Engineering Advisor (Instrumentation & Electrical – ECU BOOST)

  • Contract
  • Full Time
  • USA

Total Energies



Maintenance / Inspection / Technology

Type of contract
Regular position

Minimum 10 years

Candidate Profile

·  BS Electrical Engineering
·       10+ years of progressive instrument engineering experience preferably in an Ethane Cracker or petroleum refining as a process technical service or design engineer
·       Strong analytical and communication skills
·       Knowledge and experience in ISA, ANSI, NEC, NESC, IEEE, and OSHA 1910 standards as they apply to electrical equipment and safe work practices.
·       Competent in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
·       This position requires daily interface with many disciplines within the Ethane Cracker Unit, with special emphasis on the ability to successfully communicate technical issues to non-Instrument  personnel to assist them in making sound and safe decisions.
·       Extended work hours/schedules sometimes required during shutdown / startup or project activities.
Ability to lead by example, logical problem-solving skills, works well in team environment, able to manage multiple/changing priorities.
Familiarity with INTOOLS.


Resolve on-going and new instrumentation / electrical issues by analyzing installation details, adequacy of design for operating conditions, propose solutions including changes to existing or replacement technologies.  Identify and eliminate “bad actor” instrument installations.

·       Develop systems for monitoring and ensuring accurate and reliable instrumentation (e.g. DVC conditions, wireless connectivity, systematic analysis of feedback from PM’s and repairs, etc.).

·       Review and improve instrumentation / electrical PM quality and rationalize PM’s as appropriate.  Ensure PM’s meet environmental and process safety compliance requirements.

·       Dedicated to troubleshooting instrumentation issues, improving reliability, completing RCFA’s on failures, ensuring actions are being completed, selecting changes to technology if needed

·       Develop long term capital plan for instrumentation / electrical improvement considering reliability and obsolescence risks.

·       Support capital projects in the design, selection, configuration, maintenance and documentation for instrument systems.

·       Monitor and revise instrument repair procedures as needed.

·       Develop and issue Management of Change documentation required to satisfy OSHA PSM 29-CFR-1910.

·       Investigate equipment failures and issue change recommendations to eliminate further occurrences.

·       Develop and issue installed cost estimates for instrumentation improvement projects.

·       Review, research, and recommend instrumentation projects necessary to maintain instrumentation reliability on the process units.

Serve as Instrument Engineer for process hazard analysis (PHA) and Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) Meetings.

Context & Environment

This position combines an understanding of I&E engineering principles, unit operations, and overall profitability to ensure that these systems function properly.

·       Fosters a customer service attitude to provide the Ethane Cracker Unit with leadership in the instrument field

·       Provide guidance to the Boost team in all matters of instrumentation importance.

·       Develop and/or update the existing instrumentation engineering standards and establish guidelines for preventative and predictive maintenance activities.

A risk of exposure to electrical arc blasts, electrical fires and electrical shock, and will require working in Ethane Cracker Unit, including hazardous locations.

Additional Information

As one of TotalEnergies’ six refining and petrochemicals platforms worldwide, the Port Arthur Platform has a daily processing capacity of over 200,000 barrels per day and is our largest facility in the United States. The refinery can process heavy crude oil as well as lighter domestic crudes. It also has a dedicated unit to produce low-sulfur fuels, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Why TotalEnergies Port Arthur Platform? 
The TotalEnergies Port Arthur Platform is the company’s largest site in the U.S. But your role at the Port Arthur Platform is much more than just a job. The heartbeat of our site is made up of the talented people who work here. If you’re looking for large growth opportunities with the feeling of support that comes from smaller, tight-knit teams, this platform offers just that and more. There are unique opportunities to grow both locally and beyond for those who so desire. We want our people to succeed and our commitment to you is to give you all the training, tools and space to contribute your unique expertise, to not only meet our company’s goals, but also your own.

TotalEnergies operates the Baystar (50:50 JV with TotalEnergies and Borealis) Ethane Cracker within the Port Arthur Refinery complex.  The Baystar Ethane Cracker is a 2B USD investment and is a critical part of the RC branch strategy for North America.  The unit was first started in September 2021, has worked through several challenges including the redesign / reconstruction of a ground flare and has realized beneficial production since the second half of 2022.  However, the Baystar Ethane Cracker still has challenging technical issues to be resolved before fully realizing its potential.

A support team is being mobilized to boost the local Baystar Ethane Cracker business team.  This “Boost Team” will be located at the Port Arthur Refinery site. Boost Team members will not be part of the normal day-to-day operations team, but rather will focus on resolving on-going and new technical issues and setting up sustainable systems to ensure long-term successful operations.  Members will work closely with the local business team along with technical experts from Borealis and TotalEnergies. 


The Boost Team will be a key contributor to the successful realization of a major TotalEnergies strategy.  Being a part of the Boost Team is an excellent opportunity to advance your career by working with a motivated team on challenging topics. 

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