25 Aug, 2023

Process Control Engineer

  • LyondellBasell Industries NV
  • Edison, NJ, USA
Controller Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

Basic Function

As a member of the Engineering team you will monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize operating units to drive process and product improvements while maintaining a strong safety and environmental compliance focus. You will ensure the adequate configuration of our control systems, including interface with instrumentation, graphics, and alarm management. Through continued technical expertise as the system administrator, this position also provides daily support to engineering, design, maintenance and production groups. The Process Control Systems Engineer will also have the responsibility to see that implemented projects use sound engineering practices, plant standards, specifications and the plant process control systems philosophy. During a typical day you will apply technical knowledge to detect causes of deviations in quality, capacity, yield, and energy consumption or provide technical training to less experienced engineers or operators.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Develop systems to improve and sustain value in the areas of health, safety, environment, production rates, reliability, cost and quality.
  • Daily process control systems support to the plant, to keep the plant process control systems operational.
  • Responsible for the industrial process control systems in the plant, which includes the Emerson Delta V DCS, SIS, gas monitor system, and field HMI panels.
  • Maintain strong safety and environmental compliance focus.
  • Develop recommendations to improve unit performance.
  • Monitor, troubleshoot and optimize operating units.
  • Provide process control design support for capital projects.
  • Contribute in a team environment and establish work relationships with onsite and offsite functional groups to achieve results.
  • Balance day-to-day operational priorities with long term strategic objectives to ensure alignment with company goals.
  • Coach less experienced engineers and operators, providing required technical training.
  • Ensure the alarm management system's integrity and efficacy per the LyondellBasell standards and in support of EDO Operations.
  • Partner with other engineering disciplines to troubleshoot plant operations, including instrumentation faults and related issues.
  • Stay current with new technologies that may enhance the plant's operation and reliability; reduce plant maintenance; increase production; lower the costs to operate; or increase safety and reduce environmental impact to the plant in the process control system field. Identify opportunities and develop new ideas, features and services to improve ROI, safety and reduce the impact on the environment.
  • Responsible for training, education and knowledge transfer on new technologies; improvements in technology and engineering software; and process control system products related to the overall operations of the plant.
  • Develop working relationships with other department personnel within the plant in order to seek out opportunities that will add value to each job completed.
  • Lead discussions with group members to help establish and maintain process control system standards and specifications to provide reliable and consistent plant design, construction and operations.
  • Provide technical support for the technical group, emphasizing process control systems philosophies, standards, safe design and installation of projects.

Additional Roles & Responsibilities

DCS/SIS Process Historian
Day to Day responsibilities for maintaining existing control systems to include rotational 24x7 on call support
Maintain the plant DCS electronic documentation
Build and update all graphics, programs, or control schematics and assist in training operators.
Manage preventative maintenance programs for DCS/SIS systems
Manage the maintenance agreements with the various control systems vendors. This includes the DCS and SIS vendors
Configure changes to the DCS/SIS to support improvement efforts
Perform backups of control configuration files
Assist System Vendor on System upgrades/maintenance tasks 

Advanced Process Control (Regulatory and DMC)
Provides day to day support of both regulatory and APC applications
Perform daily checks of existing APC application performance
Train operators on the use of process control applications
Troubleshoot basic and regulatory control application problems 

Control Loop Utilization and Performance
Monitor control loop performance using available software tools
Work with Control Systems Engineers on changes to improve KPl's
Troubleshoot and Tune Loops as necessary to improve performance
Communicate opportunities for performance improvement to Technical/Operations Management

Alarm Management
Monitor alarm performance using the available reporting software
Work with unit alarm champions on reducing alarms
Participate in alarm rationalizations as needed
Communicate alarm KPl's to site management

Min. Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical or Electrical Engineering
  • Minimum 4 years prior experience working as a chemical engineer with relevant experience in the refining, petrochemical, or chemical process industries
  • Experience with Emerson's Delta V system
  • IND123


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Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity

We are LyondellBasell – a leader in the global chemical industry creating solutions for everyday sustainable living. Through advanced technology and focused investments, we are enabling a circular and low carbon economy. Across all we do, we aim to unlock value for our customers, investors and society. As one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and a leader in polyolefin technologies, we develop, manufacture and market high-quality and innovative products for applications ranging from sustainable transportation and food safety to clean water and quality healthcare. For more information, please visit www.lyondellbasell.com or follow @LyondellBasell on LinkedIn.

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