CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Associate Mechanical Engineer

Requisition #
Lake Charles
# of Openings


Relocation Benefits Available for this Position


Employer will not sponsor visas for position

Job Summary

CITGO Petroleum Corporation, a Delaware corporation with headquarters in Houston, refines, markets and transports gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, lubricants, petrochemicals, and other petroleum-based industrial products. CITGO has 3,700 employees and is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA). CITGO owns and operates three highly complex crude oil refineries located in Lake Charles, La. (425,000 barrels-per-day [bpd]), Lemont, Ill., (167,000-bpd) and Corpus Christi, Texas, (157,000-bpd). These refineries process approximately 285,000 bpd of Venezuelan crudes, including supplies from Orinoco Oil Belt upgraders. CITGO’s combined aggregate crude oil refining capacity of 749,000-bpd positions it as one of the largest refiners in the nation. The company owns and/or operates 48 petroleum product terminals, one of the largest networks in the country. 


Job Responsibilities:

The mechanical engineer is responsible for maintaining the safe operation and reliability of the refinery fixed and rotating equipment by applying standard engineering principles, theories, concepts, and techniques in providing solutions to a variety of fixed equipment problems that develop during operation, maintenance repair and/or turnarounds, as well as performing root cause failure analysis in order to make recommendations for fixed equipment that will eliminate the causes for equipment unreliability.


Duties include the following:

  • Provide technical support to maintenance & operations to increase fixed equipment availability and reduce maintenance costs
  • Apply standard engineering principles, theories, concepts, troubleshooting, scope development and other techniques to provide solutions to a variety of fixed or rotating equipment problems
  • Participate in Hazard and Operability studies and work to resolve engineering action items


CITGO’s Attractive Benefits:

* Competitive Salaries

* 401(K) Retirement and Savings Plan

* Pension Plan
* Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance

* Discretionary Bonus Program
* Educational Assistance Program

* Paid Vacation

* 9/80 Work Schedule

Minimum Qualifications


  • B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • GPA of 3.0 or above (A=4.0) (Must provide proof of current GPA at time of hire to verify eligibility requirements are met)
  • Refinery/Petrochemical process plant engineering experience providing technical support for piping, fixed or rotating equipment, preferred
  • Valid Driver's License required

Eligibility Requirements:

The Maritime Transportation Security Act requires all persons who will need unescorted access to a regulated facility to have a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), issued in accordance with the rules established by the United States Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration. Candidates selected for employment must meet eligibility criteria to obtain a TWIC card.


The following link lists the eligible criteria for all persons trying to obtain a TWIC card


To obtain more information on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), please visit the Transportation Security Administration’s website


(Equal Opportunity Employer)


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