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Houston, US

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Engineering

Chief Project Engineer, Electrical and Automation, US

Chief Project Engineer, Electrical and Automation


Wärtsilä Energy Business is looking for a Chief Project Engineer, Electrical or Automation to plan and execute electrical works. Location for this position is in Houston, Texas, USA. Partial remote working is also possible, working outside from Wärtsilä´s premises from a preferred location in USA. We have a hybrid working model in use at Wärtsilä. You would be joining a team, which is global, with some colleagues in the USA, as well as in Europe, Asia and all around the world.


To be our ideal candidate, you will have a B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (or similar) and 5 years of experience in Electrical Engineering. Working in multicultural environment, you have cultural knowledge and excellent communication and team working skills. As a Chief Project Engineer, you should also be pro-active and have cost awareness and effectiveness skills. You should have the ability to communicate in English, Spanish language skills sees as a big advantage.


As a Chief Project Engineer, you will focus on these responsibilities:

  • To be a representative of the company and have technical ownership of assigned tasks or projects
  • Manage project activities, integration engineering and technical correspondence with customers, vendors and cross functional stakeholders as well as internal team members
  • Plan and safeguard execution of activities with the total cost, schedule and customer specific needs in focus according to standards and contract requirements, specifications, instructions and policies
  • Actively participate in customer, vendor and stakeholder negotiations and maintain good relationships
  • Identify, mitigate, monitor and report risks, quality issues, use of resources, cost, schedule and scope issues in projects and for products and work process improvement 
  • Support project and sales teams in complex projects and stakeholders with concepts and product solutions maintaining and developing knowledge in the global organisation 


Development responsibilities include:

  • Participate in developing and maintaining of tools and work methods in own responsibility area
  • To give, collect and handle feedback regarding technical solutions and complaints
  • Provide lessons learned initiatives for developing issues in own responsibility area


 To be successful in this role, we expect you to have:

  • Knowledge of Medium voltage system, Low voltages systems, Protection relays
  • Knowledge of PLCs, SCADA and HMI
  • Knowledge of power generation and power grids is seen as an advantage
  • Project Management skills
  • Procurement skills
  • Cost awareness & effectiveness
  • Negotiation skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Previous job experience from similar field of work


The solutions we develop together with our customers have an impact on how world trade, global energy supply and climate change evolve. Together with our customers, we make a true difference.


 Why you and us

We at Wärtsilä believe in empowerment, ownership and taking responsibility of our work. We support each other’s growth and co-creation is the true basis of our innovation. We have courage to see opportunities and take initiative.

We are authentic and honest, and we strongly believe in a diverse and inclusive work community where everyone can be their true self. We don’t always get it right the first time, and if mistakes are made, we make sure to learn and grow from them. We want everyone to voice their opinions freely. That is why we have built an environment that empowers you and everyone around you, and where you can feel safe and cared for. Are you eager to be part of this ambition?


You will be a part of a global organization with local presence and work in an exciting and dynamic working environment with highly motivated and skilled co-workers. We offer interesting and challenging work tasks, as well as personal and professional development in a great team.
Please apply by March 30th 2023.



Successful applicant must be authorized to work in the USA without sponsorship.


We look forward to hearing from you. Qualified candidates must apply online:


Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.   Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer. 


Vaccination is a vital tool to reduce the presence and severity of COVID-19 cases in the workplace, in communities, and in the nation as a whole. The spread of COVID when working in customer facilities and project sites can lead to costly site shutdowns, for which Wärtsilä could be deemed financially responsible. Many local government authorities require proof of vaccination to enter the state or country, and many of our customers require proof of vaccination to be on a project site. In line with legal regulations Wärtsilä has implemented a COVID-19 policy on vaccination and testing to reduce the risk of transmission on Wärtsilä premises. Wärtsilä strongly encourages all employees to be vaccinated to protect themselves and other employees.


Last application date: 31/03/2023

At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities.

This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at


Nearest Major Market: Houston