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Phillips 66 Process Engineer, Ferndale Refinery in Ferndale, Washington

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The Process Engineer, Ferndale Refinery provides technical support and expertise focused on improving the safety, reliability, and profitability on assigned process units in the refinery. The Unit Process Engineer regularly works with operations, commercial planning, process control, maintenance, and other technical department employees

Responsibilities May Include:

  • Participates and promotes all aspects of refinery safety programs. Visibly demonstrates commitment to the workplace safety and health of employees and contractors through personal engagement and sound decisions.

  • Participates in facility emergency response as part of the Emergency Management Organization within the Incident Command System.

  • Tracks process unit performance and follows up on violations or near misses of safe operating limits. Continues to validate safe operating limits (SOL) and reliability operating limits (ROL).

  • Supports operations in the field and in the control room during operational upsets and changes to operations.

  • Participates in incident investigations including process upsets.

  • Participates and may facilitate risk analysis meetings (RAM) and pre-start up safety reviews (PSSR) for manage of change (MOC) in area of responsibility.

  • Key player in facilitation of management of change for unit assignment area on capital upgrades and optimization.

  • Completes action items from process hazards analysis (PHA), audits and investigations in a timely manner to support overall refinery goals around action item closure.

  • Evaluates Critical Device Bypasses to ensure adequate alternate protection.

  • Coordinates evaluation of alternate relief paths to support operations when relief valves without spares can be pulled by maintenance at the prescribed intervals to ensure their mechanical reliability.

  • Responsible for resolving abnormal process problems. Regularly works with unit operators on understanding and resolving operating problems in process units.

  • Monitors performance of assigned process units and proactively identifies operating trends and potential impacts. Communicates and makes recommendations so that the organization is never surprised by a predictable or preventable loss of full, safe and reliable unit operation.

  • Works with refinery operations and commercial planning groups to optimize long and short-term unit operations for the maximum economic benefit.

  • Develops ideas for projects that improve the safety, reliability, and profitability of the refinery. Assists in the development of process design packages.

  • Participates in PHA and HAZOP reviews of assigned units and projects.

  • Keeps up to date on technical issues and industry trends on assigned units and applies knowledge to improve the refinery. Serves as primary technical contact with central company and outside technical experts.

  • Assists in the development of turnaround work scope.

  • Supports the procurement, handling, performance tracking, and disposition of catalyst and chemicals used in the refinery.

  • Supports the selection and management of chemical and catalyst vendors and contracts to maximize unit reliability and profitability.

  • Assists the business team leads and finance department with the development of operating expense budgets, particularly in the areas of chemicals, catalysts, and utilities. Investigates variances in these categories and recommends actions to keep these expenses within budget.

Required Qualifications:

  • Legally authorized to work in the job posting country

  • Possess a valid Driver’s License

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Engineering

  • 3 or more years of experience as a process engineer in the oil and gas industry

  • Intermediate or greater proficiency in Microsoft Office

  • Willing and able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) (more information can be found at

  • Willing and able to perform and comply with the following, with or without reasonable accommodation:

    • Travel up to 5% of the time

    • Work extended hours, which may include evenings, weekends and holidays

    • Be on call 24/7/365

    • Work safely near large, hot, high-speed machines

    • Climb ladders and stairs up to 200 feet in height

    • Confined space entry during turnarounds and equipment outages

    • Transport articles up to 50 pounds

    • Work around chemicals, including acids and bases

    • Work around hydrocarbons under high pressure and heat

    • Work outside in harsh weather conditions

    • Wear fire retardant clothing and personal protective equipment (such as steel-toe shoes, ear and eye protection.)

    • Maintain your face daily so that a respirator/face mask can seal properly (some examples include being free of facial hair and/or clean shaven)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemical Engineering

  • 5 or more years of experience as a Process Engineer in the oil and gas industry

  • Promotes inclusion and diversity

  • Ability to work on cross discipline teams

  • Accepts ownership, is accountable and delivers on commitments

  • Strong technical knowledge and ability to apply practical solutions in the field

  • Ability to manage a large workload and changing priorities

  • Strong and effective communication skills (verbal and written) in both individual and group settings

  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to work well with others

  • Knowledge of PSM

  • Knowledge of safe work practices in an industrial setting

  • Strong interpersonal skills to facilitate work with both hourly and salaried employees

The Ferndale Refinery is located on Puget Sound in Ferndale, Washington, approximately 20 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. Facilities include crude distillation, naphtha reforming, fluid catalytic cracking, alkylation and hydrodesulfurization units. It processes a variety crude oils, including Alaskan North Slope, Canadian and other foreign and U.S. shale crudes, primarily delivered via marine vessel and pipeline. Within the refinery is a rail car crude oil receiving facility with a capacity of 30,000 BPD. This offloading facility, owned by Phillips 66 Partners, makes the receipt of additional crude by rail car possible. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels. Other products include residual fuel oil, which is supplied to the northwest marine bunker fuel market. Most refined products are distributed to customers by pipeline and barge to major markets in the northwestern United States.

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  • Annual Variable Cash Incentive Program (VCIP) bonus

  • 8% 401k company match, with an additional 0-4% Company 401k contribution based on the Company’s financial performance

  • Cash Balance Account pension

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits with an annual company contribution to a Health Savings Account for employees on HDHP

  • Total well-being programs and incentives, including Employee Assistance Plan, well-being reimbursement, and backup family care services

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To be considered

In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of August 15, 2022 .

Candidates for regular U.S. positions must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a)(1). Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

Phillips 66 is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Requisition ID: 56408

Location: Washington - Ferndale

Job Field: Engineering

Division : Ferndale Refinery

Technical Req : No