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Reference ID R146456 Updated 03/26/2024
Discipline Engineering

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Do you like helping people? Do you like to make people smile? Are you passionate about putting people in a better place? Then you may have what it takes to join our amazing team?

Where you fit in

The Shell Polymers Plant is a world-scale petrochemical plant in Western Pennsylvania that upgrades locally-produced ethane from Marcellus and Utica shale formations gas production to make polyethylene.  The petrochemical complex consists of a world-scale Ethane Cracker Unit (ECU), multiple polyethylene (PE) units, PE logistics and supporting OSBL (utilities, general facilities, storage, and hydrocarbon logistics). The site is now growing to support Start-Up and Run & Maintain activities in preparation for full operation.The Site is located in the Pittsburgh, PA area (Monaca, PA).  Not only are we building a world-class asset, we’re building a world-class asset organization.  This position is critical to the mission of team, and this will promise to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  

What’s the role?

The Electrical Engineer supports run and maintain operations at the Shell Polymer’s Site.  Duties include quality assurance activities, projects, turnaround support, compliance with electrical safety requirements, maintaining electrical equipment files, training, development/updating of procedures, MOC support, etc.  The Electrical Engineer provides technical support to operations, and maintenance for electrical equipment. The individual works to improve equipment reliability by providing the Quality Assurance role for Electrical Equipment and performing investigation of failures, determination of root causes, and development of corrective action plans.  The Electrical Department focuses on identifying long-term electrical reliability problems and solutions that will minimize failures.  Other duties include troubleshooting, preventative maintenance development, history tracking, spare parts identification, and Operations interface / training.  

The Electrical Engineer also serves as the Electrical discipline focal point for assigned Site projects and provides electrical technical assurance during all phases of a project.  This includes design, engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, commissioning, startup, and closeout.  The responsibilities will be accomplished through the personal application of technical skills and the coordination and involvement of the appropriate technical resources available on site, through Shell P&T, and 3rd party engineering services. 

Though some limited design work might occasionally be undertaken, it is not intended that this role will provide detailed engineering design.  The individual in this role will however be expected to provide detailed design input in terms of required standards, specifications and materials of construction, and will further provide review, comment and overview of the detail design provided by others.  This individual will also be expected to specify required quality control and quality assurance hold points and examinations, and to provide review, comment and overview of vendor, fabricator, and constructor quality control programs.


  • Provide technical support to operations, engineering, and maintenance in the areas of electrical equipment utilization, operation, and maintenance. 

  • Support activities meeting the objectives of operating areas. 

  • Have a strong ownership of the equipment in your area of responsibility.  

  • Prioritize efforts placing emphasis on activities which improve the safety, environmental, and performance of electrical equipment, improve cost effectiveness of individual repairs, and improve operability of electrical equipment. Health and Safety

  • Take leadership in assuring that electrical activities are performed safely and in accordance with the SPM safety policies.

  • Provide input into SPM safety and maintenance procedures.

  • Be knowledgeable of and audit compliance to SPM Safety and Maintenance Procedures and OSHA regulations.

  • Perform and document NFPA 70E audits

  • Provide guidance for safe work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) used by crafts and contractors.

  • Investigate electrical incidents and near misses, perform root cause analysis, write and issue reports, and implement action items as necessary.

  • Ensure proper documentation of special operating and maintenance instructions associated with electrical equipment.

  • Be knowledgeable of the following: National Electric Code, National Electric Safety Code, NFPA Codes, API Documents, IEEE documents and whitepapers, OSHA Laws-Develop and/or review job hazards analysis for electrical tasks related to protecting personnel.

  • Be familiar with area classification methods and requirements according to NEC, API, and NFPA.

  • Provide input to resolution of area classification issues such as determining suitability of equipment for the area and updating area classification drawings.

  • Be knowledgeable of requirements for usage and maintenance of PPE used in electrical work such as gloves, arc flash clothing, insulating blankets, and test equipment.

  • Work with onsite safety equipment vendor to ensure that insulated electrical PPE is tested and maintained as per OSHA, NFPA 70E, and Penn Chem standards.

  • Provide instructions to personnel regarding the safe operation of electrical equipment.  Process Safety Management-Awareness of and compliance with Process Safety initiatives.

  • Participate in Process Hazard Analysis(PHA) reviews. 

  • Be aware of, and ensure proper disposal of environmental sensitive components and materials in electrical equipment such as mercury switches, batteries, and lighting components.

  • Compliance with all Penn Chem and EPA environmental standards and procedures.

  • Maintain Unit Hardware and Documentation

  • Support implementation of electrical Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) program.

  • Take leadership in developing, planning, and executing electrical equipment turnarounds.

  • Identify root cause and recommend upgrade solutions to systemic hardware problems.

  • Troubleshoot electrical hardware problems.

  • Maintain equipment files.

  • Track electrical equipment reliability in the assigned area and communicate progress.

  • Provide guidance for proper application of electrical equipment and components.

  • Ensure testing for electrical equipment is comprehensive and current, test results are within limits and a long term and/or short-term plan is in place to address deficiencies in electrical equipment.

  • Ensure preventative maintenance program procedures are up-to-date.

  • Provide technical support for equipment including 5 kV – 138KV Power Distribution Systems with solid-state computer based motor protection and protective relaying, Synchronous Motors and Controls, Electric Heat Tracing Systems, & Cathodic Protection

  • Maintain close contact with Production Unit personnel. 

  • Assist in the execution of minor projects.

  • Provide training to crafts and operators on electrical equipment and electrical related topics.

  • Assure that all Health, Safety, and Environmental Training specified by regulatory agencies and the company is up-to-date.

  • Participate in the Electrical Department goals and objective process. 

  • Managing fluctuating priorities dependent on current needs of customers and department and perform other duties as assigned

What we need from you

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or in any related field. With 5 years of experience Petrochemical Electrical construction, commissioning, Electrical Field experience

  • Experience with root-cause analysis is beneficial

  • Formal electrical training would be considered a plus

  • Working knowledge in the application of Condition Monitoring techniques (i.e. Infrared Temperature monitoring, oil analysis of Transformers, etc)

  • Strong organizational & communication skills (written & verbal)

  • Strong interpersonal skills and is able to work well with people at all levels in the organization

  • Possess excellent technical, trouble-shooting, and analytical skills.

  • Has working knowledge of Industry Electrical Codes.

  • Actively strives to demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with the Penn

  • Proficient in Microsoft suite applications

  • Understands work processes and metrics

  • Familiar with Refining Practices, i.e. ESP, RCM, ME, etc. - Proficient with SAP

The base salary range for this position is $122, 000 - $182, 000 per year.  Individual pay will be based on various factors, such as relevant work experience, education, certifications, skill level, seniority, and internal equity.     

For regular full-time or regular part-time employees of the Company (participating companies as listed in the Summary Plan Description), insurance coverage options include medical, dental, vision coverage, life Insurance, Business Travel Accident Insurance, and Occupational Accidental Death Benefit programs. Employees also participate in a company pension plan and a 401(k) plan. Paid leave includes up to 6 weeks of paid vacation time, up to 11 paid holidays, and parental leave offering 16 weeks of paid leave to birthing mothers, and 8 weeks of paid leave for non-birthing parents.

Additionally, employees are eligible for disability leave for up to 52 weeks at 100% or 50% of base pay. Shell also offers other compensation such financial reimbursement for adoption, wellness, education, and personal learning expenses, and some roles are eligible for discretionary long-term incentives. For interns, eligible benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, Business Travel Accident Insurance, and Occupational Accidental Death Benefit programs; participation in a 401(k) plan; and paid leave for up to 11 paid holidays. Additional information on Shell’s US benefit programs can be found at

Company description 

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally, and socially responsible.  We have expertise in exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.

As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity, and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork, and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.

Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, while managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you’ll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future – whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress together, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we’re nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills and reach your potential…

  • We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply and we’ll take it from there.

  • We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.

  • We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you in finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.


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