03 May, 2022

Senior Process Automation Engineer

  • Dow
  • Freeport, TX, USA
Controller, Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals Chemicals

Job Description

Our Purpose


Join a team that’s passionate about partnership. With careers at Dow, we take time to explore questions and talk to each other. We love to learn. Our people are driven by limitless curiosity.


We are an innovative, customer centric, inclusive, and sustainable materials science company.


-Employing 36,500 individuals

-Across 109 manufacturing sites

-In over 31 countries


Our portfolio of products and solutions include:


-Plastics: With new technology trends, our plastic additives can be experienced in many everyday items including vinyl, blow-molding bottles, film, rigid containers, PVC plastics, siding, decks and rails, foam pipes and profile formulations, window frames and high-efficiency lubricants.


-Industrial intermediates: As the product of a reaction that is beneficial when used as a precursor chemical for another product, industrial intermediates can take on many shapes and forms. Ours are used in home comfort and appliance, building and construction, adhesives and lubricants, and more.


-Coatings: Whether it’s a water-based coating or solvent-based coating, a thin film is deposited on materials to enhance specific properties such as enhanced performance, durability, aesthetics, and sustainability.


-Silicone businesses: Our silicone-based materials can withstand more demanding applications, from those operating at extreme temperatures, to those under harsh environmental conditions for long periods of time.


Learn more about our partnerships, collaborations and innovations on LinkedIn (@Dow) or Twitter (@DowNewsroom).


We make diversity and inclusion a priority—because sharing our perspectives and building on each other’s ideas will drive innovation. Could you imagine yourself in a place like this?


About You


As a Senior Process Automation Engineer at Dow, you will serve as a technical resource for small to large capital and improvement projects regionally and/or globally. You will also perform direct hands-on control configuration and code development. This role is involved in all three phases of projects: front-end loading, detailed design and construction, and commissioning and start-up. Success in this role requires expanded conceptual and practical knowledge in own job discipline, as well as the ability to assimilate and apply relevant manufacturing process technologies.


In this role, you will align with Dow’s Technical Expertise & Support (TES) Process Automation Technology Group as a member of a global team of Process Automation Engineers partnering with Dow’s Mining, Storage, and Pipeline (MSP), Energy, Environmental, and Logistics Businesses. This position provides significant exposure to a wide variety of manufacturing technologies and disciplines within Engineering and Business.


Responsibilities / Duties:

  • Leads and/or participates in process automation team(s) responsible for the implementation of process automation solutions to capture improvement opportunities.

  • Ensures that the process automation solutions is safe, meets DOW Loss Prevention Principle (LPP’s) and other EH&S requirements.

  • Involved in Safety Integrity Level (SIL) determination, Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), and designing or modifying the basic process control system (BPCS). Designs the control strategy and control systems, as well as implementation, which is not typical within the industry.

  • Establishes project goals and planning.

  • Tracks progress, schedules, and costs for the PA team during all project phases.

  • Completes technical review of the control team work and provide coaching / corrective feedback.

  • Determines testing scenarios and oversee the simulation of the control system to test the strategy and improvements.

  • Works with other engineers to determine the project and control requirements.

  • Creates the process control overview for the project & Develop user requirement system specifications.

  • Estimates the process control cost and schedule for the project and manage against these baselines.

  • Develops functional requirement specification (FRS) for the system & Create detailed requirement specifications (DRS).

  • Develops control software, operator graphics and simulation software.

  • Completes the factory acceptance test (FAT) Commissioning.

  • Provides training of operations and support commissioning and start-up of the new asset.

  • Opportunities to work on a wide variety of control system platforms.

  • Opportunities to work on projects for different geographies/locations.


Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (chemical or electrical preferred)

  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience (i.e. process automation, engineering, manufacturing or related)

  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 20% annually and meet all applicable requirements related to business travel (e.g., as to immigration and visa rules, public-health mandates, airline rules, etc.) into and out of (and physical presence in) various countries world wide

  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States. No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.


Additional Notes:

  • The preferred location for this position is Freeport, TX

  • Domestic relocation assistance is available for this role and may be provided based on eligibility.


Dow Offers:

  • A robust total rewards program, including: competitive base pay, variable pay that rewards individual, team, and Company performance, and comprehensive benefits
  • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment
  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world
  • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others




About Dow


Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.



As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to equal opportunities in employment. We encourage every employee to bring their whole self to work each day to not only deliver more value, but also have a more fulfilling career. Further information regarding Dow's equal opportunities is available on www.dow.com.

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