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Job ID : 1975 

Closing Date : 02/07/2023

Job Category : Engineering 

Location : Corunna Site 


Who We Are:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures plastic resins and other petrochemical products that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees take pride in our focus on safety and social responsibility by working together to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability, ESG, and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


NOVA Chemicals helps shape a world where products vital to our health and happiness are even better tomorrow than they are today. We are seeking talented and passionate people who enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative environment to join our dynamic team. 


As part of the Process Automation Team, you will be working primarily with process control engineers and technologists to ensure safe, reliable, and competitive operation of our process automation applications and systems and the operating plant. You will be involved with capital projects and ongoing support activities such as, control scheme performance monitoring, improvement and design, and alarm management activities. You will gain exposure to the operation of world scale petrochemical plants.


You Will Use Your Expertise To:

  • Be member of project teams for capital projects involving process control
  • Implement DCS control logic changes
  • Develop and maintain advanced process control applications
  • Maintain/upgrade plant process control systems
  • Work closely with Engineering, Maintenance, and Operations personnel in commissioning and ongoing support activities
  • Work with a variety of automation systems and software platforms such as ABB DCS systems and interfaces to a variety of instruments and PLCs. Business software platforms include SAP, SmartPlant and Microsoft Office along with several automation system programming tools.
  • Lead the hazard review process for process control strategies and participate in incident investigations.


What We Are Looking For:

The successful candidate will have a Chemical Engineering Degree with a specific interest in Process Control applications and a minimum of 5 years’ working experience with DCS platforms. In addition, the candidate will have:

  • A Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) or Engineer in Training (EIT) designation through the PEO (or equivalent regulatory body)
  • Demonstrated commitment to Responsible Care®
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances while using good judgement to move forward
  • Self-motivated individual with good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with software  tools to develop new applications and maintain  existing control schemes
  • Strong desire to work with a petrochemical company in a process plant
  • Experience with any of the following is of significant value:
    • Pavilion advanced control software
    • Programming / scripting languages such as:
      • Python


You Can Stand Out If:

  • You are passionate about your work and put care and thought into all that you do.
  • You are responsible and follow through with your commitments to others and to safety.
  • You are innovative and are willing to challenge your biases when problem solving. 
  • You are collaborative, inclusive, and work well with others towards team goals. 



The NOVA Chemicals Manufacturing East Sites are located near Sarnia, Ontario. The Sarnia Sites focus on the production of ethylene and polyethylene and is recognized as a cornerstone of Ontario’s petrochemical industry.  


Sarnia is situated on the south shore of Lake Huron at the headwaters of the St. Clair River, and just an hour from Detroit, Michigan, United States. 


Additional Information:

  • Relocation will be considered for this position
  • Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience
  • In order to fulfil the duties of this role, the successful candidate will be required to wear respiratory protective equipment. Candidate must successfully pass a fit test and be physically able to wear a respirator
  • The successful candidate is required to provide proof of a valid driver’s license


Why NOVA Chemicals?

NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package used to reward employees.


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  • Read more on our Responsible Care® and sustainability initiatives like Project STOP


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.


Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

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