For more than 100 years, Praxair has taken something as fundamental as air
and turned it into ways to make food taste better, plants operate more
cleanly and efficiently, breathing easier - in short, to make all our
lives better. A global leader in industrial gases and high-performance
coatings, Praxair has 26,000 employees and does business in more than 50
Job Description: Responsible for managing the Advanced Process Control &
optimization group in Global Hydrogen Business Unit. This position will
directly manage a group of 6 – 8 APC engineers and will report to the
Director of Process Automation within Global Hydrogen.
The position will have three primary areas of responsibilities as follows:
• Lead and Manage implementation of new MPC and RTO projects for Hydrogen/
Carbon Monoxide (HyCO) plants
• Manage the support of the MPC and RTOs in existing Praxair plants
• Technical direction to the Global Hydrogen Operations Center (GHOC):
GHOC purpose is to monitor the efficiency of all Hyco plants worldwide
using KPIs and identify productivity and cost saving opportunities. It
acts as a technical support center for Hyco plants and instrumental in
rolling out new initiatives in close coordination with R&D.
• Manage and maintain the operator training simulators and the process
The job requires applying chemical engineering, system optimization,
statistical and control principles in designing and implementing advanced
process control and optimization applications. Specifically, this will
entail conceptualizing, defining, designing, simulating, commissioning and
supporting technical control aspects of HyCO plant operations.
Candidate will pro-actively provide the direction and guidance to monitor
different HyCO plants to identify operational gaps and opportunities for
efficiency improvement. Areas of involvement will include process modeling
and dynamic analysis, state-of-the-art model predictive control, plant-
wide control, real time optimization and performance monitoring of plant
This challenging position requires excellent communication skills to
maintain and develop relations with peer groups within Praxair such as
R&D, Operations, Engineering, Business development etc. This position will
be responsible for project design decisions and delivering results to meet
and exceed performance, schedule and budget constraints. Candidate must
have excellent people management skills to motivate the direct reports and
keep good control of the work progress and goals.
Requirements and Qualifications: BS, MS or PhD in Chemical Engineering
with 15+ years of experience in advanced process control and optimization
 Leads and directs project execution and commissioning activities for
APC&O implementation at HyCO plants. Must have prior hands on experience
on implementing AspenTech DMC+ multivariable controller. Experience with
mathematical modeling and optimization software such as RTOpt, AMS
Optimizer Suite, CPLEX, GAMS is also preferred.
 Ability to manage and direct a group of highly qualified people to
accomplish the goals. Organizes plans and prioritizes group workload.
 Provides support for new projects and proposals beginning with cost
justification thru implementation.
 Maintains APC&O system and operator Training Simulator (OTS) system
ownership for all projects and plants.
 Establishes and maintains technical standards, guidelines and work
 Responsible for recruiting, training, salary management, performance
management and career development of direct reports and team members.
 Involved in the planning, identification, and development of cost saving
projects/ programs, productivity ideas to support long-range business
 Plant operating or new plant start-up experience - i.e. functional
 Familiarity with plant instrumentation and control systems, primary
control loop tuning, safety and work procedures in a plant environment and
Strong skills in plant data analysis using statistical methods
 Knowledge of steady-state and dynamic process analysis using off-line
process simulation tools and computer control optimization techniques
 Experience using various programming languages, e.g. FORTRAN, Visual
Basic, C, C++
 Ability to work on multiple projects while managing the department
administrative functions and mentoring junior engineers.
Requires approximately 25% domestic and international travel
How to Apply: Applications may be submitted by visiting our website
www.praxair.com/careers. Requisition # 1301385