1+ months

Area Process Control Engineer

Whiting, IN

Role synopsis

The Process Control Engineer (PCE) is a member of the Process Control Group and reports to the Process Control Team Lead. The PCE maintains and improves the process controls systems in the areas of the refinery assigned. The PCE works closely with Area Process Engineers (PE), Controls System Specialists (CSS), Console Operators (OSB), and I&E Maintenance to ensure reliable operations of the control systems.

Key accountabilities

  • Work independently and with Operators and Engineers to develop and implement improvements to processes via the control system
  • Demonstrate process understanding for their area of responsibility, as well as an awareness of key operational parameters in the units immediately upstream as well as downstream of the area they work in.
  • Understand the system architecture, control system fundamentals, regulatory, and advanced controls in the areas they work in.
  • Ensure adequate support in maintenance, troubleshooting, and enhancing existing control schemes including advanced control applications such as DMCplus.
  • Tuning of control loops.
  • Identify opportunities to improve safe and reliable operations to deliver improvements in safety, profitability, and reliability of areas they are responsible for.
  • Lead and partner with the User Interface Specialist to design new operator graphics and enhance existing graphics.
  • Lead and partner with the Process Control hardware and computing Network Specialists to ensure the availability and reliability of the control system.
  • Provide support to the area team to manage abnormal situations/upsets, troubleshooting, etc. on a 24/7 basis if required.
  • Responsible for maintaining technical accuracy pertaining to the unit critical alarm setpoints in the DCS.
  • Partner with Control Systems Specialist for maintenance of DCS configuration, including addition, modification and deletion of new points.
  • Provide feedback to key stakeholders on the progress of the areas they are responsible for.
  • Participate in HAZOPs and implement Management of Change Requests for control-related activities.

Essential Education

One of the following Combinations is required:

  • Chemical, Electrical, or Instrument engineering or related B.S. engineering degree and 4 years process experience
  • Electronic, Computer, Chemical, or related Associate Degree and 7 years process control experience and 2 years experience in the Process Control Specialist assignment with effectively demonstrated process understanding
  • HS diploma and 10 years of process operations and process control experience and 2 years experience in the Process Control Specialist assignment with effectively demonstrated process understanding

Essential experience and job requirements

  • Minimum of 4 years experience with refinery operations/process engineering/process control in a 24/7 environment with engineering BS degree
  • 2 years experience in the Process Control Specialist assignment with effectively demonstrated process understanding

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Desirable criteria & qualifications


Relocation available


Travel required


Is this a part time position?


About BP

Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 80 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future

The BP Whiting Refinery is located on the south-western shore of Lake Michigan and the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal in the communities of Whiting, East Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. Whiting Refinery is the second largest refinery in the BP refining system, and the 6th largest refinery in the United States. Operations began in 1889, prior to the advent of the automobile.

Today, BP is investing several billion dollars in Northwest Indiana to modernize its Whiting Refinery for the processing of heavier crudes. The modernization is essential to the long-term viability of the refinery, and includes well over a billion dollars in environmental improvements. BP Whiting Refinery employs thousands of full-time employees and contractors. The Whiting Refinery Modernization Project is employing thousands of additional contractors. The modernization project will provide for greater energy security in the Midwest, as conventional supplies of the lighter crudes diminish, and are replaced by heavier crudes.

As we progress with the project, the health, safety and security of our employees, and of those who come into contact with our operations and products, remains our highest priority. Our policy is that no job is worth doing, unless it is done safely, while protecting our shared natural environment.



Closing Date



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Eligibility Requirements

If you are applying for a position in the United States, you must be at least 18 years of age, legally authorized to work in the United States; and not require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., TN, H1B status), now or in the future.


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