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.
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