Engineer, Mechanical (Ref ID: 231)

Next Decade

Next Decade

Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 6, 2024


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, as well as 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 net-zero 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 Mechanical Engineer ensures that the proper mechanical design is employed for the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, and startup of Next Decade projects. This position plays a key role in monitoring the activities of the EPC contractor in execution of multiple projects, ensuring that a complete and safe mechanical scope is generated, the mechanical design deliverables are suitable, and the commissioning and startup plans are completed and executed in a safe and efficient manner.

The position is initially based in Houston, TX between NextDecade’s Headquarters, and the EPC offices. The position will also require mobilization to the Rio Grande LNG (RGLNG) site in Brownsville, TX to support construction, commissioning and start-up, and early post-handover operations.


  • Serves as client mechanical engineering support during FEED, detailed design, procurement, construction, commissioning, startup and operation phases of NextDecade projects.
  • Collaborates with the Next Decade Engineering team to ensure that Next Decade facilities are designed to be safe, fit-for-purpose, and meet the specified operational standards.
  • Reviews EPC contractor deliverables including data sheets, design bases, specifications, engineering calculations, vendor documents, engineering studies, reports, and scopes of work.
  • Contributes to the creation of mechanical data sheets, drawings, material requisitions, technical evaluations, and equipment specifications for all heat transfer equipment, such as shell and tube heat exchangers, air cooled heat exchangers, plate and frame heat exchangers, and spiral wound heat exchangers.
  • Participates in technical evaluations, including process hazard analyses, 3D model reviews, and constructability reviews.
  • Facilitates heat transfer related technical discussions with partners such as equipment suppliers, regulators, and technology partners.
  • Oversees the creation of comprehensive equipment monitoring and preservation programs and ensures their successful implementation to ensure target facility reliability and availability.
  • Participates in commissioning activities such as walk-downs, inspections and pre start-up safety reviews.
  • Supervises the EPC contractor on-site to ensure mechanical equipment is delivered and maintained in accordance with project standards and specifications, design, and contractual terms.
  • Ensures that projects are executed in accordance with the organization’s safety regulations, with quality conformance and within schedule.
  • Participates in acceptance testing, including the review of procedures and supervision of acceptance tests at site.


Minimum experience required for the position

  • 5+ years experience in a similar role at an EPC contractor or operator.
  • 3+ years experience during the execution phase on an LNG liquefaction project.
  • Experience in the design, installation, and operation of Piping systems, and Static and Rotating Equipment, which may include Heat exchangers, Tanks, Pressure Vessels, Centrifugal Compressors, Gas Turbines, Dry Gas Seals, Process Pumps, Mechanical Seals, and Lubrication Systems.
  • Experience in the design, installation, operation and maintenance of pressure vessels, heat exchangers, storage tanks, columns, towers and fired heaters.

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required of the position

  • Dedicated to upholding safety, ensuring quality, and protecting the environment.
  • General understanding of the application of ASME codes, TEMA, ALPEMA and API standards.
  • Strong working knowledge of the hydrocarbon processing industry, including LNG, refining, and petrochemicals.
  • Ability to work to project deadlines, assuring the accuracy and timely completion of deliverables.
  • Working knowledge of project documents such as PFD’s, P&ID's, equipment specifications, packaged equipment vendor documents, and commissioning and start up procedures.
  • Working knowledge of the specifications, operation, and maintenance of multiple types of mechanical equipment.
  • Working knowledge of typical work processes employed in the execution of large-scale EPC projects, including management of change, design change evaluations, and requests for information.
  • Ability to develop performance criteria and inspect and test heat exchange equipment.
  • Good peripheral knowledge of the contribution of all disciplines such as process engineering, control systems, rotating equipment, and piping engineering to the success of project execution.
  • Working knowledge and experience as a mechanical engineer for an LNG and/or petrochemical company owner or EPC/Contractor.

Required education

  • Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering

Preferred education

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas


  • 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.

*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.