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Electrical Reliability Engineer


INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA

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Electrical Reliability Engineer




Battleground Manufacturing Complex – La Porte, TX

Organizational context and job purpose

Organizational Context:

INEOS is a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, specialty chemicals and oil products.  It comprises 36 businesses each with a major chemical company heritage.  Its production network spans 194 sites in 29 countries throughout the world.  The INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA business is a major participant in the North American chemical industry, with an annual manufacturing capacity of 9.6 billion pounds of petrochemicals.  Manufacturing sites include Chocolate Bayou Works (Alvin, TX), Battleground Manufacturing Complex (La Porte, TX), and Carson (Carson, CA), with a corporate office in League City, TX.

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.  Currently, BMC produces both high-density polyethylene and polypropylene.  The polypropylene line has a capacity of approximately 320 million pounds per year, and the seven polyethylene lines have a combined capacity of approximately 3 billion pounds per year.  The BMC site has a state-of-the-art technical center which integrates research and development, technical services and quality assurance.  

Purpose of the job:

The successful candidate who fills this position will work as a member of the I/E Reliability Team, consisting of engineers, specialists, and technicians who report to the E/I Engineering Authority. This role will play a key role in providing electrical and power engineering support to the site Capital teams. This position will primarily support the electrical projects at the BMC site.

The Electrical Reliability Engineer will participate in all aspects of capital projects, from Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) or Front End Loading (FEL) through Detailed Design through Start-Up & Commissioning. Projects execution and sustainability support includes the development of documentation to deliver stage reviews and preventive maintenance requirements to deliver a robust life cycle.  Additional responsibilities is to identify reliability improvement opportunities, lead small electrical projects, perform root cause failure analysis (RCFA) and provide technical support in completing repairs to electrical distribution systems in support of the  Operations department and Maintenance Department.

Responsibilities AND Accountabilities

The position is accountable for understanding and putting into practice the INEOS 20 Principles.

Accountability 1: FEL Engineering

  • Working with Operations, Maintenance and Capital teams to understand the opportunity and desired outcome Investigating and verifying options associated with project scope
  • Assessing project assumptions
  • Leading and/or participating in FEL 1 and 2 activities associated with development of a Design Basis that accomplishes the best solution
  • Providing power electrical engineering support to projects led by other engineers in the BMC and EIP Capital Projects Portfolio
  • Evaluating project solutions to determine impact on current operations
  • Support and actively participate in hazard and risk assessments resolving electrical safety issues.
  • Reviewing engineered design packages developed by outside engineering contractors to ensure project objectives and INEOS practices and standards are met
  • Developing Inspection and Test Plans for new equipment
  • Review or conduct electrical load studies and arc flash studies
  • Sizing new cables, conduits, and electrical equipment
  • Review and provide comments on engineering design packages (issued for approval and construction packages) issued by engineering and capital projects team
  • Ensure the technical integrity of projects, including compliance with the project scope, job specifications, accepted good engineering practices, and meeting customer requirements
  • Team member of FAT and SAT which may be performed at manufacturer or vendor site
  • Coordinate auditing of documentation and compliance testing (e.g. preventive maintenance)
  • Assess changes by: supporting MOC’s, verifying all pertinent documentation changes (e.g. procedures, narratives, PM’s) are accurately defined/documented and supporting training (if required)
  • Review, update, create INEOS O&P Engineering Design Standards as assigned

Accountability 2:  Project Management

  • Leading the stage gate project execution process by completing stage gate reviews to obtain management approvals for FEL 1 and 2
  • Overseeing and interfacing with external engineering firms to develop detailed engineering packages for field implementation
  • Provide technical direction to contractor staff to ensure compliance with INEOS procedures/practices, codes and standards, and delivery of the project goals
  • Coordinating work with construction planners to implement the established scope of projects
  • Controlling project cost by ensuring engineering design and materials procured align with project scope and specifications
  • Minimizing scope changes but facilitating the approval and implementation of scope changes when required
  • Facilitating project care, custody, and turnover of new installations to operations and providing support for commissioning activities
  • Capturing, communicating, and applying lessons learned and best practices on projects
  • Ensuring proper financial and document control close out of capital projects
  • Promote safety leadership and deliver injury-free projects

Accountability 3:  Electrical Maintenance Support

  • Participating in various internal audits (20P, PSM, Insurance, ESTF, etc)
  • Developing scope of work packages to execute select maintenance activities
  • Troubleshooting operational and maintenance issues as requested
  • Perform RCFA following detailed design and troubleshooting guidelines, using investigating techniques for system failures
  • Implementing MOC’s
  • Support Electrical Reliability Resource Team Leader in providing maintenance life cycle of installed electrical distribution equipment

Skills & Knowledge Required


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in an electrical or power engineering position, capital projects experience preferred
  • Petrochemical experience in maintenance/reliability role a plus
  • Engineer-In-Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer (PE) a plus

Most Important Skills & Knowledge

  • Strong electrical power engineering skills with knowledge of capital project methodology.  Reliability and maintenance a plus.
  • Experience and understanding of electrical one-lines, breaker control schematics, motor control schematics, protection schemes, and Industry Standards (NEC, NFPA, API, etc.)
  • Experience with 480 V, 2300 V, 4160 V, and 12.47 KV systems with 138/69 KV systems experience being a plus.
  • Design and program micro-processor relays – Multilin and SEL
  • Knowledge of programmable logic controllers (PLC) and their associated application programming a plus
  • Formal training in NFPA70E
  • Formal training with power system study software with SKM a plus.
  • Review and provide comments on engineering design packages (issued for approval and construction packages) issued by engineering and capital projects team
  • Review of the technical integrity of projects, including compliance with the project scope, job specifications, accepted good engineering practices, and meeting customer requirements
  • Experience with execution of capital projects and maintenance expense projects observing site procedures and protocols
  • Experience working with multiple engineering disciplines, as well as contractors supporting delivery of capital projects
  • Must be a self-starter and capable of working on an individual basis and in a team environment
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize work, utilize available resources and deliver quality results on time
  • Anticipate problems and adjusts accordingly
  • Strong understanding of cost/benefit economic analysis and budgeting
  • Ability to generate new ideas from within self and from others
  • Can implement new and useful concepts effectively
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, fosters open dialogue, listens attentively, understands appropriate audiences
  • Excellent communication with all levels of the organization and across different groups
  • Can make timely, effective decisions consistent with business plans and department goals; able to manage change and multiple priorities with input from supervisor
  • Mutually defines requirements with internal/external customers
  • Proven track record in problem solving and decision making and exceeding objectives and delivering results
  • Works and interacts effectively as a team member and acts as mentor to others.
  • Ability to lead and positively influence others/promote philosophy, win concessions without damaging relationships
  • Strong demonstrated ability to manage, progress and deliver multiple and competing priorities
  • Proven commitment and delivery of SHE compliance
  • Defines personal success in terms of the whole team    
  • Makes timely and effective decisions, includes use of good judgment and consideration of proper balance between benefits/risks
  • Creates strong morale and spirit, feeling of belonging in team, broadly shares both routine and important tasks

INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA is an equal opportunity employer.

Candidates are required to be fully COVID vaccinated.

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. No relocation or sponsorships available.

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.

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.

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