Senior OTS Engineer

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Senior OTS Engineer

Req ID 95675BR Job category Engineering Location Belgium - East - Geel, United Kingdom - North East - Hull, United States - Illinois - Naperville Apply now

Role synopsis

BP is looking for talented, innovative and driven individuals to join our team. We support our people to learn and grow in a diverse and challenging environment. We believe that our team is strengthened by diversity. BP is committed to fostering an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected and treated fairly.

There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, so we offer benefits to enable work to fit with your life. These benefits can include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy and others.

Operator Training Simulators (OTS) are used in BP Petrochemicals to develop the skills of console operators, which contributes to safe, reliable, and compliant operations in our petrochemical plants. The role of the OTS Engineer is to (1) lead individual projects on behalf of Technology – ensuring that each project is delivered to the standards defined by the program, (2) provide automation and systems expertise and (3) support sites in providing maintenance and keeping the systems up to date. This is a hands-on role, working closely with onsite plant teams, the Technology OTS team, and the OTS vendors. The OTS Engineer maintains oversight of all aspects of the project, and intervenes whenever necessary to ensure successful delivery of simulators.
After delivery, the OTS Engineer remains the primary Technology contact for specific simulators, co-ordinating and/or performing maintenance and upgrade activities. As the primary interface between the Technology program and the site OTS team, the OTS Engineer will also lead discussions on the standards and expectations of the OTS program with site stakeholders to get alignment on commitment of site resources in both project and maintenance phases of training simulator life cycle.
The OTS Engineer will be part of the Advanced Controls and Automation Team and may also assist the team with process control assignments supporting capital projects and new unit licensing during the implementation and design of the process controls and automation as well as safety instrumented systems. With a solid background in Process Control, Process Engineering and/or Operations, the OTS Engineer is expected to contribute to technical discussions and to engage with experts in Technology and at the plants to resolve problems and move projects forward. Additional duties may include support for capital projects and new unit licensing during the commissioning and start up, with expertise in process controls and automation.

Key accountabilities

  • Manage all major activities in the design, development, testing, and delivery of high fidelity training simulators for petrochemical processes.
  • Work with sites and vendors to establish project scope, cost, and schedule and deliver projects within BP’s project management framework.
  • Work with site automation engineers and vendors to design DCS infrastructure and oversee integration with process models.
  • Work with site stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of OTS program training objectives.
  • Work with sites and OTS vendors to develop and execute annual maintenance plans to keep deployed training simulators up-to-date and fit-for-purpose.
  • Provide maintenance engineering support and coordination of maintenance activities for deployed OTS systems.
  • Identify, document, and share successful OTS practices between manufacturing sites and drive continuous improvement across the program. Collaborate with internal and external technical experts.
  • Provide process control and automation expertise during the implementation and design of the process controls, automation and safety instrumented systems for new unit design and existing site revamps.
  • Participate in an advisory role during the commissioning of process controls, SIS logic and sequence programs during plant startup or revamps.

Essential Education

A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science. Chemical Engineering preferred.

Essential experience and job requirements

  • A minimum of 5 years of refining, petrochemical, or manufacturing Process Control engineering experience.
  • Experience with DCS/automation systems and control application engineering
  • Good understanding of system integration and modern DCS architecture

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Desirable criteria & qualifications

  • Experience in building or maintaining Operator Training Simulators
  • Experience in managing engineering projects involving multiple software packages from different vendors is a desirable qualification
  • Good understanding of process modelling software such as Aspen, Unisim, Hysys, or Dynsim.
  • Process Control experience including the ability to perform control strategy development/implementation, control system modification/upgrade, and safety system experience
  • Knowledge of DCS configurations, operator graphics, alarms, sequence programming, advanced controls, interlock logic
  • Experience in overseeing contractors and experience using project management processes

Relocation available


Travel required

Yes - up to 25%

Is this a part time position?


About BP

We are a global energy business involved in every aspect of the energy system. We have 75,000 employees in 80 countries, working towards delivering light, heat and mobility to millions of people, every day. We are one of the very few companies equipped to solve some of the big complex challenges that matter for the future. We have a real contribution to make to the world's ambition of a low carbon future. Join us, and be part of what we can accomplish together.

The Downstream segment has global manufacturing and marketing operations. It is the product and service-led arm of BP, made up of three businesses (Fuels, Lubricants, and Petrochemicals).

We aim to run safe and reliable operations across all our businesses, supported by leading brands and technologies, to deliver high-quality products and services that meet our customers’ needs.

Disciplined execution of our strategy is helping improve our underlying performance, capture opportunities for further growth, generate attractive returns and create a more resilient business that is better able to withstand a range of market conditions; and create opportunities for future growth.

Petrochemicals is a global business, with manufacturing facilities in 10 countries, a production capacity of approximately 15 million tonnes and around 1,700 employees. Our products are applied in many different ways, such as polyester fiber, food packaging and building materials.

We manufacture and market across the following main product lines: purified terephthalic acid (PTA), paraxylene (PX), acetic acid and methanol, as well as olefins and derivatives through our refinery assets in Germany.

Our products are produced using our industry-leading proprietary technologies, which in some cases we monetise through licensing to third parties. We focus on deploying that technology to create competitive advantage.

We also produce speciality products such as metaxylene and are partnering in a new venture that uses our acetic anhydride to treat wood chips to produce high performance medium-density fibreboard. We are playing a part in the transition to a lower carbon future, launching PTAirTM, which supports a lower carbon footprint than average PTA production.



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