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Digital Systems Specialist


INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA

Interested in joining a winning team? A team whose employees share in the ownership of the business and are empowered to make a difference?

Job title: Digital System Specialist

Grade: 33/34

Location: Battleground Manufacturing Complex – La Porte, TX

Organizational Context:

INEOS is a global chemical company. Our products touch every aspect of modern day life. We comprise 36 businesses with 194 sites in 29 countries throughout the world.

INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA operates from 12 sites in the USA, manufacturing and marketing four main product lines: Olefins, High Density Polyethylene resin, Manufactured Polyethylene Pipe, and Polypropylene resin.

With an annual manufacturing capacity of 9.1 billion pounds of petrochemicals and polyethylene pipe, INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA is a major participant in the North American chemical industry. A workforce of over 1700 makes up our employee team. They staff our Marina View headquarters in League City, Texas; our fractionation facility located between the communities of Seminole, Texas, and Hobbs, New Mexico; our major manufacturing plants at La Porte and Alvin, Texas; our West Coast manufacturing facility in Carson, California, and eight pipe extrusion plants located across the US.

Our efficient, integrated assets earn us strong North American market positions. Our facilities are as follows:

  • Battleground Manufacturing Complex in La Porte, Texas
  • Carson Polypropylene Plant in Carson, California
  • Chocolate Bayou Works in Alvin, Texas
  • Hobbs Fractionation Complex in Gaines County, Texas
  • Marina View Headquarters in League City, Texas
  • WL Plastics Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 8 WL Plastics manufacturing sites throughout the US

The 300-acre INEOS Battleground Manufacturing Complex (BMC) was originally built in 1956 and is located on the Houston ship channel east of Houston, Texas. The site is comprised of 7 polyethylene lines; 1 polypropylene line; a 20 MW Cogen facility; and a state-of-the-art polyolefin technical center that supports research and development, technical services and quality assurance. In 2017, a new world-scale bimodal polyethylene unit was brought online to manufacture high-density polyethylene.

Purpose of the job:

This position is part of the Operations team at the Battleground Manufacturing Complex.  The primary function of the Digital System Specialist at BMC is the support of the Honeywell Distributed Control System.  This support can be broken into the areas of hardware, system administration, software, documentation, project support, operations and plant maintenance.

Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Select, install, configure, upgrade, maintain, and perform troubleshooting diagnostics on all DCS hardware. This includes all electronic devices on the Honeywell Local Control Network (LCN), Universal Control Network (UCN), Data Hiway (HWY), Experion, and all associated Fiber Optic networks.
  • Responsible for the Total Plant Network (TPN) Domain and all associated open architecture equipment such as servers and PCs. Responsibility including installation, maintenance and upgrade.
  • Provide expertise to implement Serial Interfaces between the DCS and other equipment utilizing different communications standards or protocols.
  • Responsible for the administration of the various control networks, including the configuration of the networks, point address assignments, performing system full backup and fast load as required, performance monitoring, operating system upgrades, and fault diagnosis and correction. Support is provided in transferring data to the business LAN which requires interfacing with Technical Computing and IT Specialists.
  • Supports Process Control Engineers in point configuration as well as development and modification of operating schematics, alarm management, logic and control programs. Expected to support other software applications, such as PI and PHD, which work in conjunction with the Honeywell system in data collecting, point configuration, or viewing the various processes.
  • Maintain all documentation of the DCS including network topographies, elevation and plot plans, power distribution, maintenance, spare parts usage, and system resources. Includes the implementation and maintenance of such application software as DOC 3000/4000.
  • Support all phases of projects including equipment selection, installation, configuration, startup, checkout, and supervision of personnel contracted for specialized equipment installation.
  • Responsible for identifying reliability issues and recommending solutions for system improvements.
  • Routinely assist both operation and maintenance personnel in problem isolation and resolution. Provide appropriate training to operation and maintenance personnel on the Honeywell distributed control system and how the system interfaces with field instrumentation.
  • Identify and drive process control improvements as well as leverage any third party technology suppliers.

Skills & Knowledge Required


  • Associates Degree in Instrumentation or Electronic Technology or 5+ years of comparable experience.
  • Programming experience of Honeywell TDC3000 (LCN/UCN/Data Highway), Honeywell Experion desirable.
  • Chemical Industry Experience Preferred.
  • ISA Certification preferred.


  • The ideal candidate must have a strong sense of team work, good communication skills, and must be capable of working under limited supervision.
  • Understanding of programming Honeywell TDC3000 LCN, UCN, Data Highway/DCS system.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Effective communication skills - verbal and written.
  • Self-starter, organized and capable of working under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to effectively manage change and multiple priorities.
  • Proven track record in problem solving and decision making.
  • Familiar with MS Word and Excel.

Candidates are required to be fully COVID vaccinated.

INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA is an equal opportunity employer.

If you are selected for a position, your employment will be contingent upon submission to and successful completion of a post-offer/pre-employment drug screen (and alcohol screening/medical examination if required by the role) as well as pre-employment verification of the information and qualifications provided during the selection process.

INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA does not accept or retain unsolicited resumes or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.

Our culture is one of honesty and integrity with an emphasis on safety, health and environmental performance.On our team, people are acknowledged for embracing new practices that help create real value for customers.