PPL R&D Engineer - Gasification in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas, United States

Job Overview:

This position is within the Lummus Technology R&D group in support of the Gasification technology business line and reports to the Vice President Research & Development.  The Gasification Principal R&D Engineer leads technology development projects designed to improve the performance and reliability of the E-Gas technology portfolio.  The incumbent also provides expert guidance to the Gasification Business Development and Engineering Departments in the assessment of feedstock suitability, ash chemistry, kinetic modelling and overall performance characteristics.

Key Responsibilities/Accountabilities:

  • Interfaces with internal and third party laboratories to assess feedstock properties and characteristics.
  • Recommend feedstock property limitations for reliable operation.
  • Recommend optimal operating conditions based on feedstock properties.
  • Leads projects to improve process efficiency and reliability.
  • Perform technical assessment of existing relevant technologies to improve gasification performance and reliability.
  • Participates in development of standards and process design tools.
  • In-house support to start-up and technical service assignments.
  • Attends training and supports technology development projects.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
  • 15 years of relevant industry experience.
  • Expertise in gasification, petroleum coke and coal chemistry, ash chemistry and solids handling

Desired/Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in gasification or coal combustion
  • Experience with furnace and boiler design and operation.
  • Experience in technology development and technical assessment of same.
  • Expertise in water chemistry and water treatment technologies.
  • Possess understanding of process and mechanical engineering fundamentals.
  • Experience with solids handling, dry solids conveying, and slurry transportation.
  • Strong planning and execution skills.
  • Ability to travel internationally to meetings and plant sites (up to 20%).

Other Details:

The wholly owned subsidiary of McDermott International, Lummus Technology and its Refining and Gasification Business Unit is responsible for licensing its Gasification technology portfolio for coal and petcoke gasification projects. The E-Gas technology converts coal and petcoke into syngas for utilization in Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle plants, Substitute Natural Gas plants, Coal to Liquids and Coal to Chemical plants. The R&D group provides comprehensive technical evaluations, models and basis of design guidelines to the Gasification process engineering group throughout the project life cycle from Feasibility Studies, through Engineering, Procurement, & Construction, Commissioning, Start-up and into Operations.

Company Overview:

McDermott is a premier, fully-integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry. For more than a century, customers have trusted McDermott to design and build end-to-end infrastructure and technology solutionsfrom the wellhead to the storage tankto transport and transform oil and gas into the products the world needs today.

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