Senior Mechanical Engineer – Heat Transfer Equipment – Oil, Gas & Chemical – Kansas City, MO

Senior Mechanical Engineer – Heat Transfer Equipment – Oil, Gas & Chemical

Burns & McDonnell

Kansas City, MO




We are seeking to hire a Senior Mechanical Engineer within our Oil, Gas & Chemical Global Practice in our Kansas City, MO office!

The Senior Mechanical Engineer will support projects in a variety of industry sectors, including the strategic areas of renewable fuels and carbon capture/reduction. The Senior Mechanical Engineer will lead the project team throughout the design and construction process, adapting mechanical designs according to budget constraints, design factors or client needs.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead mechanical design of projects from the conceptual phase through design completion for project needs and requirements that are set forth by the project managers.

  • Specialize in heat transfer equipment and perform thermal and mechanical design of mechanical equipment such as shell and tube heat exchangers, air-cooled heat exchangers, and/or plate and frame heat exchangers

  • Prepare technical bid & purchase documents based on process datasheets, client specifications, and industry codes and standards

  • Review vendor equipment bids and prepare technical bid evaluations

  • Review vendor drawings and other documentation and regularly meet, correspond, and coordinate with equipment vendors

  • Apply specialist knowledge of commonly used mechanical concepts, practices, codes and procedures within the mechanical engineering services industry.

  • Apply knowledge and experience to complex projects, find non-standard design solutions.

  • Interface and coordinate with multiple engineering disciplines to meet project design requirements and effectively manage the internal flow of data and design changes

  • Performs inter-discipline document reviews, such as P&IDs

  • Provide field installation support for client and construction personnel and have an interest in troubleshooting machinery, and in pre-commissioning and start-up support.

  • Provide mentoring of personnel in heat transfer equipment design and add responsibilities such as the opportunity oversee execution of the above activities performed by less-experienced engineers

  • Participate sales and marketing efforts and identify key pursuits.

  • Lead the development of cost proposals and qualification statements to achieve stated targets and standards for financial performance.

  • Prepare and present project budgets and cost estimates. Report project performance.

  • Responsible for QA/QC process adherence.

  • Responsible for effective communication with other engineering disciplines.

  • Responsible for compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned.


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

  • Or Bachelor of Science in Mechanical or related Engineering Technology from an ABET accredited program and successful completion of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam

  • Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering may be substituted for 1 year experience

  • 7 years of mechanical engineering experience with industrial heat exchanger design and software such as HTRI, Aspen Plus, HYSIS, or BJAC

  • Professional Engineering License (PE) preferred.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work in a team environment with minimal supervision

  • Previous EPC industry consulting experience and/or exchanger fabrication, operations or maintenance/reliability experience is considered a plus.

  • Familiarity with design codes and standards such as API, PIP and ASME

  • Must be eligible for TWIC

  • Experience with leading the discipline design for large projects and delegating work tasks to team members. Ability to lead execution of work and resolve issues in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills, ability to work methodically and analytically in a quantitative problem-solving environment.

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

  • Ability to perform quality reviews for detailed engineering documents and specifications.

  • Ability to travel.


Burns & McDonnell

9400 Ward Parkway

Kansas City

Kansas United States

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