Staff Project Engineer


The Woodlands, TX, US, 77380

Req ID:  1728

Western Midstream is a master limited partnership formed to own, develop, acquire, and operate midstream assets. We are engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing, and transporting natural gas; gathering, stabilizing, and transporting condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and crude oil; and gathering, transporting, and disposing of produced water for our customers.

We operate or own equity interests in assets in the Rocky Mountains, North-central Pennsylvania, and Texas, including approximately 16,000 miles of petroleum and natural gas pipelines and over 100 gathering, treating, and processing facilities.

Job Summary

Western Midstream is seeking a Planning Engineer - Engineering & Construction to join its Engineering & Construction team in The Woodlands, Texas. This position will identify the need, prepare scopes of work, and develop forecasts for gathering pipelines and metering as well as gas compression, gas processing, oil pumping, oil stabilization, and saltwater disposal facilities in WES’s South Texas and West Texas operating areas.


The ideal candidate for this position will have a thorough understanding of the planning, design, and execution of midstream capital projects as well as a basic understanding of upstream, onshore oil and gas development. Using this knowledge, they will plan projects for project engineers and project managers on the team to execute, while meeting customer and business objectives.


  • Five (5) or more years of relevant work experience planning, designing, or managing execution of upstream or midstream facility capital projects; onshore, Lower 48 and unconventional shale experience is preferred.
  • A high degree of familiarity with and knowledge of the design and construction of production, compression, pumping, treating, processing, and produced water disposal facilities. A basic knowledge of drilling and completions activities is a plus.
  • Thorough familiarity with industry codes and standards for pipeline, measurement, and gathering facilities as well as applicable local, state, and Federal regulations.  Working knowledge of applicable environmental and safety regulations.
  • Demonstrated leadership in Occupational and Process Safety principles and their application to design and installation of pipeline and/or production facilities.
  • Basic knowledge and experience with spatial data management and mapping software programs, such as ArcGIS, is required. Advanced experience is a plus.
  • Ability to prepare and validate cost and schedule estimates.
  • Basic knowledge of screening level economic analyses.
  • Knowledge of and experience utilizing project management techniques and best practices.
  • Proficiency with standard office software such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Technically proficient and self-motivated with creative problem-solving skills to accomplish tasks within a team environment.
  • Track record of action-oriented performance - taking control of problem situations, developing solutions, and bringing them to resolution, operating with a sense of urgency.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.



  • Develop preliminary facilities and pipeline scopes of work including required supporting infrastructure such as electrical power distribution and communication systems.
  • Perform desktop routing and siting of proposed pipelines and facilities.
  • Prepare conceptual designs including block and process flow diagrams, routing schematics, and isometric sketches with preliminary bill of materials.
  • Prepare preliminary capital expenditure estimates, schedule estimates, and economic justifications for these projects. Document and communicate results to project engineering/project management to begin executing work.
  • Develop communication tools including maps, schedules, and reports to communicate the development plan to the organization.
  • Lead technical reviews conceptual development plans with commercial, operations, and technical stakeholders. Identify opportunities for optimization, improvement and better alignment.
  • Work with project engineering/project management teams to ensure facility designs meet customer needs.
  • Engage with WES Commercial and Customers as needed to determine requirements for proposed projects.
  • Assist with review, tracking, and approval of pipeline relocations, crossing, and encroachments.
  • Engage with contractors to promote WES’s safety culture and ensure everyone goes home safe every day.
  • Exhibit WES’s core values of Servant Leadership, Empowerment, Customer Focus, Belief in Each Other, Integrity, and Positive Work Environment.



  • Bachelor’s degree required in Engineering; Civil, Chemical, Petroleum, or Mechanical preferred, other disciplines may be considered with appropriate experience.

        Job title, grade, and salary will be commensurate with relevant education and experience

Certifications / Licenses

  • Valid driver’s license with no restrictions that would prohibit driving a company vehicle.



  • Relocation may be considered, depending on applicant.

Travel Requirements

  • Travel will be required up to 10%. Most travel will be to field locations in the Permian Basin in West Texas and the Eagleford/Maverick Basin in South Texas.

Work Schedule

  • This position will work 9 hours Monday – Thursday and 4 hours on Friday. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday will be worked in the office, while Wednesdays and Fridays will be worked from home. To work from home, the candidate must have the ability to remotely access corporate IT systems reliably.


Western Midstream does not offer sponsorship of employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions for this role.

Western Midstream is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in recruiting, hiring, developing, compensating and promoting applicants and employees.  All employment decisions are made without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected categories.  This includes providing reasonable accommodation for employee's and applicant's disabilities or religious beliefs and practices.  

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