24 May, 2023

Process Engineer

  • Shell Oil
  • Norco, CA, USA
Process Engineer Chemicals Petrochemicals & Refining

Job Description

The Role

Position Purpose

What’s the role –

This position is in Norco’s Technology Department and the primary function is to support the development and execution of Norco Chemical & Energy Park small capital projects.  The department supports both Chemicals and Energy (Refining) Assets.  The projects range in size from $0.2 to $25 mln and typically this role is responsible for eight to fifteen projects depending on size and complexity of the projects. 

One of the primary responsibilities is the development of the process design.  For low complexity projects (i.e. - equipment purchases, etc.) this position may have to obtain quotes, but will have limited if any responsibilities with purchasing and construction.   For larger more complex projects this role is responsible developing the project premise document, basis of design document, and validate the business case.  The primary responsibility for SELECT/DEFINE phase is to lead a process/project team to deliver a process design that will operate safely, be in environmental compliance, and meet production premises.  Throughout the life of the project this role is expected to fill the process engineering role for specific project deliverables such as reviewing and commenting on PFDs, P&IDs, equipment datasheets, process engineering representative on HazOp, etc.


  • This role will need to develop and finalize the basic data (flow rates, compositions, intermediate & final product specifications, pressure, temperatures, validate the business case justifying the project, etc.) and complete the other front-end deliverables necessary for the project to proceed into the next project phase
  • Prepare mark ups of PFDs and P&IDs
  • Develop the scope of work to be performed by the engineering firms for the various stage gates.
  • Is responsible for managing the integrated technical team to deliver the final process design. Ensures the process design team provides the necessary data to finalize documentation to safely maintain and operate the equipment.  Examples include:
    • Process Flow Diagrams and Heat & Material Balance
    • Line lists
    • Necessary equipment data sheets
    • Preliminary and final safeguarding studies
    • Flare impacts
  • Leads and facilitates resolution of key investigations related to process design.
  • Supports the Project Manager to align key stakeholders.
  • Will follow the project thru commissioning and start-up phase and will provide process/technical support through the life of the project.  (i.e. – P&ID and 3D model reviews, sign off line lists, participate in MOCs, participate in hazop, review new or modified procedures developed by the project etc.)


  • This position is accountable for developing and the leading the project team thru front end develop and is accountable for developing the scope of work, basis of design, and obtaining the necessary funding for the project
  • This position has no Shell direct reports
  • The position will also have technical assurance responsibilities for the process design
  • Leadership skills will be further developed. 
    • This role will be directing the process engineering team at the engineering office.
    • Will have mentoring opportunities
  • This role has many interfaces both inside and outside the site.  Communication, interpersonal skills, conflict management skills, negotiating skills will be further developed to manage the multiple stakeholders who have varying need and priority.
  • Provide accurate and useful feedback and coaching to others in a supportive and sensitive manner
  • Actively seeks out and listen to customer/stakeholder needs and perspectives and asks probing questions as necessary to ensure understanding

Skills & Requirements

What we need from you –

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis.
  • BS in Chemical Engineering preferred, other Engineering disciplines will be considered with appropriate experience (i.e. – has done a process engineering role supporting operations or multiple projects)
  • 5+ years of supporting a (chemical or refining) manufacturing site with a broad range of unit experience is preferred.  The candidate should be familiar with the project work process. 
  • Have a great curiosity and no fear in asking the obvious questions.  This skill is necessary to develop the project scope.

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.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress together, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we’re nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential.

  • We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there.
  • We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.
  • We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

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.

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