Systems Engineer - Sarnia


Sarnia, ON, CA

Company:  Imperial

Job description


Imperial is looking for an experienced Systems Engineer to join our team in Sarnia.   Responsible for implementing and maintaining the hardware and software platform for both basic and advanced process control applications. It includes implementing parts of the infrastructure (primarily networking) and doing risk analysis studies to identify improvement areas and other opportunities  The applications running in this computer environment do have a direct influence on unit process operations so reliability and availability are key considerations.


  • Responsible for the maintaining, configuring, and developing the Plant Information system to support refinery staff in the best use of plant data.
  • Site liaison with the IT applications support group for troubleshooting operational issues with Uniformance, Plant historian database (PHD), and Data Visualization.
  • Responsible for the training/support of end users of plant data and to maintain interfaces to site data sources.
  • Day to day monitoring and support for existing servers and workstations in all of our control centers (using tools for that purpose).
  • Identify and work to maintain a secure computing environment for process control by utilizing our Industrial Control System
  • Requirements (ICSR).
  • Work closely with the applications engineers to ensure the computer environment is fit for its intended purpose.
  • Commensurate with experience the systems engineer will identify new opportunities.
  • Participate in morning operations meetings with process mechanical and technical groups, providing input as needed.
  • Establish, maintain, measure, evaluate and steward key performance indicators consistent with recognized engineering standards.
  • Accountable for identification & implementation of company or industry "Best Practices”.
  • As needed, support the systems scope for new projects in their area to ensure application needs are being met and that engineering standards are being followed (including ICSR compliance) by each project.




  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Electrical / Software Engineering, or equivalent.
  • College diploma in Engineering Technology may also be considered in combination with relevant experience.
  • High school diploma or equivalent is mandatory.



  • 3 or more years of related industrial experience.
  • Knowledge of Honeywell DCS including Experion, ACE & C300 Control Execution environment would be an asset.
  • Proficiency and comfort level working with and maintaining computers. In particular the Microsoft Server OS and Active Directory.
  • Solid understanding of computer hardware and terminology, CPU, Memory, HDD, NIC, Video Cards, RAID.
  • Good understanding of virtualization technology, Host machines, guest machines, resource subscription, templates.
  • Understanding of network protocols and concepts such as TCP/IP, switches, routers, firewalls, bandwidth, and latency.
  • Understanding general programming concepts, VB.NET, OOP, database concepts, SQL, HTML.
  • High degree of technical ability, objective troubleshooting skills, able to think and communicate clearly.
  • Ability to communicate a wide variety of technical concepts to others.
  • Work schedule: Full time position


Start date: January 2022


Location: Sarnia, ON

Your benefits

  • A company committed to career growth - we recruit those who are interested in a career with Imperial and prefer to develop and promote people from within.  Our career management process means that you will likely perform a number of unique, challenging roles during your career.
  • Successful networking and mentoring programs - enables you to spend time with managers from across the organization to learn about other departments and opportunities.  Also allows you to connect with peers at a similar experience level.
  • Commitment to safety, ethics & continuous improvement - these standards are the reason Imperial is an industry leader.  You will work for a company that upholds safety and ethics ideals and continues to seek out ways to improve.  
  • Exceptional benefits program - includes competitive savings, retirement, and healthcare plans that you can customize to meet your individual needs. A comprehensive relocation package is provided, if required. Educational and physical fitness financial assistance programs round out our benefits package.
  • Continuous learning environment - encourages you to augment your skills and capabilities. 
  • If you are talented, driven, and want to make meaningful contributions that really impact environmental, safety and bottom line objectives, then you owe it to yourself to apply with Imperial.

Who we are

A leading member of Canada’s energy industry, Imperial offers exciting opportunities across our upstream, downstream and chemical, and corporate divisions. We are committed to high standards, applying technology and innovation and working with communities and our Indigenous neighbours to meet rising energy demands in a safe, reliable and environmentally sound manner. No matter what your career path, we provide the platform to elevate your goals and achieve your ambitions, while providing support through wide-ranging programs and benefits.


Other considerations

  • For applicants selected to be interviewed, pre-employment background screening will be required.
  • We thank all those who apply; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Eligibility to work in Canada

All applicants who receive an offer of employment must be eligible to work in Canada on a regular full-time basis without restrictions on their start date. Proof of eligibility shall be in the form of a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship certificate, Canadian certificate of permanent residence, Canadian open work permit or receipt from Immigration Canada of an application for a post-graduate work permit . Proof of eligibility must be current and valid (not expired, cancelled or voided). Proof of eligibility will be required if an offer of employment is made. Failure to provide proof of eligibility at least six (6) weeks prior to the start date may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.


Application deadline: October 20, 2021




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Imperial is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all individuals.

In certain situations, Imperial may use your application to consider your suitability for other positions in the company and may also provide the information to its affiliates, including affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation, in connection with possible opportunities at those affiliates.

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