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Phillips 66 Process Control Specialist, Los Angeles Refinery in Wilmington, California

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The Process Controls Specialist maintains the process control asset base at Phillips 66 Los Angeles Refinery under the direction of the Instrument and Controls Engineering Superintendent. The process control asset base includes Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and the Process Controls Network (PCN) hardware, logic and controls. The Process Controls Specialist is an advocate for best practices in the development, selection, implementation, maintenance and effectiveness of the process control asset base to ensure that company guidelines, policies, procedures, regulatory, production, and optimization objectives are met at LAR.

This position is eligible for the Phillips 66 9/80 Policy work schedule.

Responsibilities May Include:

  • Provides technical support to Maintenance, Operations and Technical Services departments to troubleshoot, analyze, and provide direction to safely resolve issues with the process control asset base, improve the quality of maintenance repairs, daily equipment operation, engineered modifications, and new equipment installations

  • Ensures the reliability of process operations, graphics and controls through daily monitoring of control systems performance. This includes developing and implementing tools such as trends, histories, reports and displays to provide accurate and timely information to operations on process unit performance

  • Supports turnarounds and develops process control asset base work scope for assigned production areas. Maintains an ongoing priority work list developed with engineers, maintenance supervisors, instrument technicians, and operations

  • Supports process control systems hardware and software maintenance/upgrades, including on/off process migrations

  • Provides support for the MOC process to incorporate changes to the process controls asset base including control configuration/ programming, logic design/testing, graphics development, and documentation

  • Leads or participates in root cause analysis of process controls asset base equipment failures

  • Provides support to maintenance and capital projects, including development of hardware and logic design, testing, graphics, commissioning, start-up and documentation

  • Develops, recommends and manages the process controls asset base spare parts inventory for supported equipment/systems to reduce downtime and improve system reliability

  • Supports the training of operators, craftsman and plant engineers on the functionality of the process controls asset base

  • Participates in monthly Process Control and Human Centered Technology Network meetings

  • Supports Alarm Management for assigned production areas to maintain monthly alarm metrics and address standing alarm issues as well as reduction of bad actors

  • Communicates effectively with the Maintenance, Operations, and Technical Services departments, along with a wide range of personnel from various departments and divisions. This position regularly interfaces and interacts with craftsperson, vendors, contractors, and plant supervisors on process instrumentation and control issues

  • Responds to, independently evaluates, plans, and directs unexpected repair efforts during emergencies and after-hours call-outs

Required Qualifications:

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States on a regular full-time basis without restrictions

  • 5 or more years of work experience related to instrumentation and automation control systems

  • Valid driver’s license

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent

  • Willing and able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC). Information can be found at

  • Willing and able to respond to off-hours support requests, including weekends and/or holidays for turnarounds and/or operational upsets and participates in a weekly call out rotation

  • Experience with Honeywell DCS platforms (Experion PKS and / or TPS)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least ten (10) years of equivalent combination of education and/or experience with emphasis on instrumentation and automation control systems in the refining industry

  • Experience with implementation and/or troubleshooting of the following systems: Allen Bradley, Triconex, Foxboro IA, Siemens TDC 3000, GE BentlyNevada, and/or Ovation

  • Experience with DCS and /or PLC software and / or hardware upgrades

The Los Angeles Refinery consists of two linked facilities located five miles apart in Carson and Wilmington, California. The Carson facility processes crude oil, and the Wilmington facility upgrades the intermediate products to finished products. The facilities include crude distillation, naphtha reforming, fluid catalytic cracking, alkylation, hydrocracking and delayed coking units. The refinery processes mainly heavy, high-sulfur crude oil. It receives domestic crude oil by pipeline from California, Canadian crude via rail, and both foreign and domestic crude oil by tanker through a third-party terminal in the Port of Long Beach. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels. The refinery produces CARB-grade gasoline. Other products include petroleum coke. Refined products are distributed to California, Nevada and Arizona by pipeline and truck.


At Phillips 66, we are proud to offer attractive and high-quality benefits which we refer to as Total Rewards. Additional information on Total Rewards can be found here ( or at .


The base pay range for this role is $111,150 - $145,000 depending on a candidate's relevant work experience and education.

This position is eligible for the Phillips 66 geographic differential pay program. Details and terms to be conveyed in offer of employment.

Phillips 66 has more than 140 years of experience in providing the energy that enables people to dream bigger and go farther, faster. We are committed to improving lives, and that is our promise to our employees and our communities. We are sustained by the backgrounds and experiences of our diverse teams, which reflect who we are, the environment we create and how we work together. Our company is built on values of safety, honor and commitment. We call our cultural mindset Our Energy in Action, which we define through four simple, intuitive behaviors: We work for the greater good, create an environment of trust, seek different perspectives and achieve excellence. Phillips 66 was recognized by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Employers” in 2021.

Learn more about Phillips 66 and how we are working to meet the world's energy needs today and tomorrow by visiting .

To be Considered for this Position:

In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of December 10, 2023 .

Candidates for regular U.S. positions must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a)(1). Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

This Employer is subject to the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) (LAMC 189.00). This Employer will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Ordinance.

Phillips 66 is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities