Advanced Process Control & Optimization Engineer
PRAXAIR - Houston, TX

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Primarily responsible for applying chemical engineering, system optimization, statistical and control principles in designing and implementing advanced process control and optimization applications. Specifically, this will entail conceptualizing, defining, designing, simulating, commissioning and supporting technical control aspects of Hydrogen/Carbon Monoxide (HyCO) plant operations. . Candidate will pro-actively monitor different HyCO plants on a day to day basis to identify operational gaps and opportunities for efficiency improvement. Areas of involvement will include process modeling and dynamic analysis, state-of-the-art model predictive control, plant-wide control, real time optimization and performance monitoring of plant production efficiency.

This challenging position requires project-specific deliverables on a quarterly cycle. Will be responsible for project design decisions and delivering results quickly while meeting performance, schedule and budget constraints. Candidate must have excellent people skills and is expected to coordinate with multiple organizations in Praxair such as operations, engineering, R&D, business development, etc.


BS, MS or PhD in Chemical Engineering with 5+ years of experience in advanced process control and optimization and:

Functional and working knowledge of model-based advanced (centralized multivariable) process control & optimization theory. Experience with model predictive control software (DMC+, SMOC, RMPCT) and/or mathematical modeling and optimization software (RTOpt, AMS Optimizer Suite, CPLEX, GAMS) preferred


Plant operating or new plant start-up experience - i.e. functional process knowledge

Basic familiarity with plant instrumentation systems, primary control loop tuning, safety and work procedures in a plant environment and statistical principles for use in plant data analysis.

Working knowledge of steady-state and dynamic process analysis using off-line process simulation tools and computer control optimization techniques

Experience using various programming languages, e.g. FORTRAN, Visual Basic, C, C++

Candidate must be capable of leading a small project execution team. Ability to work on multiple projects at a time and mentoring junior engineers is desired. 25% domestic and international travel is typical.

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Praxair makes lighter than airĀ and heavier than air gases available for practical applications. The largest North American industrial gas...