Unit Applications Engineer


Baytown, TX, US

Company:  ExxonMobil

Job Role Summary


Join an exciting team of multi-discipline engineers in maintaining and advancing the safety, operability, sustainability and profitability for a diverse set of manufacturing operations.  Experience real life challenges associated with the design and implementation of innovative solutions to existing process control applications and operator interfaces.  Opportunities may include providing process control support during project development, installation and start up.  This job is within ExxonMobil manufacturing with opportunities to collaborate across global teams, central engineering and other manufacturing sites.  Manufacturing can be both challenging and rewarding, allowing for a great balance of proactive project work and reactive problem solving, therefore we are looking for motivated individuals interested in long term careers.

Job Role Responsibilities


  • Join and contribute efforts of a highly driven team of applications engineers to increase process safety, operability and profitability.
  • Aspects of the role may include supporting installation, commissioning and operations of grassroots or revamped facilities.
  • Support technologies ranging from basic regulatory control, state-based and sequential control, human-machine interface, abnormal event detection, linear and non-linear model predictive control and real time optimization.
  • Work closely with manufacturing site personnel, process engineers and business stakeholders to identify opportunities and define scope, cost benefits and project schedule for both new and revamped applications.
  • Provide active technical leadership through mentoring, proactively sharing technical knowledge, influencing across organizational boundaries, implementing improvements and delivering value capture.
  • Be available 24/7 for occasional off-hours callouts to address issues impacting unit production; colleagues can backfill to allow for vacations and flexibility.
  • Additionally, workplace flexibility is encouraged.

Expected Level of Proficiency


  • BS in Chemical Engineering preferred, MS or PHD is an advantage, a degree from another engineering or computational data science discipline is acceptable if the applicant can demonstrate a solid understanding of process control principles and unit operations.
  • Greater than 3 years of manufacturing experience designing and implementing effective control automation, abnormal event detection, modeling and or optimization applications in support of continuous or semi-batch manufacturing facilities through experiences including monitoring, troubleshooting, asset support, projects and turnarounds.
  • Demonstrated understanding of fundamental chemical engineering principles, process dynamics and feedback control in plant with continuous and or batch operations; basic understanding of instrument measurements, analyzers and other sensors. 
  • Demonstrated capability with at least one industrial DCS or SCADA platform.
  • Demonstrated capability with at least one of the following concepts: advanced control, simulation, modeling or optimization. This may include the implementation of multivariable model predictive control, steady-state simulation, dynamic simulation, real-time optimization, or software used for open equation modeling or non-linear programming / control.
  • Demonstrated skills in legacy and modern programming languages (Visual Basic, Matlab, Python, SQL, etc.) and/or data analytics and visualization tools (SeeQ, JMP, Tableau, PowerBI) is beneficial.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate innovative thinking, strong initiative, and exemplary communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with peers, across organizational boundaries, and in diverse and globally dispersed teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and stakeholders and be able to influence and promote change to achieve desired results with no direct authority.
  • Demonstrated ability as a formal or informal leader and mentor.


ExxonMobil is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or physical or mental disability.

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