22 May, 2023

Applications (Controls) Engineer

  • Exxon Mobile
  • Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China
Controller Chemicals Petrochemicals & Refining

Job Description

About us


At ExxonMobil, our vision is to lead in energy innovations that advance modern living and a net-zero future. As one of the world’s largest publicly traded energy and chemical companies, we are powered by a unique and diverse workforce fueled by the pride in what we do and what we stand for.


The success of our Upstream, Product Solutions and Low Carbon Solutions businesses is the result of the talent, curiosity and drive of our people. They bring solutions every day to optimize our strategy in energy, chemicals, lubricants and lower-emissions technologies. 


We invite you to bring your ideas to ExxonMobil to help create sustainable solutions that improve quality of life and meet society’s evolving needs. Learn more about our What and our Why and how we can work together.

What role you will play in our team


Join an exciting team of multi-discipline engineers in maintaining and advancing the safety, operability, sustainability and profitability for a diverse set of manufacturing operations. Experience real life challenges associated with the design and implementation of innovative solutions to existing process control applications and operator interfaces. Opportunities include providing process control support during project development, installation, start-up and beyond. 

This job is within ExxonMobil in a research and development group for pilot-scale process and product development with opportunities to collaborate across global teams, central engineering and other manufacturing sites.  Work location is in the Dayawan Industrial Park, China.  R&D and manufacturing can be both challenging and rewarding and we are looking for motivated individuals interested in long term careers.

What you will do


•    Support development of controls hardware and system design as required during detailed engineering phase of new plant project
•    Write and develop controls logic and sequences for new pilot plant 
•    Support installation, commissioning and transition into regular operation support and continued application development for new pilot plant
•    Support technologies ranging from basic regulatory control, state-based and sequential control, human-machine interface, abnormal event detection, linear and non-linear model predictive control and real time optimization
•    Work closely with site personnel, process engineers and business stakeholders to identify opportunities and define scope, cost benefits and project schedule for both new and revamped applications
•    Provide active technical leadership through mentoring, proactively sharing technical knowledge, influencing across organizational boundaries, implementing improvements and delivering value capture
•    Be available for 24/7 off-hours callouts to address issues impacting unit production; colleagues can backfill to allow for vacations and flexibility
•    Join and contribute efforts of a highly driven team of applications engineers to increase process safety, operability and profitability

About you


•    BS in Chemical Engineering preferred, MS or PHD is an advantage, a degree from another engineering or computational data science discipline is acceptable if the applicant can demonstrate a solid understanding of process control principles and unit operations
•    Proficiency in English, the primary language utilized on site
•    Greater than 3 years of practical experience designing and implementing effective control automation, abnormal event detection, modeling and or optimization applications in support of refining or petrochemical manufacturing facilities through experiences including monitoring, troubleshooting, asset support, projects and turnarounds
•    Demonstrated understanding of fundamental chemical engineering principles, process dynamics and feedback control in plant with continuous and or batch operations basic understanding of instrument measurements, analyzers and other sensors
•    Demonstrated capability to perform responsibilities above immediately on Experion PKS / TDC3000 platform is required; helpful experience on other platforms may include: Centum VP, DeltaV, System 800xA, SIMATIC PCS 7, PlantPAx, etc.) or SCADA (Ignition, OASyS / IRIS, etc. 
•    Demonstrated capability with at least one other software platform used for advanced control, simulation, modeling or optimization. Examples include: multivariable model predictive control, steady-state simulation, dynamic simulation, real- time optimization, or software used for open equation modeling or non-linear programming / control
•    Demonstrated skills in legacy and modern programming languages (Visual Basic, Matlab, Python, SQL, etc.) and/or data analytics and visualization tools (SeeQ, JMP, Tableau, PowerBl) is beneficial
•    In addition to strong technical background in advanced process control and optimization, successful candidates will demonstrate innovative thinking, strong initiative, and exemplary communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with peers, across organizational boundaries, and in diverse and globally dispersed teams
•    Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and stakeholders and be able to influence and promote change to achieve desired results with no direct authority
•    Demonstrated ability as a formal or informal leader and mentor

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