Principal Design Engineer – Mechanical

  • 5 Greenway Plaza, Suite 100, Houston, TX
  • Full-time

Company Description

Founded in 1934, Parker Drilling provides advanced drilling solutions to the energy industry. We are a technically innovative company providing worldwide drilling services, rental tools and project management, including rig design, construction and operations management.

Job Description


This position provides engineering and technical support for the Company’s technology development group. This support includes design and analysis for New Product Development and Sustaining Product Development as well as related project management. The opportunity is a 1st principles based engineering position.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS include the following:

  • Engineer products from concept through detailed design in support of the innovation and technology development program.
  • Develop work plans, schedules, and write and review project requirements.
  • Develop system and product design information and formulate models and simulations to represent their performance.
  • Evaluate user feedback of products for design improvements and enhancements.
  • Provide engineering and technical support to other departments as required.
  • Assist in development of product requirements, specifications, procedures, and standards
  • Development of project work scopes, cost and scheduling for projects.
  • Develop, review, and participate in design FMEA and FMECA studies.
  • Manage mechanical engineers and designers on assigned projects to ensure design quality, budget and project schedule.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree is required. An advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) is preferred.
  • Have at least 10 years of mechanical design experience; preferably in the drilling industry.
  • Have extensive knowledge of AutoCAD, Inventor or SolidWorks, or other 3D CAD software.
  • Have extensive knowledge of static and dynamic systems, materials science, and mechanical design (preferable with downhole oil tools or related products)
  • Ability to perform mechanical and structural analysis using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software
  • Must be a detail oriented, self-starter and able to work with little supervision while maintaining goals/tasks.
  • Must have excellent PC skills to include MS Office products.
  • Must have good written and verbal communication skills and be able to effectively communicate with staff, management, customers and vendors. 
  • Must possess sound reasoning skills and have the ability to follow directions.



The physical and mental demands must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Sit/stand while performing primarily sedentary work; Use repetitive wrist, hand or finger movements at a computer;
  • Carry up to 10 lbs;
  • Communicate with others in a clear and professional manner both orally and in writing to exchange information;
  • Work as an integral part of a team with the ability to also work independently;
  • Ability to work under pressure while maintaining both perspective and professional demeanor;
  • Work in a fast-paced professional environment while sustaining attention with distractions and/or interruptions;




This position will typically work in a climate controlled building in the Lafayette Office.  



  • Ensure personal behaviour and work practices are in line with Company safety standards
  • Responsible for safety of self and others in the vicinity to include, but not limited to, employees, suppliers and guests
  • Provide visible leadership engagement, be aware of housekeeping and take additional safety precautions to ensure no one is put at risk
  • Do not take short cuts or unnecessary risks and actively work with others to ensure they take due care and do not put themselves or others at risk
  • Ensure all incidents are reported and appropriately investigated in accordance with Company procedure
  • As needed, seek advice from HSE representative


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