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Controls and Optimization Engineer Sr. / Staff


Job Field: ENGI - Engineering & Technical Service
Location: Port Arthur, TX, US
Company: BASF Corporation
Job Type: Standard
Job ID: EN_US_1703322

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, citizenship, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, disability status, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation. We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development. And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2017. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future! Where the Chemistry Happens… At BASF, we are committed to delivering intelligent, sustainable solutions to today's most complex global problems. We have approximately 99 Production Sites and 20+ R&D facilities and employ over 16,000 people across North America. We operate approximately 380 other production sites worldwide. The Port Arthur Site operates both a world scale steam cracker and butadiene extraction unit. The site also operates a pyrolysis gasoline unit, an indirect alkylation unit, an olefins conversion unit, as well as a significant utility support system. One of the world's largest naphtha steam crackers with a joint venture partnership that includes BASF Corporation and Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA Inc. This facility employs over 200 employees and we continue to grow. If you would like to join an exciting, challenging and dynamic team in a vibrant location with multitudes of new projects and innovation, we are looking for you! This position represents a great career opportunity for growth and development in a supportive atmosphere. Our journey to EHS excellence includes a "Zero Incident Mindset" across BASF and it's a core element of BASF's sustainability efforts. We strive to make BASF a place that believes that we CAN work our entire career free of injury. You can be part of the difference. The Controls and Optimization Engineer provides Strategic Controls and Optimization support for the Port Arthur Olefins site. The position identifies, leads and implements control strategies to improve plant operability, reliability and efficiency. Additionally, the position is responsible for maintaining and updating, as needed, RTO models and systems. Controls and Optimization Engineer, Staff (1703322) – Port Arthur, TX Formula for Success: You Will…

  • EHS
    • Responsible for environmental and safety compliance support through process control-related engineering and troubleshooting.
  • Site Control Support
    • Responsible Engineer for System Availability and Reliability, Real Time Optimizer (RTO) System (online and offline).
    • Responsible for maintaining RTO models and systems, and updating as needed.
    • Lead RTO programmer for new projects or modifications.
    • Lead direction for strategic control initiatives such as Alarm Management and High Performance Graphics.
    • Identify, lead, and implement control strategies that improve plant operability, profitability, and efficiency.
    • Troubleshoot issues with RTO/ APC/DCS relationships as needed.
    • Serves as primary site advanced process controls expert.
    • Participate in an on-call role for the site process control support team.
    • Support capital project engineering efforts as needed.
    • Oversee vendor/contractor development on APC or RTO additions/changes, ensuring compliance with the technical specifications.
  • Supervisory/Leadership
    • Mentor junior-level control engineers in the control group as needed.
    • Lead the department on a rotating basis with other group engineers during absence of the process control manager.
    • Lead meetings and discussions regarding site economics, and communicate RTO results.
    • Participate in knowledge exchange with other BASF sites for best practices in strategic control areas including, but not limited to, Alarm Management, High Performance Graphics, Real Time Optimization.

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You… Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry. The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career. BASFRS

Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and at least 7 years of steam cracking, chemical, petrochemical, or a similar manufacturing experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Basic knowledge of control systems, and piping and instrument diagrams.
  • Working knowledge of the various types of pressure, level, temperature, and flow instrumentation.
  • Demonstrate team-based interpersonal skills.
  • General computer skills including use of programs such as Microsoft Office and Aspen Process Explorer.


  • Experience with AspenTech DMCPlus or other advanced controls
  • Experience with ROMeo Real time Optimization or other RTO systems

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