• Process Controls Engineer

    Location US-NC-Bessemer City
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Exp. (Yrs)
    Full Time
    Visa Sponsorship
    Domestic Travel Required
    Int'l Travel required
    Company Vehicle
    Working from Home Office
    Relocation Eligible
    Works with Chemicals
    Lifting required
  • Company Overview

    FMC Corporation is one the world’s leading specialty chemical companies. We are proud that our chemistries are helping to grow the world’s food, enabling new innovations in the pharmaceutical delivery, enhancing foods and beverages, contributing to a more sustainable energy supply, improving health, and advancing the manufacture of hundreds of essential products.


    FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives. Your education and professional experience are valued and put to use from day one. Your success at completing key initiatives can result in a varied, progressive and fulfilling career with FMC.


    With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets. In short, If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.


    Responsible for the safe and efficient day to day operations of plant process control systems, interlock systems, as well as troubleshooting and repair of those systems.


    Position will have one direct report, the Process Controls Technician.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.



    • Installs SIS per safety analyses from PHA’s and PSI manuals
    • Responsible for completion of work orders for both electrical reliability and PSC/PSM compliance on electrical/instrument systems
    • Perform daily safety inspections
    • Serves as a site-wide Key Safety Procedure auditor and documents deficiencies in the implementation of those procedures
    • Intervenes when unsafe acts or conditions are encountered
    • Participates in incident investigations and Root Cause Analyses on highest risk investigations when needed

    Business Support 

    • Develop and design programs for PLC’s and DCS’s
    • Writes programs for process control support
    • Day to day upkeep of the process controls network
    • Support the production areas with programming and controls needs
    • Identify maintenance and upgrade needs for plant process controls and data historian systems
    • Execute projects to enhance and maintain process control network and data historian where needed
    • Support projects around the plant site to ensure consistency in process controls materials and programming are implemented
    • Maintain the most up to date versions of the process controls programs including all software and firmware updates
    • Specifies site electrical equipment
    • Identifies and implements Best Practices for maintenance of control and distribution equipment
    • Reviews electrical design drawings, equipment/instrument specifications, etc. to ensure quality of design, conformance to standards and compatibility with existing installations
    • Prepares detailed design packages in support of project needs.
    • Assists in capital budgeting process in support of operational area control needs
    • Participates in commissioning and start up activities involving new electrical components or systems, process controls or instrumentation
    • Support the maintenance and E&I technicians with troubleshooting
    • Responsible for completion of work orders for both electrical reliability and PSC/PSM compliance on electrical/instrument systems
    • Analyzes reliability issues and opportunities in order to improve plant uptime
    • Drives failure analysis of instrument & electrical equipment and implements reliability improvement action items
    • Develops preventive maintenance (PM) strategies to ensure reliable operation of process instrumentation and control systems
    • Develops instrument maintenance and reliability skills throughout the maintenance organization
    • Responsible to share technical input and know-how and experience with the Team
    • Responsible to participate in employee interviews and selection


    • Directs and supervises the activities of the Process Controls technician.
    • Identify training opportunities for area engineers and E&I craft personnel.
    • Responsible to work with E&I engineer and technicians in support of electrical controls engineering needs and objectives to include evaluation and implementation of new controls technologies and reliability strategies.


    Key Relationships/Customers



    Operations, Engineering, Maintenance



    Vendors and Contractors

    Required Education

    Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering is preferred but equivalent work experience will be considered; which would include a minimum of six years of progressive process controls experience (DCS, program design).  


    Knowledge, or experience, in the electrical field is needed.


    In-depth experience is required in the following areas:

    • MCC’s,
    • variable speed drives,
    • PLC ladder logic,
    • distributive control systems
    • process control instrumentation

    Prefer experience in these areas:

    • Chemical manufacturing environment
    • Project Management
    • An OSHA PSM environment

    Experience with these items is a plus:

    • motion controls,
    • Ethernet,
    • Profibus,
    • data historian
    • an ABB DCS system
    • Safety Interlock Systems (SIS) 

    EEO Statement

    FMC employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to continue developing their skills and building their career. FMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, gender, disability or protected veteran status. FMC supports a drug-free workplace. 


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