• Senior Engineer II

    Job Locations US-OH-Columbus | US-TX-Sugar Land
    Internal Title
    Senior Engineer II
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
  • Company Bio

    Kiefner 3_no BG

    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

    • Responsibility of Senior Engineer II is to capture, initiate, and lead projects covering stress analysis, fitness-for-service, fitness-for-purpose, third party verification and validation, failure investigation & assessment, mechanical integrity, integrity management, fatigue & life extension studies, regulatory compliance, and fundamental engineering research in oil & gas industry with particular focus on pipelines.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Conduct business development
    • Initiate, execute, and close out projects within time and budget
    • Work independently or lead project teams
    • Assist colleagues in execution of their projects
    • Prepare proposals and research ideas
    • Respond to RFQs and RFPs
    • Prepare technical reports and presentations
    • Develop and conduct training workshops
    • Perform fitness-for-service, verification, validation, compliance, failure investigation, fatigue estimate, life extension projects and studies
    • Implement company guidelines for initiating projects, monitoring of budgets, and tracking of invoices
    • Travel to client sites as required to support project execution
    • Represent company at industry conferences and committees as and when required
    • Perform other duties as assigned

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    • Champion company QHSE standards
    • Implement company guidelines in maintaining a safe, healthy, and professional environment

    Knowledge and Skills

    • As a minimum, must possess extensive knowledge of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 192 and 195, as well as industry codes and standards such ASME B31.3, ASME B31.4, ASME B31.8, ASME B31.8S, API 579, and BS 7910
    • Understanding of pipeline integrity and issues that affect pipeline serviceability
    • Familiarity with and experience in use of engineering software packages such as ANSYS, ABAQUS, MathCad, and Matlab
    • In-depth knowledge of pipe-soil interaction analysis and ability to perform such analysis
    • Understanding of fracture mechanics and fatigue
    • Familiarity with statistical methodologies and their practical application in engineering
    • Sound understanding of geotechnical engineering
    • Ability to work on several assignments and projects
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
    • Ability to lead, work, and cooperate in a team environment
    • Advanced knowledge of MS Office Suite of products

    Education and Work Experience

    • Masters of Science or PhD in a relevant engineering discipline
    • 10+ years of experience in design, engineering, analysis
    • 5+ years of numerical analysis with strong emphasis on complex finite element modeling
    • Demonstrable experience in pipeline failure modes, fracture mechanics, and fatigue
    • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

    Certificates and Licenses Required

    • Professional Engineering (PE) License or ability to obtain one is 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 when 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, 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
    • Close visual acuity to perform activities 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), Applus+ 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.
    • Ability to travel when required (15%)


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