Operations Technician, PO/TBA Console/Outside Operator in US, TX, Channelview South, United States

The LyondellBasell Channelview, TX complex is seeking experienced Operations Technicians (3+ years) to support the new propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant.

These positions are responsible for training and certifying on two outside jobs and a console job for the PO/TBA project. The incumbents will support construction, commissioning, and start-up of the PO/TBA plant. Once the plant has started up, the positions will be responsible for the monitoring and operation of plant equipment used in PO/TBA production at the Channelview manufacturing site. The incumbents will operate the consoles, evaluate the unit's operating status, and perform troubleshooting of processes and equipment in order to achieve GoalZero performance while maximizing unit reliability and quality production. The incumbents also will monitor maintenance activities and perform minor maintenance. These positions receive direction from an operations supervisor and support from the process specialist, maintenance and technical personnel.

This position carries a commitment to remain in the position for at least 12 months after start-up, scheduled for Q4 2021.  The position schedule initially will be days and will transition to a shift schedule as project needs dictate.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for personal safety, the safety of co-workers and promoting a safe work environment; responsible for carrying out all work activities in compliance with federal and state environmental regulations
  • Promotes an environment in which everyone is treated with respect
  • Performs duties in adherence with company and site procedures, standards, and specifications
  • Learns and retains process knowledge of the unit and process changes to the unit to enable effective operation and detection of unusual process conditions; uses knowledge to troubleshoot and resolve issues
  • Provides accurate and timely communication to co-workers
  • Exhibits personal leadership in daily activities, task planning, incident investigations, and work performance as they relate to the company's key focus areas which include the following: safety, the environment, quality, reliability, and cost of operation.
  • Takes ownership of the unit to ensure production rates and right-first-time results are maximized and to ensure the unit is maintained in proper operating condition.
  • Records data readings, utilizes plant data/control systems, and observes process conditions on a continual basis to maintain good control of the unit
  • Responsible for placing systems in a safe condition for maintenance work, supporting maintenance activities and communicating status to the shift supervisor and co-workers
  • Performs minor maintenance on equipment and enters SAP work notifications on equipment in need of maintenance
  • Provides ideas, raises concerns, and works with other functions including plant management, engineering, and maintenance to improve individual and unit performance
  • Participates on committees dealing with investigations, policy and procedure development, and improving the work place environment
  • Participates in the training and skill development of other operations technicians
  • Engages in frequent developmental dialog with supervisor and others to continually enhance personal and group performance and development

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Must have high school diploma or GED equivalency
  • Minimum 3 years of petrochemical and/or refining Operations Technician experience and current certification in at least one outside job
  • Additional requirements for the Console Operator position:
    • 5 years minimum experience as an Operations Technician in petrochemical and/or refining operations
    • currently certified in at least one process or utilities console job
  • PO/TBA experience is preferable, but not required.
  • Must have demonstrated expertise with life critical permits
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language
  • Must be willing and able to work 12 hour rotating shifts and provide overtime coverage
  • Must be willing and able to work occasional plant call-outs
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous and/or flammable chemicals (with proper safety precautions, training, and equipment)
  • Must be willing to work around and/or manually interact with heavy equipment
  • Must be willing and able to work outside, year-round under various weather conditions
  • Must be willing and able to stand and walk for extended periods of time
  • Must be willing and able to work in environments that require frequent bending, reaching, and lifting
  • Must be willing and able to work in tight or confined spaces
  • Must be willing and able to work at heights above 25 feet by climbing stairs and vertical ladders

Other Requirements:

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with a diverse set of cross functional groups.
  • Ability to read and interpret operating procedures, common P&ID's, equipment drawings, and schematics.
  • Complete tasks wearing required personal protective equipment which may include fire protective clothing, goggles, face shields, gloves, steel toe boots, hearing protection, respirators, etc.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • If applicable, pass pre-employment testing including a physical, drug and alcohol screening, and background check.

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the worlds largest plastics, chemical  and refining companies and a member of the S&P 500. LyondellBasell (<web address removed>)  manufactures products at 55 sites in 17 countries.  LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve  the quality of life for people around the world including; packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels.

Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.

LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.

LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.  The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.

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