Controls & Instrumentation Engineer

Fulltime, Surface Chemistry

Texas, Houston, United States Apply Now Apply until: Open until further notice


This role provides Process Automation expertise and support to the production team.  The Controls and Automation Engineer is a key point of information and guidance for the Basic Process Control System (BPCS) functionality at the site.  Corporate BPCS and Cyber Security improvements and KPI’s will be implemented and maintained by this role.  This role will work directly with and serve as the backup to the site Process Automation and Instrumentation Engineer.


Job Responsibilities:


Experience in Process Control Systems support and networking technologies such as ICSS systems, BPCS systems, SIS systems, batch software, HMI software, SCADA systems and PC networking / communications technologies in an operating plant in chemical or refining industries.

Demonstrated ability to learn new chemical processes

Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment

Writing and verbal communication skills to promote ideas, train operators and oversee contractors

Willing and able to support systems 24x7 including weekends, holidays and evening as required.

Provide installation and support for all plant control systems, data acquisition systems and maintenance team objectives

Maintain the EPI – data historian

Champion Alarm Rationalization and life cycle management

Issue, review and approve MOC’s related to the BPCS

Provide engineering support for multiple small capital projects simultaneously including scope definition, engineering design, cost estimation, software configuration, bid package preparation, MOC preparation, oversee contractors, manage shutdown/commissioning, startup phases and train operators.

Perform alarm rationalization and life cycle maintenance

Provide instrumentation and control systems support for large capital projects

Experience in basic instrumentation specification development and installation

Capacity to achieve skill level in new technologies in a few months

Experience working in and maintain a BPCS virtual environment


Health, Safety, Security & Environmental Specific Responsibilities:

Understands and helps implement the SBU HSES / Responsible Care Policy and related objectives

Aware of potential environmental, health, safety and security impacts in area of responsibility and consequences if an upset occurs

Understands and implements any parts of the Houston Environmental Compliance Plan, Waste Management Plan and Emergency Response Plan that applies to area of responsibility

Basic knowledge or willingness to train on LOPA

Adherence to the site MOC process and safety requirements

Perform and support required testing and documentation for process and SIS interlocks



Job holder will be able to provide guidance to production personnel (team leads, operators, engineers) and maintenance I/E technicians for issues related to the ICSS.  This includes setpoint changes per recipe or MOC requests.  The role will initiate and approve MOC’s for BPCS related changes.




Engineering degree from an accredited university required, Chemical Engineering preferred

At least five (5) years’ experience in general process control to include loop tuning, designing and implementing batch and continuous control systems. 

Familiarity with applicable codes, standards and practices

Alarm rationalization experience preferred

Familiarity with hardware associated with control systems

Chemical manufacturing or refining industry experience required

Familiarity with SIS systems preferred

Hands on experience with control systems required, DeltaV preferred

Experience with LOPA preferred but not required

Must work well in a team environment with all levels of employees

Demonstrated capacity to gain skill level in new technologies in a few months

Working knowledge and ability to troubleshoot industry communication protocols including Modbus and OPC UA preferred

Ability to read, understand, and modify P&ID’s and loop drawings



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United States
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Surface Chemistry
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