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Mechanical Engineer, SME

Date: May 19, 2023

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 21886 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description


Grace is building up the bench strength of its central engineering group by expanding the coverage for other engineering disciplines and is hiring a Mechanical Project Engineer. They report directly to the Engineering Director and may be located out of our corporate headquarters in Columbia, MD, our Houston, TX, hub, or our Baton Rouge, LA plant site.


This Engineer is a subject matter expert (SME) who, working with little or no supervision, can apply advanced scientific and engineering knowledge and ingenuity to complete complex assignments related to the Mechanical Engineering discipline. This position requires the ability travel up to 50% including international. 



  • Identifies, plans, and conducts projects of various sizes/complexities within engineering specialty requiring custom, risk-managed execution plans, investigations, and/or equipment. Analyzing project specifications, developing work schedules, and delegating tasks to different teams.
  • Conducts data sourcing and analysis for the development of benchmarks internally and externally. 
  • Conceptualizes complete solutions. Creates or coordinates the design solutions for novel or complex problems; integrates regulatory and operational needs; assesses cost benefit.
  • Structures studies and integrate cross-disciplinary and cross-functional issues to arrive at optimal course of action.
  • Represents the organization as a technical contact on contracts and projects.
  • Interacts with both senior management and external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.
  • Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Engineering policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Identified as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the discipline and provides training.
  • Participates in internal, cross-divisional teams to develop and align procedures and standards. 
  • Resolves problems and crisis situations requiring fast, astute decisions with rapid implementation by utilizing technical training and experience. 

Required Qualifications


  • B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering is required.
  • Minimum of 12 years of engineering experience, with at least a portion of that experience in the chemical industry.
  • Knowledge of PSM, specifically mechanical integrity standards
  • Knowledge of design standards and codes.
  • Knowledge, application and specification of piping materials and good design practices for sizing all piping systems.

Preferred Qualifications


  • M.S. degree in engineering and/or PE license
  • Proficient in MS Office, MS Project,
  • 5+ years of experience using SAP systems


Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
Life Insurance and Disability 
Grace Wellness Program
Flexible Workplace 
Retirement Plans  
401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
Paid Vacation and Holidays
Parental Leave 
Tuition Reimbursement
Company Donation Match Program


Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore