Engineer, Process (Ref ID: 102)

Next Decade

Next Decade

Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2023


NextDecade Corporation is an energy company accelerating the path to a net-zero future and leading innovation in more sustainable LNG and carbon capture solutions, NextDecade is committed to providing the world access to cleaner energy. Through our wholly owned subsidiaries Rio Grande LNG and NEXT Carbon Solutions, we are developing a 27 MTPA LNG export facility in South Texas along with one of the largest carbon capture and storage projects in North America. We are also working with third-party customers around the world to deploy our proprietary processes to lower the cost of carbon capture and storage and reduce CO2 emissions at their industrial-scale facilities. By combining emissions reduction associated with our carbon capture and storage project, responsibly sourced gas, and our pledge to use NetZero electricity, Rio Grande LNG is expected to produce a lower carbon intensive LNG for the world.

NextDecade’s common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol “NEXT.” NextDecade is headquartered in Houston, Texas.


The Process Engineer ensures that the proper process design is employed for the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, and startup of Next decade projects. The position plays a key role in monitoring the activities of the EPC contractor in execution of multiple projects, ensuring that a complete and safe process scope is generated, that the process design deliverables are suitable and that the commissioning and startup plans are completed and executed in a safe and efficient manner.


  • Key member of the process engineering team which leads the interface across all engineering disciplines to ensure the design intent of the process and supporting utilities are met.
  • QA/QC review of all applicable calculations by EPC contractor, and provide comments and guidance as appropriate.
  • Validate content of drawings and specifications from EPC contractor to ensure that they meet the Scope of Work and Basis of Design
  • Write new Owner process equipment and piping specifications, develop new details, as required for project.
  • Analyze process systems and develop methods for de-bottlenecking.
  • Prepare documents (P&ID’s, PFD’s) for Hazards Analysis and lead HAZOPs and other formal safety reviews.
  • Generate control philosophies and sequence of operations for processes.
  • Review Designer’s quality on RFI answers, and submittal review
  • Write studies and reports for process systems on projects.
  • Perform economic evaluations for processes.
  • Perform front-end loading of process systems.
  • Review and monitor process design and engineering of LNG liquefaction plant
  • Coordinate process technology licensor activities
  • Provide timely review of Contractor process engineering deliverables including PFD, PID, HMB, Datasheets, equipment sizing, DPDT, hydraulic calculations, Process descriptions etc.
  • Supports risk management activities such as LOPA and HAZOP
  • Provide support to operations readiness, commissioning and start-up activities
  • Resolve process engineering issues with EPC contractor, consultants, operations, maintenance and others including responses to FERC


Minimum experience required for the position

  • 7+ years experience in similar positions on large capital development projects, either as EPC or client
  • 5 years experience of LNG projects including at least 5 years in execution phase, from detailed design through to startup

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required of the position

  • Has a thorough and in-depth understanding of APCI liquefaction process.
  • Knowledge of applicable process specifications and requirements.
  • Strong knowledge of applicable codes and standards.
  • Experience with process simulation such as HYSYS, Unisim, PRO II, ProMax etc. required with demonstrated real world model validation and application.
  • Familiarity with process deliverables including PFD, PID, HMB, Datasheets, equipment sizing, DPDT, hydraulic calculations, and functional descriptions.
  • Familiarity with Battery Limit Lists such as the line lists, equipment list, load list, instrument list etc.
  • Familiarity with de-pressuring, relief valve sizing / scenario documentation, flare system analysis and final reporting, including the sizing of the relief valve inlet and outlet line sizing.
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of process chemistry and engineering.
  • Broad based knowledge and experience in chemical process and unit operations.
  • Understanding of chemical process control and safety system design, including Safety Case.
  • Strong IT skills, computational and data analysis skills.
  • Rapid problem solving together with the ability to multitask.

Required education

  • Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering

Preferred education

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas
  • Masters degree in Chemical Engineering


  • Communicates effectively at all levels of the organization to ensure clarity in expectations requirements, and deliverables. Excellent analytical skills.
  • Team Player, good communication and reporting skills
  • Welcomes working in a fast paced challenging and diverse entrepreneurial environment.
  • Hands-on type of personality

*In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.


  • Safety – We make safety a priority. Everything we do relies on the safety of our people and the communities around us.
  • Integrity – We do the right thing, and are open, ethical, and fair. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in all that we do.
  • Honesty – We value truth and honesty in ourselves and others. We honor our commitments and take responsibility for our actions.
  • Respect – We listen, and respect people, the environment, and the communities in which we live and work.
  • Transparency – Transparency builds trust. We promote open communication with our people, our customers, and all our stakeholders.
  • Diversity – We value diversity of people and thought. It takes people with different strengths, ideas, and cultural backgrounds to make our company succeed.