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Staff Engineer, Control Systems

Engineering - Control Systems
18000516 Requisition #
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The Control Systems Engineer reports to the Lead Control Systems Engineer, Process Services and is the technical expert for plant control systems and is responsible for hands-on troubleshooting, supporting, maintaining and improving the Process control and Safety systems including all associated documentation.  The Control Systems Engineer will provide discipline expertise to less experienced support staff, Engineering Design, Maintenance, and Operations groups including training and mentoring.



Understands all facets of LNG transportation, storage and processing, including health, safety, maintenance, operations, governmental regulations and associated codes and standards.  In-depth knowledge of Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), and Programmable Logic Control Systems (PLC) in an operating facility.



  • Serve as the Controls Systems expert.  Monitors the health of control system software and hardware, troubleshoots hardware and software issues, performs hardware replacements, performs software corrections, and schedules upgrades as needed.  Provide Controls Systems support to Maintenance and Operations groups to keep systems operational.
  • Implement DCS alarm management program to prevent nuisance alarms and unmanageable alarm influx resulting from process upsets.  Identify applicable critical alarms that require specific Operator action and implement ‘Operator GuideMessages’ to communicate required Operator action.
  • Manage development and maintenance of the Operator Training Simulator (OTS) for use in training.
  • Use sound engineering practices, plant standards, and specifications to ensure that documentation for the Controls Systems are maintained properly.  Maintains the controls systems alarm set point list, narratives, cause and effects, logic diagrams, and instrument tag list.
  • Thoroughly understand the technical Management of Change (MOC) process and utilize it in support of capital projects and routine facility changes.  Participate in Pre Startup Safety Reviews (PSSR).
  • Develop or modify complex control schemes and logic for routine facility changes and for capital and process optimization projects based on Process Engineer’s objectives. 
  • Participate in regulatory agency audits.
  • Develop design basis, preliminary estimates, and schedules for project design scopes.
  • Work with multidisciplinary Technical Services team to define problems, establish work scopes, prepare task budgets and schedules, plan work, provide technical direction, and report the work status to management. 
  • Reinforce safety and environmental awareness through frequent job observations and by interfacing with plant personnel.
  • Work with Engineering and Construction department to provide support and assure O & M interests are represented on major projects.  Participates in Controls Systems factory acceptance tests (FATs), and site acceptance tests (SATs).
  • Interact with and support Commercial Operations, Regulatory Affairs, and other departments as required.


Education and Certifications:  Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering or Chemical Engineering.  A Professional Engineer’s (PE) License is a plus.

Experience: Seven (7) to Ten (10) years hands-on experience as a Process Controls and DCS/SIS Engineer. Yokogawa Centum VP and ProSafe systems experience required. Certification as Functional Safety Engineering I preferred. Recent experience with an operating LNG facility is preferred, however, petrochemical, NGL, cryogenic natural gas processing, or other hydrocarbon processing operating facility experience may be acceptable.


  • Strong leadership and administrative abilities are required.
  • An acute sensitivity to safety issues in a hazardous environment.
  • Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of an organization and with individuals and groups from different disciplines, industries and governmental agencies.
  • Able to work with a culturally diverse group of technical individuals whose skills cover the range required to engineer, operate and maintain the LNG terminal and Liquefaction production facilities.
  • Possess the personality and ability to relate to and to establish a mutually respectful relationship with 1) management, 2) peers and 3) the various facility level workers (Plant Manager, plant supervision and plant workers) whom are all responsible for ensuring good operations.
  • Organized, planning skills, able to manage multiple activities and programs in timely fashion and with a high degree of accuracy, able to meet work deadlines. 
  • Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills. 
  • Computer savvy including Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, Project and PowerPoint.
  • Must maintain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card in good standing status.


No direct reports.



The Control Systems Engineer requires minimal supervision.



  • Job is performed in an industrial plant environment. 
  • Occasionally, work may be performed from home, after normal work hours or on weekends.
  • Limited travel required, as business conditions dictate.
  • Subject to drug and alcohol testing, per applicable federal regulations or as required by Cheniere.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to stand, walk, sit, climb stairs, work at height above ground on stairs and catwalks, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk or hear, smell, type and write. 
  • Must be able to board a ship via a gangway, climb to the top of a tank (200+ steps), scale vertical steel ladder up to forty feet or more in height and lift and move objects weighting up to 30 pounds.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work indoors and outdoors, and be exposed to year-around weather conditions, ocean environment, and noise. There is a considerable amount of outdoor activities involved.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Required to pass regularly scheduled physical examinations mandated by regulatory authorities.
  • Required to obtain mandated certification by attending Company-sponsored training in basic first aid, CPR, and LNG firefighting.


Reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that the essential functions of the job can be performed and not hinder the employee's performance due to physical, mental or emotional disability.



Cheniere Energy is an equal opportunity workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected categories. This includes providing reasonable accommodation if requested for disabilities or religious beliefs and practices.

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