Mechanical R&D Design Engineer I

Job Locations US-TX-HOUSTON
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Weatherford is a leading global energy services company. Our world-class experts partner with customers to optimize their resources and realize the full potential of their assets. Across our operating locations, including manufacturing, research and development, service, and training facilities, operators choose us for strategic solutions that add efficiency, flexibility, and responsibility to any energy operation.


We are focused on technology development, digital solutions, and defining our footprint in the new energy space. Our ability to provide integrated solutions across our segments will be critical to growth in our core operations and the energy transition.


Energy producers face unique challenges every day, so it is our job to create solutions that enhance safety, streamline operations, and sustain uptime to meet or exceed their targets. We operate across the global energy landscape employing some of the best diverse talent in the industry. At Weatherford, we understand the value each individual brings to the table. We celebrate diversity in all its forms and are immensely proud of our workforce. We invite you to join our passionate, talented, word-class team.


When you join Weatherford, you instantly feel connected to something bigger – a community that is grounded by our core values and driven to create innovative solutions for our customers. We celebrate each other’s successes, grow together, and learn from each other constantly. Individually, we are impressive. Together, we are unstoppable. We are One Weatherford.


Weatherford offers competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits program and provides you a challenging and enriching career path, with a healthy balance of structure and flexibility to chart your own course. We are focused on providing a challenging and enriching career path with a healthy balance of structure and flexibility to chart your own course. We are an innovative, global company with wide-ranging opportunities that include career-enhancing talent rotations. Our structured career paths will ensure that you know what it takes to build your ideal career at Weatherford when you join our Company. We also offer a comprehensive benefits program, including health insurance coverage, income protection plans, a 401(k) savings plan, Company paid holidays, and paid time off for vacation.


Weatherford is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.


This is the entry level job. Under direct supervision, performs standard tasks using established methods, principles, concepts & procedure related to their field of specialty. Applies theoretical knowledge to practical problems in engineering design. Independent judgment is made on tasks of low complexity.


Scope of Design Work

  • Design and development of new products
  • Sustaining Support Engineering
  • Customer driven design modifications and systems
  • Troubleshooting/failure analysis
  • Manufacturing Engineering support
  • Develop test procedures and perform and document testing
  • Preparation of documentation for Engineering design files
  • Generate Engineering layouts for fit, form, and function
  • Shop floor support - coordinate with production and manufacturing engineering to support production requirements


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Must understand and comply with all safety rules and company policies of Weatherford
  • Understand and comply with all Safety and Environmental requirements.
  • Perform simple engineering tasks using established procedures, these include, but are not limited to, stress analysis, material selection, cost estimation, and tolerance studies
  • Perform engineering layouts for fit, form and function checking
  • Preparation of documentation for engineering design files
  • Know and understand Weatherford’s Enterprise Excellence Program and the Quality Policy and comply with all requirements of the Quality Systems Manual, Operating and Technical Procedures and Workplace Instructions
  • Work assignments carried out to the highest quality level
  • Coordinate with drafting for creation of drawings
  • Direct and oversee the project-specific activities of assigned technician staff
  • Know and understand Weatherford Quality Policy and comply with all requirements of the Quality System Manual,
  • Operating and Technical Procedures and Workplace Instructions
  • Other duties as assigned

Work Environment / Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift approximately 0-25 lbs
  • Generally includes indoor work
  • Generally within an office setting
  • Generally during standard business hours
  • Flexibility to work outdoors in changing environments that include remote locations/offshore, including multi-cultural situations.




  • 0-2 years mechanical design/testing experience as appropriate
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Technology, or related science degree from a recognized/accredited University required.
  • Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Technology, or related science degree from a recognized/accredited University is optional

Technical Skills:

  • Excellent communications skills
  • Good written English (for report writing and documentation)
  • Willingness to travel and work in test lab, field, onshore and offshore environments
  • Basic design understanding of machining tolerances and fits.
  • In-depth knowledge of industry design principles
  • Product focused creative thinking
  • Experience working in a team environment in industry and/or educational projects
  • Strong trouble-shooting and analytical skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects


  • Proficiency in using Creo (Pro-Engineer) or equivalent 3D solid modelling
  • Working knowledge of hydraulics and CFD applications including Fluent
  • Working knowledge of Industry standards and specifications (API, ISO, etc.)
  • Knowledge and application geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Analytical abilities in math, forces, and stress-strain analysis
  • Internship or work experience in similar technical role and/or industry.


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