Share this Job

Automation Engineer

Technical Department



The Manufacturing site Geleen encompasses 7 plants: 2 Naphtha crackers (Olefins 3 & Olefins 4), a Logistics unit for Chemicals & Intermediates, a Polypropylene unit (PPF), 2 Polyethylene units (LDPE & HDPE) and a Logistics unit for Polymers. The Naphtha crackers produce amongst others ethylene and propylene which are mainly used as feedstock for the successive poly-olefins plants. Our polyethylene product range includes all of the commodity thermoplastic polymers, linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE). The polypropylene product range includes block copolymer and specialty automotive grades.


These 7 operational plants are organized according to the PMT-model (Plant Operations, Maintenance and Technical). Plant Operations is responsible for a safe and reliable production within the defined Safety Health & Environment / License to Operate goals.

Maintenance is responsible for specification, scheduling and execution of the activities in the plant. The Technical department is responsible for the design of the asset, the asset life plan, the operating window and the continuous review of the asset performance, of which asset integrity, process safety and legislative requirements are key factors.


The cross-functional Plant Improvement Team (which includes Plant Operation, Maintenance and Technical) identifies, selects and allocates resources to deliver a balanced portfolio of plant improvement opportunities that add the greatest value and focus on the most important activities. The purpose is to obtain strong functional teams to improve plant operations, reliability and sustainability.

Currently we are looking for an Automation Engineer (DCS & PLC) for the Technical Department.



Job Purpose & Responsibilities

The main challenges of an Engineer DCS & PLC are:

  • Providing daily support for the process control systems for one operational unit.
  • Delivering first line troubleshooting for process control systems, and call in external specialists when needed according the agreed contract.
  • Performing preventive maintenance on the DCS System according to schedule or ensure that preventive maintenance is performed in case the work has been outsourced.
  • Identifying potential problems and providing improvement proposals regarding process control systems.
  • Executing hardware engineering in case of (small) system changes.
  • Executing, testing and commissioning of configuration changes or supervision of contractors in case the work is outsourced.
  • Participating in hazard reviews and root cause analysis.
  • Participation in 24 h support team for all process control systems on the Geleen site (Honeywell, Emerson, Invensys, Hima PLCs).




  • Bachelor degree in Process Control Automation (or equivalent). Additional training relating to DCS- and PLC systems (and AspenTech IP21) is an advantage.
  • 0 to 5 years of relevant working experience regarding troubleshooting of process control systems, preferably in the (petro-) chemical industry.
  • Hands-on experience with DCS systems (Honeywell and/or Emerson) is preferred.
  • Familiar with SAP PM.


As a person you are / have:

  • Showing ownership and you are eager to reach the agreed results.
  • Show good analytical / conceptual thinking.
  • Are flexible and can easily comprehend new things
  • Are a good communicator and you have well developed social skills
  • Able to balance required delivery timing of corrective maintenance work and project activities.
  • Able to closely cooperate with relevant counterparts in the Plant Operation, Maintenance, Technical and Projects organization.
  • Are able to speak and write English, whereas fluency in Dutch is a strong advantage.


Further Information

For more information about this role you can contact: Glenn Duggert, Corporate Recruiter on +31 (0)6 15887339.

Important notice: please be informed that a reference check, an employment verification and E-assessment is be part of our recruitment process. A Certificate of Good Conduct can be requested depending the level of the role in our organization and/or function, allowing us to request dependant of local regulations. 
Responses from employment agencies will not be considered.