Senior Machinery Engineer


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About this job

  • Market: Energy
  • Industry: Oil & Gas
  • Area of expertise: Engineering & Design
  • Location: Papua New Guinea

What is required?

  • Hours per week: 50
  • Education level: Professional Bachelor
  • Closing date: Thursday, December 14, 2023

About this role: Senior Machinery Engineer

Brunel Papua New Guinea are seeking an experienced Senior Machinery Engineer to join our client a leading Global Oil & Gas company in PNG. The position is to be based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Reporting and working alongside the Machinery and IC&E Supervisor. This position will be providing engineering expertise to identify, scope, and justify opportunities to improve the maintainability, reliability, and integrity of major rotating machinery.

The focus of the role is lead/mentor the machinery engineering team to ultimately maintain system integrity, performance, availability, and reliability to maximise facility uptime and reduce operating costs.

Mentoring and Technical Guidance

  • Active in the training and mentorship of younger engineers in the machinery engineering discipline, develops others to their full potential
  • Passes along knowledge and best practices, and influences EM machinery technical networks around the world
  • Leads the development of annual work goals and opportunity lists

Opportunity Identification and Advancement

  • Manage interface between EM and external parties in the machinery space
  • Lead root cause failure analysis (RCFA) and incident investigations into major machinery downtime events to identify measures to enhance equipment reliability
  • Identify high-cost contributors, bad actors, and opportunities to reduce process interruptions
  • Bring forward and provide technical evaluation on opportunities for facility enhancement
  • Create and steward progress on Management of Change (MOC) items

Provide Technical Input to Operations, Maintenance, and Projects

  • Identify and prioritize initiatives to maximize the benefit to the company, including the ability to calculate / quantify risk and benefit probabilities and magnitudes
  • Provide feedback to maintenance, operations, and projects on the status of key projects and program activity
  • Provide technical guidance to operations and maintenance on the installation, commissioning, overhaul, and modification of machinery components
  • Provide key technical specification input into the selection of new materials or equipment

Maintain Machinery System Integrity

  • Program owner for Facility Integrity Management System (FIMS) Program 05 Machinery
  • Define machinery surveillance activities and tools to ensure ongoing equipment integrity, reliability, and availability Identify data & capture/trending tools needed to monitor compressor efficiencies
     Define practices and tools for trip & failure reporting, and RCFA Develop performance and trip reports for global reporting of TTM machine reliability
  • Develop and maintain a detailed knowledge of critical equipment
  • Develop ability to understand and review the following drawings Control system schematics
     P&ID's, isometric and plan/elevation drawings
  • Develop equipment condition monitoring contacts Role requires technical know-how and critical thinking in the engineering space. It does not include issuing purchase orders (PO) or other procurement scope, doing replace-in-kind maintenance activities, conducting preventative maintenance tests, etc. which would be typical of maintenance, planning, or procurement responsibilities

What you need to bring:


  • Strong leadership and mentorship capabilities; capable of promoting productive impact across organizations through excellent oral and written communications
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate technical expertise, industry knowledge, and business experience / judgment to support the application and use of surveillance skills and tools
  • Familiar with Oil & Gas Machinery Integrity work process and procedures
  • Able to constructively engage and influence “as part of the technical team”
  • Able to relate technical issues directly to business impacts and effectively communicate to all
  • Able to drive improvements in work processes, technology and organization
  • Technical leader within Ops Tech function, with depth and breadth of the requisite technical skills and work experiences
  • Able to lead development of key machinery integrity plans while identifying and applying opportunities of lessons learned and best practices
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in external interactions in area of expertise
  • High level of experience with all of the following subject areas: turbomachinery, pumps, compressors, cryogenic machinery, machinery surveillance and condition monitoring


  • 4-year engineering degree in mechanical discipline, with a strong machinery oriented experience
  • Deep subject matter expertise
  • 10+ years of relevant industry experience


  • Resident role in Port Moresby open to expatriates
  • Negotiable day rate plus Residential Uplift
  • 5 day working week
  • Accommodation & Allowances provided
  • Mobilisation & Demobilisation Flights
  • Medical Health Cover for PNG

Anything Else?

Anything Else?

Brunel is a recruitment and flexible workforce solution provider which connects talented people with opportunities throughout Papua New Guinea. We specialise in highly skilled roles across a variety of technical, professional, trades and craft disciplines, pairing candidates with industry-leading projects and organisations on a contract or permanent.
Operating in Papua New Guinea since 2008, Brunel has their major bases in Brisbane and Port Moresby, which are further backed by the strength and reach of a truly global network spanning 44 countries, 100 offices and 45 years of successful operation.

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Any questions remaining?

Your consultant, Wilfred Kochannek is happy to clarify anything about this vacancy. When reaching out, use this number:

Account manager

Wilfred Kochannek
Brunel Energy Australia PNG