Engineering Project Manager

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Fuel Tech, Inc
Warrenville, IL, United States

Phone: 630-845-4483
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Engineering Project Manager


Warrenville, IL 

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Job Description:

Fuel Tech Inc. (FTI) is a leading technology company engaged in the worldwide development and application of multi-pollutant emissions control systems, enabling customers to produce energy in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner. Our technologies are applied to units where coal, natural gas, heavy oil, biomass, municipal waste, and other fuels are utilized. With more than 20 years of experience and over 1,000 APC system installations worldwide, we engineer custom-designed systems to meet our customers' specific requirements.   

Position Overview

A mid-to-high level project management role ($5MM-$10MM Capital Projects) that works independently and requires a very strong knowledge of engineering, and boiler plant work practices.  Generally assigned to manage the design, procurement, fabrication, installation and start-up of various air pollution control technology projects and may require the management of one or more simultaneous projects. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Thoroughly reviews and becomes familiar with all project contracts and supporting documents to determine the scope, schedule, budget, deliverables, risks and resource requirements.

Prepares and maintains the project scope, schedule, budget, project files and assures that it is in compliance with project specifications and business needs.

Prepares detailed conceptual design and equipment requirements including pressure and flow basis; and engineering inputs for detailed design.  Able to perform detail design, develop the BOM and review drawings for accuracy,

Oversees project details, including design, drawings, change orders, purchase orders, equipment shipping, fabrication, testing, startup and optimization.

Assures that all equipment and services meet applicable codes and standards for design, safety and quality.  

Coordinates the project team, which may include Sales, process engineers, project engineers, technicians, electrical/instruments/controls engineer, field start-up team, vendors and consultants, and the client.

Makes field visits as required to observe work, review progress, resolve issues and attend project meetings; may be assigned to support power plant critical outages that require extended hours and long duration of up to 4 weeks.

Communicates and documents project status through project reports, budget analysis, meeting minutes, logs, action lists and all other required communications and records; and assures that all records are appropriately archived.

Continually assesses risks and adjusts execution to avoid or mitigate negative consequences.

Maintains an awareness of technical developments in assigned areas.  Recommends new products or improved sources for goods and services to the supervisor.

Ensures the adherence to Fuel Tech policies, procedures, affirmative action, equal opportunity policies, safety plans, quality practices and assigned goals.

Always performs the job in a safe and responsible manner; abiding by all laws, codes and site-specific work rules; and striving to satisfy the client with performance and results.

Does not directly supervise employees, but may be required to functionally direct the approach and duties of others on a project.  

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Does not directly supervise employees, but may be required to functionally direct the approach and duties of others on a project.  

Technical Skills Required:

Knowledge: Intermediate knowledge of project management tools and methods.  A clear understanding of power plant equipment and operations. Significant experience with the selection of pumps, valves, instrumentation, electrical equipment and controls in a given design.  Practical experience with the process industry standards and safety codes, e.g. AWS D1.1, ASME B31., NFPA 85 and UBC. 

Abilities:  Works with little supervision and oversight; develops project execution plans that eliminate or manage project risks and meet objectives.  Able to transfer a project scope into a work breakdown structure, schedule, budget and resource loading requirement.  Capable of accurately tracking and forecasting project costs.  Applies design principles.  Demonstrates attention to detail.

Travel Requirements:

May involve extended periods of two weeks in the field and/or international travel to support critical outage projects with extended work hours on occasion.   May require work in hot, dirty environments for periods of time. 

Education and Experience

Requires a BS in Engineering or Construction Management;  First-hand experience with LNB, OFA, SNCR and SCR is necessary.   Proficiency with the given disciplines of the position and significant experience with utility boilers, industrial furnaces and related equipment is essential.  Established competency in the use of Project Management, Spreadsheet, Presentation and Word Processing software. Requires a minimum of 5-10 years of demonstrated project management or project engineering experience with evidence of increasing responsibilities and proficiency with capital projects. 

Competencies Required:

Leadership (Priority) – Demonstrated ability to command authority and influence others at all levels, both internally and externally

  • Strong business acumen—demonstrated ability to make appropriate decisions (independently) for the team (and for FTI) that address both technical and business dimensions simultaneously
  • Ability to provide proactive vision and direction for the I/C team and communicate that direction to the employee base at FTI

Language and Presentation Skills (Priority)                                                   Ability to effectively present information, deliver presentations and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, skilled trades and the general public.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations and communicate pertinent information to the team and FTI population.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

Analytical - Synthesizes information; Collects and researches data; Applies work flows, checklists, work instructions and procedures.   Ability to prioritize and solve practical problems and apply good engineering judgement during the life of a project.   Work in in office or site conditions where there may be limited or ambiguous guidance available on solving technical control issues.

Communication Skills - Speaks and writes clearly and can articulate a controls issue with clarity.  Is able to understand verbal and written instruction. Is able to be effective while working under tight deadlines or situations where individual performance is critical to project success.  Keeps management aware of higher level issues and understands the importance of timely communications.

Design – Follows standards and instructions and is able to generates creative solutions to the benefit of the client and Fuel Tech, Inc.   Applies solid documentation and organization to design deliverables.  Maintains keen awareness to detail.  Maintains understanding and application of current design codes.

Problem Solving - Gathers and analyzes key information to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner. Demonstrated ability to anticipate bottlenecks and creates a path forward to minimize those impacts.

Excellence and Quality Management – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.  Specific computer or testing skills may be required for specific assignments.  Must have experience with industry design standards and codes.  

Judgment – Displays good engineering judgment and decision-making skills.

Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities without daily supervision.  Plans for additional resources; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks.

EEO statement:     

We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws          

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.