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APC ENGINEER REAL TIME OPTIMIZATION

HOUSTON, TEXAS


Requires Engineering degree & minimum 6 years of experience in process control strategy & implementation, tuning & troubleshooting Advanced Process Control or Real-time Optimization applications related to refining or chemicals. Will conceive, justify, design, commission & maintain APC & RTO applications related to Ethylene & be subject matter expert consultant to unit Engineers & production teams. Requires hands-on experience maintaining & supporting DMC+ or similar APC application products, with CLP experience in Multi-Unit Optimization a plus. Aspen Plus modeling experience is a plus. Honeywell DCS experience a plus. Requires ability to effectively interact with a variety of plant work groups, including operators in a control room environment. Must have legal right to work indefinitely in the United States. Large international operating company with plant position in Houston, TX.


​Basic Function 

The Advanced Process Control Engineer has the primary responsibility for defining and maintaining the control strategies and automated optimization within the assigned operating unit, including both real-time optimization and advanced process control applications, as well as DCS-based regulatory controls. 

Responsibilities 

Conceive, Justify, Design, Commission, and Maintain APC and Mulit-Unit optimization applications:

Collaborate with unit engineers/SMEs to identify new opportunities, deficiencies, or performance shortfalls applicable to advanced process control.  Assess potential benefits for proper prioritization and incorporate into APC Long Range Plan where appropriate.

Lead the technical effort through all phases of new and revamp of applications:  Initial regulatory test & review, plant tests, data analysis, development of inferred property calculations, model development, controller tuning, commissioning, operator training, benefits analysis, long-term support.

Validate benefits of recently-installed and existing APC and optimization applications or other improvements, and document in site revenue enhancement database.

Collaborate with Process Control Specialists and Engineers to sustain APC performance & KPIs by providing regular monitoring and timely support of existing applications.

Collaborate with unit engineers/SMEs to ensure that APC control strategies and unit optimization applications continue to push towards optimal limits as business drivers or operating conditions change.

Collaborate with Process Control Specialists to develop and maintain APC documentation for controls in supported unit, and work with operations to update documentation and unit operating manuals as needed to reflect changes to control strategies.

Support the Advanced Control and Optimization Technical Network, advancing best practices and supporting corporate initiatives.

Oversee the performance of regulatory DCS control strategies:

Provide technical expertise to project teams and/or Process Control Specialists regarding control strategy development or modification as necessitated by operational or equipment changes.

Provide technical support/guidance to Process Control Specialists and Engineers as needed to address complex or recurring issues with DCS controls.

Collaborate with organization to update and maintain the site Long Range Plan for regulatory and support systems.

 
Minimum Qualifications

BS Degree in Chemical Engineering or related field
- Minimum 6 years related job experience

- Effective leadership skills

- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to mentor and coach Operation Team members

- Ability to develop and build process control strategies, cascades, PID controls, and DMC Controls and automated optimization applications.

- Strong understanding of Distributed Control Systems

- Strong understanding of AspenTech multivariable control technology.