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Engineer, Process Control

JOB TITLE: Engineer, Process Control

VACANT JOB ID: 70184582

POSITON TITLE: Engineer, Process Control

ORG UNIT NAME: Corporate Manufacturing

LOCATION: Burkville (Montgomery), AL, USA


SABIC is a global leader in chemicals headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. From making cars and planes more fuel-efficient, to helping conserve the world’s water supply and enabling colorful smartphone cases, we find solutions to the challenges of today to help our customers achieve their ambitions and build a better tomorrow.



At SABIC, we combine a rich track record of doing what others said couldn’t be done, with a deep understanding of our customers. But our true impact is as a partner who can help our customers achieve their ambitions by finding solutions to their challenges. We call this ‘Chemistry that Matters™’



This position reports to the Process Engineering Manager from within the Technical Group at the Burkville site.



The overall objective is to drive performance improvements in Environmental, Health, & Safety (EHS), Quality, Revenue, and Cost through the use of advanced controls systems.


The Process Control Engineer uses computer technology and fundamental engineering skills to achieve key business objectives within Burkville’s manufacturing operations where we safely manufacture resin and engineered thermoplastics which are used around the world to solve many of our customers most demanding challenges.


The Engineer works as a partner with other site teams: working with operations to improve, increase and troubleshoot production; collaborating with project engineers on control specification and design; partnering with EHSS to decrease frequency and severity of incidents; and teaming up with Maintenance and Reliability to discover and address root causes.


Furthermore, the Engineer works closely with other Process Control Organization (PCO) members on initiatives led from within PCO Team – control infrastructure lifecycle management strategies; security enhancements; obsolescence remediation; reliability enhancements; standards development; work process development; and improving performance metrics.


This Process Control Engineer works across operating units and platforms, typically focusing extensively with DCS & PLC systems.


Automated control is integral to the actual physical operation of the plant. Given this, it is essential that the Engineer work in a manner where safety in design, execution, and operation remains consciously and continuously in the forefront.


Job Purpose & Responsibilities:

Maintain automation base and independently identify areas for improvement beyond assigned site and team responsibilities. Evaluate value and costs, and – if the idea has merit – communicate, promote, and take ownership in execution.

Maintain/improve plan to modernize and standardize site PLCs. Work with team members to develop scope of work for obsolescence upgrades, minimizing PLC types, and integration with DCS and Aspen IP21 data historian.

Provide methods and means to improve real-time process control support, troubleshooting, root cause identification, procedures, training, documentation, tools, and spare parts availability.

Fully participate – as either leader or team member – in a wide range of PCO-led initiatives. Examples include alarm management; next-generation DCS and graphic design, strategic control system lifecycle planning, source code management, console lockdown, cyber security process improvements, SIS design specification, automated system log monitoring, control loop monitoring, etc.

Work closely with the Process Control Technicians, who provide first-line support for operations. Exercise leadership in enhancing knowledge transfer both to and from the specialists.

Collaborate with project owners/managers to successfully execute the control elements of site projects: control scope, specification, design, code development, testing, and startup. Projects size varies greatly; approximately 40% of all site projects include process control content.

Maximize effectiveness across multiple responsibilities by utilizing personal success behaviors: well-defined scope, cost / benefit evaluation, prioritization, effective communication including responsible pushback, leveraging others, team building, etc.



  • Demonstrated commitment to manufacturing safety and performance.
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline.
  • Minimum 5 years of hands-on experience implementing full-function, complex control systems and applications in the process/manufacturing industry.
  • Desired: Experience with GE Rx3i, CPL410, GE 90-30, GE Series 1, Modicon 984, PAC8000, Siemens S7, Allen Bradley, DeltaV, and/or Yokogawa DCS.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement regulatory controls, interlocks, user interfaces, and to efficiently write code.
  • Curious. Quick learner. Driven to fill gaps in working knowledge. Motivated by working in a field that is changing rapidly.
  • Demonstrated creativity in solving problems, especially simple, effective, long-lived solutions.
  • Demonstrated passion for and record of doing things better; this includes “softer” aspects of work such as better tools, work processes, procedures, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and meet objectives.
  • Proven record of accomplishments working with teams – both leading and as a member.
  • Good communication and influencing skills. Effective advocate of ideas. Listens well. Engages in challenging discussions confidently and responsibly.
  • Meets physical and mental requirements, with or without reasonable accommodations, of the position.



  • You must submit your application for employment online to be considered. Please submit your resume using the “Apply Now/Apply” option on this page.
  • You must be 18 years or older
  • You must be willing to take a drug test as part of the selection process
  • You must be willing to submit to a background investigation as part of the selection process
  • You must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States
  • Relocation if available



SABIC is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and as such will not discriminate in its employment practices, including recruiting and hiring practices, based on a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Disclaimers (USA):

SABIC is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms/employment agencies for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee of SABIC about this opening. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee at SABIC via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search firm agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of SABIC; no fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by SABIC as a result of the unsolicited referral or through other means


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