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NewMarket Services Control Systems Specialist in Pasadena, Texas

Provide plant automation & process control support for the Pasadena, Port Arthur and San Juan Del Rio production facilities for major capital projects. Identify, design, & implement automation improvement opportunities that align with the business goals to safely meet production targets utilizing lean manufacturing principles. Work with peers at other Afton sites to incorporate automation standards that align with best practices defined by the Global Engineering group. Assist in defining automation modernization strategies for the business, specifically at the Pasadena site.

  • This position, in collaboration with 3rd party automation firms, is responsible for leading and specifying, installing, documenting, and troubleshooting automation equipment for new and existing processes, translating conceptual designs into functional equipment and products.

  • Manage automation projects including FEED, detailed design, factory acceptance testing, installation, commissioning, and start-up.

  • Provide plant commissioning and start-up support.

  • Work with process control engineers from all Afton manufacturing sites to develop & maintain a set of Afton standards & conventions for best in practice plant automation & process control.

  • Work with engineers to identify ways to optimize plant operations through improved automation by applying lean manufacturing principles.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field.

  • 7 or more years of experience applying process control solutions in chemical/petrochemical manufacturing facility.

  • Experience with implementing major capital projects & supporting daily activities.

  • Experience configuring & maintaining automation on multiple DCS, PLC, & HMI platforms

  • Experience working with data historians (e.g., OSI Pi, Aspen IP21) & managing databases (e.g., SQL, MsAccess).

  • Good knowledge of batch application and standards (ISA 88)

  • Working knowledge of automation standards for process safety, alarm management & cybersecurity for industrial control systems.

  • Working knowledge of server operating systems, network protocols and industrial protocols (e.g Modbus, Profibus, EthernetIP) sufficient to support a process control network.

  • Self-motivated, highly organized, and attentive to detail

  • Strong team player, with demonstrated ability to positively motivate team members.

  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills

  • Some domestic and international travel is required (10%). Position is first shift (flexible hours) and maybe occasional shift coverage during project startup (typically 2-5 days)


  • Experience with Rockwell Automation PlantPAx

  • Experience with modernizing legacy automation systems in an operating production facility

  • Experience working on major capital projects

Working at Afton

Who We Are - We're a diverse, global family of individuals, who share a passion for developing innovative solutions. We build our professional relationships on respect, integrity and a commitment to safety and quality. Just as these values apply to our professional relationships, they also apply to the way feel about our neighbors and communities.

Our Work - At Afton, our innovative R&D programs lead to global growth. Our lubricant and fuel additives are among the most highly developed and widely used in the petroleum industry. Afton is a recognized and trusted supplier of driveline lubricant additives, engine oil additives, fuel additives and industrial lubricant additives.

Benefits / Compensation - We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages that reflect our commitment to our employees. Our employees are our most treasured asset and we have dedicated resources that allow us to reward our employees for their commitment on an ongoing basis - ensuring our compensation packages are competitive in the industry.

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

External Company Name: NewMarket Services Corporation

External Company URL: www.newmarket.com

Street: 1000 N South St