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Instrumentation & Electrical Project Engineer

Date: Jan 11, 2019

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: TransCanada

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Instrumentation & Electrical Project Engineer 

Reference Code: 57269 


Location: United States (US)  - Houston, TX 
Job Category: Engineering
Employment Type: Employee Full-time
Relocation Eligibility: This position is not eligible for our relocation program   

General Information

Reporting to Team Lead, Project Engineering, the Instrumentation & Electrical Project Engineer is responsible for the execution of engineering and design activities of project delivery and acts as the technical advisor to the Project Manager from prospecting to operation.  The Instrumentation & Automation Project Engineer is also responsible for scope development, initiating material procurement and engineering contractor oversight throughout the project life-cycle to maximize benefit, minimize cost and reduce risks.



  • Conduct initial project feasibility studies, cost estimating, project risk analyses, and conceptual, preliminary and detail design work;
  • Partners with Operations, Technical Services, and the Project Manager to perform alternative analysis;
  • Develop draft project Design Basis Memorandum (DBM) and engineering scope of work;
  • Secure engineering contractor(s) through selection process, contract development and award;
  • Develop consistent project cost estimates using established guidelines with solicited input from key Company and third party stakeholders;
  • Plan and coordinate engagement of internal stakeholders including operations and engineering to provide input to and review of engineering
  • deliverables;
  • Collaborate and provide engineering support to Project Stakeholders (Land, Environmental, Air, Operations, Technical Services Engineering,
  • etc.);
  • Facilitate project design reviews with Project Stakeholders during FEED and detailed engineering
  • Review engineering contractor invoices and change order requests;
  • Oversee 3rd party engineering to ensure work is executed and managed in accordance with approved plans, contracts, schedules and budgets;
  • Collaborate with internal drafting and design team to develop, review, and approve engineering deliverables, when necessary;
  • Support project bid-meetings;
  • Establish strategic direction around facility and pipeline engineering specific to FEED work;
  • Collaborates with Construction, Environmental, Land and Project Management to identify feasible project workspaces;
  • Schedule and participate in meetings to discuss Process Hazard Analysis (PHA);
    • Provide procurement support to include:
    •  Engineering & Material Procurement Plan
    •  Material Requisition package review and approval
    •  Technical and Commercial bid tab review and approval
    •  Purchase Requisition package review and approval
    •  Approval drawing review and approval
    •  Updating material tracker
    •  Validate material purchase acknowledgments
    •  Qualification of suppliers
  • Work with project controls to update engineering and material monthly forecasts;
  • Assist with the review and evaluation of scope changes during detailed engineering and construction;
  • Lead the resolution of technical/engineering issues during detailed engineering, construction and commissioning, including Request for
  • Information (RFI) and needs;
  • Technically support resolution of Non-Conformances generated during engineering, procurement of material, construction and commissioning;
  • Manage the workflow between TransCanada and external consultants;
  • Track key engineering deliverables and adjust engineering plans and/or resources to meet the needs of customers; responsible for reporting
  • status to project management and making corrective actions as needed;
  • Lead the Project Engineering Closeout Documentation (DBM, as-builts, etc.) process;
  • Identify changes and support management of change process to ensure integrity is maintained throughout the design development process;
  • Identify and document opportunities for improvement as lessons learned throughout the design development process;
  • Work collaboratively with other project groups to share and implement best practices;
  • Participate in engineering practice groups;
  • Contribute to the continual improvement of the company’s project management tools and processes;
  • Other tasks as required.


Qualifications and Education


  • Project Engineering or Construction Management skills;
  • Experience in the selection and installation of instrumentation, automation, and power equipment found at Pipeline Interconnects, Compressor Stations, Mainline Valve settings, metering and regulation facilities:
    • Flow Meters
    • Gas Quality Analysis Equipment
    •  Pressure, Temperature, and Level monitoring equipment
    •  PLCs/RTUs/Flow Computers
    •  Solar Power systems and components
    •  Battery and Uninterruptible Power Supply systems and components
    •  Gas & Fire Detection and Alarm systems and components
    •  Wiring and Conduit sizing and selection
    •  Knowledge of Area Classification requirements
    •  Equipment Grounding methods, systems, and components
    •  Knowledge of Arc flash analysis
    •  Standard communication methods, protocols, and equipment
  • Leadership skills; ability to create a vision, clearly communicate direction and drive to goal completion;
  • Team development skills with change management experience; accepts change with grace and understands change principles;
  • Effective stakeholder management skills;
  • Applicable gas industry regulatory experience (working knowledge of federal regulatory knowledge, state regulatory knowledge, and natural gas
  • market knowledge);
  • Ability to read and understand technical documents including legal contracts and information on new management concepts and new technology;
  • Understands and expresses complex and sensitive concepts clearly, correctly and in a well-organized form;
  • Takes ownership of responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated ability to influence individuals to accomplish objectives without direct reporting relationships;
  • Process development skills with a demonstrated ability to shape and continuously improve business processes;
  • Competent in the following areas: Building a Successful Team; Building Partnerships; Communication; Developing Others; Strategic Decision Making;
  • Must be able to process information quickly and make decisions under stress;
  • Must be able to effectively communicate across all cultural and company boundaries;
  • Skilled in the areas of team facilitation, collaboration, negotiation and influencing, process mapping, problem solving and creative solutions;
  • Ability to recognize strategic implications of problems and issues;
  • Ability to recognize and evaluate risks, hazards, losses and prevent conflicts between activities;
  • Analytical, communication, facilitation and negotiation skills are needed.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering required, Engineering in Training (EIT) preferred;
  • Minimum 4 years  of natural gas pipeline industry experience is preferred, with demonstrable experience in Project Engineering or Construction Management;
  • Knowledge of engineering design standards and applicable natural gas industry codes and regulations; must stay current on technology, industry standards and material;
  • Understands concepts of asset lifecycle management, system reliability and gas transmission operations.




*Depending on the qualifications of the applicants, the successful candidate may be offered a position at a more appropriate level and/or ladder.

Applicants must have legal authorization to work in the country in which the position is based with no restrictions.

All positions require background screening. Some include criminal and/or credit checks in order to comply with regulations.

Please apply to this posting by 01/18/2019. To apply, please visit through your desktop or laptop. Use reference code 57269. Only applications submitted through the TransCanada Careers website will be acknowledged.

TransCanada is an equal opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program supervised by the U.S. Government.

Make what you do matter.

At TransCanada we dream big, think big and do big things. For over 60 years, we've had the vision and scale to deliver big things that matter to the world. From supplying reliable and efficient energy to millions of North Americans with our pipelines, gas storage and power generation facilities, we believe in making big things possible. 

TransCanada is looking for people who are willing to think about the future...and think big. We're looking for people who are ready to take on the most significant challenges of their careers and define energy infrastructure in North America.

Thank you for choosing TransCanada in your career search.

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