Advanced Application Engineer
Midrand, GAUTENG, South Africa
8h ago


  • Responsibility for sound technical design & delivery of process optimization in alignment with the customer requirements and to the full satisfaction of the client unlocking the targeted business value using state of the art technology.
  • Identify process control & optimization improvement opportunities at various chemical manufacturing sites. Lead feasibility studies for implementing control optimization solutions considering design, equipment, & operational constraints, product prices and optimization objectives to prepare the ROI.
  • Provide pre-sales support using commercial, technical, & functional knowledge to identify requirements, risks and assumptions, compile estimates, prepare proposals and presentations / demos as appropriate to further the pursuit and submit the bid.
  • Lead critical project activities, ensuring buy-in and acceptance from the customer including, but not limited to Project Kick Off, Pre-Test & Tuning, Step Testing, Inferential development, Model Acceptance Testing, Commissioning & SAT.
  • Conduct training to plant operations & customer engineering teams on Honeywell suite of process performance solutions.
  • Identify / troubleshoot process unit operations, software, and instrument problems. Create and implement new strategies to improve process efficiency, process control utilization & reliability.
  • Support start-up activities if required.

  • Act as a process control subject matter expert for process hazards analysis, process design modifications, risk assessment review, alarm management, and incident investigation.
  • Proactively recommend potential quality and efficiency improvements within the engineering / product development group.
  • Regularly identify & communicate risk in the project and prepare mitigation plans.

  • Shares technical knowledge with project team, supervisor, own discipline and other disciplines. Lead or support improvement technology plans developed by business technology leaders and influence the product development.
  • Communicate with internal team regarding technical issues, escalating these early in the project.
  • Cultivate client relationships as a trusted technical advisor while identifying revenue & growth opportunities for Honeywell in the Process Optimization space.
  • Promote adjacent process performance solutions including but not limited to process simulation & design, operator training / simulations, blending & movement automation.
  • Review operating & control philosophies, process description, P&ID, PFD, proposal documentation.
  • Work as Customer facing technical co-ordinator for Operator Training Simulator (OTS) and other application with the support from back office technical lead.
  • Communicates with project engineers based on work requirements and with the respective Project Engineering Leader as required, to expedite project execution.
  • Interacts both in writing and orally with the staff of all relevant LOB for information transfer.
  • Interacts with operations leaders in development engineering & global engineering services to coordinate project activities involving requiring external support.
  • Interacts with product managers & specialists and or suppliers for technical information of new engineering products required for projects.
  • Communicates with external customers, EPC contractors, sub-contractors or outside agencies to expedite projects through regular project meetings.
  • Framework Boundaries, Decision Making authority and responsibility

  • Supervised by the respective Process Optimization engineering program manager to ensure the performance and delivery of required outputs to meet project schedules and the completion of all assigned tasks in line with company procedures and standards and customer expectations.
  • Establishes and maintains good working relationships with numerous personnel in management, and engineering all of whom are greatly dependent on the APC Technical Lead’s analytical ability and judgement.
  • Makes all technical decisions to meet the requirement of the project, company standards and international codes and discusses critical decisions with the respective Project Engineering Leader.
  • Responsible for ensuring project delivery on budget & schedule.
  • Knowledge and Experience

    The APC Technical Lead must have a minimum of 6 years demonstrated experience in delivery of process optimization solutions.

    Candidate must have the following skills & competencies :

  • Hands on application experience implementing Real-Time / Multi-Variable Optimization solutions in multiple industries including but not limited to Refining, Petrochemical, Gas Processing, & Oil & Gas.
  • Experience developing inferential / property predictors.
  • Expert product knowledge of industry standard process optimization solutions.
  • Programming languages (Visual Basic, CL, Fortran)
  • DCS / Operator Stations e.g., Honeywell Experion & TDC3000, Yokogawa Centum V / CS / CS3000, Siemens, Foxboro, ABB, Emerson or others
  • Expert experience with PID Tuning and implementation of Advanced Regulatory Control
  • Excellent understanding of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and control theory
  • Excellent verbal, written communication & presentation skills in English.
  • Strong team player able to work effectively with customers, multidisciplinary project teams and other departments within the company.
  • Strong analytical, troubleshooting & and problem-solving skills, quality oriented, logical & thorough.
  • Candidate should be able to learn quickly, think efficiently, and inquire effectively in order to gather and understand user requirements.
  • Following are the desired skill-competencies requirements :

  • Experience in Honeywell Profit Suite is highly preferable.
  • Experience with PID / APC monitoring applications.
  • Process modelling experience in Refining, Petrochemical, Oil & Gas
  • Knowledge of Data Historians (Uniformance PHD, OSI PI, IP21) is preferable.
  • Working experience with process simulation packages such as UNISM, Dynsim, HYSIS.
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Process Control. Advanced degrees preferred.
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