Company: Petroplan Houston
Skills: Electrical Engineering
Experience: 10 + Years
Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Employment Type: Full Time Contractor
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Houston, Texas, United States

In order to apply for this position, applicants MUST meet the following criteria. If your resume does not match these criteria, you will not be able to apply for this position.

Located in region: North America

Lead Electrical Engineer
The large and complex nature of the electrical power systems and electrical equipment in both the liquefaction plant (LQF) and gas treatment plant (PTF) require specific skills and attention to detail to assure reliable and safe operating plants. For assurance and reliability, it is necessary for the operator to know what physical and code requirements exist in each electrical power system part, and to lead the EPC engineers and designers into compliance with these requirements. Upon reviewing their drawing and specification work products, it is necessary for the Lead Electrical Engineer to review these documents, marking them with corrections when required, and explaining the corrections to the EPC engineers and designers.

  • Ensure safety in electrical design and in plans for onsite construction activity in all areas involving electrical systems, encompassing Shock Hazard, Arc Flash hazard, ground potential rise at high voltage substations, transferred potentials, step and touch potentials, NFPA 101 egress illumination, and similar features of the new plants
  • Contribute to the development of budgets for specific activities or scopes that feature electrical content, and work toward obtaining the most value for funds invested in each case
  • Contribute to the development an integrated schedule for the execution of all tasks that involve electrical equipment or electrical activities. Remain vigilant working toward assurance that all parties continuously meet their obligations in performing to the requirements of the schedule. Contribute toward resolving "roadblocks to progress" as they arise
  • Continuously maintain an overview EPC resource requirements for the execution of all aspects of the electrical engineering, design, and field installation work
  • Continuously work toward updating knowledge of codes and standards to be able to identify all regulatory requirements and confirm that the work of the EPC is compliant
  • Continuously maintain a high level of technical expertise in the key electrical areas of high voltage systems, relaying and overcurrent protection, electrical switchgear, UPS systems, communications systems, motor protection and control, electrical codes and standards, hazardous area classifications and related electrical power system features, lighting, lightning protection, grounding and bonding, and battery systems. Continually discuss these in detail with the EPC engineers to make sure that they are correctly planning their designs, and review their drawings and specifications to identify problems before they can arise in the field
  • Maintain a high level of expertise making use of the latest electrical engineering software to be an asset to the EPC engineers and designers as they encounter technical questions for which they require resolution assistance
  • Seamlessly provide engineering and design drawings for owner-scope projects involving electrical systems, such as electrical dredging and upgrades of existing high voltage substations.
  • Maintain continual vigilance in reviewing vendor shop drawings to assure that they will technically work and that they comply with the plans and specification terms in the operator/EPC Contract
  • Validate what the EPC engineers arrive at a design, such as evaluating the level of Arc Flash incident energy that would be created by the new electrical system
  • Final reviewer of EPC documents, identifying problems before they can arise in the field, such as faulty logic in schematic control drawings
  • Technical expert in the uncommon but important fields in this project of electrical harmonics, VAR flow control, cogeneration, VFDs, differential relaying, large motor protection, gas insulated switchgear, IEC 61850 communications and controls to act as a resource to the EPC engineers as well as a reviewer of engineering deliverable documents and vendor equipment tests.
  • In the PMT, a knowledge bridge between technical specialists on rotating machines, instrumentation and controls, and civil structural that is necessary when these fields overlap.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work to ensure that the equipment planned for installation by the EPC will be safe, operable, and reliable
  • Assist the EPC engineers and designers in planning by suggesting correct solutions
  • Provide technical review of plans and specifications the EPC produces
  • Provide review and comments on the planned schedule, and provide updates on schedule accomplishments as the project continues
  • Accurately report the status of the electrical portions of the project to management with a focus on items that are either late or problematic
  • Work to ensure that the EPC team and their subcontractor team include key skills for the work at hand
  • Final review calculations provided by the EPC engineers and their subcontractors
  • Represent owner/operator in direct interface with the EPC and Owner's Scope contractors for electrical issues
  • Work as a seamless team in the PMT to cover not only electrical issues, but also to assure proper consideration and resolution of multi-discipline issues, such as structural dampening of the motor inertia block movement from electrically induced torsional vibrations
  • Work with the EPC to help to fashion their deliverables into forms and groups that can be used not only to facilitate construction, but that will also be functional as record drawings to which the owner/operator can refer for specific details in future years
  • Represent the best interests of the owner/operator in reviewing cost estimates, budgets, change orders, and vendor offerings



Petroplan is a global organisation which specialises in connecting skilled professionals with exceptional contract and permanent career opportunities throughout the oil, gas and energy industry. This has been our focus since Petroplan was formed in 1976.

Our aim isn't to be the largest industry recruitment specialist but rather the best. As such, our recruitment services, contractor management and specialised support is tailored to meet the individual needs of candidates, contractors and clients. Petroplan's local offices across Europe, the Middle East, North America, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Australasia support projects in over forty countries. Our client portfolio includes multi-national corporations, together with niche organisations focusing on a specialist discipline or location.

For more information on how Petroplan can help you, please feel free to visit our About Us page here;

Petroplan is an established Global Recruitment Organization supplying technical manpower and administrative services to the oil, gas and petro-chemical industries. Formed in 1976, Petroplan has over three decades’ experience and knowledge of global staffing markets to support feasibility studies through engineering and construction to ongoing operations and maintenance contracts.

Petroplan holds major global supply agreements with leading oil, gas and chemical operators and main contractors on a sole or preferred supplier basis. Our network of offices and strategic partner organizations provide on-the-ground support for clients and contracted individuals and teams in over 30 worldwide locations.

Our key discipline areas, which we regularly recruit for our clients, cover all phases of oil and gas exploration, production and refining projects:

  • Project management & engineering
  • Quality management 
  • Project controls & services
  • Subsea & pipelines
  • Supply chain management
  • Construction & commissioning
  • Logistics & procurement
  • Start-up management
  • Discipline engineering
  • Operations & production
  • Process engineering
  • Maintenance operations 
  • HSE
  • Well engineering & drilling

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