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IHS., Inc. (posted 4 December 2013)

IHS, Inc. has the following open position with an anticipated hire date in January 2014:

Title:  Senior Principal Analyst for the Process Economics Program (PEP) with Deep Process Chemical Engineering Design Experiences
The Process Economic Program (PEP) develops conceptual designs and costs for processes used in chemical and energy industries. This position is required to provide in-depth knowledge of chemistry and catalysts, critical to process evaluation and economics.
General Job Duties:
Produce scheduled reports and reviews needed to support program commitments
Participate in consulting projects as needed
Develop new ideas for report topics
Specific Job Duties:
Write at least the equivalent of one PEP report per calendar year.  A PEP Report is an in-depth, independent technical and economic evaluation of several chemical process technologies.
a. Scope report
b. Patent and literature research
c. Reduce information to provide design basis for process technologies to be covered in report
d. Develop conceptual process designs using simulation tools
e. Size required major equipment and generate capital cost estimate and operating economics for each process using in-house proprietary software, or other tools
f. Compare results against other available technologies and draw conclusions
g. Presentation of work in a clear, concise report
Additional, write at least one (usually 2) PEP review(s) per calendar year.  A PEP review is a report on a hot issue affecting the chemical industry.
Lead or participate in consulting projects utilizing deep understanding of chemical markets and technology, to answer specific questions for clients. For this activity the following skills are critical:
a. Effective communication skills including ability to develop presentation of findings suitable for upper management review.
b. Ability to interact with the client, either internal or external, and identify the critical elements that need to be examined from a process standpoint.
c. Successfully participate on cross-program teams
Other additional duties may include:
·         Conference participation/invitations to speak
·         Write papers for industry journals.
·         Mentor and coach new employees.
·         Innovate
·         Participate in marketing events.
Bay Area (San Francisco/Santa Clara, CA)
Required Experience:
·         10 plus years or more in process engineering, design and/or operations.
·         Experience in developing process simulations using AspenPlus or other tools.
·         Experience in cost estimation and project economics analysis.
·         BS Chemical Engineering
·         MS and/or Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering a plus
·         10 or more years of experience in process design including lead position in process engineering or technology evaluation roles is expected.
·         Plant operations experience is a plus.
·         A strong understanding of Chemistry is a must; additional information related to catalysts is a plus.
·         Demonstrated competency developing process design using engineering simulation software preferably AspenPlus.
·         Proficiency in developing process simulations using AspenPlus or other tools a plus.
·         Proficiency in cost estimation a plus
·         Experience performing process economic evaluations.
·         Highly proficient use of internet search engines and other online technical databases for patent and literature searches is required.
·         Excellent technical writing and presentation skills required.
·         Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently in a deadline-oriented environment.
·         Demonstrated experience that indicates the ability to quickly learn and summarize and utilize extremely complex information.
·         Strong interpersonal skills to be able to work on global teams.
Other skills:
Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2007 applications, primarily Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
5% of the time
Organizational Relationships
This position reports to Global Managing Director of PEP
Visit the IHS, Inc. career website to apply for the position. 

 Pentair Logo(posted 22 Oct 2013)

Engineering Career Opportunities – San Francisco Bay Area
Pentair is 30,000 employees strong.  We work around the globe to deliver industry leading products, services and solutions for our customers' diverse needs in water and other fluids, thermal management and equipment protection.  Our inventive thinking, collaborative spirit, disciplined work ethic and breadth of experts allow us to deliver inspired solutions for a changing world.  Through our capabilities as a company, our innovative products and our 'Win Right' values, we have the opportunity to define a clear and compelling role for Pentair in the global community.
Pentair's Thermal Management GBU, formerly known as Tyco Thermal Controls/Tracer Industries, is a world leading provider of heat management systems for industrial and commercial facilities, with operations in more than 50 countries.  Our four principle business segments are industrial heat management products, building and infrastructure solutions, engineered and specialty technologies, and turnkey solutions including engineering, products, procurement, installation, and maintenance services.  Additionally, we provide heat tracing, floor heating, fire-rated and specialty wiring, sensing, and snow melting and de-icing solutions for industrial, commercial and residential use.  Some of our world class brands include: DigiTrace, HEW-THERM, Pyrotenax, Raychem, T2, Tracer, and TraceTek.
Certification and Compliance Engineer (San Francisco Bay Area – Menlo Park)  Job number 1310851.
The successful candidate will manage the relationship between Pentair Thermal Management and external government and private approvals agencies.  Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Ensure Pentair Thermal Management products comply with all relevant regulations, codes, and standards.
  • Prepare and maintain submittal and relevant supporting documentation for third party approvals.
  • Research and analysis of product requirements based on governmental, Pentair Thermal Management, and customer requirements.
  • Work with project teams to help develop products that comply with internal and external requirements.
  • Oversee testing of Engineers and Technicians for third party approvals of our products.
  • Engineering, science or quality assurance degree, preferably including experience in thermo-dynamics; or equivalent experience (Minimum 3 years) in relevant industry.
  • Experience:
  • 2 - 5 years in manufacturing engineering environment, product development or qualification testing.
  • Experience working with external testing agencies, e.g., UL, CSA, FM is desirable.
  • Familiar with requirements of ISO 9001-2008 and internal auditing experience a plus.
  • Familiar with requirements of ATEX and IECEx Scheme a plus.
  • Must be a good communicator/negotiator (both internally and in groups comprised of customers, agencies), i.e, calm, even tempered, but committed to the goal.
  • Must be willing to travel nationally and internationally.
  • Detail oriented while keeping the big picture in mind.
  • Able to read and interpret product standards.
  • Competent with Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Senior Product Development Engineer – Job number 1310981
Location: Menlo Park, CA (San Francisco Bay area)
The successful candidate will provide metallurgical expertise and support for the Research and Development (R&D) of new products and materials used in industrial heat-tracing. 
Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Familiarity with the selection, fabrication, working, heat treating, and failure analysis of stainless steels, high-nickel alloys, and resistance-wire alloys.
  • Make recommendations on alloy selection for various applications.
  • Performing basic metallography and failure analysis.
  • Ability to implement standard laboratory safety procedures associated with the above tasks.
  • Knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of various metal joining techniques (e.g. welding and brazing is desirable (hands-on experience with TIG/MIG welding very desirable). 
  • Also desirable is a working knowledge of corrosion as relates to applications in petrochemical or other heavy-industrial environments. 
  • Master of Science/Engineering or higher in Metallurgy, Materials Science, or a related field.
  • Hands-on experience working in a laboratory research environment.
  • Alloy selection for corrosive environments.
  • Metallographic sample preparation: sample mounting; grinding, polishing; etching.
  • Microscopy and micro-hardness testing; sample inspection at low magnification; stereo microscopes; image acquisition software; Vicker's hardness.
  • Welding and/or brazing; life and/or corrosion testing.
  • Furnaces and ovens: safe operation; controller programming; heat treating and/or thermal ageing.
  • Fractography and failure analysis of stainless steel and stainless weldments.
  • Gathering raw data accurately; performing arithmetic analyses and data reduction (ex., creating tables and graphs, etc.)
  • Familiarity with basic ceramic processing methods, including: ball milling, drying and sieving, pressing, and sintering.
  • Basic electrical measurements:  use of bench-top and handheld DMM's, AC/DC power supplies, etc.
  • Very good experimental skills; manual dexterity with a delicate touch; excellent observational skills.
  • Familiarity with chemical and electrical laboratory operations and procedures with attention to safety.
  • Adept at working with Excel and Word software.
  • Team player with good communication (both written & verbal) and interpersonal skills.
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 (Posted 16 Oct 2013)
Katin Engineering Consulting is searching for a part-time chemical engineer preferably with P.E.  Prospect needs to be self-motivated to complete assigned job tasks.
A successful candidate will have:
·         Minimum BS in an engineering discipline preferred in Chemical Engineering.
·         Engineering design and project experience.
·         Experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. 
·         Excellent written and oral communication skills.
·         Knowledge of process engineering workflow and the production of Process Engineering deliverables such as:   PFD's, P&ID's, equipment and instrument datasheets and engineering specification and reports.
·         Local travel required.  Travel outside the local area will depend on the project
Current projects include: 
  • evaluate energy savings on industrial and commercial projects
  • design a small biodiesel plant
  • evaluate greenhouse gases in energy savings projects for the water treatment industry
  • designing improvements to an existing groundwater remediation system
  • evaluate solar equipment and compare it to NRTL requirements
  • public outreach regarding renewable distributed generation
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter explaining their experience in the projects listed and their desired hourly rate to .

PG&E Logo (Posted 15 Oct 2013) 

 PG&E Talent Connect

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an AA/EEO employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce.
Job Posting Title
Process Hazard Analysis Engineer, Principal
Job Posting Date: 10/10/2013
Requisition #: 51474409-E02
Job Category: Engineering
Job Level: 4. Manager/Principal
Pacific Gas and Electric Company is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States and is a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG). The Utility provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million customers throughout a 70,000 square-mile territory in northern and central California. The company was founded in 1905 and has approximately 20,000 employees. In 2009, PG&E generated operating revenues of over $13 billion.
PG&E's power comes from a diverse mix of generating sources, both conventional and renewable, and both small and large. In addition to buying power from other power suppliers, the company generates power from a large network of hydroelectric powerhouses, a nuclear power plant and natural gas-fired power plants. PG&E is committed to environmental stewardship and developing innovative renewable energy programs. PG&E is the nation's largest solar utility with over 12,000 solar-generating customers; it has the largest alternative energy fleet in the utility industry with over 1,100 alternative fueled cars and trucks; and it has one of the lowest rates of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation (58% below the national average).
Safety is a core company value at PG&E. Our Vision and Values statement outlines that, "We are accountable for all of our own actions: these include safety, protecting the environment, and supporting our communities." The company drives the priority and awareness of safety in daily communication, weekly reporting throughout the organization, as well as in major programs, events and initiatives. Protecting the safety of employees and the public is a value lived both at work and at home for PG&E.
Department Overview
Engineering and Design Department
Gas Safety Excellence (GSE) is a cornerstone of our commitment to managing risk and driving continuous improvement in our operations. GSE is the methodology we use to maintain the health and reliability of our corporate assets at every stage in their life cycle.
Gas Operations is focused on ensuring the safe and reliable flow of natural gas to our customers. As a whole, Gas Operations is responsible for all aspects of PG&E's gas distribution and transmission operations, including planning, engineering, maintenance and construction, restoration and emergency response. The Engineering and Design function creates solutions leading to new or improved facilities across all Gas Operations assets.
Position Summary
The Principal Process Hazard Analysis Engineer will contribute to the development and deployment of a sustainable and effective risk-based Process Safety Management system to ensure safe operation of gas assets in order to protect the public and employees, the environment and property in support of PG&E’s Gas Safety Excellence Program. The primary roles for this position will be to facilitate Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) studies across gas operations assets by using various methodologies, including: HAZOP, What-If, Checklist, FMEA, LOPA, etc. and assisting stakeholders mitigating asset risks; facilitate pre-startup safety reviews (PSSR); develop process safety procedures and standards.
·Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent discipline
·10+ years of experience in facilities design or operations within the Oil & Gas and/or Chemical Industry
·Master's degree
·Technical competence in PHA methodologies including but not limited to: HAZOP, What-If, Checklist, FMEA, LOPA, etc. and Quantitative Risk Assessment
·Experience with PHA software such as PHA Works or equivalent
·PHA Facilitator experience
·Experience in Oil & Gas operations or Chemical Industry
·Strong process engineering background
·Ability to read and develop P&IDs
·Excellent verbal and written communication skills
·Ability to work with a diverse team including safety engineers, process engineers, subject matter experts, operators
·Ability to guide team discussions and deliver consensus
·Understands projects, operations & integrity interfaces with a good appreciation of stakeholders' business risk drivers
·Ability to administer and develop training
·Proficiency in MS Office applications: applicant must be able to build and manage tracking tools using Excel and provide statistical analysis and written reports
·Ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams
·Engages Asset Owners to collect Process Safety Information (design, operations and other data) for PHA
·Plans the logistics of PHA sessions
·Selects the appropriate PHA methodology and applies fit-for-purpose for the asset using Risk Ranking methodology
·Provides training to the PHA Team with regards to the overall PHA process and methodology
·Defines individual nodes, including identification of any pertinent previous incidents occurring in each particular node, and, if included within the scope of the PHA, any critical procedures or procedural steps that should be reviewed in each particular node
·Facilitates and documents PHA sessions promoting participation from all PHA Team members
·Maintains the official set of study P&ID's for inclusion in the PHA Report
·Develops and publishes the PHA Report
·Works with the Gas Operations Risk Management function and asset owners to integrate PHA hazards with the assets’ threat matrices and risk registers
·Understands the Enterprise Risk Management reporting requirements and facilitates the asset family in achieving these
Employment Type: Management
Schedule: Full-time
Work Location: Bishop Ranch 1, Building Y
City: San Ramon
Zip Code: 94583

AME(Posted 14 Oct 2013)

Acton · Mickelson · Environmental, Inc. (AME) is a full service environmental engineering and consulting firm headquartered in El Dorado Hills, California (Sacramento area). AME provides scientific and engineering excellence to oil companies, manufacturers, insurance companies, and financial institutions among America’s largest Fortune 500 companies. We assess, define, and remediate environmental risks and impacts to client operations and properties, and in so doing have established a sound record of accomplishment and growth using decades of industry experience to consistently fulfill our mission of providing technical superiority, financial responsibility, and client satisfaction. Our specialties include site characterization and remediation, multi-dimensional visualization, groundwater modeling and fate and transport analysis, and litigation support and expert testimony.

Project Engineer

AME is seeking a project engineer for our office in El Dorado Hills, California. The candidate will direct, coordinate, and exercise functional authority for planning, organization, control, integration, and completion of engineering projects within areas of assigned responsibility by performing the following duties personally, with peers, or through subordinates.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

·         Coordinate remediation system operation and maintenance for optimum operating efficiency and environmental (permit) compliance.

·         Obtain permits to construct and operate remediation systems, including interface with permitting agencies when necessary.

·         Design (and review design of) remediation systems in (for) adherence with engineering principles, company standards, customer contract requirements, regulatory requirements, and other applicable standards.

·         Prepare cost estimates and proposals.

·         Develop cost-effective remediation strategies based on characterization data.

·         Prepare project budgets.

·         Develop strategies to achieve site closures or other client objectives.

·         Prepare (review) reports with (for) accuracy and adherence to company standards and regulatory requirements; steward reports to meet deadlines.

·         Train junior engineers and geologists in company standards, customer contract requirements, regulatory requirements, and other applicable practices.


BS Civil, Chemical, or Environmental Engineer, with 5 to 10 years experience related to soil and groundwater remediation system design, permitting, construction, and operation & maintenance. Professional registration desirable but not required.

40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations (HAZWOPPER) training and current 8-hour HAZWOPPER refresher training desirable but not required.

The candidate must be willing to travel to project sites (mostly within Northern California) on a 25 to 50 percent basis, and must have a valid drivers license.

Interested applicants should e-mail their resume to Jim Twiford, Manager-Engineering, at

For more information on our company, please visit


Membrane Technology and Research Inc

JOB OPPORTUNITIES at Membrane Technology and Research Inc. (Posted: 18 Sep 2013)


Membrane Technology and Research, Inc., a world leader in the development and production of membrane-based separation systems for the petrochemical, natural gas and refining industries, has the following job openings:


SALES ENGINEER (Petrochemical)

Under the direction of the Product Director, the Sales Engineer is primarily responsible for designing and selling MTR’s customized systems.  This position will pursue inquiries, develop leads, qualify inquiries, simulate process, size equipment, get quotes, estimate total job costs and prepare proposals; develop P&ID’s.

This position requires a BS or MS in Chemical Engineering or related science; 2+ years relevant work experience and extensive knowledge of target industry.


SALES MANAGER (Natural Gas, Based in Denver)

Under the direction of the Product Director, the Sales Manager is primarily responsible for designing and selling MTR’s customized systems.  This position will solicit, evaluate and pursue inquiries from prospects, probe to determine competitive situation, negotiate terms (simple and complex jobs), close sales (simple and complex jobs), pursue new applications, estimate market potential, evaluate business plans, generate promotional material; make sales calls independently.

This position requires a BS or MS in Chemical Engineering or related science, full mastery of product group’s applications and understanding of all MTR commercial applications; extensive and broad knowledge in field of specialization and knowledge of other fields.

MTR is located in Newark, CA, has an energetic, team oriented environment with flexible work hours and a competitive benefit package.


Interested applicants should submit their resume/cover letter as follows:


By E-mail:

 By Fax:


 By Mail:

 Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.

Attn:  Human Resources

39630 Eureka Drive

Newark, CA 94560


MTR is an equal opportunity employer.