BP Americas, Inc. Unit Maintenance Engineer – Instrumentation/Electrical in Texas City, Texas


Job title:

Unit Maintenance Engineer – Instrumentation/Electrical



Role synopsis:

The primary responsibilities of the Unit Maintenance Engineer (UME) are to provide technical support to the operating units and maintenance craftsmen, to address short-term reliability problems, to participate in root cause failure analysis and to provide turnaround support. The UME will also support the Senior Discipline Engineer/Specialists with the implementation of long term reliability plans and manage small capital and plant expense projects.

Req ID:



United States - Texas - Texas City

Is this a part time position?:


Relocation available:


Travel required:

Yes - up to 10%

Key accountabilities:

  • Monitor operation of equipment in assigned areas on a routine basis and address emerging issues.

  • Provide technical support for all emergency/after-hours work that requires troubleshooting and scope definition.

  • Identify cost savings opportunities for assigned areas.

  • Perform mechanical design and issue job notes and construction packages for implementation.

  • Manage Plant Expense Projects and small capital projects.

  • Participate in formal root cause failure analyses.

  • Identify turnaround scope for assigned areas.

  • Review/develop scope for critical turnaround jobs.

  • Support turnaround field work to ensure quality and compliance with construction packages.

  • Support unit startups for critical equipment after major equipment repairs

  • Participate in Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) for MOC’s and unit revalidations.

  • Trend equipment reliability in assigned area.

  • Create/revise maintenance procedures, as necessary.

  • Adhere to the MOC process for field/shop modifications and operating parameter changes.

  • Provide assistance to the Maintenance Hourly Trainer for craft training.

  • Assist with training Operation personnel on modifications to equipment.

  • Work with Optimization Engineers and Reliability Engineer to reach agreement on causes of unreliability.

  • Provide input into the reliability forecast for assigned units to include potential risks to the forecast.

  • Work with operations, production planning and maintenance to identify opportunities for implementation of problem solutions.

  • Participate in incident investigations.

  • Communicate the job scope to Maintenance Job Reps for contract work.

  • Complete special projects as requested.

  • Understand how the work of the Reliability Team affects the environment. Support your area to minimize impact on the environment. Support the site Environmental Management System (EMS).

  • Uphold BP's commitment to health, safety, and security. Support your area to uphold BP's HSSE policy. Support the site Local Operating Management System (LOMS).

Essential Education:

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering required.

  • Must have excellent communication skills in English

Desirable criteria and qualifications:

  • Action Oriented: Action oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging.

  • Command Skills - Relishes leading; takes unpopular stands if necessary; encourages direct and tough debate but isn’t afraid to end it and move on; is looked to for direction in a crisis

  • Creativity: Generates new unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tend to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.

  • Communication: Is an excellent communicator; actively listens and has the ability to extract critical information to assist in developing solutions; is clear and concise in recommendations

  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.

  • Decision Quality: Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment

  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

  • Functional/Technical Skills: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment

  • Managing Work: Is able to successfully manage multiple priorities, and deliver high quality work

  • Planning: Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and project; breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedule and task; measure performance against goals; evaluates results.

  • Priority Setting: Spends time and the time of others on what’s important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; eliminates roadblocks.

  • Problem Solving: Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; can see hidden problems; looks beyond obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answers.

  • Teamwork: Actively builds networks to enhance effectiveness in delivering objectives; shares knowledge

  • Quality of Work Output: Exceptional quality of service provided in terms of errors, waste, and rework; Required to meet high standards.

  • Work/Life Balance: Maintains a conscious balance between work and personal life so that one doesn’t dominate the other; is not one-dimensional; knows how to attend to both.

About BP:

Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 80 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed, and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future.

The Petrochemicals SPU is made up of a series of winning businesses including the global Aromatics and Acetyls Business and Asia Olefins & Derivatives. With manufacturing, technology, and commercial locations worldwide, the Petrochemicals SPU is a great opportunity to work with a diverse team of committed people.

The businesses produce 3 key products: Acetic acid, Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) and Paraxylene (PX). These products are used to meet the growing needs of world for packaging, garments, furnishings, detergents, paints, and adhesives. The success of our business requires deploying best in class proprietary technology, having best in class manufacturing, and delivering commercial excellence for all of our product lines.

The Aromatics Americas BU focuses on the production and sale of PX, PTA, and Naptha Dicarboxylate Acid (NDC). Our manufacturing assets are located in Decatur, AL, Cooper River, SC, and Texas City, TX and are integrated with one of the nation’s largest refineries. The technology and commercial center in Naperville, IL, is the home of our sales, logistics, and commercial teams.

Application close date:



Mechanical Engineering

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Countries (State/Region):

United States - Texas


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Essential experience and job requirements:

1+ years of experience as a maintenance/reliability engineer in a plant environment

Preferred 3+ years experience

Other Requirements (eg Travel, Location):

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Eligibility Requirements:

If you are applying for a position in the United States, you must be at least 18 years of age, legally authorized to work in the United States; and not require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., TN, H1B status), now or in the future.