31 Aug, 2021

Process Engineer

  • Shell Oil
  • Deer Park, TX, USA
Process Engineer Oil & Gas Petrochemicals & Refining

Job Description

The Role

Where you fit in?

The Process Engineer is typically assigned specific Process Units to support as part of an area Production Team. At times, the he/she may instead be assigned to key studies, projects and improvement activities. The successful candidate will join the Deer Park Refinery Process Engineering Team and will be assigned an operations support area basis experience and need.

What’s the role?

The Process Engineer is responsible for providing technical process engineering support such that the safe, environmentally sound, reliable and profitable operation of the units to which s/he is assigned is assured. This role might cover the Kerosine Hydrotreater unit, Reformer and Sulfur units.

Primary responsibilities include short term and long-term process monitoring, support process safety activities (FIM/FAM/PHA/MOC), support turnarounds and major maintenance activities, prepare/present technical knowledge for operator training, support abnormal situation management, catalyst selection, and support HSE compliance tasks.  Identifies and communicates issues to the appropriate technical and operations personnel. Leads or assists in evaluation of complex technical or operational problems. Assists as appropriate in problem definition and ensuring solutions. Provides technical documentation to ensure knowledge retention, continuity, and organizational learning. Provide support to long term strategy planning for the units/systems. Provides support and leadership to multidiscipline teams addressing cross organizational issues / opportunities.  

The Process Engineer is expected to:

  • Provide day-to-day technical support to Operations in delivery of production plans.
  • Design/asset optimization activities concentrate on routine topics (guided by procedures or multiple precedents). Has greater exposure to process integration, as the job holder needs to integrate a wider range of disciplines when undertaking design activities for projects.
  • Works as an autonomous Process Engineer, translates the guidelines and standards into practice and solves common technical challenges. Works within company standards and policies under defined directions while receiving occasional guidance on techniques. Makes recommendations and improvements to existing processes.
  • Ensures integration of related discipline activities to achieve delivery which is safe (all aspects of HSSE - personal/process safety and environment), fit for purpose and meeting cost-value optimization.
  • Independently manages the relation with multiple (groups of) internal and external stakeholders on a tactical level.
  • Conduct Proactive Technical Monitoring (Optimization, Margin, NEVC)
  • Long-Term Process Monitoring (LTPM) – Catalyst, Heat Exchangers. etc.
  • Process Models and Simulations
  • Track, Compile and Troubleshoot Process Engineering Material & Energy Balances
  • Track/Troubleshoot Product Quality issues
  • Complete assigned Feed Acceptance Tasks
  • Support Abnormal Situation Management (ASMs; e.g. S/D, S/U, Troubleshooting/Recommendations)
  • Participate or Lead Causal Investigations
  • Participate or Lead Management of Change (MOCs)
  • Complete documentation of key Process Engineering work/activities (Technical Knowledge Management)
  • Support Turnarounds and Major Maintenance Activities (i.e. Pitstops, MOCs, Procedure Reviews, Lookback, Scope, MEC etc.)
  • Catalyst Monitoring and Selection (loading/unloading)
  • Identify and Assess Growth Projects / Asset Integrity & Maintain Margin (e-SIP and follow up support)
  • Support Process Safety Activities (PHA, RHA, etc.)
  • Support Projects
  • Lead or Support HSE Compliance Tasks (Environmental release calcs as needed, Radar, FIM, etc.)
  • Prepare/Present Technical Knowledge Training (to Operations)
  • Support Procedures Reviews
  • Lead or Support MTO Items
  • End of the month accounting/closing (Chemicals and Utilities)
  • P&ID Review
  • 24/7 focal point for  technical assurance ( as needed).
  • Support and participate in turnaround activities for the assigned units.

Skills & Requirements

What we need from you -

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Chemical Engineering is an advantage
  • Minimum of four (4) years industrial experience in process technology or plant operations preferable in Reformer units, Hydro processing or/and   ARU/SWS units.
  • Good knowledge of refining processes in general (Crude Units, Conversion units, etc.).
  • Working knowledge of process control systems and theory.
  • Knowledge of corrosion mechanisms as they apply to the processes being supported and of the materials, process controls and methods to mitigate those mechanisms.
  • Previous assignment as Project /Operations Support Engineer.
  • The individual must be proficient in the use of spreadsheets, computer and simulation models.

Company description 

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.  We have expertise in exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.

As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.

Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you’ll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future – whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.

Shell Oil Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, has reached an agreement for the sale of its interest in Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership, a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and P.M.I. Norteamerica, S.A. De C.V. (a subsidiary of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex). The transaction will transfer Shell’s interest in the partnership, and therefore full ownership of the refinery, to Pemex, subject

to regulatory approvals. Employees assigned to the Refinery assets in scope for divestment will be offered employment by Pemex with effect upon closing in accordance with the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2021.


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