Mechanical Discipline Manager

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Mechanical Discipline Manager

Baton Rouge, LA.

Job Summary:

The Mechanical Department Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, assigning and directing engineering and design resources for discipline-specific assignments.  Provides support to Project Managers to ensure the project’s defined goals and objectives are accomplished within the prescribed time-frame and funding parameters.  Duties shall include the administration of assigned personnel within the discipline engineering group, the review and interpretation of client RFPs, development of discipline man-hour estimates and staffing plans, the development and application of work processes designed to ensure the quality of deliverables, the professional development of discipline personnel, and the administration of the discipline salary structure.  Day travel may be required.  Home office for this person will be in Baton Rouge, LA.

Job Responsibilities & Accountabilities:


  • Emphasize a continuous awareness of personal and design safety in the execution of daily task assignments by all discipline personnel.  Ensure that individual work habits and methods, as they affect personal and design safety, are addressed as part of personnel performance reviews.
  • Work with CDI and Client Safety Professionals to ensure that all discipline personnel assigned to Client sites are thoroughly oriented to, and trained in, the site-specific safety requirements.


  • Provide technical engineering / design leadership in all areas of the specific discipline.
  • Encourage the identification and development of technically sound and economically feasible alternative solutions to Client problems.
  • Ensure that company requirements for the quality of processes and products are satisfied as part of all daily task assignments.  Develop and maintain an expectation of quality as an essential element of project success.
  • Solicit independent feedback on discipline engineer’s and designer’s work products. Develop and implement corrective actions where appropriate.
  • Lead or assist in the development of discipline-specific processes, procedures and practices to enhance CDI’s execution of project activities and deliverables.  Implement these tools, pending their approval by Management.
  • Ensure that project-assigned discipline personnel support field assignments as required to meet project objectives.
  • Support the preparation of business proposals for future work, through personal assistance or by the assignment of qualified discipline personnel.
  • Support the development of Project Procedure Manuals and Project Execution Plans.
  • Support the development of Risk Mitigation and Margin Enhancement Plans.
  • Ensure discipline personnel compliance with all CDI Engineering Solutions’ operating guidelines and standards.


  • Assign personnel and / or training resources as necessary to complete engineering and project assignments.  Recruit additional personnel as required to support the business plan.
  • Establish the discipline organization, roles and responsibilities.
  • Emphasize customer satisfaction and overall project results as the true measure of success on project assignments.  Develop and communicate an expectation for inter-disciplinary cooperation and support in the execution of projects.
  • Review personnel regularly to assess the progress of development and to establish training requirements.
  • Support Operation’s business development activities and participate in sales presentations as necessary.
  • Coach and mentor assigned discipline personnel in the use of CDI procedures, guidelines and policies.
  • Have a working knowledge and understanding of the principles of project cost control.  Ensure that all discipline personnel assigned to positions of responsibility on individual projects have a similar level of understanding.  Perform periodic audits of discipline-specific project cost control efforts, and implement corrective actions as required.
  • Develop, maintain and apply standards for quick, discipline-specific budget estimates.
  • Assist the Lead Discipline Representative on any project in the development of the relationships among the disciplines, the Client and the Project Manager to ensure an environment for mutual success.
  • Develop self and direct reports for the purpose of succession planning.
  • Other duties may be assigned by the Manager of Engineering or the Director of Operations, as required.

Job Qualifications & Skills:

  • 15+ years’ experience in the engineering industry, with 5 years in a supervisory or management role.
  • PE is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team of engineering and design personnel.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Individuals must have the ability to read and comprehend Business Development documents (e.g. Invitations to Bid, Requests for Proposal, Requests for Quote, etc.), project management documents (e.g. Scopes of Work, Project Execution Plans, Cost and Status Reports, Estimates, etc.) safety documents (e.g. safety plans, Safe Plans of Action, Safety Manuals, etc.), discipline-specific vendor documents, instructions, Client or CDI correspondence, and memos.  And, the ability to clearly and concisely write project management documents (e.g. Scopes of Work, Project Execution Plans, Status Reports, etc.), personnel management documents (e.g. performance reviews, corrective action plans etc.), safety documents (e.g. safety plans) and correspondence (e.g. letters, memos, and e-mails)
  • In-depth understanding of the interdependence and relationship between various Project Management, Engineering and Design disciplines is required.
  • Advanced knowledge of engineering technology, codes, standards, etc. (e.g. ASME, TEMA, ANSI and API design codes).


  • Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering Required.


Type: Permanent

Reference ID: 4758