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Specialist - Process Controls - 2310000578 - Marcus Hook, PA


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Ad number:#1033455802
Contact:Julia Purnell
City:Marcus Hook, PA


Energy Transfer, recognized three years running by Forbes as one of America's best large employers, is dedicated to responsibly and safely delivering America’s energy.  We are driven to inspire our employees to create superior value for our customers, our investors, a sustainable future and giving back to the community where we have long-standing commitments to causes including MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, The Salvation Army, American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House and many more.  Come join our award winning 10,000 strong organization as we fuel the world and each other!

Primary Responsibilities:

This position assists in the maintenance and health of the process control systems at a Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) processing & terminaling facility.  Good analytical skills are required to diagnose problems, and the candidate must be able to identify multiple alternatives and/or recommendations for a given problem, as well as facilitate the implementation of solutions.  The Process Controls Specialist will provide day-to-day support of the site distributed control systems (DCS) and process control networks.


  • Provide technical assistance with troubleshooting, optimization, design, configuration, and programming of process control systems essential to terminal and pipeline operations. 
  • Ensure the integrity of the DCS.  Monitor and troubleshoot the process control system programming, software, and hardware, including performance monitoring.  Work with engineering, operations & maintenance daily to ensure operational reliability of the site.
  • Work with Process Control Engineers and project management teams to implement revised and/or new basic process control & advanced control solutions.  Create logic programming from control narratives/functional specifications.  Test programming and equipment in a lab or simulated environment.
  • Keep current on all equipment modifications, software revisions, and future direction of the process control industry.  Manage process control system software versioning.
  • Work with Operational Technology (OT) staff to ensure reliability of the plant process control network (hardware & software).  Ensure that corporate IT and cybersecurity policies and guidelines are followed.
  • Assist in the definition of spare parts and preventative maintenance requirements for DCS and related components.  Assist in the lifecycle management (patching, revisions) of software and firmware.
  • Manage process control training simulator.
  • Support control system staging environment and patch validation.
  • Communicate and maintain proper documentation related to the DCS.
  • Work with third-party companies and product representatives as required to assist in design, factory acceptance testing, simulator development, and commissioning & start-up activities.
  • Ensure Process Safety and Risk Management objectives are practiced daily through participation in Management of Change, Process Hazards Analysis and pre-planning.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience and 2-5 years of relevant job-related experience in process controls.
  • Knowledge and experience with control network protocols including EtherNet/IP, Honeywell UCN/LCN, and Modbus. 
  • DCS experience developing basic process & advanced process control systems, graphics development and Historian management.
  • Knowledge and experience with PLC programming and hardware configuration.
  • Familiarity with local and wide area networking concepts including network topologies, switch configuration and network security concepts.  Requires ability to manage software revisions, site licensing, and support agreements.
  • Knowledge of process manufacturing field instrumentation & technology.
  • Self-motivated individual with a high level of initiative.
  • Position requires the ability to balance multiple projects/tasks simultaneously, the ability to prioritize tasks, and the ability to shift established priorities in response to changing business needs.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, sound organizational skills.
  • Proactively initiates, develops, and maintains effective working relationships.  Ability to function effectively in a team environment.
  • Competent with personal computer applications (Microsoft Office, etc.).
  • Knowledge of industry safety practices.
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays and respond to callouts on a non-routine basis.
  • Physical requirements – Must be able to lift 40 lbs, climb ladders and stairs. Walking, bending, stooping is required. Must be able to wear personal protective equipment including the use of a respirator. Must be able to respond to visual and audible.
  • Willingness to travel to facility locations in southern New Jersey and Texas.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in refinery, manufacturing, and/or pipeline environment.
  • Competency with Rockwell PlantPAx, Emerson Ovation, Honeywell TDC 3000, Allen-Bradley PLC, Modicon, HMI interface software & hardware, SCADA interface, Capstone dataPARC, Toptech terminaling applications.
  • Knowledge or awareness of relevant industry best practices, codes, and regulations (ex. API, DOT, ISA, PHMSA, PSM, NFPA, NEC).


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