Senior Project Engineer

Tacoma, WA, US, 98446

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.

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Onsite from the Tacoma, WA plant


The Senior Capital Project Engineer will work on capital and non-routine maintenance projects for the James Hardie Tacoma Engineering team. The Capital Project Engineer will report to the site Engineering Manager and support both James Hardie plant locations, that are located adjacent to each other in Frederickson, WA. This person must have extensive working knowledge of design, function, specification, and installation of industrial equipment in a heavy manufacturing environment. Project work will include all aspects of new equipment installations, end of asset life replacement, civil/structural/paving upgrades, and safety/reliability/process improvements in the context of a 24/7 manufacturing environment. In order to be effective in this role, the person should have 5+ years of experience overseeing capital projects that include design, developing specifications and installing material storage, handling, conveying, and processing equipment as well as general industrial operations and construction.

What You’ll Do:


  • Develop full scopes of work for use in soliciting general contractor proposals including all site utilities, civil and structural works, buildings, process equipment and exterior paving.

  • Prepare requests for quotation documentation, solicit / review bids, and award contracts.

  • Prepare full project budgetary estimate and schedule.

  • Write Capital Expenditure Requests and prepare Front End Loading presentations to justify project business case, and communicate to stakeholders and financiers

  • Coordinate with the local and central EH&S team and manage project permit applications as required

  • Create detailed commissioning plans for use in equipment checkout and systems startup.

  • Manage active construction, deployment, and commissioning of all elements of capital projects

  • Liaise between central engineering and plant engineering teams in the administration, training and development of business wide standards
  • Audit, review, and develop mechanical and civil engineering standards for the site engineering staff
  • Mentor, guide and develop younger engineers and team members in technical and administrative aspects of the job
  • Work within an outlined capital process that includes co-ordination with plant stakeholders, central review, and external vendors and compliance with Global James Hardie Standards

  • Coordinate and lead design review meetings pertaining to process requirements, equipment design / layout, piping and instrumentation diagrams, utilities, and HAZOP study

  • Travel 10% a year or less


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


What You’ll Bring:  

  • BS Degree in Engineering (Prefer Mechanical/Electrical, but other degrees with relevant experience will be considered). Degree must be from an accredited institution.

  • 5+ years of experience managing heavy industrial capital projects

  • Experience working with municipalities and permitting agencies

  • Strong background in mechanical and electrical equipment specification and general construction

  • Knowledge of International Building Codes and OSHA standards.

  • Knowledge of AWS, ANSI, and ASTM standards.

  • Excellent personal computer skills with software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Power Point, Outlook, Internet Explorer in Windows10 environments

  • Strong engineering software skills with platforms including AutoCAD, SolidWorks and other design-based tools

  • Must possess strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to prepare and present information to senior management.

  • Must possess a strong work ethic and a willingness to work independently 

  • Must be able to manage multiple projects in various lifecycle stages

  • Must take initiative and be results oriented

  • Must be able to lead and be a part of cross functional teams. 

  • Candidates are additionally preferred to have the following:

  • Specific experience designing / sizing piping system, tanks, pumps, batching equipment, material storage silos, material transfer & conveying systems, grinding equipment, mixing systems, compressors, pumps, boilers,  hydraulic / pneumatic systems, etc. that align with process / production requirements

  • Knowledge of NFPA 70E & NFPA 70


What You’ll Receive:

At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees.

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more


The expected compensation range for this position is between $85K and $115K. Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience, market conditions, and other job-related factors permitted by law. This position qualifies for benefits which may also include a discretionary bonus.


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James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

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