DCS Engineer

Position Summary
Manages DCS Projects using DCS engineering expertise and appropriate resources to ensure work is completed safely, in a cost effective manner, within budget and schedule, and to required standards.
Manage the maintenance of standards, procedures and relevant documentation relating to the Methanex Geismar facilities. Ensure the maintenance, storage, and distribution of DCS critical drawings are properly controlled.
Provide expert knowledge, advice and direction to management and co-workers on configurable control systems within Methanex Geismar. Support Operations and Maintenance on a daily basis with advice and actions on DCS and ESD hardware and software issues.
Develop and maintain the design, modification, security and reliability of all configurable process control systems and communication systems used to operate Methanex Geismar production facilities.
Support any major projects which affect control systems in all engineering phases including FEED, detailed engineering and commissioning/start up.
Position Responsibilities
Ensures all assigned DCS Projects are managed such that the safety, quality, cost and schedule targets are achieved.
Ensures the assigned projects are implemented in accordance with Methanex Project Standards and the plant Management of Change process.
Manages the assigned DCS Project worklist to meet customer requirements.
Ensures all scopes of work for assigned DCS Projects covering detailed design, preparation of purchase specifications and preparation of construction packages are accurate, sufficient and clear.
Provides expertise and specialist DCS engineering knowledge.
Develops engineering briefs and provides technical advice and assistance as required to the Project group to allow the development of detailed engineering scopes of work and designs.
Ensures appropriate hazard and risk reviews are conducted for assigned DCS related projects and all issues identified are actioned.
Coordinates commissioning of assigned DCS Projects with Operations.
Manages the assigned tender and awards contracts in conjunction with the Purchasing team for detailed design, preparation of purchase specifications and preparation of construction packages and construction.
Ensures all DCS drawings and documentation are controlled according to the Methanex Geismar procedures and standards.
Provides project support by taking a lead role in Engineering during the design, construction and start-up phases of the project including configuration of DCS, ESD and PLC software, implementing complex loops, and leading loop checks and control system simulations.
Responsible for setting up the alarm management system, sequence of events recording system and the DCS trending packages.
Develops and verifies QAQC documentation for the punch list and turnover packages.
Provides technical assistance and leads the investigation and correction of incidents related to the control systems.
Provides control system tuning and troubleshooting services to the Operations group.
Upholds DCS technical excellence for the Methanex USA operations.
This individual will have a role in TAR Management and Knowledge Management, relevant to control systems
Sets and maintains standards for selection of configurable process control systems and the design, installation and maintenance of the software and documentation.
Develops and maintains systems to guarantee the security of all system software and develop and test recovery plans to restore systems in the event of failure or disaster.
Develops and maintains maintenance plans to ensure the systems hardware and software are operating with optimal efficiency and reliability.
Conducts investigations for all system failures and identify the system modifications, upgrades, or changes required to prevent these.
Provides technical advice and assistance to the I&E Supervisor and I&E Technicians and the Operations Department on configurable control systems.
Directs the Operations Department in the development of operational procedures relating to configurable systems.
Maintains an overview of current and future technology trends making recommendations for system enhancements or replacements which are financially justifiable.
Provides input into strategic plans which address the economic life cycle of installed systems.
Develops operating budgets for designated areas and propose capital budget items as required.
Maintains key relationships with system vendors to ensure specialist services are available when required.
Maintains an up-to-date alarm philosophy based on current configuration. Ensure the alarm philosophy is aligned with current standards and best practice.
Review the inhibited alarms, alarm frequency and control system forces on a regular basis. Lead the implementation of engineering solutions to remove the inhibited alarms, reduce alarm frequency, and removal of control system forces.
Conducts all business in a manner which supports the Responsible Care? ethic.
Position Qualifications
Bachelor or Science Degree in Engineering required; Electrical or Chemical Engineering preferred.
Strong PLC and DCS experience
5+ years of experience as a Systems/DCS Engineer
Minimum of 5 years of experience in the petrochemical industry.
Strong diagnostic/fault finding skills
Excellent computer skills
Effective verbal and written communication skills
In depth knowledge of standards and procedures and industry best practice.
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