Job Responsibilities:

  • Identify opportunities where Advanced Process control (APC) applications will improve process efficiency and operational consistency.
  • Build value and acceptance of APC applications within Operations, Zone and Plant Management and Operators, through discussion, training and demonstrated success.
  • Assist with detailed project scope, cost estimates and benefits to justify APC projects, secure funding.
  • Implement new/revamp projects within budget and on schedule.
  • Collect and analyze process data, perform step testing, identify key (control, deviation, and manipulated) variables, and develop APC models for required operating modes within an Air Separation Unit. Using these models, implement multivariable process control (MVPC) using 3rd Party software to optimize plant operations and production energy efficiency.
  • Develop practical ASU process experience.
  • Investigate/propose/implement alternative APC concepts and software applications as necessary.
  • Support APC engineering practices that establish standard hardware, software, and applications.
  • Provide 24x7 technical support as required for existing MVPC applications.
  • Work closely with Plant Optimization Engineers to establish/modify process control strategies.
  • Provide proactive remote monitoring of advanced process control performance and utilization. Provide feedback and reports to Operations management for tracking return on investment.
  • Provide continuous improvement of APC and Automation strategies.
  • Provide Automation (DCS/PLC) configuration support for APC interface, control strategy implementation, testing.
  • Utilize practical knowledge of process control theory
  • Work with advanced process controls in an industrial gas environment
  • Work with MVPC software (Yokogawa PACE preferred; Aspen DMC+ acceptable)
  • Work with Microsoft Windows operations systems (Windows XP and other early versions)
  • Utilize familiarity with Automation Platform (Ex: DeltaV, APACS, Foxboro, Yokogawa, PLC systems);
  • Work with communication protocols such as DDE, OPC or Suitelink;
  • Work with documentation including write-up of project proposals, estimates and application scope description;
  • Virtual Machine/Computer setup, network communication troubleshooting for windows OS platforms

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering required
  • 2+ years process industry experience in cryogenic air separation process technology or distillation process technology
  • 2+ years experience in programmable control system specification, configuration, networking, commissioning and technical support with a mix of plant and corporate engineering environments
  • Professional Engineer registration preferred
  • Field experience in control system troubleshooting and support preferred
  • Requires approximately 20% travel
  • Willing to carry a cellular phone and have access to a company computer to respond to requests for technical assistance during off-duty hours.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to wear personal safety equipment, including hard hat, safety glasses, safety shoes, and flame resistant clothing.