22 Mar, 2024

Senior Process Automation Engineer

  • Dow
  • Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Canada
Automation Engineer, Process Engineer 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:


Dow has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Process Automation Engineer located in Fort Saskatchewan (AB, CAN).


As the Senior Process Automation Engineer, you will serve as a technical resource and process automation lead for small to large capital and improvement projects regionally and/or globally. Directs and leads both Dow and contract resources. You would be involved in all three phases of projects: front end loading, detailed design and construction, and commissioning and startup. Requires expanded conceptual and practical knowledge in own job discipline and broadens capabilities.


Also, you can complete each of the following tasks:

  • Be responsible for tasks such as those listed below when equipment or instruments are being added, removed, or changed. This role is also involved in Safety Integrity Level (SIL) determination, Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), and designing or modifying the basic process control system (BPCS). Designs the control strategy and control systems, as well as implementation, which is not typical within the industry.
  • Establish project goals and planning.
  • Track progress, schedules, and costs for the PA team during all project phases.
  • Complete technical review of the control team work and provide coaching / corrective feedback.
  • Determine testing scenarios and oversee the simulation of the control system to test the strategy and improvements.
  • Work with other engineers to determine the project and control requirements.
  • Create the process control overview for the project & Develop user requirement system specifications.
  • Estimate the process control cost and schedule for the project and manage against these baselines.
  • Develop functional requirement specification (FRS) for the system & Create detailed requirement specifications (DRS).
  • Develop control software, operator graphics and simulation software.
  • Complete the factory acceptance test (FAT) Commissioning.
  • Provide training of operations and support commissioning and start-up of the new asset.
    MES Developers:
  • Serve as the subject matter expert for work execution, tools and systems supporting and interfacing in the space of Production Operations Management.
  • Participate in project scoping activities.
  • Drive strategic solutions in partnership with stakeholders.
  • Engage with stakeholders and cross-discipline and cross-functional global project teams.
  • Perform high level functional activities, such as requirements gathering and gap analysis of user requirements, requires functional and business expertise.
  • Participate in the design specifications, configuration, testing, implementation and startup of manufacturing execution systems (MES) solutions.
  • Identify and deploy Most Effective Technology (MET) standard solution components to meet project requirements.
  • Support training of operations and support commissioning and start-up of the asset.
  • Support future process improvements and product development/solution roadmap.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Sciences OR relevant military experience at or above a U.S. E6 or Canadian Petty Officer 2nd Class or Sergeant ranking.
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant industry experience. Previous Process Automation experience is preferred.
  • Registration or the ability to be registered with APEGA (EIT/P. Eng).
  • A minimum requirement for this Canada based position is the ability to work legally in Canada. No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Hydrocarbons technology and manufacturing. 
  • Proficiency in Process Automation application development in ABB or MOD5 platform.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead by influence and to work across multiple cultures/time zones.


Additional Notes:

  • 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) is one of the world’s leading materials science companies, serving customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Our global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation, leading business positions and commitment to sustainability enable us to achieve profitable growth and help deliver a sustainable future. We operate manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employ approximately 35,900 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $45 billion in 2023. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. ​​​​Learn more about us and our ambition to be the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world by visiting www.dow.com(opens in a new tab).



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(opens in a new tab).


At Dow, diversity and inclusion are inherent in our work environment. We are committed to building a vibrant, diverse and talented employee base – and helping each employee grow and develop as part of Dow's inclusive global community. Dow has an accommodation process in place to support employees with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may call us at 1-833-My Dow HR (833-693-6947) and select option 8.

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