Senior Plate Structures FEA Analyst

Requisition ID: 273217 

  • Relocation Authorized: None 
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework 
  • Work Location: Houston, TX 

Bechtel Overview

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Senior Plate Structures FEA Analyst

A Senior FEA Analyst for plate structures is a critical role in ensuring the safety and functionality of storage tanks, pressure vessels, and other similar components. They must have a deep understanding of structural mechanics, materials, and industry codes, and the ability to conduct advanced finite element analysis (FEA) to evaluate and optimize these structures.


  • Conduct FEA simulations to assess the structural integrity, stability, and performance of plate structures.
  • Develop and refine structural design concepts and solutions based on analysis results.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant industry codes and standards (e.g., ASME, API) in the design process.
  • Create detailed finite element models of plate structures, accounting for material properties, geometry, and loading conditions.
  • Perform linear and nonlinear FEA simulations to evaluate stresses, deformations, and other relevant parameters.
  • Investigate the effects of various operating conditions (temperature, pressure, etc.) on the structure's behavior.
  • Perform fatigue analysis to estimate the life expectancy of the structure under cyclic loading conditions.
  • Analyze the stability of plate structures to prevent buckling.
  • Investigate any structural failures, identify root causes, and propose corrective actions.
  • Prepare and review design documentation to demonstrate code compliance.
  • Collaborate with design engineers, and other disciplines to optimize designs and resolve issues.
  • Provide technical guidance to junior analysts and other team members.
  • Maintain detailed records of analysis methodologies, assumptions, and results for future reference and auditing purposes.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and documentation for regulatory agencies, clients, and internal use.
  • Ensure the accuracy and reliability of FEA results through quality assurance processes.
  • Review and validate FEA models and results to eliminate errors and uncertainties.
  • Stay current with industry trends, software tools, and analysis techniques.
  • Seek opportunities for innovation and improved efficiency in FEA processes.
  • Assess safety risks associated with the design and operation of plate structures and propose risk mitigation strategies.

 Qualifications and Skills

  • Hold a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Structural or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited AET university or its equivalent.
  •  Possess over 10 years of experience in conducting finite element analysis using Ansys APDL and Ansys Workbench.
  • Preferably, have a background in working with LS-DYNA.
  • Must be familiar with the utilization of APDL command snippets within Workbench Mechanical.
  • Demonstrate exceptional proficiency in various forms of finite element analysis, including but not limited to static structural, linear/nonlinear, elastic-plastic, thermal (steady-state and transient), buckling, fatigue, modal, response spectrum, and time-history analysis.
  •  Exhibit excellent skills in the analysis of plate structures subjected to different types of loads, including internal/external pressures, wind loads, seismic loads, snow loads, blast loads, and impact loads.
  • Knowledge of tank design codes such as API 650, API 620, API 625, ACI 376, and EN14620.
  • Be well-versed in vessel design codes including ASME Section VIII, Division 1 and 2, and PD 5500.
  • Familiarity with LNG-related US and EN regulatory codes and standards, such as 49 CFR 193, NFPA 59A, and EN1473 is preferred.
  • Have a thorough understanding of ASME VIII, Division 2, Part 5, which pertains to "Design by Analysis."
  • Experience in creep-fatigue analysis at elevated temperatures in accordance with ASME Section III, Division 5 will be considered an additional advantage.
  • Must possess strong report writing skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and effective time management.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to safety, ethics, and integrity in all aspects of work.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • Holds Ph.D. in Structural or Mechanical Engineering
  • Experience in the analysis of large LNG Storage Tanks

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.

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