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Kent Recruitment

Control Systems Engineer

USA - LaPorte, Texas
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About the job:

Kent is looking for a Controls System Engineer to support engineering, design, and installation of scope for site capital projects.

You will interact with other disciplines and groups on site, corporate technical networks and peers, and vendors/suppliers as needed to successfully implement and startup new equipment installations and revamps.

You are responsible for engineering activities and the development of technical deliverables to meet the schedule, scope, budget and quality requirements of multi-discipline projects.

You will typically support multiple projects valued at up to $20MM TIC each.

Your responsibilities:

  • Provides project discipline engineering support on project teams towards the successful completion of projects as assigned so that they are successfully completed and meet the objectives.
  • Works with design resources both internally and externally to achieve designs that are cost effective and technically sound so that all projects are designed efficiently, cost effectively, and have operability against the up-front project objectives.
  • Collaborates and engages all other disciplines, process operators and engineers, control systems engineer, and the operations/maintenance superintendents either internally or externally towards the successful completion of the project.
  • Responsible for following the Capital project process and meeting the Delegation of Authority (DOA) policy so that all projects can meet internal and external audit criteria and the sites remains in DOA compliance. Working through the Capital Project Checklist and documenting all phases of the project process.
  • Works closely with subcontract engineers and/or designers to coordinate their activities and to ensure the subcontractor's work is checked and the standards and quality are in accordance within standards, guidelines, and customer requirements.
  • Prepares or reviews/approves specifications for purchase of materials and equipment.
  • Performs periodic design reviews; ensures designs, including all IEA engineering drawings, technical specifications, calculations and programs, follow specifications, codes, regulations, and contract requirements. Ensures technical and quality standards are maintained.
  • Designs, develops and implements new Basic Regulatory and Advanced Process Control applications. Emphasis is on applications utilizing single output control technology as well as providing assistance to the Control Systems Engineer with multi-variable predictive controls.
  • Documents and maintains all communication that impacts technical decisions.
  • Assists in reviewing estimates of probable costs for construction at various stages of design.
  • Participates in the development of criteria for and evaluation of equipment, technical material suppliers, and technical service providers.
  • Consults with peers at the site and across the company.
  • Supports SIS Lifecycle for SIS project front-end phases (SIS portion of premise development, Safety Requirement Specifications (SRS) development, design & engineering, installation and validation).
  • Provides guidance to and coordinates with SIS contractor for development of or modifications to Safety Requirement Specification (SRS).
  • Supports the development of control logic Functional Specifications used to support integration of automation and operator control logic into DCS systems for capital projects.
  • Supports the review of the alarm rationalization aspects for capital automation projects.
  • Supports the development of procedures for Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) and Pre-Startup Acceptance Tests (PSAT) of project installed or modified SIS.
  • Supports function tests, PSAT, FAT, PSSR and startup activities and ensures proper documentation and data integrity of function testing, FAT, PSAT, red-lines, etc.

Your knowledge/skills, education, and experience:

Qualification/ Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Instrument, Electronics, Computer System Technology, Process Technology or similar field of Engineering
  • Ten (10) years or more of relevant experience in the refining, petrochemical, chemical process, or power generation industries is preferred.
  • Experience in DCS board operation or maintenance/troubleshooting of process control (Emerson Delta V preferred) and safety instrumented systems (Triconex preferred) a plus.
  • Experience with configuration, programming, Honeywell process control systems, computer networking systems and programmable logic controllers is desired.
  • Must have or develop basic proficiency in the following areas with the ability to develop into a subject matter expert in particular areas:
    • Strong working knowledge of the National Electric Code (NEC)
    • Knowledgeable of electrical requirements of industry codes (i.e. IEEE, ISA, and NFPA)
    • Broad knowledge of instrument, electrical and analyzer engineering
    • Demonstrated ability for organizing and tracking a high volume of detailed information that impacts own work
    • Ability to apply computer software tools (SAP, Microsoft Office, Autocad,)

Skills Requirement:

  • Strong interpersonal leadership skills are critical due to the requirement for effective communication of complex issues across the organization as well as for mentoring and consensus building.
  • Results oriented and able to drive to technically sound decisions.
  • Strong commitment to safety, a high level of personal integrity, and dedication to conducting business in an ethical way.
  • Exhibits an understanding of business drivers, management of change requirements, project management processes, and construction workflow.


  • Excellent oral, written, presentation, and interpersonal/rapport building skills necessary to work effectively as a team member, and to plan/coordinate processes for results.
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