Project Engineer - Ferndale Refinery

Phillips66 - Ferndale, Washington

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Job ID 51145

The Project Engineer is a staff position within the Technical Services Department’s Project and Reliability Group. This position ensures assigned projects are managed and executed in a safe, expedient, and cost-effective manner while delivering to the refinery, a finished product that is functional and safe to operate and maintain.

Responsibilities May Include

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

  • Responsible for timely completion of action items assigned.

  • Responsible for safety of all aspects of project execution including adherence to refining engineering practices.

  • Responsible for the on-site safety performance of all contractors utilized during project execution including field construction, engineering, specialty contractors, and vendors.

  • Field auditing of project execution activities.

  • Overall responsibility for safe design of projects. Ensures project safety reviews are effective and thorough.

  • Supports safe refinery operations by participating in risk analysis meetings, where needed, and by organizing and providing leadership during project process hazards analysis.

  • Evaluates safety performance of contractors being considered for engineering and construction on projects and ensures contracts are put in place with adequate consideration for historical safety performance.

  • Manages multiple projects ranging up from $10MM in total installed cost.

  • Prepares all necessary documentation for funding requests consistent with corporate requirements. Ensures compliance with all applicable government codes and regulations, corporate engineering practices, and corporate safety policies.

  • Develops and implements project execution plans and contracting strategies.

  • Facilitates engineering support for project construction and start-up.

  • Facilitates development of procedures and operator training for implementation of new projects.

  • Facilitates completion of management of change for all assigned projects.

  • Estimates project cost and schedule.

  • Prepares routine plans, specifications, and bills of material used in maintenance and construction projects.

  • Monitors expense of projects to control costs and remain within prescribed budget.

  • Meets all project reporting requirements including monthly summary, annual forecast, and monthly cash flow.

  • Ensures project drawings are completed and kept up-to-date and that projects are closed out in accordance with company accounting and documentation policies.

  • Provides Turnaround support to Maintenance and Operations.

Required Qualifications

  • Legally authorized to work in the job posting country

  • High School diploma or GED

  • 3 or more years of experience as a project engineer in a petroleum refining or petrochemical facility

  • Willing and able to perform and comply with the following:

  • Travel up to 5% of the time

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

  • Climb ladders and stairs up to 200 feet in height

  • 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)

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

  • Possess a valid Driver’s License

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


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering

  • 6 or more years of experience as a project engineer managing multiple projects in a petroleum refining or petrochemical facility

  • Proficient with SAP

  • Root Cause Failure Analysis or Latent Cause Analysis training

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.

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 14,200 employees committed to safety and operating excellence. Phillips 66 had $56 billion of assets as of Sept. 30, 2018. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co.

Additional Information

  • Job ID
  • Post Date
    Sep 15, 2019
  • Employee Type
  • Relocation Eligible
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