Senior Pipe Stress Engineer

Requisition ID: 269571 

  • Relocation Authorized: None 
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework 
  • Work Location: Various Permanent Bechtel Office Locations 


Hybrid Schedule. Location: Houston, TX/Reston, VA/Chandler, AZ


Company Overview:

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 customer’s objectives to create a lasting positive impact.


We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining and Metals; and Manufacturing and Technology markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.


Core to Bechtel are 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 expect, and how we deliver.


Position Summary:

Bechtel is seeking a Senior Pipe Stress Engineer to join the Plant Design and Piping department within the Manufacturing and Technology Business Unit (M&T). The prime roles and responsibilities include:

Serves as lead or area lead on assigned project to develop an area from conceptual phase to EPC phase. Plans and conducts independent work within M&T to support all business lines (Semiconductor, Electric Vehicle, Battery, and Data Center) requiring judgment in evaluation, selection, application and adaption of design on a project. Knows applicable industry standards and codes, accepted design practices and quality standards for a global business unit.


Job Dimensions:

A. Supervision Received 

  • Receives operational supervision and technical guidance from a Project Engineering Manager, Engineering Supervisor, or Chief Engineer.

B. Supervision Exercised 

  • Provides operational direction and technical guidance to subordinate engineer, designer and drafter personnel as directed.

C. Contacts 

  • Establishes and maintains communication with design and engineering supervisors in charge of related disciplines and with administrative personnel within the group or project. Consults with equipment suppliers, technical specialists, other disciplines/functions and client representatives as directed to provide and receive technical information and to ensure the coordination of the work within the project or assignment and compliance with Bechtel/client requirements.



  • Serves as lead or area lead on assigned project to develop an area from conceptual phase to production phase.
  • Responsible for assigned activities and deliverables within an engineering or design discipline on the projects.
  • Applies broad knowledge of engineering principles and practices to project engineering in the preparation of designs and deliverables.
  • Performs pipe stress analysis of systems in accordance with applicable codes such as ASME B31.3. The stress work includes the modeling of the piping systems to verify piping flexibility, stability, and qualification of equipment nozzle loads. Work closely with layout personnel and pipe support engineers to deliver a quality and cost-effective design.
  • Makes decisions concerning problems within the discipline on the project.
  • Represents the discipline on the project and with the client as directed to resolve technical questions.
  • Plans, develops, coordinates and reviews design work within a medium size discipline work group on projects of medium size or assignments in support of global business unit.
  • Coordinates and interfaces as directed with the day-to-day technical work of discipline engineers, specialists, designers and drafters.
  • Communicates complex technical issues and recommends solutions to upper management.
  • Facilitates technical discussions with third parties (client, suppliers, regulators).
  • Prepares or oversees the preparation of discipline estimates and work plan in accordance with project scope, schedule and budget, and manages implementation and performance accordingly.
  • Supports function initiatives of developing Engineering Department Procedures (EDPs), Bechtel design guides, appropriate Bechtel Standard Computer Applications (BSAPs) and administrative practices.
  • Coordinates with client representatives as delegated to obtain approval on phases of work.
  • Reviews and approves key engineering drawings and calculations and bid summaries.
  • Coordinates assigned design work with other project groups.
  • Mentors designers and drafters by providing appropriate on-the-job training for their professional development.
  • Promotes the creation of a work environment, supported by leadership, which fosters openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications:

  • Level 1:  BS degree in a job-related engineering discipline from an accredited university or college (or international equivalent) with minimum 9 years of progressive relevant experience.
  • Level 2:  BS degree in a job-related engineering discipline from an accredited university or college (or international equivalent) with minimum 13 years of progressive relevant experience.
  • Broad knowledge of industry/regulatory codes and standards and design criteria pertinent to the discipline. Knowledge of systems, calculations, equipment, applications of methods, plant layout, materials, and computers for preparation of analyses and development of project deliverables within the discipline. Knowledge and understanding of technical and cost issues related to selection of design features within the discipline.
  • Prior experience on executing pipe stress works in EPC projects with significant module scope of work.
  • Working knowledge of dynamic analysis and ASME B31.3 or B31.1 Codes.
  • In-depth knowledge of stress analysis software such as Caesar 2, Auto pipe, etc. and its applicability and interpretation.
  • Ability to identify different stress packages through review of P&IDs / Line Designation tables.
  • General knowledge of technical responsibilities of other groups associated with the total design effort.
  • Extensive technical knowledge of engineering systems, engineering calculations, applications of engineering methods and materials and applications of computers 2-D and 3-D computer aided analysis, design (CAD) and engineering (CAE) to engineering problems.
  • Knowledge of global business unit activities and operations including business development, legal, procurement, construction, environmental safety and health (ES&H), and quality assurance.
  • Skill in leading the technical work of less experienced designers and/or drafters who share in the design effort.
  • Demonstrated strong frontline leadership skills and emphasis on continuous improvement and team building and an ability to cope with conflicting deadlines, frequent interruptions, and multiple tasks.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree and PE registration in one state or country are preferred.
  • Module project experience is a plus.
  • Prior work experience and responsibility for the supervision on a medium or major size project in pipe stress at Bechtel.
  • Experience in coordinating with global execution teams and offices.
  • Knowledge of Bechtel Engineering Department Procedures.
  • Prior experience in planning and executing greenfield or brownfield projects in one or more of the following market segments: Semiconductor, Electric Vehicle, Battery, or Data Center.



Communication, Development, Engagement, Safety, Self-Discipline, Teamwork, Values & Covenants.


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; Energy; 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 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.

In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking.