• Senior Engineer I

    Job Locations US-OH-Columbus
    Internal Title
    Senior Engineer I (FAW)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
  • Company Bio


    Kiefner and Associates, Inc., an Applus+ company, is a well-established engineering consultancy with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Kiefner provides the industry with engineering services focused on safety and reliability.


    We offer a broad range of consulting services including fitness for service assessments, failure analysis and welding, external loading analysis and training workshops.   

    Position Purpose

    • The main function of the Senior Engineer I is to provide failure analysis consulting and laboratory testing generally related to evaluation of pipelines and components in an oil & gas environment to help our clients evaluate if their infrastructure is reliable and meets regulation standards.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Manage failure analysis and testing projects including establishing the analyses and tests required to determine the reliability of an oil and gas infrastructure include types of failure modes, fracture mechanics, and fatigue
    • Identify common failure mechanisms affecting pipe, welds, fittings, pressure vessels or other components/materials focusing on customer technical needs
    • Provide information to clients by assembling and summarizing data; preparing reports; making presentations of findings, analyses, and recommendations.
    • Research and prepare project proposals for existing or new customers including bidding and securing new work
    • Ensure project required set up documentation is submitted, invoicing is reviewed, accurate and, timely and control the working project budget to meet client requirements.
    • Provide training and mentoring to new and existing staff as needed.
    • Establish and maintain a good client relationship and reputation as being a subject matter expert and a valued resource
    • Perform all other duties as assigned.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    • Assists the Service Line Manager by mentoring and training junior level staff
    • Maintain a safe, secure, and legal work environment for all staff ensuring all Kiefner policies are being followed

    Knowledge and Skills

    • Have an established reputation with oil and gas operators and industry organizations.
    • Ability to write detailed technical reports and interact with clients
    • Ability to multi-task and properly execute multiple simultaneous assignments under pressure and tight deadlines
    • Ability to communicate and cooperate with diverse groups of people
    • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills including technical writing skills.
    • Must have working knowledge of MS Office Suite of products.
    • Strong interpersonal and mentoring skills required.
    • Firmly adheres to the values and ethics of Kiefner. Exhibits honesty, discretion, and sound judgment.

    Education and Work Experience

    • BS or MS in material science, mechanical or civil engineering
    • 10+ years of prior experience in pipeline integrity and failure analysis assessments.
    • Must have knowledge of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 192 and 195, as well as industry codes and standards such ASME B31.4, ASME B31.8, ASME B31.8S.
    • Must have experience with pipeline failure modes, fracture mechanics and fatigue, as well as a general understanding of pipeline integrity related to defect behavior, operations, maintenance or any other issues than can affect the serviceability of a pipeline.
    • Experience with methods available to evaluate remaining strength and remaining life of pipeline defects is required.
    • Familiarity with API 570, API 1104, and ANSI/API 579 is a plus.
    • Experience with industry technology such as in-line inspection tools and methods of non-destructive examination is desirable.

    Certificates and Licenses Required

    • MS or Professional Engineer, preferred

    Physical Activities and Requirements

    • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
    • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
    • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing
    • The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
    • The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
    • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
    • The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
    • Sitting: Remaining sitting, particularly for sustained periods of time
    • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers
    • Dexterity: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling
    • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities where detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
    • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work area to another.
    • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and making fine discriminations in sound.
    • Sedentary work: Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
    • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading at distances close to the eyes.
    • In compliance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Kiefner will make reasonable accommodations that are appropriate and consistent within our legal obligations.

    Working Conditions

    • The physical environment requires the employee to work inside an office environment, protected from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes
    • Occasional visits to field sites will require employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions in temperature extremes and inclement weather
    • Frequently required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials and working environment
    • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate
    • Must be physically located in Columbus, OH
    • Ability to travel when required, nationally, up to 15% of the time


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