Share this Job

Workface Planner

Requisition ID:  220582

Project Overview:

Pennsylvania Chemicals is a world-scale facility that will use ethane to produce 1.6 million tonnes of polyethylene per year. The project will involve up to 6,000 workers during its construction and is expected to employ 600 permanent employees when completed. The ethylene / polyethylene complex will be located in the Ohio River Valley north of Pittsburgh. It comprises an ethane cracker and three polyethylene units, plus OSBL including a gas-fired combined cycle cogeneration unit and a large storage-in-transit rail yard.



Workface Planning is the process of organizing and delivering constructible installation work packages (IWPs) to the General Foremen and Foremen to enable safe, efficient, and predictable construction execution. Workface Planners coordinate inter-disciplinary visual planning, constraints management, and installation work package readiness activities to deliver constructible IWPs to the field.


The Workface Planner (WFP) is responsible for:


1)    Visual Planning

a)    Coordinating interdisciplinary model reviews using 4D Synchro and/or 3D Modeling software

b)    Developing and maintaining workface planning storyboards for key scope

c)    Validating IWP sequencing aligns with construction execution, testing and startup priorities, and project earnings curves.

2)    IWP Readiness

a)    Coordinating construction volume scoping using 3D Modeling software

b)    Coordinate IWP scope adjustment activities to align IWPs to build plan, testing, and startup.

c)    Support field engineering in closing IWP documentation issues.

d)    Conducting CWP Readiness reviews.

3)    Constraints Management

a)    Tracking and providing visibility to constraints to IWP execution and coordinating constraint resolution across project functions.

b)    Providing input to the Level 4 schedule, 90-day WFA, and 3-week lookahead on sequencing and constraints to execution.


Skills Required:


Planning, Coordination, and Communication – Coordinates across functions, both peer-to-peer and vertically, to develop tangible execution strategies. Communicates execution plans and strategies to project and site management, other key project stakeholders, and customer personnel where appropriate. Capable of summarizing large amounts of project data into clear and concise report outs. Ability to interface with personnel of varying backgrounds and skill sets.


Technical Problem-solving – Ability to understand technical problems, identify root causes, and apply technical knowledge to drive teams to identify solutions and develop practical action plans. Ability to think ‘outside the box’ to help resolve challenges and roadblocks as they arise.


Construction Execution – Strong understanding of Bechtel construction execution practices, including roles and responsibilities, common constraints to construction execution, earned value management, BSAPs, programs, and tools, process improvement methodologies, and innovative trends within the construction industry.  Working knowledge of developing unit rate and performance factors, as well as BSAPs and standard programs used on Bechtel EPC projects is preferred (such as Intergraph’s Smart Plant design tools, TeamWorks, Infoworks, Digital Supply Chain, Synchro 4D, NavisWorks, Bechtel Production System, etc.). Good knowledge of requirements for system turnover and commissioning. Some experience in or understanding of electrical field engineering, testing, turnover and/or commissioning is preferred.


Basic Qualifications:

§ Bachelor’s degree in Construction, Engineering or other technical discipline and 6 years of related experience in construction, engineering or project controls, OR in lieu of a degree, 12 years of progressive directly related experience.

§ Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check which includes verification of employment and education. 

§ Knowledge of construction activities as relates to engineering disciplines, cost and scheduling, and contract administration.

§ Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet and technical database applications.

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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 four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. 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, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.