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Alkylation Production Engineer


Channelview, TX, US, 77530

Req ID:  79681
Facility:  Channelview/North Ops-Lyo
Department:  Hydrocarbons Technical Team
Division:  Americas Manufacturing


Basic Function

LyondellBasell is staffing for an Alkylation Production Engineer for our Channelview, TX Manufacturing Complex, located 18 miles from downtown Houston.  Our 4,000-acre Channelview Complex consists of a North facility with two Olefin units with downstream processing that manufacture Ethylene, Propylene, Butadiene, MTBE, Alkylate, C5’s and Aromatics as well as separate Methanol and Isopropanol units. The South facility uses many of these products to produce Propylene Oxide, Styrene Monomer, ETBE and BDO derivatives. 

This is a truly exceptional opportunity for the high-performing Chemical Engineer to join our Channelview manufacturing team.  The position offers a competitive base salary, bonus, 401K matching, generous benefits package, pension plan and employee discounts.

The Alkylation Production Engineer will monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize operating units to drive process and product improvements. The individual will identify, recommend and implement strategic projects to improve unit performance and collaborate with unit specialists and other engineers to support process design and implementation of capital projects. 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Develop systems to improve and sustain value in the areas of health, safety, environment, production rates, reliability, cost and quality.
  • Maintain strong safety and environmental compliance focus.
  • Monitor performance of heat exchangers, catalyst, and chemical usage & variable cost through Monthly KPI meetings.
  • Contribute in a team environment and establish work relationships with onsite and offsite functional groups to achieve results.
  • Monitor catalyst performance daily and recommend reactor swaps and catalyst changes.
  • Develop recommendations to improve unit performance.
  • Provide process design support for capital projects.
  • Balance day-to-day operational priorities with long term strategic objectives to ensure alignment with company goals.
  • Partners with the Process Control Group to ensure that unit DMC has the correct limits; also, that the correct objectives are being pushed by the DMC.
  • Monitors feed quality and communicates issues upstream for resolution. 
  • Provide backup technical support for other processing units.
  • Engages in and provides technical expertise for PHA’s, MOC’s, PSV calculations, Safety Critical Equipment/Variables, Incident Investigations, Alarm Management, etc.

Min. Qualifications

  • BS in Chemical Engineering minimum.  
  • A minimum of 3 years of production/process engineering experience.
  • Solid understanding of unit operations and process safety management systems.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good leadership and organizational skills.
  • Self-motivation and high initiative.
  • Ability to work across multi-disciplinary teams and interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Innovative thinking to solve complex issues.
  • Technical understanding of unit processes.
  • Good computing skills.
  • Good commercial awareness.
  • Ability to identify and leverage employees’ strengths and development opportunities.


Builds effective teams
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year.


We have the potential — and responsibility — to use this scale and reach to make a positive impact across our value chains. That’s why we are working to make meaningful progress to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as reducing plastic waste in the environment, helping to mitigate climate change and contributing to a thriving society for our employees, the communities where we operate and the people who depend on our products. To learn more, click here.

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