Vacancy Details

Operations Engineer (Process Engineer)

Job title

Operations Engineer


Victoria, TX

and Job Purpose

The processes are an excellent learning ground for an array of engineering skills: fluidized bed reaction, extraction, distillation, stripping, pumps, heat exchangers, advanced process control, integrated operations, and much more.

The person in this position will work closely with operators and maintenance to assure the plant is operating at the desired designed conditions, production envelopes and troubleshoot any problems that prevent us from reaching those conditions. The Operations Engineer will also continually develop and implement ideas to increase capacity, lower cost and improve safety and environmental performance. The area of responsibility includes the Acetonitrile Purification Unit, the Acetone Cyanohydrin Unit, the CB&I Area, Utilities, Potable Water, Deepwell Pretreatment, the Barge Dock and the Port of Point Comfort.

Responsibilities AND Accountabilities

  • All job activities should be executed in a safe and efficient manner consistent with the clients Principles and the Culture of Prevention.
  • Embrace the clients Life Saving Rules in all aspects of the job.
  • Responsible for the integrity management of assigned equipment.
  • Define and periodically review Operating Envelopes of assigned equipment.
  • Primary responsibility for daily plant operation.
  • Establish communications with appropriate operations personnel.
  • Report investigation results with appropriate conclusions and recommendations.
  • Main liaison between Site and water treatment services provider
  • Track ACH and APU yields and production and feed information into month end closing.
  • Issue daily APU, ACH, Cat Plant, Utilities and Shipping Shift Instructions.
  • Develop process flow diagrams.
  • Drive alarm management to completion and provide support for continuing success.
  • Solicit input from all appropriate resources (engineering, operations, and maintenance) and balance conflicting requirements.
  • Direct, coordinate, or participate in Process Safety Review or Management of Change process.
  • Initiate communications with affected areas and produce progress reports.
  • Provide engineering assistance and expertise to Operations and Maintenance as needed.
  • Supervise and mentor Coop Students.
  • Continuously initiate ways to improve plant operations, safety and environmental performance through day-to-day activities and recommendations for optimized unit conditions.
  • Drive continuous variable cost improvement.
  • Work with the clients technologies group to optimize plant operating conditions to maximize profitability.
  • Provide engineering assistance for environmental permitting requirements.
  • Review and make recommendations to keep the plants operating envelope current.
  • Manage capital and expense projects utilizing the Capital Value Process.
  • Coordinate field construction and establish a schedule of activities.
  • Coordinate activities with the other operations engineers to assure full value across the entire unit is realized.
  • Spend time in the control room and listen to the ideas of technicians and shift managers to gather ideas for safety and cost improvement.
  • Obtain process and operating data to perform calculations for feasibility studies, process studies, and evaluations. Investigate assignments and establish plans with objectives and a schedule.

Skills & Knowledge Required

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computational and data analysis skills
  • Strong IT skills with process modeling and process simulation software
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Good negotiator and influencer
  • Good team leader and motivator
  • Solid understanding of financial calculations and their impact on the bottom line
  • Willingly takes the lead when challenges occur
  • Builds networks to enhance effectiveness and share knowledge
  • Looks for ways to do things better, faster, more efficiently

Required Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years plant experience is preferred
  • Nitriles manufacturing experience is beneficial
  • Distillation experience is beneficial

Required Education

  • Bachelors Degree or higher in Chemical Engineering

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to climb fixed ladder cages at heights of 30 ft. at a time. Total of 200 ft. (employee may need ladders as means of egress during emergency).
  • Ability to climb 6 flights of stairs.
  • Ability to enter enclosed spaces through 18" man-way for cleaning and inspection purposes.
  • Ability to lift 50 lb.
  • Ability to wear required PPE: Hardhat, safety glasses, chemical goggles, face shield, rigid safety shoes/boots, full/half face cartridge masks.
  • Ability to work length of time outdoors/ inclement weather.
  • Job specific: Climbing, balance, bend/stoop, kneeling, reaching, lifting, carrying.
  • Need to evaluate understanding of proper lifting techniques and body mechanics.

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