2023

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  • This position is intended as an experienced engineering position expecting a minimum of 10 years industry experience.

  • Primary role is to fulfill the mechanical engineering needs for Oil & Gas facilities engineering in the support of sales and development/improvement for Solar Turbines BOP products.

  • Provides design/analytical mechanical engineering for projects and proposals to assure that design and equipment meets customer specifications and industry codes and standards.

  • Will handle drawing specifications, creation and modification, P&ID creation and review and equipment specification (vessels, shell & tube fin fan coolers, valves, piping, etc).

  • Will provide mentorship to junior engineers.

  • Position requires flexibility with personal schedule to meet deadlines and support occasional business travel.


    • Minimum of Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

    • Applicant's background should include familiarity with API, ASME, ANSI, and other codes and standards as applied to mechanical balance of plant equipment.

    • Ability to work in the United States and able to travel internationally. Prefer he/she has a current US Passport.

    • Demonstrated proficiency in problem solving and troubleshooting.

    • Affective communication skills, both written and oral, in the English language.

    • Sense of urgency and good organizational skills ate required to work with multiple proposal and product development task completing priorities.

    • Experience in using HYSYS is a plus.

    • 6-Sigma background is a plus.

      Assignments cover a variety of mechanical design problems related to facilities engineering. Must be able to perform detailed analysis and calculations required and document results. Proposals range from 1 to 8 weeks in length, occasionally longer.

      • Works under the direction of proposal manager on assigned proposal.

      • Reports organizationally to Product and Proposal Development Group Manager (Construction Services).

      • Performs design engineering, and specifies equipment related to discipline, on assigned proposals and product development under general supervision.

      • Follows established processes and procedures without exception.

      • Work is generally reviewed for soundness of technical judgment and overall adequacy and accuracy.

      • Can initiate and recommend design changes.

      • Can initiate and recommend departmental process changes.

        Work entails active contribution to the development of project drawings such as PFDs, P&IDs, and General Layouts.

        • Designs and specifies mechanical equipment and systems as required, typically including pressure vessels, heat exchangers, electric circulation heaters, pumps, compression systems, restriction orifices, manual valves, mechanical in-line devices, spring cans, and spring hangers.

        • Performs line sizing calculations.

        • Creates and issues requisitions for quotation of all mechanical equipment on a proposal.

        • Participates in product design reviews

        • Interfaces with suppliers during the definition of equipment scope

        • Recommends design changes affecting areas of direct responsibility

        • Prepares proposal manhours and cost estimates and keep track of the manhours and equipment cost during the project execution.


          • Frequent contact with engineers, supervisors, quality, purchasing, and fabrication to obtain information and give technical advice and direction, after proper review, related to assigned products and proposals.

          • Occasional contact with suppliers and customers regarding technical and documentation expediting issues.

            Completes assigned tasks in a timely and professional manner, thus contributing to organizational effectiveness

            • Meets customer and company expectations for a quality product

            • Provides technical expertise on assigned proposals

            • Identifies cost reduction opportunities for Solar's activities

            • Assist in the development of departmental standards processes and equipment.

            • Resolve complex mechanical problems as they arise.

            • Proposal deliverables (documents and cost estimates) delivered on time


              • Spanish language a plus but not required.

                EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.
                There's more to work at Caterpillar than just the work itself. We hire smart, friendly people and it shows in our culture. We hold ourselves to high standards and make sure our values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, commitment and sustainability come to life in the way we work. We make sure our employees feel continuously challenged while also supported. We provide professional growth opportunities, including leadership programs. We celebrate the diversity of our team, while also working together as one Caterpillar.
                Our culture, like everything at our company, is made possible by each employee's contribution. Person by person, we create the environment we work in, and we are proud of the Caterpillar we've built.

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