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Job Posting #: 12-0162
Job Title: Process Engineer
City: Saint John
State/Province: NB

Irving Oil is the regional refining and marketing company serving customers in Eastern Canada and New England. We offer challenging and rewarding employment opportunities throughout our company, and are always seeking committed and talented people to join our team. We are currently looking to fill the role of Process Engineer.

Duties include:

Strives to be the recognized technical expert of the assigned unit(s).

  • Maintains (compiles) industry best practices/knowledge from a technical standpoint.
  • Archives/catalogs unit history using appropriate document management system.
  • Establishes unit performance continuity between the shifts through routine communication and mentoring.
  • Provides technical input for new refinery feedstocks.
  • Maintains unit documents and tools (eg. UMT, Simulations, PHD, PFD, run length data).
  • Updates other teams of process changes (ie. Yield Accounting, LP, Planning, etc.)

Unit Health and Performance

  • Proactively manages unit performance and health to achieve business plan objectives.
  • Updates pertinent technical report/documents (ie. restriction reports, unit mass balance reports, performance updates).
  • Proactively communicates a strategy to manage unit health and performance.

Process Safety and Reliability Support

  • Upholds process safety and reliability standards.
  • Supports Process Safety Management Systems with technical expertise (ie. Hazard and Operability study (HAZOPS), Layer Of Protection Analysis (LOPAS) and Management of Change (MOC).

Problem Solving:

  • Utilises information and available resources to troubleshoot or to move from an existing state to a desired goal.
  • Identifies problems or constraints that could prevent the unit from meeting the operating plan or from running optimally.
  • Collects, analyzes and interprets pertinent data and solicits subject matter experts input as required.
  • Diagnoses, develops and tests a solution through collaboration with the area team.
  • Communicates with the appropriate parties and implements the solution in a timely manner.

Process Improvement Leader

  • Identifies opportunities for short and long term performance improvements.
  • Collects data from multiple sources.
  • Compares unit status with targets, constraints, and refinery priorities.
  • Develops a modified plan that will bring the unit to its most optimal state while maximizing profitability within the daily operating plan.
  • Identifies and supports opportunities for long term performance improvements and communicates these opportunities to refinery team specifically: provides turnaround support, project support, develops preliminary business case for improvement recommenations, provides solutions to remove bottlenecks/constraints aligned with IOR strategy.


  • B. Sc. Chemical Engineering; PEng.
  • Sound knowledge of complex engineering processes and facets of chemical engineering.
  • Experience in the organization and experience as a lead engineer on an assignment.
  • Minimum 5 years oil refinery experience.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills, computer skills, ability to prioritize and plan.
  • Effective communication skills, oral and written.
  • At times will be required to work a flexible work schedule.
Number of Openings 1
Position Location: Refinery
Bilingual Requested: No
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