Instrument and Electrical Engineer

About OQ Chemicals:

OQ Chemicals is a global manufacturer of Oxo Intermediates and Oxo Performance Chemicals with around 1,400 employees worldwide. Our products are used in various applications such as paints and coatings, lubricants and functional fluids, and personal care products.


Bay City, US, 77414

Mobile work possible?:  no
Entry Date:  Permanent
Employment type:  Full time

OQ Chemicals Company Overview |World leader in Oxo Chemicals

Oxo products are the core competency of OQ Chemicals. We are producing more than 70 oxo intermediates and oxo derivatives for customers in a wide range of industries with various end market applications. Our chemicals are important ingredients in products that are used in daily life around the world. "We" refers to more than 1,400 OQ Chemicals employees worldwide. At our plants in Germany, the USA, China and the Netherlands, we produce intermediates and derivatives.


Job Purpose:

This position aims to provide engineering, design, and management for projects of various sizes and maintenance support when needed, primarily at the Bay City Plant.


Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the technical design of Instrument/Electrical projects, conforming to applicable codes and standards.
  • Manage small projects related to plant reliability improvements.
  • Stewardship and technical review of Safety Instrumented Systems.
  • Perform technical review of instrumented systems designs and modifications.
  • Work closely in a team atmosphere with various functional roles in the routine and non-routine repair of instrumentation, analyzers, and electrical equipment.
  • Perform root cause analysis of failed components.
  • Preliminary economic evaluation of cost reduction or revenue generation project opportunities.
  • Provide technical assistance to Operations and Maintenance personnel.
  • Define and utilize (or desire to learn) mathematical models, evaluate experimental or plant data, and recommend solutions to Unit or Maintenance problems using this data.
  • Provide support as required for troubleshooting Maintenance issues.
  • Support the process control group as necessary to implement new analog, digital, and supervisory process control strategies.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.


Notable Working Conditions: Mixture of office and chemical plant as necessary. Occasionally support the Bishop site as needed.


Education Requirements: B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering.


Language Requirements: English


Background, Experience, Competencies and Skills:

  • 3+ years of relevant work experience. 
  • Knowledge of process instrumentation including process monitoring devices, control valves, and/or distributed control systems. 
  • Knowledge of performing functional checks
  • Knowledge of preventative maintenance system and their administration.
  • SAP experience, specifically project systems (PS) module.
  • Strong desire to work in a leading edge industrial environment with a strong focus on safety, reliability and efficiency.
  • Ability to multitask and handle multiple simultaneous assignments. 
  • Ability to work as a self-directed individual. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to work with other groups such as Maintenance, Operations and Construction. 
  • Ability to work in a team based environment. 
  • Ability to lead a team towards a common goal. 



  • 8+ years of relevant experience. 
  • Knowledge of ladder and function block logic and workings of Safety Instrumented Systems.
  • Knowledge of OQ Work Processes.

OQ Chemicals is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not tolerate discrimination based on race, sex, age, color, national origin, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


Our Benefits

  • Excellent Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Plans
  • Health Equity Health Fund for health and dependent care
  • Disability Benefits
  • Basic Group Term Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Paid Time Off for a balanced life
  • Competitive salary, bonus, 401(k) plan with match and profit-sharing match

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