Company: Shell
Skills: Instrument & Controls Engineer
Experience: 3 + Years
Education: Associates/2 yr Degree/Diploma
Location: Monaca, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Position Purpose

What's the role -

The Control Systems Specialist (CSS) is a member of the Process Automation Control & Optimization (PACO) Team within the Asset's Technology Department. The Control Systems Specialist (CSS) provides day to day technical support and assurance for the integrity and security of the process control domain (PCD). The CSS provides support to all production area teams for PC networking, hardware, security, and communications. They are also responsible for championing process control domain related changes.

The Control Systems Specialist has a functional working knowledge of plant networks, DCS hardware and software, and associated supervisory systems.


  • Provides a stable and reliable process control system and network which maintains safe plant operations.
  • Participates in incident investigations where process control domain hardware or software 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:
  • Responsible for day-to-day support for process control domain hardware or software issues during the running and maintaining of the facility.
  • Monitors process control domain performance and develops / implements improvement plans.
  • Manages fluctuating priorities dependent on current needs of active projects and MOCs.
  • Maintains proper documentation for the process control domain systems (asset register, infrastructure documents, fiber schedule, etc.).
  • Works with Production to ensure operators, technicians, support engineers (process, control), inspectors, and production leadership understand the functionality, capability, and limitations of PCD and associated 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 AMS work processes to Provide Asset Availability and Make Product: Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Ensure Safe Production (ESP), Turnarounds (TA), Mitigate Threats to Availability (MTA), Greenhouse Gas and Energy Management (GHGEM); Management of Change (MOC), Perform Hydrocarbon and energy accounting (PHEA).
  • Follows applicable standards, Shell approved technologies, procedures (DEPs, DSM, EFAs, TAMAP, local procedures/policies).
  • Manage user register and adherence to local access agreements.
  • Report all viruses or possible security violations via the approved reporting process
  • Maintain the process and health of Process Control Domain system backups
  • Risk assess, justify, document and authorize SecurePlant/SecurePCD Firewalls and L3/L2 firewall rules for the site.
  • Performing LOD1 audits and risk assessments to ensure that the requirements of IRM 3.318 Risk Profile Process Control Domain and supporting complied with as per standards timeframe(s).
  • Maintain the inventory of PCD platform licenses and keep licenses current
  • Verifying that non-conformances are addressed and that any approved deviations are documented.
  • Control that security patch levels for all PCD systems are kept current to security policy timeframes, after being qualified by the system vendor. Produce a mitigation plan whenever the installation of patches requires an outage that can impact operations.


This position has cross-site influence and progresses / champions a site strategic vision within the PACO discipline. The person in this role will adhere to the Shell Polymers Core Values i.e. Customer Centricity, ownership, innovation, partnership and Communityship with the ultimate vision of the asset team to be the unrivaled polyethylene manufacturer.

Responsible for day to day management of the process control domain integrity and security AMS work process. Interfaces within PACO team members, Business IT support, AT&T, SecurePCD support, vendors, DCS Admin, Projects team, Production Operations teams, I&E maintenance teams, other AMS site process focals and the AMS site process council. Also networks with peers at other DS-M assets, Technical Authorities and SMEs in the PCD/IT practice areas.

Skills & Requirements

What we need from you -
  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis.
  • 3+ years of work experience with control systems, instrumentation, supervisory IT systems, networking, or IT equipment. Manufacturing operating or plant maintenance experience.
  • Associates or Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or Information Technology with demonstrated knowledge and/or equivalent practical work experience.
  • Experience with any distributed control system (DCS) and Safety Instrumented System (SIS) in a run & maintain phase is a plus.
  • Experience with IT networking equipment diagnostics and troubleshooting is plus.
  • Experience in project support and execution.
  • Experience in risk analysis with IT equipment/network failures, cybersecurity risks and associated layers of protections.
  • Extensive Knowledge of HSSE&SP framework, Process safety basic requirements and Process Hazard Analysis processes.
  • Extensive knowledge on Design Engineering Practices (DEP), industry standards in PACO 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; mainly around scheduling and optimizing routine maintenance related activities.
  • 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 growing Shell Polymers Asset and developing roadmap and skillsets to support his/her discipline.

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.

An innovative place to work

There's never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you'll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future - whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress together, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we're nurturing an inclusive environment - one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential.
  • We're creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we'll take it from there.
  • We're closing the gender gap - whether that's through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.
  • We're striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We're huge advocates for career development. We'll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.