Process Control Engineer

Alcoa Australia

Location: Kwinana Beach

Job Type: Full time


Shape Your World

At Alcoa, you will become an essential part of our purpose: to turn raw potential into real progress. The way we see it, every Alcoan is a work-shaper, team-shaper, idea-shaper, world-shaper.

At Alcoa, you’re an essential part of our purpose: to turn raw potential into real progress. This is an opportunity for you to bring your wealth of experience to the team and help shape the future of sustainability with world-changing innovations and low carbon technologies. You have the power to shape things to make them better.

About the Role:

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Process Control Engineer to join the Process Control team at our Kwinana Refinery. That team is responsible for developing, maintaining and supporting the control system from instrumentation through to information systems across the refinery.

With an extensive control system based on a Honeywell DCS, this role will be involved in all aspects of the control system. This includes basic control, advanced regulatory control and up to multivariable process control systems.

Reporting to the Senior Process Control Engineer, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining the software and providing troubleshooting and training assistance to production and technical personnel. The Process Control Engineer has a shared responsibility to grow and support the rest of the site control and information application teams and will have the opportunity to cover the Senior Engineer responsibilities for leave and other times.

In addition to supporting existing control schemes, you will be involved in project work that varies from small local requests to large scale capital projects which can involve multi disciplines and external resources.

The local site team is part of the wider Alcoa control team, which provides the opportunity to interact with a broad range of expertise allowing for knowledge sharing and best practice transfer to and from refineries across Australia and around the world.

What’s on offer?

  • Career development opportunities to pursue your passions

  • Professional development opportunities

  • Competitive remuneration and benefits packages

  • Performance related bonus (variable)

  • Paid annual volunteer hours

  • Employee groups including the Social Club, Alcoa Women’s Network, EAGLE (Employees at Alcoa for Gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgender Equality) and AWARE (Alcoans Working Actively for Racial-ethnic Equality)

  • Monthly Leisure (flexi) Day to spend more time doing the things you love

  • Benefits Allowance

  • 16 weeks paid parental leave scheme

What you can bring to the role:

To play a part in our ongoing success we are seeking someone with:

  • An Electrical/Process Control/Chemical Engineering degree

  • Experience in delivery of process control services in alumina refining or other relevant heavy industry.

  • Demonstrated a high level of influencing and negotiation skills across all levels of an organisation and have the ability to think and execute innovatively.

  • Ability to take a problem statement and transfer this into a well-designed control scheme to meet the customer and plant requirements.

  • High level of competence in technical computing, and a broad familiarity with software development protocols.

The following attributes will be highly regarded:

  • Advanced process control experience (multivariable control systems)

  • Experience in developing HMI interfaces for process control systems.

  • Honeywell DCS experience

  • Alumina refinery experience

Closing Date: Friday 6th October 2023


About the Location

Alcoa's Kwinana Refinery was the first of Alcoa’s three West Australian alumina refineries. Located within the Kwinana Industrial Area, south of Perth, the refinery implements a wide range of world-leading technology innovations that continuously improve production and environmental performance. By joining our team, you can shape the future of sustainability with world-changing innovations and low-carbon technologies. You have the power to shape things to make them better. Come shape your career with us!

We are values led, vision driven and united by our purpose of transforming raw potential into real progress.  Our commitments to Inclusion, Diversity & Equity include providing trusting workplaces that are safe, respectful and inclusive of all individuals, free from discrimination, bullying and harassment and that our workplaces reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate.   

This is a place where you are empowered to do your best work, be your authentic self, and feel a true sense of belonging. Come join us and shape your career! 

Your work. Your world. Shape them for the better.

You’ve got this!