Area Field Engineer

Requisition ID: 275021 

  • Relocation Authorized: National - Single 
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project 
  • Work Location: Brownsville, TX 


Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.


Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact. We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals, and the Manufacturing and Technology markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.


Core to Bechtel is our values – ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants – integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers can expect, and how we deliver.


Project Overview

Bechtel is partnering with NextDecade to support their vision to provide the world access to lower carbon intensive energy with their Rio Grande LNG (RGLNG) project in Brownsville, Texas.


RGLNG is a natural gas liquefaction and export terminal situated on a 984-acre site on the banks of the Brownsville ship channel. The first phase of the RGLNG project consists of three liquefaction trains, two storage tanks and one marine berth. At full capacity, the five-train facility will have a production capacity of 27 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).


Brownsville, Texas is a city known for its diverse history, tradition, and rich culture. Located in the southernmost region in the beautiful state of Texas, lays Brownsville a rich, tropical oasis bordering the Rio Grande River and near the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Brownsville embraces innovation, looks forward to the future and beyond!


Project Summary

Responsible for the organization and direction of construction engineering personnel and activities relating to construction engineering, subcontracts, and engineering liaison to the design functional group. Interprets design drawings and specifications. Supervises field verification of materials. Provides technical direction to construction engineers and superintendents in a wide range of construction engineering and design functions relating to multi-discipline engineering in an area or to a single discipline on the overall project.


Job Dimensions

Supervision Received

  •  Receives technical and operational guidance from assigned Construction Manager, Chief Construction Engineer, or other assigned supervising manager.

Supervision Exercised

  • Provides technical and administrative direction to assigned subordinate construction engineers. May provide supervision to craft personnel.


  • Jobsite contacts are with jobsite personnel including superintendents and subcontractors related to construction engineering and the customer’s resident engineering and operating personnel to coordinate construction activities.



  • Develops and recommends the construction engineering organization for approval by the Site Manager (or appropriate level of Project Management) and prepares employee requisitions.
  • Coordinates with engineering on constructability and design issues and monitors the interfacing between the construction automation plan and the project controls program at the jobsite.
  • Establishes a Design/Field Engineering working relationship and lines of communication with the Project Engineer including agreement on engineering deliverables. 
  • Responsible for quantity take-off, control, reporting and forecasting, and ensures the implementation of project environmental control plan(s) as required.
  • Directs the design of temporary construction facilities, preparation of cost estimates for construction activities and coordinates the preparation of cost reports, forecast and progress reports. 
  • Reviews and provides input to project controls documents on progress relating to cost and schedule, and material receiving reports and warehousing to assure delivery of correct materials.
  • Develops and ensures the implementation of the project construction procedures from the Standard Work Process Procedures (SWPPs).
  • Coordinates any deviations from SWPPs and subcontract activities to ensure materials, equipment and quality comply with design plans and specifications.
  • Plans and recommends procedures to be implemented by superintendents to ensure construction operations are within requirements of engineering design and specifications.
  • Directs the maintenance of construction engineering records for job history. Supervises the receiving, distribution and filing of plans and specifications.
  • Works with customer’s resident engineering and operating personnel to coordinate construction activities.
  • Implements controls over variables affecting job progress to ensure engineering and procurement provide timely delivery of drawings, materials, and equipment and to ensure that other corporate programs are fully utilized.
  • Administers assigned subcontracts to ensure completeness and that they are up to date.
  • Coordinates with the Site Manager on contract administration and activities affecting the contract administration operation.
  • Administers major subcontract changes and represents the company in major contractual discussions and negotiations.
  • Performs employee reviews for subordinate personnel and assists in their development and ensures that subordinate personnel receive progressive training.
  • Reviews and provides input to the project staffing plan for construction engineers and associated personnel.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications

  • A recognized degree in an engineering or scientific discipline and specialized courses in construction management, Actual work experience leading to a thorough understanding of the technical knowledge described above.


Additional Qualifications

  • Technical knowledge of all phases of construction engineering relating to a single discipline interfacing with all areas, or in a multi-discipline position assigned to a single area. 
  • Thorough knowledge of construction activities as they relate to engineering disciplines, cost and scheduling, and contract administration.
  • Familiar with Bechtel’s Business Ethics handbook and policies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the application and requirements of the Project Environmental, Safety & Health (ES&H) Handbook and the Bechtel Core Processes as they relate to area of responsibility.
  • Knowledge of project-specific environmental compliance requirements. 
  • Knowledge of Bechtel’s “Zero Accidents” safety program.
  • Knowledge of the use of subcontracts; knowledge of the contractor/subcontractor’s responsibilities contained in subcontract documents.
  • Prior experience supervising and administering subcontractors.




Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through five global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals; and Manufacturing & Technology. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Bechtel employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or show proof of a negative test result prior to accessing Bechtel sites/facilities to the extent required by applicable law or by customer requirements.