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Sr. Process Operations Engineer

Category:Permanent
Location: Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
Posted:Tue, March 24, 2020
Salary:US$120000 - US$160000 per year
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Position Summary
We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Process Operations Engineer to provide technical guidance and support operation of a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) plant currently being designed and constructed. We are looking for a chemical engineer with exceptional operations experience to take part in the detailed design review, validation, commissioning activities, and subsequently the standard operation of this SAF plant.
The individual selected for this position will be initially responsible of reviewing the engineering documents generated by the EPC contractor and will generate detailed standard operating procedures and operating manuals for the start-up, commissioning and normal operation of the plant. Upon commissioning, the role will shift to that providing technical assistance for safe and reliable operation, and optimum and environmentally sound production.

Specific Roles
Participate in the detailed engineering design and review with the EPC contractor and verify that the plant design and fabrication follow specifications.
Participate in all safety HAZOP, PHA, SIL activities.
Generate detailed unit standard operating procedures (SOP) and equipment procedures (EP) during the detailed engineering design.
Participate in operator training activities prior to the commissioning of the plant.
Provide technical guidance to ensure smooth and safe start-up of the plant.
Provide technical leadership in executing the required production plan and troubleshooting problems.
Determine procedures for operating plant mass balance and calculate/analyze yields.
Monitor and analyze utility and raw material consumption for cost estimation and reduction.
Provide ongoing recommendations to optimize and fine-tune operations.
Provide support for turnaround activities such as catalyst loading/unloading, equipment cleaning.
Provide operational and technical support for any plant system change and revamps. This includes operational review, assistance with cost/benefit analysis and participating in HAZOP/PHA reviews.

Basic Qualifications
Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering. Advanced Degree in Chemical Engineering is a plus.
10+ years of refinery (preferably fuels) or petrochemical plant process operations experience.
Advanced knowledge and experience in refinery and/or gas-to-liquid (GTL) processes including distillation, catalytic reforming, hydrotreating.
Demonstrated experience with commissioning and start-up of commercial refinery catalytic process units.
Demonstrated experience in development and ownership of unit standard operating procedures and/or operating manuals.
Advanced knowledge in transport phenomena, thermodynamics and separations as applied to process operations and equipment design.
Advanced mechanical understanding of heat exchange equipment, pressure vessels, distillation columns and rotating equipment.
Demonstrated experience in monitoring and maintaining plant mass and energy balances and performing yield calculations.
Sound knowledge of DCS/PLC systems and control loops. Advanced Process Control experience preferred.
Demonstrated experience as process operations engineering representative in HAZOP/PHA.
Knowledge of safe work practices, OSHA and environmental rules and regulations.
Fundamental knowledge of utility systems (e.g. steam boiler, cooling water, nitrogen) and waste water treatment technologies.
Ability to clearly report and document major engineering activities, notable changes to operating conditions, and process- and safety-related incidents.
Skilled with industry standard simulation program such as Aspen Plus, HYSYS, or similar process modeling software for flowsheet synthesis, optimization and equipment-specific design.
Demonstrated strong problem-solving skills with ability to parse complex technical problems.
Detail-oriented and experienced in communicating instructions to other team members.
Team player that thrives in a cutting edge, fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.
Strong organizational, time management and communication skills.
Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and work independently.
Advanced MS Office skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) preferred.
Ability to develop VBA scripts in Excel for basic engineering calculations preferred.

Experis is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE/AA)

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