Senior Welding Engineer

Job Locations US-OH-Columbus | US-TX-Sugar Land | US-IA-Ames
Internal Title
Senior Engineer II (FAW)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Position Type
Permanent Full-Time

Company Bio

Kiefner 3_no BG

Kiefner and Associates, Inc., an Applus+ company, is a well-established engineering consultancy with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Kiefner provides the industry with engineering services focused on safety and reliability.


We offer a broad range of consulting services including fitness for service assessments, failure analysis and welding engineering, stress analysis and training workshops.   

Position Purpose

  • The main function of the Senior Engineer II, Failure Analysis & Welding is to provide expert welding engineering and consulting services in the oil & gas sector related to the construction and repair of pipelines, tanks, pressure vessels and other equipment to help our clients meet reliability, safety and regulatory standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform field inspection and subcontractor oversight of new construction and repair project for tanks, vessels and pipelines.  
  • Manage welding related projects including the analyses and mechanical testing required that would ensure weld quality and the integrity of new and vintage pipeline welds.
  • Support the other service lines as it applies to weld integrity, non-destructive examination and pipeline repair methods used in industry.
  • Conduct and coordinate failure analysis investigations for various components and equipment related to oil & gas and petrochemical processing.
  • Perform computer analyses to determine safe welding parameters to complete in-service welds in the field.
  • Provide information to clients by assembling and summarizing data, preparing reports, making presentations of findings, analyses, and recommendations.
  • Research and prepare project proposals for existing or new customers. Ensure project required set up documentation is submitted, invoicing is reviewed, accurate and, timely and control the working project budget to meet client requirements.
  • Provide training and mentoring to new and existing staff as needed in the areas of welding engineering, inspection auditing and codes of construction.
  • Establish and maintain a good client relationship and reputation as being a subject matter expert and a valued resource

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • N/A

Knowledge and Skills

  • Have a thorough understanding of industry regulations, codes and standards.  This should include the Code of Federal Regulations Part 192 and 195, construction codes such as ASME B31.3, B31.4, B31.8 and Section VIII, as well as  welding qualification codes such as ASME Section IX and API 1104.
  • Understand the risks associated with welding onto an operating gas or liquid pipeline (i.e., in-service welding or hot-tap welding) from both a personnel safety and a pipeline integrity perspective.
  • Have an understanding of non-destructive examination methods and technologies used for the testing of both new construction and in-service components.
  • Have an understanding of the many pipeline repair methods that are used by the industry and the applicability of each repair method.
  • Have an established reputation with oil and gas operators and industry organizations such as API, ASME or AWS.
  • Have a familiarity with OSHA construction safety regulations and requirements
  • Ability to write detailed technical reports and interact with clients.
  • Ability to multi-task and properly execute multiple simultaneous assignments under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate with diverse groups of people, strong interpersonal and mentoring skills.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills including technical writing skills.
  • Must have working knowledge of MS Office Suite of products.
  • Firmly adheres to the Kiefner values, including honesty, discretion, and sound judgment.

Education and Work Experience

  • BS in mechanical engineering, materials science or welding engineering
  • 7+ years of prior experience in the oil & gas, chemical process or heavy construction industry
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Certificates and Licenses Required

  • Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), or the ability to quickly obtain certification, is required
  • Industry inspection certification such as API 653, API 510 or API 570 preferred
  • ASNT Level I, II or III certification is beneficial
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license is beneficial

Physical Activities and Requirements

  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Sitting: Remaining sitting, particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Standing: Remaining standing, particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Bending, squatting: As necessary to examine pipe or component samples.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles; Up to 25 pounds lifting unassisted.
  • The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • The ability to bend stretches, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine/equipment or a vehicle to exact positions
  • The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities where detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and making fine discriminations in sound.
  • In compliance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Applus+ will make reasonable accommodations that are appropriate and consistent within our legal obligations

Working Conditions

  • The physical environment requires the employee to work inside an office environment, protected from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes, as well as in the field on construction sites or pipeline locations.
  • Regular visits to field sites will require employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions in temperature extremes and inclement weather.
  • Frequently required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials and working environment.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
  • Must be located in Columbus, OH office.
  • Ability to travel when required, nationally, up to 50% of the time. Possibility of international travel.


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed