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Associate Engineer


Westlake, LA, US, 70669

Req ID:  77220
Department:  LKO Engineering Tech Polymers
Division:  Americas Manufacturing

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 2021, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fourth consecutive year.

Basic Function

The Associate Engineer’s role is to provide process technical expertise and innovation to operating Units. Responsibilities include Unit monitoring, troubleshooting, and optimization to drive strong Unit performance while maintaining focus on safety and environmental compliance. During a typical day this role will apply technical knowledge to detect causes of deviations in quality, capacity, yield, and energy consumption. This position will also collaborate with Unit specialists and other engineers to support process design and implementation of improvement projects.

Roles & Responsibilities

• Provide Unit process engineering support and develop recommendations to improve Unit performance.
• Monitor and assists in troubleshooting efforts for process events with the goal of finding root cause(s) and driving implementation of corrective actions.
• Maintain strong safety and environmental compliance focus.
• Provides Unit shutdown and startup support associated with downtimes and formal Turnarounds.
• Identifies areas to improve process safety, reliability, and profitability.
• Contribute in a team environment and establish work relationships with onsite and offsite functional groups to achieve results.
• Provide technical expertise in PSM activities (PHA, MOC, PSV calculations, Safety Critical Equipment/Variables, Incident Investigations, etc.)
• Balance day-to-day operational priorities with long term strategic objectives to ensure alignment with company goals.
• May participate or be accountable for small capital projects.

Min. Qualifications

• BS degree in Chemical Engineering
• Previous co-op assignments in a manufacturing process engineering environment is a plus
• Demonstrated IT capability in Microsoft Office Suite
• Knowledgeable in chemical and process engineering fundamentals
• Ability to apply engineering concepts to solve performance problems
• Knowledgeable of Safety Design Systems
• Knowledgeable in the development of Process Design Packages and related economics
• Good troubleshooting skills and techniques


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

Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.


LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.


LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.  The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.

Nearest Major Market: Lake Charles

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