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Capital Project Engineer

Date: Oct 8, 2021

Location: Cleburne, TX, US

Company: James Hardie

Position Summary

Reporting to the Finishing Manager, the Project Engineer will work on capital and plant driven projects including new equipment installations and modifications and is responsible for all mechanical equipment and systems.  This individual should be capable of working independently on small capital projects and the ideal candidate will also have a working knowledge of electrical systems making him or her a candidate to manage medium to large capital projects in the future.

 Position Responsibilities

Responsible for the mechanical portion of capital projects to include: (80%)

  • Supervise mechanical design including plant layout, equipment arrangement, piping and instrumentation, plant utilities;
  • Coordinate mechanical and electrical designs;
  • Supervise structural design including buildings, foundations and slabs, access platforms, equipment and crane support structures;
  • Develop specifications and purchase mechanical equipment and systems including process equipment, material handling equipment, complex machinery, fluid systems (hydraulic, pneumatic, and high pressure water),  material conveyance systems, dust collection systems, steam systems, storage silos, tanks, pumps, and valves – monitor and expedite deliveries;
  • Work with Corporate EH&S group to prepare operating permits;
  • Satisfy other permit requirements including local building codes and FM (insurer);
  • Participate in project design review meetings and coordinate with vendors;
  • Prepare installation scope of work, bid and award contracts;
  • Supervise the installation of buildings and structures, mechanical equipment, and mechanical systems– coordinate with plant;
  • Manage project scope, schedule, budget, and quality;
  • Enforce corporate and construction department safety rules and regulations;
  • Supervise mechanical system checkout, equipment startup, and turnover to plant;

 Responsible for the development of Capital Project Requests to include: (20%) 

  • Scale up of process design as required for production (i.e. size tanks and pumps, determine flow rates, throughputs, etc.);
  • Evaluate utility requirements and determine availability;
  • Supervise preparation of equipment arrangement and P&I drawings;
  • Prepare mechanical equipment lists;
  • Solicit quotations for equipment and systems or estimate pricing using recent purchases;
  • Develop installation scope of work for mechanical equipment and systems, buildings, foundations, platforms and structures;
  • Solicit quotations for installation or estimate costs using sound engineering judgment;
  • Review proposed design with plant operations, maintenance, and safety;
  • Prepare overall project estimate, implementation schedule, and Capital Expenditure Request for management review;



This is a highly detail-oriented position. To be considered, the candidate will need to demonstrate the ability to perform each and every one of the above task on his/her own with the potential to supervise other engineers, consultants, or vendors performing the same tasks for successful project completions.

 The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.

 Quantitative Dimensions

Decision Making:

The Mechanical Project Engineer uses professional experience and accepted best practices to oversee the design and installation of mechanical equipment and mechanical systems in a manner consistent with current plant standards.  He or She should also poses the skills required to analyze and evaluate existing equipment and systems and recommend improvements which will enhance overall plant equipment reliability and efficiency.

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Mechanical Building Codes and OSHA standards (preferred).
  • Knowledge of Equipment and Machine Design Standards and Specifications including AWS, ANSI, ASTM (preferred).
  • Demonstrated advanced skills with the standard features of personal computers including word processing and spreadsheets (Microsoft Word and Excel, Project, Power Point, Outlook, and Internet Explorer).
  • Developed a familiarity with and ability to work in 3D CAD drawing software (AutoCAD preferred) including the ability to view and print drawings and make changes.
  • Strong interpersonal and written/oral communication skills with the ability to relate well and cooperate with others to effectively coordinate activities and accomplish goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to pay attention to detail and continual diligence about follow-up.
  • Strong desire to learn.
  • Well organized, with the ability to multi-task.
  • Must be able to lead and be a part of cross functional teams. 
  • Demonstrated ability to show initiative, work independently, and perform at a high level with little supervision.
  • Ability to travel 10% of the time as needed to other sites for best practice sharing


  • BS Degree (Engineering in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, or other relevant discipline preferred);
  • 3-5 or more years’ experience in an industrial manufacturing environment (sheeted process systems such as paper, steel, gypsum is preferred);
  • Project Management Experience - Demonstrated Successful Execution including design and specification, purchase, installation, and startup of mechanical equipment;
  • Experience with complex machinery and mechanical equipment;
  • Experience with Utility and Process Piping Systems including pumps, valves, fittings and in line components, and pipe support systems;
  • Experience with mechanical systems including Hydraulics, Pneumatics, High Pressure Water, Compressed Air, Steam, and Natural Gas














James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

Nearest Major Market: Dallas
Nearest Secondary Market: Fort Worth

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