Date:  Jul 11, 2024

Kapolei, HI, US, 96707

Job Function:  Refinery
Requisition Number:  4780

Title:  Process Control Engineer

The Opportunity


  • Reporting to the Process Control Manager, you will administer, support, trouble-shoot, repair, document, build and commission complex computer-based process controls, instrumentation systems and applications. 
  • Responsible for maintaining the operational performance of the refinery DCS (Distributed Control System), APC, PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and other complex instrumentation systems to meet operational goals, and to make improvements to increase refinery productivity and efficiency
  • Work in a collaborative environment where strong communication and relationship building skills are essential.  We’re better together and are creating a cohesive, high-impact group, rather than a hierarchy
  • Part of a team of multiple disciplines to support ongoing process control system improvements and new project initiatives.
  • Enjoy the entrepreneurial energy of a fast-growth organization build on a strong foundation of continued success.
  • Full-time position at a Growth-Oriented Energy Company
  • Enjoy a 9/80 work schedule where every other Friday off allows for work-life balance


Key activities include:

  • DCS programming, control configuration changes, graphic display building. Also responsible for Advanced Process Controls support including multivariable and model predictive control applications. PLC programming may also be required.
  • Improve process control schemes to optimize refinery unit performance. Identifies new profit opportunities for unit optimization and introduces new technologies to the refinery.
  • As part of the controls group team, provide technical support on the Foxboro IA, Triconex SIS and other complex special purpose control systems as required. Must be able to work with a team of multiple disciplines to support ongoing process control system improvements and new project initiatives.
  • System maintenance support including problem diagnosis, unscheduled maintenance repairs, planned preventative maintenance and system upgrade.
  • Safety shutdown system testing and the development of test procedures.
  • Educate and support operations personnel on the function of unit process controls, monitor control loop performance, and tune control loops.
  • Manage field installation, loop check, construction, commissioning, and system testing for projects as required.
  • Reliable and engaged in furthering organizational goals, demonstrated by maintaining high standards of personal performance, professional growth, and attendance.
  • Foster trusting relationships with co-workers and cross-functional work areas.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors that mirror our Company values of Respect for Others, Integrity, Creativity and Hard Work.
  • Must maintain active Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) credentials.
  • Support the refinery 24-hour on-call DCS emergency procedures.
  • Follow refinery safe work practices and ensure that all DCS support work follows the refinery Process Safety Management procedures.
  • Other duties as required.


Note: This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position, additional responsibilities and opportunities may be identified based on current business needs.


The Requirements 

To meet the basic qualifications for employment, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. To comply with the regulations at this work location, successful applicants must be eligible to obtain a TWIC card (Transportation Worker Identification Credential). Please review eligibility criteria at


Qualifications for this role: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering
  • Other equivalent engineering degree will be considered.
  • Minimum 5 years of DCS and/or relevant programming experience preferred.
  • Experience in Advanced Process Controls using DMC or equivalent process control tools is highly desirable.
  • Experience with alarm management and abnormal situation management tools is also desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience with Foxboro IA strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of foreign device interfaces, PLCs, instrumentation, field wiring practices and troubleshooting preferred or required
  • Experience working with P&ID’s, Instrument loop drawings, and DCS graphics.
  • Must possess a valid U.S. Driver’s License with acceptable Driver’s Abstract.


About Us 

At Par Pacific, we own and operate market-leading energy and infrastructure businesses in logistically-complex markets. We have built a team of oil and gas industry veterans and subject matter experts to lead our organization with an entrepreneurial spirit and a collaborative, problem solving approach. We bring our diverse strengths and motivation to complex markets where we seek out diamonds in the rough. As a nimble, growing organization, we actively pursue new opportunities with corporate financing know-how, respond to local market demands, and adapt to changing external environments.


More Good Reasons to work for Par:  


Unique culture 

There is nothing ordinary about Par Pacific -- a niche player in the energy space. And there's certainly nothing ordinary about Par Pacific people. We are driven, hardworking, entrepreneurial-minded professionals that love to win. If that describes you, you'll fit right in. 


Location, location, location 

Because Par Pacific is located in some of the most beautiful places throughout the country, our employees get to make these places their home and enrich their lives. The office where you'll work is in the Kapolei (Campbell Industrial Park). Located on the southwest side of O’ahu, Kapolei, named for the volcanic cone Pu’u of Kapolei, is colloquially known as the “second city.”  It is a vibrant, affluent city that is growing rapidly and is within a few miles from beautiful beaches, camp sites and adventure parks. 



Opportunistic growth strategy 

At Par Pacific, we look for operations with strong fundamentals and great employees who can move a business forward. Our management team has deep experience in the energy industry, as well as in leading mergers, acquisitions, and integrations of newly acquired companies. 


Excellent compensation and benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a strong comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance, a robust allotment of paid time off, a 401(k) with company match, retirement savings plans, educational reimbursement, and more. Full-time employees (and their families) are offered medical (with prescription coverage), dental, vision, voluntary critical illness, accident, life/AD&D insurance, Flexible Spending Account and Employee Assistance Program.  Employees can purchase company stock at discounted prices through the Employee Stock Purchase Program. 


Hiring Range:

The hiring range for this position is $110,000 to $142,000, plus non-discretionary bonus. The candidate selected will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications.


Our Headquarters

Par Pacific Holdings, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, owns, manages and maintains interests in energy and infrastructure businesses. We are a growing energy company focused on renewable and conventional fuels in the Western United States. Par Pacific also owns 46% of Laramie Energy, LLC, a natural gas production company with operations and assets concentrated in Western Colorado.  Our common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the trading symbol "PARR".  


Our Refineries and Logistics Operations 

We own and operate refineries in Hawaii, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming, with total operating throughput capacity of over 218 Mbpd. Par Pacific owns and operates one of the largest energy networks in Hawaii with 94,000 bpd of operating refining capacity, a logistics system supplying the major islands of the state and 90 retail locations. In the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies, Par Pacific owns and operates 124,000 bpd of combined refining capacity, related multimodal logistics systems,  


Our Retail Operations 

We own and operate 90 retail locations in Hawaii under the Hele and 76 brands and 33 retail locations in Washington and Idaho under the nomnom brand.


Note: Par Pacific will not accept calls from third-party recruiters. All candidates are required to apply through this web posting.  


Par Pacific is an equal opportunity employer. Par Pacific prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status,genetic information or any other status protected by applicable law.  


Nearest Major Market: Honolulu
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii

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