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Date: Mar 9, 2017

Location: Houston, TX, US, 77001

Company: Williams


Engineer Sr - Turbines
ReqID: 78962
Number of Openings: 1.0
Location: Houston, Texas 77001
Operating Area/Functional Area: Engineering Services

Engineer Sr - Turbines

Bring your energy to ours. Help us become the premier provider of large-scale natural gas infrastructure in North America. Technology allows us to monitor, manage and control operating pressures in our pipelines. It keeps us informed on the costs of our projects. Information Management is about delivering innovative technical solutions anytime, anyplace and on any device. This enables our people to make the right decisions when and where they need. It is more than just being an information technology provider, it’s about delivering a way to achieve greatness better, faster and more efficiently.

Hear from our employees on why they chose a career at Williams:



Williams is a premier developer and operator of energy infrastructure in North America; one of the top gathering and processing companies in the country and a major interstate transporter of natural gas.


Our organization is seeking a highly skilled Rotating Equipment Reliability Engineer to join our workforce in our Houston, Texas location.  The primary responsibility of this role is to provide compression equipment selection options to meet system expansion needs on mainline gas transmission pipelines. This role also supports operations and gas control to troubleshoot compression performance issues.



  • Size, select, and compare best fit options for new, modified, or replacement compression equipment including centrifugal or reciprocating compressors; electric, turbine, or reciprocating drivers; Voith gearboxes, and gas coolers to efficiently meet project development needs across the expected operating range.
  • Review compressor vendor surge/recycle /fast stop valve sizing and confirm or revise the recommendations.
  • Support Facility Planners in review of compressor design parameters used in the hydraulic models and troubleshoot compressor modeling problems.  Provide Facility Planners with up to date centrifugal CSV files for use in their modeling of current and planned compression facilities.
  • Gather and evaluate installed reciprocating and centrifugal compressor additions, modifications, or replacements using historic data to ensure project goals and vendor guarantees were met.  Develop recommendations for improving performance as needed.
  • Participate in factory acceptance tests, field performance tests, and some commissioning activities
  • Work with E&C to review and comment on drawings, scopes, and proposals.  Participate in design and drawing reviews reguarding compression.
  • Maintain in-depth understanding of equipment and apply problem solving techniques to identify and correct equipment problems or inefficiencies.
  • Understand environmental air permit requirements for different area’s to support equipment selection options.
  • Be aware of business and industry trends and technical advances that can be used in equipment design and selection to create a competitive advantage.
  • Identify training needs within the company and provide and/or coordinate external/internal training to address them.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with equipment vendors, Engineering, Tactical projects, and operations.  Provide high level of compression expertise to these teams.
  • Maintain data base for all compressor packages along Transco’s system.  Data includes compressor size and type, drive type and horsepower, aero map/compressor cylinder data sheets, gearbox type and operating maps (if applicable) and included surge/fast stop valve information.
  • Maintain and update vendor software used to size and select compression and compression equipment; Solar Turbine and Ariel Performance, Hudson Gas Cooler Sizing, Mokveld, Becker and Fisher Control Valve Sizing, BWRS Equation of State - Natural Gas Thermodynamic Properties.



Functional/Technical Competencies:

  • Possess the ability to manage multiple complex projects with a high level of customer satisfaction.
  • Possess the ability to mentor others through technical training and guidance on planning, scheduling, and engineering subjects.
  • Have the motivation, ability, and drive to improve existing processes.
  • Understand complex systems and be able to identify potential areas of improvement. 
  • Excellent knowledge of theoretical recip and centrifugal compressor principles/fundamentals, i.e., head/acfm/horsepower/process discharge temperatures/torque/swept volume/clearance/etc.
  • Be able to develop design conditions used to solicit quotes for compression equipment (drives, compressors, aeros) and compression support facilities (surge/recycle/fast stop valves and gas cooling bays).
  • Review, confirm/revise and vet vendor Technical Proposals for compression facilities (drives, compressors/gearboxes and aeros) and support facilities (control; valves and gas cooling bays).
  • Have detailed knowledge of methods and calculations used by vendors to conduct shop performance testing of turbines, compressors, and Voith gearboxes such that real time acceptance or revisions can be achieved.
  • Assist in developing operating parameters for control logic that insures turbine operation in the SoLoNox or DLE mode. 
  • Assist in developing control guidelines for multiple compressors that identifies the number of units on line for any given throughput and insures that online unit(s) operate within the high efficiency areas of each unit’s aero map.
  • Have computer experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Projects, PowerPoint, and Excel Work products.  Knowledge of Facility Planning’s Stoner hydraulic model is a plus.


Leadership Competencies:

  • Integrity, Values, and Trust – Instills confidence of one’s intentions and positively represents the organization by being responsible and trustworthy.
  • Drives for Results – Is motivated and determined to achieve objectives while working in compliance.
  • Customer/Stakeholder Focus – Makes customer and stakeholder needs a primary focus of one’s actions; develops and sustains effective relationships with customers and stakeholders.  
  • Communication – Exchanges thoughts and information clearly and concisely to ensure understanding of intended messages.
  • Self Knowledge – Personally explores and seeks feedback from others to understand talents, motivations, values, and developmental needs; utilizes understanding to improve performance and build relationships.



  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Minimum of 10 years engineering experience, preferably in planning, operations support, or engineering / construction.
  • Experience with transmission pipeline centrifugal compression (turbine, or electric drive) with a solid understanding of slow speed and high speed reciprocating compression and processing philosophies.
  • Skilled at trouble shooting technical problems with rotating equipment.
  • Experience with slow speed and high speed reciprocating compression is a plus but not mandatory.


*This position will be filled at a level commensurate with experience

 *Williams will pay relocation costs for this position


Regular/Temporary Assignment: R
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
FLSA Status: E
Shift: N-Not Applicable
Percent of Travel: Up to 25%
Relocation Offered: Yes
Talent Scout Amount: $2,000.00

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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