03 May, 2022

Senior Process Automation Engineer

  • Dow
  • Saskatchewan, Canada
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?


Dow has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Process Automation Engineer, located in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.


About you

As the Senior Process Automation Engineer, you will serve as a technical resource and process automation lead for small to large capital and improvement projects regionally and/or globally. Directs and leads both Dow and contract resources. You would be involved in all three phases of projects: front end loading, detailed design and construction, and commissioning and startup. Requires expanded conceptual and practical knowledge in own job discipline and broadens capabilities.


Also, you can complete each of the following tasks:
  • Be responsible for tasks such as those listed below when equipment or instruments are being added, removed, or changed. This role is also 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.
  • Establish project goals and planning.
  • Track progress, schedules, and costs for the PA team during all project phases.
  • Complete technical review of the control team work and provide coaching / corrective feedback.
  • Determine testing scenarios and oversee the simulation of the control system to test the strategy and improvements.
  • Work with other engineers to determine the project and control requirements.
  • Create the process control overview for the project & Develop user requirement system specifications.
  • Estimate the process control cost and schedule for the project and manage against these baselines.
  • Develop functional requirement specification (FRS) for the system & Create detailed requirement specifications (DRS).
  • Develop control software, operator graphics and simulation software.
  • Complete the factory acceptance test (FAT) Commissioning.
  • Provide training of operations and support commissioning and start-up of the new asset.
    MES Developers:
  • Serve as the subject matter expert for work execution, tools and systems supporting and interfacing in the space of Production Operations Management.
  • Participate in project scoping activities.
  • Drive strategic solutions in partnership with stakeholders.
  • Engage with stakeholders and cross-discipline and cross-functional global project teams.
  • Perform high level functional activities, such as requirements gathering and gap analysis of user requirements, requires functional and business expertise.
  • Participate in the design specifications, configuration, testing, implementation and startup of manufacturing execution systems (MES) solutions.
  • Identify and deploy Most Effective Technology (MET) standard solution components to meet project requirements.
  • Support training of operations and support commissioning and start-up of the asset.
  • Support future process improvements and product development/solution roadmap.


Required Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Bachelors degree in Engineering.
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant industry experience.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in Canada without company support or sponsorship.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Process Automation experience.


Additional notes

-No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position.

-Relocation Assistance is not available with this position.


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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