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Engineer-Process Control in US - Lake Charles, LA at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 5/10/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Position is ultimately responsible for all aspects of process control within the operating units.  Aspects including contract work, in-house configuration, operational needs, upgrades, control loop troubleshooting, loop tuning, HMI (Human Machine Interface), etc.


  • DCS (Distributed Control Systems) administration and coordination including:
    • DCS involved projects and/or control system modifications
    • Software and hardware upgrades
    • Diagnostic monitoring of system
    • Image and project backups
    • Testing of configurations
    • Interface with factory rep on maintenance visits
    • Maintain spare parts and hot standby system
    • History backups and maintenance
    • Monitor DCS network for communication errors
  • Regulatory control loop tuning.
  • APC (Advanced Process Control) and historian support (if applicable).
  • Operations support runtime and during unit startup/shutdown.
  • PLC (Programmable Logic Control) /HMI administration and coordination of but not limited to:
  • PLC/MMI involved projects and/or control system modifications
  • Maintain PLC/HMI software programs and database documents
  • Provide technical support to maintenance on PLC/HMI troubleshooting
  • Program PLC/HMI for projects/controls
  • Software and hardware upgrades
  • Maintain spare parts and hot standby systems
  • Provide guidance to keep interlock and Emergency Shutdown System matrix current.
  • Troubleshoot respective Unit’s sustained control automation problems.
  • Attend hazard reviews with production for project implementation/controls reviews.
  • Provided technical support to I&C maintenance concerning automation systems.


  • A current, valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card is required.

• B.S. Degree in Electrical/Electronic/Chemical or related engineering discipline.

• Minimum of 3 years of experience with Automation/DCS/PLC projects in chemical/petrochemical/refinery plant.


Position may or may not have direct reports and/or indirect reports.  The position requires the ability to motivate direct/indirect or non-reports in the purchasing function as well as non-purchasing functions. 


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Incumbent may be required to travel via auto or airline on a limited basis.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate in the corporate office.  May be exposed to manufacturing environments on a limited basis