Lead Mechanical Engineer

Posted over 1 year ago by mselect
Location Basra, Iraq Job Type
Salary Sector Oil & Gas

MSELECT is looking to hire a Lead Mechanical Engineer for an international oil and gas operator in Basrah. Candidates must have a minimum of 8 years of experience in the Oil and Gas Up Stream production. English fluency is a must.

Provide field based hands-on mechanical engineering expertise, production and maintenance support as well as engineering solutions for early production and permanent facilities.

Mechanical Engineering Assessments

  • Provide and review mechanical studies, and design solutions for new and existing facilities including static and rotating equipment, such as separators and other vessels, manifolds, tanks, pumps, logistics, etc.

Project Review

  • Participate in technical review of new projects, facilities upgrade etc., including scope of work, Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs), Lay-outs, etc.

Production support and Troubleshooting

  • Assist in operational trouble shooting and prepare proposals for resolving equipment integrity bottlenecks and other operational problems. Contribute to assessment of change proposals.

Maintenance Support and Troubleshooting

  • Assist in maintenance trouble shooting, corrosion management and prepare proposals for resolving mechanical equipment integrity and improve checks and procedures. 

Feasibility Studies

  • Conduct feasibility studies and assessment of mechanical parameters for various grass root projects under guidance from technical experts.

Equipment Tests

  • Prepare, witness or review results of Project Equipment Tests such as Factory Acceptance Test (FAT), Site Acceptance Test (SAT) and Performance Acceptance Test (PAT), pre-commissioning, etc.

Related Assignments

  • Conduct other similar or related duties such as reviewing project proposals; attending technical meetings; carrying out site visits.

Policies, Systems, Processes and Procedures

  • Follow all relevant departmental policies, processes, standard operating procedures, and instructions so that work is carried out in a controlled and consistent manner. 

Health, Security, Safety and Environment

  • Comply with all relevant health, safety and environmental management policies, procedures and controls to ensure a healthy and safe work environment.  Participate in HAZIDs, HAZOPs, and other process safety and HSE reviews.


  • Contribute to the preparation of clear, timely and accurate reports to meet production requirements, policies and standards.



  • Facilities team
  • Company's asset team
  • Client Engineering team based at FEED or EPC contractor


  • Utility & service providers
  • Contractors
  • Government Officials


  • Assess, evaluate and propose solutions in the areas of control and instrumentation and operational support.
  • Key decisions having significant impact on control & instrumentation related aspects are referred to Principal Control & Instrument Engineer or the Engineering Manager.
  • The jobholder exercises financial and operational authority as per the level established by KE management and stipulated in the authority matrix.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Minimum Experience

  • Minimum of 8-10 years of experience in the Oil and Gas Up Stream production

Job-Specific Skills

  • Good mechanical engineering skills; hands on knowledge of key discipline tools.
  • Good insights in metallic and non-metallic material behaviors.
  • Ability to analyze problems, and develop pragmatic concepts and solutions.
  • Ability to support and troubleshoot operations and maintenance
  • Good team player, effective communicator and able to work independently.

Reports to

  • Engineering Section Head


  • Surface Facilities


  • Engineering

*Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process.

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