Process Control Engineer

30 Oct 2016
23 Mar 2017
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
Role synopsis
The Process Control Engineer's primary responsibility is to ensure the safe and optimal operation of Cherry Point via the control system on a day to day basis. This includes design, implementation, support and troubleshooting of DCS control strategies (both regulatory and advanced) and DCS systems.

You will also play a significant role supporting project work on your assigned units. Cherry Point Refinery is a user of Honeywell TDC3000, Honeywell Experion, and Aspen DMCPlus multivariable technology.

The Process Control Team consists of process control engineers, DCS specialists, and a systems support specialist. In addition various contractor resources are periodically utilized. The group has shared responsibility for all software (and limited hardware) on the process computing system. This role reports to the Process Control Superintendent.

Key accountabilities
-Monitor, maintain, and enhance existing regulatory controls, advanced controls, DCS systems, and automation applications in terms of safety, effectiveness, utilization, and profitability.

-Review, recommend, and implement regulatory control and logic design for both capital and expense projects.

-Identify, evaluate, and implement new advanced controls and automation applications that contribute to safety, reliability, and profitability.

- Maintain the off-line operator training simulator and insure consistency with the on-line system. Add /subtract functionality through minor model modifications.

- Share responsibility for all aspects of the process computing system including system software troubleshooting & maintenance, application development, interface maintenance & development, system configuration, long-term planning, training, and documentation.

- Develop applications that allow the Operating technician to manage upset conditions, start-ups, and shut-downs with minimum loss & HSE exposure.

- Perform economic control application analyses, both pre and post project.

- Ability to work as a team player, comply with standards, follow management of change policies, and fully document projects and activities.

- Manage and guide both contractor personnel and interdisciplinary teams.

- Stay abreast of the latest automation & advanced control technologies and provide innovative solutions to optimize both the process and the control systems.

- Assist in training and development of Process Control Engineers, Process Engineers and Operation Technicians.

- Understand company HSE practices, policies, & procedures and participate in refinery hazard analysis and root cause failure analysis.

- Participate in knowledge transfer with other BP facilities.

Essential Education
Bachelors in Engineering

Essential experience and job requirements
-A minimum of 7-10 plus years of relevant experience in industrial process control or process engineering.
-Working knowledge of control system engineering functions (preferably Honeywell TDC3000 and Experion: CL, point configuration and database, schematic building, HPM, C300, etc).
-Specialist control skills and an understanding of process dynamics, control engineering principles, and practical operating knowledge.
-Effective communication skills with all levels in the Refinery and the ability to communicate technical information both oral and written.
-Effective interaction with the Process Control Team and with interdisciplinary Refinery teams.

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)

Desirable criteria & qualifications
-Able to function comfortably and effectively in the roles of individual contributor, team player, and project leader.
-A bias towards action, a commitment to performance delivery, and an eye for accuracy and detail.
-Process Control experience in the refining or petrochemical industry.
-Experience with multivariable matrix control technology (preferably DMC) and a background in the following areas: controller maintenance and troubleshooting, controller design and implementation, parameter tuning, problem solving, decision making, project development and execution, feasibility studies, and economic analyses, a plus.
-Knowledge of Honeywell Experion windows based technology.
-Knowledge of VBA and SQL.

This BP location requires access to secure areas regulated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act. All employees must have a valid TWIC card (Transportation Workers Identification Credential) on the FIRST DAY of employment. Information can be found at

Relocation available
Yes - Domestic (In country) only

Travel required
Yes - up to 10%

Is this a part time position?

About BP
BP is one of the world's leading integrated oil and gas companies. With a workforce of nearly 85,000 employees, BP operates or markets its products in more than 80 countries. BP provides millions of Americans with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving, and petrochemicals for everyday products. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future.

BP's downstream operations refine, transport, sell and trade crude oil and petroleum products. In North America, we are a major oil refiner and market 15 billion gallons of gas to consumers at our branded retail sites every year. BP has large, modern refineries in Cherry Point, WA; Toledo, OH; and Whiting, IN. These three refineries, with total capacity for processing nearly 1 million barrels of crude oil every day, are part of a worldwide network of 15 BP refineries.


Closing Date
[ "21-Mar-2017" ]