Process Controls Technical Engineer - Fords, New Jersey United States - 17885

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Job #: 17885
Title: Process Controls Technical Engineer
Job Location: Fords, New Jersey - United States
Employment Type:
Salary: $85,000.00 - $110,000.00 - US Dollars - Yearly
Employer Will Recruit From: Regional
Will provide relocation assistance for a regional candidate
Relocation Paid?: Yes


This is a leading global specialty chemicals company with 15 manufacturing sites worldwide; 3 of which are in NJ. Their core business is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. All Production is Batch process. The position reports to the Engineerg/Maintenance Manager

A more detailed JD is available


The Instrumentation and Process Controls Safety Engineer located at the Fords New Jersey plant will be the responsible leader to review, identify and remediate inherent safety problems related to the automation and controls systems at Fords and East Hanover plants.   


  • Participate in PHA analysis at both Fords and East Hanover plants
  • Proactively review P&IDs looking for potential process and hazards issues
  • Participate in necessary safety evaluations for Capex projects and other plant modifications
  • Participate in incident investigations along with rest of engineering team
  • Places safety first with respect to all activities while on company premises.
  • Be able to handle multiple projects on multiple sites simultaneously
  • Assesses feasibility and soundness of proposed engineering tests, products, and equipment
  • Facilitates the implementation of BAT (Best available Technology) as applicable
  • Develops key performance indicators (KPIs) and management dashboards based on strategic objectives and performance improvement goals
  • Draws conclusions based on research activity and outcomes; provides recommendations with potential impact to production safety and production operations as needed.
  • Participate as an active member of MOC, HAZOP, PSSR and PHA evaluation teams contributing technical support at a plant level with an emphasis on instrument, process safety and Safety Instrumented Systems.
  • Participate and or direct plant level problem solving teams on an as needed basis
  • Determine the specifications for new instrumentation taking into account the safety aspects of the process
  • Create and maintain written documentation of process safety functionality
  • Maintain lists of Safety critical equipment with necessary controls top maintain the integrity of the equipment
  • Review of operating procedures from a process safety aspect
  • Train operators on safety systems and procedures to maintain process safety
  • Continually develop and maintain Mechanical Integrity requirements for instrumentation. Ability to perform independent P&ID review from a safety perspective with basic AutoCAD skills to update drawings with findings
  • Determination of process and instrumentation failure scenarios and identify Safety measures to limit risk profile
  • Review of possible unsafe interactions from piping or controls
  • Determination of interlocks on systems and document safe conditions for all valves and instruments
  • Initiate and direct projects designed to improve the safety of our processes
  • Review new and existing Delta V programing code to insure required interlocks are appropriate and fully functional
  • Monitor alarm notifications to determine cause of alarms in the effort to reduce the frequency of nuisance alarms
  • Manage Instrumentation projects from instruments selection to installation independently or as part of a larger team
  • Work with other engineers to insure new processes have all safety requirements addressed


  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work well solo or in a dynamic team environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering (Masters preferred)
  • chemical plant experience
  • Strong Organic chemistry background
  • Strong knowledge of DCS (preferably Delta V) systems
  • Rockwell Automation (PLC) programming experience
  • AutoCAD experience, MS Project experience, creation and interpretation of P&ID diagrams
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated successful safety instrumentation engineering in the chemical process industry
  • Excellent problem solving skills & ability

University - Bachelor's Degree/3-4 Year Degree