Why It’s REALLY Hard To Find The Right Expertise #2

by Bill Fester on October 16, 2017

in Chemical, DCS, Jobs

Here’s an ad from BASF posted on INDEED. Extraordinary amounts of effort put into all of the right politically correct buzzwords from an HR standpoint. But instead of actual descriptions of WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING, it’s mostly just fluff. Here again, NO actual mention of which DCS you’ll be involved with.  The number of hours spent by prospective applicants who don’t have experience in the brand of system the Geismar site uses, plus the number of hours wasted by hiring managers who have to filter them out happens to just be an enormous waste of time.

Process Control Systems Engineer 1
BASF Corporation 1,406 reviewsGeismar, LA 70734

Job Field: ENGI – Engineering & Technical Service
Location: Geismar, LA, US
Company: BASF Corporation
Job Type: Standard
Job ID: EN_US_1703863
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.
DescriptionAt 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 with a strong emphasis on process safety, as well as the safety of our employees and the communities we operate in, 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 2016. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Where the Chemistry Happens…

This is a BASF direct position assigned to the process control systems group, which has responsibilities for support of the control systems (DCS, PLC, SIS, etc.). The main responsibility is to deliver and maintain Control Systems that meet Production’s requirements, perform as necessary to achieve functionality and safety obligations, and maximize system capability. This includes the leadership of the system migration and lifecycle process, maintenance recommendation and oversight of installed base equipment, membership on key control systems related teams, coordination of concepts with Production Technologist (Automation).

Process Control Systems Engineer I (1703863) – Geismar, LA

Formula for Success: You Will…

Manages and provides expertise on all control systems in a specific area
Responsible for oversight of control system critical spare parts.
Responsible for lifecycle status, and develop diagnosis concept and periodic health check of installed base control systems with coordination with the Technologist (Automation).
Develop and maintain long-term control system migration plans for their assigned plant with the Production Technologist, Specialists and Technicians.
Provides expertise as a resource in Advanced Process Control. This provides a resource for any area Model Predictive Control systems.
Responsible for tracking Total Cost of Ownership for control systems. This includes, monitoring failures, assisting in initial hardware installations, maintenance contract tracking and communication, optimizing software version upgrades and vendor liaison issues such as quick fixes for system problems.
Assigns and keeps record of all I/O points in the area.
Works with operations to provide robust and efficient control schemes.
Perform advanced control and graphic configuration on systems in an assigned area that is beyond the capabilities of the technicians and specialists.
Participate on the Process Control Peer Working Group.
Provides technical expertise for plant specific systems and communications protocols used onsite, such as Profibus and Fieldbus for field instrumentation systems, OPC communications systems, wireless communications, etc.
Lead and/or coordinate root cause failure analysis on significant failures. Implement Corrective Actions for control system issues.

Maintains the master plan on assigned areas Control Systems (DCS, PLC and SIS). Ensures all systems are in compliance with corporate standards.
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.
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 Electrical Engineering or Chemical Engineering required with 0 to 2 years work experience.
Basic knowledge of DCS and PLC equipment and software.
Ability to communicate effectively while demonstrating strong interpersonal skills.
Experience with process modelling and predictive control techniques desired.
Experience in the chemical/petrochemical or similar manufacturing environment is a plus.
Process engineering aptitude.
Automation systems knowledge is desired.
SAP/R3 knowledge preferred.

This position requires all candidates to either currently possess or obtain and maintain a TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) Card from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Previous post:

Next post: