24 May, 2023

Process Engineer

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

Job Description

The Role

Where you fit in

The Shell Deer Park Chemicals Site is a great place to work. This process engineer role will be both challenging and rewarding, providing many growth and development opportunities for employees who are looking to apply, deepen and broaden their personal and technical skills in a dynamic and diverse organization. This role is for those who would like to play the key role in providing direct plant support, including solving exciting and real challenges with a direct impact on plant availability and margin.

This posting is for an Operations Support Engineer providing technical support in dry gas processing utilizing the cold side equipment of our (OP2) olefins unit, as well as any site-supporting auxiliary systems at Shell Deer Park Chemicals Site.

What is the role

Primary responsibilities include short- term and long-term process monitoring, support process safety activities, 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.
  • Serve as Process Integrator when undertaking design activities for plant changes or projects.
  • Work 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 manage the relation with multiple (groups of) internal and external stakeholders on a tactical level.
  • Conduct Short and Long-Term Proactive Technical Monitoring (Optimization, Margin, NEVC, Catalyst, Heat Exchanges, etc.)
  • Work with 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.)
  • Support or Lead Catalyst Monitoring and Selection Activities (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, actions driven through PHAs, investigations, et)
  • Prepare/Present Technical Knowledge Training (to Operations)
  • Support Procedures Reviews
  • Lead or Support MTO Items
  • Work on end of the month accounting/closing (Chemicals and Utilities)
  • Conduct P&ID Reviews

The operations support engineer is additionally expected to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Core Values: Value and Respect all people/Integrity/Customer Focus / Act for the Greater Whole.
  • Manage a diverse work list with varying length of timelines, varying levels of urgency, interrelationships, and varying stakeholders.
  • Be proactive, working closely with Operations, Maintenance, and Pressure Equipment Integrity to ensure thorough and complete communication of process issues at hand.
  • Facilitate problem resolution when the problem requires Process Engineering knowledge and expertise.
  • Ensure Process Engineering activities are conducted fully in line with Shell Group and governmental regulations.

What we need from you


  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering is preferred
  • 3 years’ relevant experience
  • An engineer with prior operations support engineering experience as well as a proven track record of delivery in a fast-paced environment is preferred. 
  • Prior cold side olefins experience is preferred
  • Prior auxiliary experience is preferred but not required

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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