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Tacoma, WA, US, 98421

Job Function:  Refinery
Requisition Number:  470

Title:  Sr. Process Engineer

Senior Process Engineer
WA - Tacoma

Broad Role Including Key Involvement in Upcoming Major Capital Projects

Enjoy a Great Culture and Career Runway at a Company where Engineering is Highly Valued

If you combine your process engineering expertise with solid project management skills, this position offers you several compelling opportunities.

  • You will come on board just in time to play an important role in several multi-million-dollar turnaround projects to enhance crude flexibility.
  • Not only is there strong support for these initiatives, but engineering is highly regarded in our organization. Many of our senior leaders came up through engineering.
  • You'll be able to expand your skills and experience in a broad role that includes process improvements, capital projects and operational support, and you'll be involved in all areas of our operations. 
  • We hire with an eye to the future, and strong performance in this role could set you up to take on additional responsibilities or pursue advancement in our organization.
  • With a relaxed and results-oriented culture that values work/life balance, we have a high number of long-tenured employees. Of course, we'll look to you to be flexible at peak times, but overall the hours are reasonable.

No doubt you've heard of Tacoma. but did you know that there is no state income tax in Washington? This progressive and dynamic city is regularly ranked as one of America's most livable cities; in 2018, for example, Sunset Magazine included it on their list of "20 Game-Changing Places to Live." Relocation assistance is available to highly qualified candidates.

U.S. Oil & Refining, a Par Pacific company, is an industry leader in the production and supply of high-quality motor, aviation and marine fuels and asphalt in the Puget Sound market. We have a refinery capacity of 42,000 bbls per stream day, and total storage capacity of 2.7 million bbls, with 1.4 million bbls of crude and the remainder products. We also offer biofuels in various blends at our loading rack.

Pictured: USOR features attractive assets (refinery, marine terminal, rail loading terminal, and refined product and crude oil storage) and a strategic Pacific Rim location. In what William Pate, President and CEO of Par Pacific Holdings, calls a "transformative acquisition," USOR will connect existing Par Pacific assets in Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies.

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. In addition, to be a good fit for the Senior Process Engineer opportunity, you will have:
  • A bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. 
  • Solid experience in process industries involving distillation, fluid hydraulics and heat transfer is required; experience in refineries is preferred, but petrochemical and other process industry experience are acceptable.
  • Strengths in design 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.
Pictured: U.S. Oil is committed to the safety and well-being of its employees and contractors and strives to provide a safe working environment and assure that all operations are conducted in accordance with recognized industry standards. The Process Safety Management (PSM) Program at USOR is an important part of the overall refinery safety program.

The Role

Reporting to the Technical Services Manager, you will join a team that includes 12 other engineers/designers who perform refinery engineering, design and inspection activities. You will 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. Broadly speaking your process and project engineering duties will include:
  • Performing process design associated with refinery improvements.
  • Performing and/or managing all aspects of capital improvement projects from conceptual design through startup. 
  • Providing technical support to refinery operating and maintenance personnel.
More specifically, you will:
  • 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.
  • Provide technical support to other refinery departments (Operations, Maintenance, Environmental, Safety).
  • Monitor and evaluate process unit performance.
  • Utilize simulation software to identify and debottleneck unit constraints.
Note: this description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.

Pictured: USOR has earned a reputation as a premier supplier of marine fuels in the Puget Sound area. In addition, our deepwater marine terminal on Commencement Bay also handles crude oil, gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and vacuum gas oil.

More Good Reasons

Professional growth
As you can see under The Role tab, this position will afford you many chances to build out your skill set, including designing solutions, leading teams and project budgeting in a public company. You'll provide support for diverse products in multiple markets, and interact with people in multiple areas of the refinery.

Career development
USOR is a smaller company, so we want to set realistic expectations -- this is not a "fast track" situation. We're looking for a motivated and ambitious professional with the bandwidth to grow and take on additional responsibilities. Advancement opportunities do arise, however, and history shows that engineering professionals can, and do, advance.

Great culture
We promote a meritocracy in which talent and performance are recognized and rewarded. These are just some of the reasons that the average tenure is 14 years. Within USOR and across Par Pacific you will find people who are driven, hardworking, and entrepreneur-minded professionals.

Opportunistic growth strategy
The addition of USOR to the Par Pacific family is evidence of Par Pacific's success in an ambitious strategic growth plan focused on attractive downstream markets. USOR represents a key part of an integrated downstream network with significantly enhanced scale and diversification. Par Pacific's leadership has deep experience in the energy industry, as well as in leading mergers, acquisitions and integrations.

Next gen fuels
We are called US Oil, but in reality, we are an energy company that has recognized the imperative and embraced the opportunity to begin the transition from fossil fuels. We are developing products that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For example:
  • We have processed recycled feedstocks derived from plastic bottles into transportation fuels.
  • We produce asphalt that is 100% recyclable and reusable.
  • We proactively invested in technologies which reduced flaring, emissions and resulted in a 25% reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions.
  • We voluntarily installed a marine vapor combustion system to reduce air emissions at our marine docks.
  • Our products include ultra-low sulfur diesel, produced long before the EPA's mandate to do so.
Excellent compensation
In addition to a competitive salary and bonus opportunity, we offer a strong comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance; a robust allotment of paid vacation plus paid time off; a 401(k) with company match; educational reimbursement; and more. Employees can also purchase pure gasoline at street prices.

Pictured: In addition to truck/trailer, marine and rail distribution facilities, USOR owns and operates the McChord Pipeline, a six-inch diameter, 14.2-mile intrastate pipeline transporting military grade jet fuel to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Keys to Success

We'll look to you to achieve goals independently. Support will be available, of course, but our approach is to provide the tools you need and let you work autonomously.  Our top people have strong initiative to identify what needs to be done and acting on it. 

At the same time, the role will involve a good deal of interaction with engineering colleagues and others in the organization, meaning your interpersonal and leadership skills will be important. In many cases, you will drive change, and you should be able to help others adopt improvements. Your role and the company will continue to evolve, so you'll need to be adaptable.

In addition, in order to be an outstanding Senior Process Engineer, you will:
  • 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.
  • Bring an action orientation and a strong work ethic.






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