Company: Shell
Skills: Process Control
Experience: 8 + Years
Education: Masters Degree
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Washington, United States

In order to apply for this position, applicants MUST meet the following criteria. If your resume does not match these criteria, you will not be able to apply for this position.

Job Description

The Senior Process Control Engineer (PCE) is a member of the Process Automation Control & Optimization (PACO) Team within the Asset's Engineering and Technology Department. This person provides overall technical support and assurance for the base layer process control (BPCS) and advanced process control (APC) system in the designated plant area. The Process Control Engineer also provides support to the Run and Maintain Control Systems Engineers (CSE) in their day-to-day matters in managing the base layer controls, and mentors them and production operation teams on process control concepts, methods, and best practices. He/she is also responsible for providing review and approvals for the MOC related to process control improvements or changes.

The Senior Process Control Engineer leads APC implementation and unit optimation, promoting long term improvement in process control improvement. They also manage fluctuating priorities, occasionally contributing to turnaround planning.

The Process Control Engineer has a functional working knowledge of process operation and theory, operational goals, ESP alarm variables, process constraints, key quality specifications for feeds and products, impact on the environment, and major economic variables and how they impact site profitability and goals. Knowledge of Safety Instrumented Systems and control systems applications and hardware are beneficial.


  • Provides stable and reliable process control which maintains safe operation within the defined operating window, and avoids exceedance of safety, environmental, and operational limits.
  • Participates in incident investigations where process control could have contributed to the event or where the process control system could effectively contribute to the investigation process. Shares LFIs and knowledge across site and business.
Technical Assurance:
  • Provides technical support and assurance to production operations.
  • Provides technical support and mentoring to CSEs for run and maintain activities (recommend, review and implement proposed solutions).
  • Provides process control Technical Assurance for designated plant MOCs.
  • Monitors process control performance including Base Layer controller uptime, APC controller uptime against targets with suitable application. Develops and implements improvement plans.
  • Re-evaluates control approaches and performance due to changes in plant operating conditions.
  • Manages fluctuating priorities dependent on current needs of active projects and MOCs.
  • Assures that proper documentation for the process control systems (complex loops, tuning spreadsheet, CSE change log, etc.) is maintained.
  • Works with Production to ensure operating technicians, support engineers (process, control), inspectors, and production leadership understand function, capability, and limitations of controls and control systems.
  • Understands Production priorities, work plans, procedures and goals, and how they fit with overall site plans, strategies and goals and offers guidance.
  • Provides support as required for core work processes to provide asset availability and make product.
  • Follows applicable standards, Shell approved technologies, procedures (DEPs, DSM, EFAs, TAMAP, local procedures/policies).
  • Experience with implementing robust control in a multi-generation Honeywell DCS system.
  • Proactively seeks opportunities to supplement activities within the site Control Improvement Plan, in accordance with Global PACO (Base layer, APC, Infrastructure).
  • Identifies and implements base layer control applications and advanced process control applications that focus on increased margin and energy reduction initiatives aligned with plant goals and targets (Carbon Energy Management Bad Actors, Variable Cost reduction, catalyst optimization).
  • Assists in the development and implementation of Technology Plans (capital plans, infrastructure upgrades, reliability improvement strategies, Control Improvement Plan, etc) for safe, reliable, and efficient process automation, control, and optimization at the site.
  • Identifies continuous improvement opportunities.
Responsible for day-to-day technical support and assurance for the advanced process control (APC) layer and reliability of base layer controls in designated plant area.
Multiple positions exist to support different production units

Company Description

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world's growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. We have expertise in exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals. As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.


  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • BS/MS in Chemical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
  • At least eight (8) years of practical work experience in process control.
  • Experience in a manufacturing or technical support environment is a MUST
  • Working level experience with Honeywell Experion system (latest and legacy versions)
  • Experience with Advanced Process Control Applications (multivariable control, complex control loops, control logic)
  • Knowledge of safety reviews (PHA, HEMP-LOPA, etc.) with participation
  • Knowledge on industry standards in control systems and plant automation areas.
  • Demonstrated analytical and decision making skills.
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills
  • Ability to cope with a variety of issues and situations.
  • Able to work with diverse groups.
  • Good communication skills (Oral/Written).
  • Good work planning skills
  • Displays Leadership Attributes for Individual Performers with demonstration of self-directing and results oriented attitude. This person must have the ability to handle multiple tasks with competing priorities while collaborating with the Asset and developing roadmap and skillsets to support his/her discipline


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