Senior Project Manager/Project Engineer

Norwest Engineering Portland , OR 97228

Posted 2 months ago

Who We Are

Norwest Engineering (Norwest) is a team of inspired, empowered, solutions-oriented professionals who work with clients to turn their visions into reality. Our team includes a wide-range of professionals (mechanical, electrical, structural and civil) and our solutions include engineering, engineering studies, design, and construction management services to the industrial marketplace including petrochemical (midstream and refineries), chemical, primary metals and pulp & paper. We partner with clients throughout the United States from our Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California offices.

What We Offer

One of the best benefits of being a Norwest employee is the opportunity to experience our company culture. Each day we strive to embody our core values because they are meaningful to each of us. We work hard, have fun, believe in work/life balance and have passion for our clients and their visions. Through flexible work arrangements, group benefit offerings, and casual work environment, we strive to differentiate ourselves from other consulting engineering firms. The flexible work arrangements include flexible work hours and compressed work weeks. Our group benefit offerings include group health, dental, and vision insurance; as well as life insurance, and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

What Youd Be Doing

As a Senior Project Manager / Project Engineer based in Portland Oregon, you have the opportunity to take ownership of project engineering and management from kick-off to completion with little oversight from senior management. These projects are multi-disciplinary and vary widely in size. Using skills developed as a lead engineer within your discipline and your extensive experience, you will work with a team of engineers and designers of other disciplines and manage complex fast-paced projects.


  • Ability and desire to take ownership of projects in the entirety and work creatively to make every project a success

  • Monitor and direct work on multiple project simultaneously; work both as a lead engineer and a PM on different projects at the same time

  • Lead and direct a multi-discipline team of engineers & designers to meet customer objectives

  • Successfully manage small to large projects ($10,000 to $1,000,000 engineering budgets)

  • Manage project schedules, scopes and budgets and provide project status reports to clients and senior management

  • Be the primary point of contact for a client, and suggest solutions based on minimal information when a client calls to discuss a project

  • Lead internal and client meetings (both web based meetings and in-person meetings)

  • Take ownership of weekly meeting agendas and minutes to communicate key project related issues timely, proactively, and effectively

  • Estimate costs of completing projects that encompass multiple-disciplines engineering costs and total installed construction cost including equipment, subcontractors reimbursable expenses and other related costs

  • Manage and de-escalate conflict with clients and within your project team

  • Serve as the primary customer liaison.


  • Work as a lead discipline engineer on any size projects demonstrating a high level of proficiency within your discipline of engineering

  • Complete engineering calculations within your discipline

  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant codes; accurately interpret and apply relevant codes to projects

  • Develop engineering documents according to industry, project, Company and client standards while leading other engineers and designers

  • Review drawings outside your discipline to check for interferences with the drawings in your discipline

  • Interact effectively with other engineering disciplines, and understand how their work impacts the overall project

  • Effectively collect field notes based on trips to clients sites.

  • Consider the impacts of design changes to the whole project, not just areas within your discipline.

  • Effectively communicate design change impacts to other departments

What Makes You a Good Candidate for This Position

  • 8+ years of combined experience working as a senior engineer and project manager on industrial projects must include:

  • Working and directly interfacing with the client

  • Project development from concept through construction, including start-up and commissioning

  • Oil and gas, refinery, pulp and paper, or other industrial environments

  • Technical field and client job site experience

  • B.S. (Bachelor of Science) in Engineering is required - mechanical, electrical, civil or chemical engineering degree is preferred

  • P.E. (Professional Engineer) is desired; must be willing to work toward and obtain a PE if license is not currently held

  • Ability to travel approximately 10-25% of the time throughout the western United States with some national travel

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Solid listening skills and ability to think "outside the box" are a must to allow our team to come up with creative solutions to match the clients needs and budgets

  • Capable and willing to promote Norwest by intentionally seeking out new work with existing and prospective clients

  • Self-motivated, able to work independently as well as lead a team with energy and enthusiasm

  • Must be willing to put in extra effort when required to achieve a successful outcome

  • Good interpersonal skills are a must, including the ability to develop strong professional relationships with clients and team members within Norwest

  • Have a desire to seek continuous improvement of personal and team skill-set

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Applications (Outlook, Word and Excel), web meeting software such as WebEx or Go-To Meeting, and PDF markup software (Bluebeam Revu or Adobe Acrobat)

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Project or a similar tool is strongly preferred

  • Experience with Navisworks Freedom is preferred

  • Basic knowledge of CAD software terminology, methods and practices; ability to operate CAD software is not required.

  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application for employment - Norwest Engineering does not sponsor employment visas

If you believe youd be a good fit for our team, please submit your resume through our website job portal at

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