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Job ID : 1563 

Closing Date :

Job Category : Engineering 

Location : Geismar 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. 


We are seeking an Instrumentation & Electrical Engineer to join our Geismar, Louisiana team. This position develops, documents, and establishes the preventative and predictive maintenance programs for the maintenance of all the instrument, electrical and analyzer equipment within the site using the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).


You Will Use Your Expertise To:

  • Support the Instrumentation & Electrical (I&E) Maintenance group with assessment, implementation, and project management of facility I&E needs
  • Identify causes of unreliability and propose solutions to meet site goals
  • Conduct and support failure analyses on affected electrical, instrumentation, analyzer, and controls equipment
  • Gather and interpret event reports from electrical relays, instrument diagnostics, DCS, SIS systems, or other software to determine the initiating event of related equipment failures
  • Identify and manage cost savings opportunities
  • Review and approve electrical, instrumentation, analyzer and controls equipment design, technology, and installation specifications for projects generated by the Capital Improvement (Engineering) Department to ensure best practices are implemented
  • Identify, develop, and review critical scope for turnaround jobs and provide field support to ensure quality and compliance
  • Develop and implement site predictive and preventative maintenance procedures for electrical, instrumentation, analyzer, and controls equipment
  • Review results of predictive and preventative maintenance, commissioning, QA/QC, and acceptance testing of electrical, instrumentation, analyzer, and controls equipment
  • Provide technical assistance to the I&E Maintenance Technicians on certain specialized electrical, instrumentation, analyzer and controls equipment applications and equipment when necessary (e.g., diagnosing variable frequency drive issues)
  • Sponsor, draft, route, and drive to completion Management of Change (MOC’s)
  • Develop I&E Engineering Packages to support Maintenance Projects, Bad Actors, and Continuous Improvement efforts for non-capital related projects


What We Are Looking For:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering is required
  • 1+ years of experience in an electrical and instrumentation related role preferably in a chemical manufacturing facility
  • Ability to lead and support I&E projects and maintenance related upgrades
  • Experience with chemical plant design, process equipment, and utilities would be considered an asset
  • Basic electrical theory and a general knowledge of instrumentation and analytical technology as it applies to specifying and applying equipment
  • Knowledge of a variety of test equipment and methods employed for testing and troubleshooting electrical, instrumentation, analyzer, and controls equipment

In addition, the successful candidate will have:

  • Strong commitment to Responsible Care® Principles through demonstrated excellence in occupational safety, process safety and environmental stewardship
  • Knowledge of electrical fundamentals as used in industrial environment
  • Ability to coach and mentor developing team members 
  • Ability to work well under pressure and demonstrate high-level problem-solving skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel 
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills with attention to detail
  • Communication, interpersonal and effective facilitation skills
  • Capable of working independently and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Excellent problem-solving and root cause analysis skills
  • Ability to understand and interpret drawings and specifications
  • Ability to use PC and associated software applications to collect and analyze data and produce spreadsheets, databases, and reports
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical concepts (verbal and written)
  • Ability to establish and maintain a positive and professional working relationship with all individuals


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. 



Located just south of Baton Rouge and employing more than 120 people, the olefins facility in Geismar, Louisiana, annually produces approximately 1.95 billion pounds of ethylene and 114 million pounds of polymer grade propylene. It also produces 13 million gallons of crude butadiene and 14 million gallons of Debutanized Aromatic Concentrate per year.


Additional Information:

  • Relocation will be considered for this position
  • Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience
  • This role requires up to 5% travel
  • Work will be conducted both indoors and outdoors in all seasons
  • Positions will include some lifting and climbing of ladders within various levels of the units
  • Overtime and callouts are very rare but are a requirement of the role due to the 24 hour per day plant operation
  • 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 and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card


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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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.

Nearest Major Market: Baton Rouge

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