Advanced Process Controls Engineer - Rodeo Refinery

Phillips66 - Rodeo, California

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Job ID 51948

The Advanced Process Controls Engineer provides technical expertise for new and existing Advanced Process Control (APC) and Real Time Optimization applications in the refinery. This includes preparing functional specifications, process step testing, process model building, developing inferential models, control configuration/ programming, commissioning, operator training and documentation.

Responsibilities May Include

  • Identifying, developing and implementing new advanced control and optimization configurations to capture economic benefits.

  • Providing support to Project and Process Engineering in review of process control and safety systems design including participation in PHA, P&ID review, and MOC processes/ procedures.

  • Performing engineering studies, reviewing/administering contractor proposals and other tasks as assigned.

  • Working closely with Operations and Planning Departments to realize control/optimization objectives through daily monitoring of APC/Optimizer performance.

  • Managing and leading projects involving in-house and contractor resources.

  • Evaluating new technologies.

  • Mentoring less experienced engineers.

Required Qualifications

  • Legally authorized to work in job posting country

  • Bachelor of Science degree or higher in Chemical Engineering

  • 2 or more years of engineering experience

  • 1 or more years of experience with PHA, MOC processes

  • Must be willing and able, with or without accommodation, to perform/comply with the following:

  • Ability to work overtime (including weekends, holidays, and rotating shifts

  • Ability to lift 30 pounds

  • Ability to work in enclosed spaces such as tanks and silos

  • Ability to work safely near large, hot, high-speed machines

  • Ability to work around chemicals, including acids and bases

  • Ability to wear Nomex fire retardant clothing and personal protective equipment (such as steel-toed shoes, ear/eye protection)

  • Ability to maintain face daily so that a respirator/face mask can seal properly

  • Ability to be on call

  • Ability to perform firefighting and/or hazmat duties, if needed

  • Ability to work outside in harsh weather conditions

  • Ability to work with petroleum products that are under high pressure and heat

  • Ability to lift, climb, walk, kneel, and squat on a regular basis

  • Ability to read technical procedures, materials and drawings in English

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


  • Experience with AspenTech DMCPlus, SmartStep, AspenIQ, AspenWatch and Honeywell TPS/ Experion

  • Strong refinery process and economic knowledge demonstrated understanding of crude, conversion unit and blending operations

  • Knowledge of industrial safe working practices and standards

  • Production Planning exposure, refinery optimization mindset

  • Experience with refinery wide optimization

  • Ability to extract margin opportunities from existing advanced applications

  • Excellent planning, organizational and communications skills

  • Ability to complete complex assignments in a timely manner

  • Ability to meet project schedules and costs with minimal supervision

  • Strong leadership skills

The San Francisco Refinery consists of two facilities linked by a 200-mile pipeline. The Santa Maria facility is located in Arroyo Grande, California, 200 miles south of San Francisco, California, while the Rodeo facility is in the San Francisco Bay Area. Semi-refined liquid products from the Santa Maria facility are shipped by pipeline to the Rodeo facility for upgrading into finished petroleum products. Facilities include crude distillation, naphtha reforming, hydrocracking, hydrodesulfurization and delayed coking units, as well as a calciner. The San Francisco Refinery processes a mixture of heavy, high sulfur and light sweet crude oil. It receives California crude oil by pipeline, and both domestic and foreign crude oil by tanker. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels. It also produces CARB-grade gasoline. Other products include petroleum coke. The majority of the refined products are distributed to California by pipeline and barge. Additional refined products are also exported to Latin America by waterborne cargo.

Preferred Qualifications


Company Description


Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally. Phillips 66 Partners, the company’s master limited partnership, is integral to the portfolio. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 14,300 employees committed to safety and operating excellence. Phillips 66 had $58 billion of assets as of March 31, 2019. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co.

Additional Information

  • Job ID
  • Post Date
    Jan 5, 2020
  • Employee Type
  • Relocation Eligible
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