30 Oct, 2023

Senior Process Automation Engineer

  • Dow
  • Freeport, TX, USA
Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals Chemicals

Job Description

At Dow, we believe in putting people first and we’re passionate about delivering integrity, respect and safety to our customers, our employees and the planet.  


Our people are at the heart of our solutions. They reflect the communities we live in and the world where we do business. Their diversity is our strength. We’re a community of relentless problem solvers that offers the daily opportunity to contribute with your perspective, transform industries and shape the future. Our purpose is simple - to deliver a sustainable future for the world through science and collaboration. If you’re looking for a challenge and meaningful role, you’re in the right place. 



About You and this Role:


In this role, you will serve as a Senior Process Automation Engineer aligned to Dow’s Alkoxylation (Polyols, PSL&F), PU Systems and Adhesives Tech Center in the Gulf Coast area, taking responsibility in the Santorini project as process automation Tech Center representative, making sure the project aligns with MET-1 and MET-2 functional and technology standards, participate in project reviews and project start-up. Later on, once the Santorini plant is up and running, the incumbent will work close with plant team making sure plant level improvements align with the business technology standards. Once Santorini priorities are covered, the role can expand globally to support plants and projects potentially in 12 Alkoxylation locations.


Good organizational and strong interpersonal skills, combined with project execution experience and coupled with a strong technical process automation background are necessary. The job offers a mix of project leadership, people and technical coaching, scope definition and hands on implementation.


Santorini project is a new world scale Alkoxylation facility with 2 reactor trains with a capacity of 150 KTA, being built in Seadrift. The plant is batch process with high integration from shop floor to ERP. Control system is ABB 800xA.



  • Represents Tech Center in the process automation area, make sure standards and MET is applied
  • Lead implementation on-site of PA Business / Tech Center projects and initiatives
  • Support plant process control continuous improvements
  • Serves as the subject matter expert for PA work process, tools and control system
  • Drives strategic solutions in partnership with stakeholders.
  • Work together with plant / tech center to develop PA mid-long term vision/strategy
  • Support hands-on process automation technicians on complex issue resolution
  • Participate in project scoping, FEL, reviews and start-up support
  • Incumbent will be also involved in global PA Tech Center activities



  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineering
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience (i.e. process automation, process control, code development, etc.)
  • Willing and able to travel up to 15% annually with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Possession of a TWIC card or eligibility to obtain a TWIC card may be required for this position based on final hiring location. For information on TWIC eligibility requirements, please see: https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/twic (If unable to access link, copy and paste in your browser.)
  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States.  No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.


Preferred Skills:

  • Prior automation experience using Dow’s MOD5 and/or ABB 800xA control platform
  • Manufacturing and operations experience


Additional Notes:

  • This position can be located in Freeport, Seadrift or Houston (with expected travel to the plants a couple times per week or as needed).
  • This position does not offer relocation assistance.





Benefits – What Dow offers you 

We invest in you. 

Dow invests in total rewards programs to help you manage all aspects of you: your pay, your health, your life, your future, and your career.  You bring your background, talent and perspective to work every day. Dow rewards that commitment by investing in your total wellbeing.  

Here are just a few highlights of what you would be offered as a Dow employee: 

  • Equitable and market-competitive base pay and bonus opportunity across our global markets, along with locally relevant incentives. 
  • Benefits and programs to support your physical, mental and emotional well-being, to help you get the care you need...when you need it. 
  • Competitive retirement program that may include company-provided benefits, savings opportunities, financial planning and educational resources to help you achieve your long term financial-goals. 
  • Become a Dow shareholder through various employee stock programs.
  • Opportunities to learn and grow through training and mentoring, work experiences, community involvement and team building. 
  • Workplace culture empowering role-based flexibility to maximize personal productivity and balance personal needs. 
  • Global Paid Time Off (PTO) policies:
    • Paid time off for new parents (birthing and non-birthing, including adoptive and foster parents).  
    • ​Paid time off to care for family members who are sick or injured.  
    • Paid time off to support volunteering and Employee Resource Group’s (ERG) participation. 


Join our team, we can make a difference together. 


About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth; asset integration and scale; focused innovation and materials science expertise; leading business positions; and environmental, social and governance leadership to achieve profitable growth and help deliver a sustainable future. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. 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 applications. Dow operates manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,800 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $57 billion in 2022. 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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