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Process Automation Technician Job

Date: Feb 15, 2019

Location: Clear Lake / Pasadena, TX, US

Company: Arkema

Req Id 30197 - Posted 09/10/2018 - Production / Operations - Clear Lake / Pasadena. Texas. US



Apply plant and process control knowledge and experience to optimize plant operations and maintain process control related operating discipline.  Identify deficiencies and value creating opportunities to plant control code and operator interface, leveraging best practices and applying Statistical Process Control (SPC) techniques.



Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Personal / Process Safety (20%):

  • Participate in site personal safety initiatives including but not limited to Behavior Based Safety (BBS), Safe Start, etc.
  • Support Safety Instrumented System (SIS) and Basic Process Control System (BPCS) interlock functional testing.
  • Support minor code modifications to the SIS.
  • Support cybersecurity efforts and maintain malware, virus protection, etc. for existing operating systems.
  • Perform and manage the DCS, SIS and other necessary control system back-ups.
  • Utilize Management of Change (MOC) system for DCS and Safety System changes.
  • Assists in development of plant process safety standards specific to process control technician routine tasks.

    Environmental Compliance (15%):

  • Provide Process Control support for Environmental Compliance initiatives including but not limited to; creating DCS / Aspen Process Explorer tags, creating back-up tags, monitoring the MES Historian, etc.
  • Recovering “missing” Environmental Compliance data from the DCS historian by request.

    Operation and Technical Goal (50%):

  • Maintain and update as necessary the Process Control Operating Discipline.
  • Link to Process Control Engineering / Process Information functions to update and implement control technology / process information improvements and capitalize on current best practices to improve HESQ and cost.  This includes good alarm management, state based control, and advanced process control to minimize unplanned events (safety/environmental), ensure product quality, and optimize operating cost.  Utilize troubleshooting techniques incorporating test equipment to identify the root cause of problem areas in the SIS PLC’s and Foxboro I/A systems. 
  • Ensure reliable, optimized plant operation by successfully managing and implementing Process Control related project changes, utilizing approved functional tools and the MOC process. 
  • Utilize troubleshooting techniques to identify root cause of problem areas in Process Control code, Operator Interface or hardware and effectively resolve these problems with stakeholders input.
  • Utilize existing or develop Process Control and plant performance indicators to monitor effectiveness of plant operation and the Process Control system.
  • Perform training and coaching for changes as required and assist in training efforts requested by Plant Operations
  • Coordinate Process Information system maintenance.
  • Work with CFME, Technical Manager and Operations Manager to define appropriate plant / business rules for on-shift Process Control and process information work.
  • Provide training and coaching for Process Operators and I&E Technicians as needed.

    Professional Development (15%):

  • Manage the Foxboro contract training fund to ensure that the site recovers the full value of the contract.
  • Utilize the Foxboro training for personal develop of skills required to support the Clear Lake plant control systems such as the DCS and the Triconex.
  • Identify and request outside training, as necessary, for professional development of technical skills, interpersonal relationship skills and management skills that correspond with Plant objectives and initiatives.



  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents.
  • Understands and Supports the Clear Lake Facility Acrylic Monomers HSE2Q Commitment.
  • Minimal travel required, as necessary to support Factory Acceptance Testing, etc.



  • 5 to 10 years or more experience with process control software and/or hardware, required.
  • Experience with Triconex, Allen Bradley, Aadvance and other PLC’s and Foxboro I/A DCS systems a benefit.
  • Experience installing, maintaining or troubleshooting field instrumentation a benefit.
  • Prior experience as a process technician a benefit.
  • Basic computer skills (email, MS Office).
  • Ability to read and interpret P&ID, Instrument and Electrical loop drawings and ladder logic drawings.

A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €7.5 billion in 2016, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 50 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

Arkema Inc.  provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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