BASF Senior Controls Technician in Geismar, Louisiana

Senior Control Systems Technician , Geismar, La. ( 1805826 )

Surfactants Units

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This position in Geismar has site‐wide responsibilities for support of the control systems (DCS, PLC, SIS, etc.). The main responsibilities are providing advanced troubleshooting and support for area maintenance, project configuration, hardware expertise and IT expertise.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Provides support for all control systems equipment onsite. This includes equipment configuration associated with these systems. Specific technicians will be dedicated to specific systems to increase expertise.

  • Support area maintenance control system configuration and advanced troubleshooting, including software and hardware.

  • Perform diagnostic concept and periodic health checks and diagnostics for installed control systems.

  • Implement lifecycle strategies, status checks and diagnostics for installed control systems.

  • Seek and participate in continuous development opportunities to further develop IT, networking and control system skills and tools to become an experienced control systems technician. This typically includes the ability to support multiple DCS, PLC and SIS systems and manufacturers.

  • Work with the Site Central Controls Systems Engineer to conduct strategic Control Systems management/ design/ development/ configuration/ implementation. This includes assigning and maintaining all IO points to ensure that appropriate systems can be taken down as needed to support the plant

  • Act independently regarding most daily and weekly activities, and interacts with supervising manager and engineers usually on a consult, report basis.

  • Most decisions made by this position are concrete when within defined procedural and process constraints. When conflicts arise if it cannot be resolved with facts and figures, it is escalated to the next level.

  • Maintain and configure assigned systems and implements life-cycle decisions in the current overall economic context of the business units and the site, not solely with respect to the maintenance budget.

  • Seek continuous improvements in automation and control technologies to improve the process automation capability and the reliability of their assigned area.

This position interacts daily with the control system manager and engineers. They will also interact with operations personnel, such as operators, production leaders, operations engineers, and technology team members. Provides periodic reports to management and will interact with peers. This position will maintain contacts with counterparts in other companies within the BASF Group as well as those in other companies via industry organizations.

Candidates must demonstrate the following competencies :

  • Analytical Thinking, Quality Orientation & Attention to Detail

  • Business & Financial Acumen

  • Team Working

  • Work Management

  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills

  • Entrepreneurial Action

  • Customer Focus

  • Strategic Thinking

  • Striving for Achievement

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Basic Qualifications

  • 2 year Associates degree in instrumentation or Instrumentation Certificated

  • 7 years of experience in a chemical / petrochemical environment required.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in instrument and control support.

Preferred qualifications

  • 4-year degree in computer science is preferred.

  • Hands on knowledge and experience with various types of process control systems and equipment with an understanding of control system hardware and computer networking.

  • Excellent work management skills.

  • Keen attention to detail and a high degree of quality orientation.

  • Strong communication skills, both orally and written.

Qualifications – NOTE: Not all positions are eligible for cross-regional relocation/work authorization. Cross regional is defined as movement between countries (e.g. Canada to U.S.).

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

BASF recognizes institutions of higher education accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent.

Job: PROD - Production, Maintenance & Technicians

Organization: N-PMN/OO-Operations Polyol-63004982

Title: Senior Controls Technician

Location: LA-Geismar

Requisition ID: 1805826