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Chemical Engineer
Conroe, TX
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We have an exciting opportunity for you to join a renowned company committed to innovation and excellence. Our client is actively searching for an early-career Chemical Engineer specializing in Process Safety Valve (PSV) sizing and calculations to become a vital part of our dynamic team.

In this role, you will primarily operate from our client’s office, harnessing your analytical skills to guarantee their processes' utmost safety and efficiency. Furthermore, you will be afforded the unique opportunity to acquire invaluable field experience, further enriching your skill set and expertise.

We’re excited to share this rewarding journey where your engineering acumen and commitment to safety will make a meaningful impact on our client’s operations.


  • Function as a process safety advisory resource for the plant, offering guidance and expertise on related initiatives.
  • Serve as a technical consultant to the plant's management team, actively pursuing opportunities to contribute experience and a methodical problem-solving approach to areas such as goal setting, plant enhancement, and more.
  • Utilize technical expertise and practical knowledge to mentor and educate fellow plant engineers, both within and beyond the team, regarding process safety endeavors.
  • Create comprehensive project overview presentations for senior management, inclusive of detailed design engineering components like P&ID annotations, equipment process data sheets, process piping layouts, and supplementary equipment.
  • Develop intricate front-end designs for projects.
  • Collaborate in the formulation of conceptual protection strategies, specifications for protection layers, creation of PFDs, and the definition of detailed scopes of work.
  • Lead projects from the conceptual stage to the commissioning and startup phases.
  • Offer technical assistance for all Process Safety requisites as necessary, encompassing participation in PHA studies, resolution of PSM-related action items, and execution of Management of Change (MOC) requests.
  • Conduct risk assessments for Process Safety projects using LOPA and diverse methodologies to validate design choices, ensuring alignment with the organization's Risk Matrix.
  • Serve as an on-site Process Safety Management Engineer, supporting operations, engineering, and maintenance functions.
  • Participate when required in systematic reviews of facility modifications within the context of the Management of Change (MOC) Process and Pre-Startup Safety Reviews (PSSR).
  • Organize, execute, and document impromptu risk assessments as needed for MOCs and smaller-scale projects.
  • Adhere to directives and carry out additional responsibilities as directed by the supervisor.
  • Aid fellow employees in achieving company objectives.
  • Engage in and successfully finish company-mandated training programs.
  • Take accountability for ensuring Process Safety Management (PSM) conformity in areas encompassing mechanical integrity, engineering design, relief devices, design hazard assessments, process safety documentation, maintenance procedures, and all pertinent record-keeping obligations.
  • Engage in Environmental, Health, and Safety endeavors as specified by the organization.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possess a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrate 3-5 years of practical experience, with a notable emphasis on Pressure Safety Valve (PSV) sizing and calculations.
  • Previous involvement with a valve manufacturing company, even if brief, provides a significant advantage.
  • Showcase proficiency in utilizing engineering software and tools specifically designed for PSV calculations.
  • Exhibit robust analytical capabilities and a knack for effective problem-solving.
  • Display superb communication and interpersonal aptitude suitable for interactions with vendors and seamless team cooperation.
  • Showcase a keen eye for detail coupled with an unwavering commitment to safety.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous exposure to hazard study evaluations such as PHA, LOPA, and FS, as well as critical equipment assessments, is strongly advised.
  • Possess familiarity with the application and adherence to regulatory codes (OSHA, EPA, etc.), if possible.
  • Hold knowledge of industry-established standards and endorsed protocols (API, NFPA, ASME, etc.) in high regard.
  • Any prior involvement in the initial design phases and the detailed design aspects of projects would be a valuable asset.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of processes, instrumentation, and mechanical apparatus within a refinery or chemical plant environment, which is highly sought after.


*This 40-hour-per-week W2 contract-to-hire consultant role is eligible for benefits. It is based in Conroe, TX. The target salary range for this position is from $50 to $80 per hour based on experience.  

We understand talent comes in all sorts of different configurations. Whether you're qualified or not, contact us directly so we can discuss the relationship between work purpose and prior experience.

*Please note that this is a target range and is commensurate with experience. Blackmere actively promotes pay equity and is eager to foster pay transparency in the workplace. We still urge you to apply if this proposed salary range does not fit your current goals or experience. 

At Blackmere, we believe innovation and diversity go hand in hand. We are an equal-opportunity employer and 100% committed to maintaining an inclusive and diverse Blackmere. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, or any other legally protected status.

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