Senior Project Engineer

Company Info
Fuel Tech, Inc
Warrenville, IL, United States

Phone: 630-845-4483
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Senior Project Engineer


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

Responsible for day-to-day project engineering activities.  May also be involved in the installation, start-up and troubleshooting of the equipment at the project site.  Works with minimal direction from his/her supervisor and may be functionally assigned to a Project Manager for a specific project. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Prepares detailed project engineering designs for medium to large projects including development of the flow and pressure tables for the process flow diagram, pipe sizing, and pump and control valve sizing and selection.  Ensures that all equipment and services meet applicable codes and standards for design, safety and quality.  

 Produces and utilizes all engineering drawings necessary to construct the project including P&ID, fabrication, BOM, and vendor drawings; may check the drawings of other engineers.

Generates and processes equipment and electrical/controls (in conjunction with the Electrical, Instrument and Controls Manager) purchase orders and follows-up on delivery of items.  Coordinates orders and deliveries with mechanical, electrical and structural fabrication vendors. Responsible for drafting a CAR or NCR documents as needed for assigned projects.

Supervises and monitors equipment fabrication including system modules, equipment enclosures, tanks, chemical process vessels, etc.; may document results of equipment testing.

May schedule equipment shipping, including shipping between vendors and to customer.

Executes field equipment startup, commissioning and may prepare all logs/records/reports to document the process and results.

Communicates project status through project reports, meeting minutes, action lists and all other required communications.

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

Coaches, mentors and provides limited training to junior level project engineers; may review the technical work of junior level project engineers, provide feedback and have input into performance evaluations, but is not responsible for preparing and administering performance evaluations.

Adheres to Fuel Tech policies, procedures, safety plans and assigned goals, and abides by all laws, codes and site-specific work rules.  Strives to exceed the client’s expectations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not directly supervise other Fuel Tech employees and is based on self-direction.

Technical Skills Required:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge:  Extensive knowledge of engineering tools and methods. Requires knowledge of boiler plant work practices. Considerable experience with the selection of pumps, valves, instrumentation, electrical equipment and controls.  Proficient with process industry standards and safety codes, e.g. AWS D1.1 & D1.6, ASME B31., NFPA 85 and UBC. Exposure and/or demonstrated proficiency with hydraulic pipe modeling software such as AFT, Flow of Fluids, Bentley Pipe Design and Analysis Software.

Abilities:  Able to perform duties and responsibilities with minimal supervision and oversight.   Applies engineering principles to solve complicated design problems.  Demonstrates attention to detail and can develop and articulate design concepts graphically and verbally. Understands and is able to discuss complex project scope and schedule.  Prioritizes and plans work activities.  

Skills:  Reads, analyzes and interprets technical data and information. Planning and organization skills. Good computer tool skills. Writes reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Mechanical, electrical and construction systems  experience and proficiency.  Presents complex information and responds professionally to questions from peers, clients and vendors.  

Education and Experience

Requires a BS in Engineering and experience with LNB, OFA, SNCR and SCR.  Proficient with the primary responsibilities of the position and extensive experience with utility boilers, industrial furnaces and related equipment is essential.  Established competency in the use of Project Design, Spreadsheet, Presentation and Word Processing software. Requires 5 to 10 years of project engineering with broad experience in designing and executing engineering 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 Engineering team and communicate that direction to the employee base at FTI under the direction of the Manager, Project Engineering

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. 

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.