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Global Machinery Engineer


Houston, TX, US, 77049

Req ID:  83999
Facility:  Channelview-Hec-130
Department:  Mechanical Engineering, Machinery
Division:  Operational Excellence and HSE


Basic Function

In this position you will be a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for turbomachinery/machinery supporting LyondellBasell’s petrochemical facilities globally but with an emphasis on US assets. As a global technical leader, you will provide high level expertise for critical equipment such as steam turbines, compressors, pumps and associated support systems in support of growth projects and continuous improvement of existing assets. You must have excellent technical leadership and judgment to assess complex issues.  Additionally, you will work with members of a diverse multicultural organization across operational sites, functional areas, and organizational levels to develop and communicate executable solutions, drive improvements, and be a champion for Operational Excellence across the enterprise.

In addition, you will be a leader in the company driving process safety and owning one or more SME areas within machinery in which you will develop strategies to drive improvement, own and author standards, preferred practices and guidelines and provide training across the company. You may also be tasked with leading one or more companywide improvement programs, developing and implementing SME related initiatives across, participating in and guiding incident investigations, performing site audits in support of improvement efforts, and participating in machinery purchasing initiatives.

Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Function as a corporate Subject Matter Expert in turbomachinery/machinery.
  • Provide technical leadership to manufacturing sites and projects for equipment design, installation, commissioning, monitoring, trouble shooting and maintenance.
  • Lead one or more continuous improvement programs or initiatives.
  • Effectively interface across the company building consensus and working well with people in diverse, multi-cultural teams to gain support for organizational goals and facilitate execution to assure success.
  • Author, revise, maintain, and implement standards, guidelines, preferred practices, and specifications related to turbomachinery/machinery.
  • Provide turbomachinery/machinery SME support during the planning and execution of major equipment overhauls.
  • Mentor and train the organization in SME expertise areas to develop the organization and drive improvements.
  • Champion Process Safety, Occupational Safety, and Operational Excellence culture.
  • Function with minimal guidance and successfully manage priorities across multiple operating sites and functional areas.
  • Proactively develop strategic efforts and goals related to areas of expertise to drive improvement in the company.
  • Provide support for incident investigations and RCFA, participate in Operational Excellence Audits, and support turbomachinery/machinery related corporate purchasing initiatives across the US as needed.
  • Utilize expertise in turbomachinery/machinery and expertise focus areas (e.g. steam turbines, compressors, inspection, repair, etc.) to assist sites with reactive and proactive solutions to machinery issues, drive corporate and business initiatives, and improve site reliability and safety.
  • Travel as needed (up to 20%); mostly within the US.

Min. Qualifications


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent required


  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a petrochemical/chemical facility with direct experience in overhauling major equipment such as steam turbines and compressors required (LDPE hypercompressor experience is desirable)


Preferred Qualifications

Licenses & Certifications

  • Vibration Analysis Certification by a recognized body is desirable but not required

Critical Competencies/Behaviors

  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills for building consensus and working well with people in diverse, multi-cultural global teams across operating facilities, functional areas, and organizational levels to develop and implement problem solutions, gather data, and drive change and improvement
  • High trust, integrity, and courage to champion corporate policies and culture, assure clients that commitments will be met and solutions will be accurate, develop credibility within the organization, and drive change and improvement in the face of resistance
  • Proactive, self-motivated, and able to function independent of supervision with minimal guidance to successfully manage priorities across multiple sites/functional areas
  • Capable of clear and concise verbal and written communication
  • A strong drive for results, sense of ownership, and accountability to client commitments


  • Strong working knowledge of machinery related industry standards (e.g. API, ANSI, ISO) as they apply to design, analysis, re-rating and alteration of machinery
  • Exceptional analytical skills for analyzing data, problem solving, and developing practical solutions to complex problems
  • Experience with leading and supporting execution of turbomachinery/machinery major overhauls
  • Demonstrated experience in authoring technical reports, standards, specifications, procedures and other technical documents
  • Familiar with condition monitoring systems such as vibration analysis and lubrication analysis
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing with internal/external customers


  • Fluent in English (written and spoken). Fluency in French, German, Italian, and/or Dutch is a plus


Builds effective teams
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity


We are LyondellBasell – a leader in the global chemical industry creating solutions for everyday sustainable living. Through advanced technology and focused investments, we are enabling a circular and low carbon economy. Across all we do, we aim to champion our employees, and unlock value for customers, investors and society. LyondellBasell places high priority on diversity, equity and inclusion and is strongly committed to our planet, the communities where we operate and our future workforce.  As one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and a leader in polyolefin technologies, we develop, manufacture and market high-quality and innovative products for applications ranging from sustainable transportation and food safety to clean water and quality healthcare. For more information, please visit or follow @LyondellBasell on LinkedIn.


Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.


LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.


LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.  The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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