Date:  Oct 7, 2021

Tacoma, WA, US, 98421

Job Function:  Refinery
Requisition Number:  1836

Title:  Operations Engineer



Par Pacific is a growth-oriented company that owns and operates market-leading energy and infrastructure businesses in logistically-complex markets. Par Pacific combines experience in the oil and gas industry with corporate financing know-how. We bring this unique strength to complex markets where we seek out diamonds in the rough. As a nimble, entrepreneurial organization, we actively pursue new opportunities in response to local market demands and changing external environments.


The Opportunity 

  • Because of our fast growth, you will find that our Engineering team is highly complex. You will need to be flexible and ready to learn and we can promise, you'll never be bored! We'll help you meet the challenge with strong training and cross-training.
  • Ours is 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. If you're a strong communicator who's also effective working with stakeholders at other locations, you'll fit right in.
  • While we work hard and there are challenges, we enjoy working together because of the satisfaction that comes with knowing that we are creating something great. Together we will look back with pride at the impact we've had and the company we've built.
  • You'll enjoy competitive compensation, a strong benefits package and work/life balance. Note, title and compensation will be commensurate with the chosen candidate's experience and growth potential.


The Role 

Reporting to the Process Superintendent and residing in the Operations department. The individual joining the team will be responsible for supporting all Superintendents – Training Superintendent, Operations Superintendent, Logistics Superintendent, and Process Superintendent, as well as fill-in for the Superintendents when they are away from the Refinery.  As part of your specific responsibilities, in the following areas, you will: 

  • Understand day-to-day operation of process units.
  • Understand the safety and environmental issues that impact the refinery and refinery personnel.
  • Gather, analyze and act upon pertinent refinery operational data including unit performance, energy consumption, DCS alarms, and yields.
  • Understand product quality issues and how to respond if not being met.
  • Support Operations’ troubleshooting efforts to resolve operational and equipment issues.
  • Keep and evaluate operating histories of units.
  • Fill in for Shift Supervisor on occasion.
  • Support Operations’ Training efforts as directed by Training Superintendent.
  • Support PSM activities including PHA’s, MOC’s, PSSR’s and P&ID reviews.
  • Interface with Engineering, Maintenance, and Planning in support of refinery operations.
  • Attend Operation’s Morning Meeting and communicate operational issues that could impact production targets.
  • Support unit shutdowns, turnarounds, and start-ups through preparation and execution.
  • Understand Logistics issues and support equipment or process issues in the Logistics area at the direction of the Logistics Superintendent.
  • Support studies on the effects of operating variables on rates, yields, and profitability.
  • Make recommendations for improving yields, optimizing unit production rates, and equipment reliability.
  • Support and/or initiate projects to improve yields, operability, production, profitability, and equipment reliability.
  • Provide process engineering services during engineering, construction, and startup of projects as directed by Process Superintendent.
  • Work with vendors to understand new advancements in relevant technology.


Note: This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities. 



The Requirements 

To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. To be a good fit for the Operations Enginer opportunity, you will have: 


  • BS in Chemical Engineering or related field required
  • Eight years of process engineering experience in refining or petrochemical industry preferred.
  • Proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Proficiency in communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines.



More Good Reasons to work for Par:  


Unique culture 

There is nothing ordinary about Par Pacific -- a niche player in the energy space that operates in logistically complex markets. And there's certainly nothing ordinary about Par Pacific people. We are driven, hardworking, entrepreneur-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 refinery is in the Tide flats of Tacoma, Washington nestled against Commencement Bay and the South Puget Sound with sweeping views of Mt. Rainier. Located between two of America’s trendiest cities: Portland and Seattle, Tacoma offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities.  


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 

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. 


Keys to Success 

We are looking for a highly motivated, self-starter with a positive attitude. Candidates should have a natural thirst for knowledge and curiosity to drive personal and professional development. 

In addition, in order to be a successful Operations Engineer you will: 

  • Be proactive about getting up to speed quickly on our company, goals and processes. We do understand there will be a learning curve that could be as long as 6-9 months, depending on your skill & experience
  • Help promote a positive and collaborative culture on the team, and in interactions with other departments
  • Set high standards for yourself
  • Maintain a strong commitment to meeting deadlines


The Company 


Par Pacific Holdings, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, owns, manages and maintains interests in energy and infrastructure businesses. Par Pacific's strategy is to identify, acquire and operate energy and infrastructure businesses with attractive competitive positions. We own and operate refineries in Hawaii, Washington and Wyoming, with total operating throughput capacity of over 150 Mbpd. We own and operate one of the largest energy infrastructure networks in Hawaii with a logistics network supplying the major islands of the state. In Wyoming, Par Pacific owns a refinery and associated logistics network in a niche market. We operate 123 fuel retail outlets in Hawaii, Washington, and Idaho. Par Pacific has an active, opportunistic growth strategy. Our common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the trading symbol "PARR". 


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. 



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