Date:  Mar 30, 2024

Tacoma, WA, US, 98421

Job Function:  Refinery
Requisition Number:  4554

Title:  Senior Process Engineer

Reporting to the Instrumentation & Controls Supervisor, you will be providing exemplary customer service to our clients.  As part of your specific responsibilities, in the following areas, you will:

  • Provide technical support and build/maintain internal partnering relationships with other refinery departments such as Operations, Maintenance, Environmental, Safety, and the Laboratory as well as across Par Pacific’s other refinery locations.
  • Perform process design associated with refinery improvements.
  • Provide technical support to refinery operating and maintenance personnel.
  • Perform and/or manage all phases of engineering projects from conceptual studies, process design, cost estimating, detailed engineering, procurement, construction, through startup.
  • Identify and develop refinery improvement projects.
  • Develop economic justification for refinery improvements.
  • Make recommendations for modifications to improve refinery operations.
  • Prepare engineering specifications including instrument specifications, equipment specifications, construction specifications and bid packages.
  • Assist with design and implementation of new distributed control systems (DCSs).
  • Perform process optimization studies.
  • Participate in process hazard analyses.
  • Administer and/or manage assigned refinery engineering/inspection programs.
  • Perform equipment inspections.
  • Solicit and evaluate bids for equipment and construction.
  • Monitor and evaluate process unit performance.
  • Utilize simulation software to identify and debottleneck unit constraints.


The Opportunity 

  • Senior Process Engineer at a Growth-Oriented Energy Company
  • Enjoy exposure to Senior Management while providing technical engineering support to refining production.
  • Work with a team that includes other engineers specializing in various disciplines to provide process design, process control, and technical support for refinery operations and engineering projects. Areas of support will include crude distillation, hydrotreating, naphtha reforming, isomerization, asphalt blending, sulfur recovery units and refinery utility systems.
  • Expand your skills and experience in a broad role that includes process improvements, capital projects and operational support across all areas of business operations.
  • With a relaxed and results-oriented culture that values work/life balance, we have a high number of long-tenured employees who are flexible at peak times, but overall enjoy reasonable hours.


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 Senior Process Engineer opportunity, you will have:

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering is required.
  • 5+ years of experience in oil refining is required. Experience in distillation, fluid hydraulics, and heat transfer is required. Experience in catalytic/conversion units is preferred but not required.
  • Strengths in process design/simulation and project management are strongly preferred.
  • The ability to independently evaluate, select and apply standard engineering techniques and procedures.
  • Self-motivation and a strong sense of ownership and follow-through.
  • The ability to achieve goals independently and also contribute as a team player.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organizational and prioritization abilities.
  • Good oral and written communication skills


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


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 where you’ll work is in the Port of Tacoma, Washington nestled against Commencement Bay and the South Puget Sound with sweeping views of Mt. Rainier.


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. Employees can also purchase pure gasoline at street prices.



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 Senior Process Engineer, you will:


  • Effectively combine your process engineering expertise with solid project management skills.
  • Remain flexible as priorities change but keep a sharp eye on deadlines and responsibilities.
  • Keep a calm head in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Combine analytical skills and creativity in solving problems.
  • Ability to drive change and help others adopt improvements. Your role and the company will continue to evolve, so you'll need to be adaptable.
  • Bring an action orientation and a strong work ethic.


The Company

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. 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, and 31 retail locations. 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".

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.


Pay Range: 

$127,937- $191,905 per year 



Full-time employees (and their families) are offered medical (with prescription), dental, vision, voluntary critical illness, accident, life/AD&D insurance, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account. Employees can enroll in our company’s 401k plan and are able to purchase company stock at discounted prices. Salaried employees are eligible for Unlimited Paid Time Off and have twelve paid holidays throughout the calendar year.  


Other Compensation:  

Employee is eligible for an annual incentive program targeted as 15% of annual pay based upon both company financial performance and individual performance to goals. 



Nearest Major Market: Tacoma

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