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Instrument & Controls Specialist

Company Name:  Equistar Chemicals, LP

Westlake, LA, US, 70669

Req ID:  74149
Department:  LKO Reliability Specialists
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 2020, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the third consecutive year.

Basic Function

•    Practice, participate and support the plant’s health, safety and environmental policies, procedures, regulations, and processes to create and maintain a clean, orderly, safe, and healthy work environment. 
•    Conform to plant safety and environmental requirements, accepting the responsibility for personal safety. Instrument and Controls Specialist must know the process hazards and mechanical hazards of their assigned area and what safety equipment is required. 
•    Continuously improve by staying informed and educated on current safety, technical, and quality practices. 
•    Provide attention to detail and dedication to work in order to ensure reliability, quality and safe operations of the facility. 
•    Operate motor vehicle; pick up, scooter, van, aerial work platform, bucket truck and forklift in order to reach, move, work, and transport materials or people to and from work site. 
•    Receive training and be able to retrieve OSHA information such as PSM, MSDS, hazardous material lists, safety procedures, corporate standards, etc.

Roles & Responsibilities

•    Supports the overall Instrument and Controls Maintenance and Reliability effort of Ethylene, Utilities and Offsites, LDPE and LLDPE.
•    Performs tasks varying from a range of simple calibration and installations, commissioning and de-commissioning of instrumentation to detailed DCS/AMS/PLC troubleshooting, commissioning and de-commissioning.
•    Understands the process of the assigned unit or units and be able communicate that knowledge accordingly. 
•    Possess ability to identify issues and problems not only related to instrumentation but also mechanical or process abnormalities and able to assist in providing solutions or appropriate alternatives. 
•    Leads in the testing of complex Instrumentation systems and assure complete and proper documentation. 
•    Provides technical assistance to production and engineering groups on application of new and modification of existing process instrumentation. 
•    Must be able to oversee several teams/groups of Technicians in the field to assure proper work methods and compliance during turnarounds or other projects when needed. 
•    Be able to write, test, implement and explain instrument testing procedures. 
•    Closely communicate and work with Operations and Engineering on a daily basis. 
•    Must be willing to fill in or act as Supervision in certain situations. 
•    Must be capable of assisting Planning when needed. 
•    Must be willing to be a mentor to maintenance technicians and do so in a positive and effective manner for the purpose of growth and promotion. 
•    Maintains control over Reliability procedures documenting the management of the configuration data base for the AMS systems. 
•    Reviews the adequacy of all field hardware changes to instrumentation and its configuration as part of the MOC process.
•    Generates notifications to maintenance for failing devices as identified with AMS and bad actor tracing. 
•    Frequently reports the health and performance of all instrumentation being monitored through the AMS system. 
•    Analyzes the results of all alerts and compares to repair records to develop trends of instrumentation performance. 
•    Participates and/or facilitate in asset criticality analysis.
•    Setting up Instrumentation maintenance strategies. 
•    Participates in /Perform Root Cause Failure analysis. 
•    Identify and specify I&C Spare parts required to ensure safe and reliable operation. 


•    Minimum Certificate in Instrumentation with 10 years Instrument and Controls system work experience. 
•    Relevant Associates Degree or Engineering Degree with 6-8 years of Instrument and Controls systems work experience preferred. 
•    Good interpersonal skills, good teamwork ability and communication skills 


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.

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