NewMarket Services

Control Systems Specialist

Location US-TX-Pasadena
Technical Services


Provides plant automation & process control support for the Houston production facility for small projects & daily activities. Identify, design, & implement automation improvement opportunities that align with the business goals to safely meet production targets utilizing lean manufacturing principles. Work with peers at other Afton sites to incorporate automation standards that align with best practices defined by the Global Engineering group. Assist in defining automation modernization strategies for the business, specifically at the Pasadena site.


  • Organize & prioritize a portfolio of automation improvement opportunities with various managers, engineers, supervisors, & groups of plant operators.
  • Work as part of the local controls team to provide daily support to the operations, maintenance, & instrumentation teams by troubleshooting & improving the site automation systems to meet site safety & production goals.
  • Scope & define automation requirements for capital projects at the site. Work with project teams to successfully implement automation to support these projects.
  • Provide off-hour on-call to support plant operations on a rotational basis.
  • Work with process control engineers from all Afton manufacturing sites to develop & maintain at set of Afton standards & conventions for best in practice plant automation & process control.
  • Maintain site automation hardware & process control networks to support the operations of the Houston manufacturing site safely & securely through implementing a life cycle plan for the site’s automation infrastructure.
  • Work with engineers to identify ways to optimize plant operations through improved automation by applying lean manufacturing principles.



  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, mathematics, or natural science.
  • 5 or more years of experience applying process control solutions in chemical manufacturing facility.
  • Experience with supporting daily activities & implementing small capital projects.
  • Experience configuring & maintaining automation on DCS, PLC, & HMI platforms.
  • Experience working with data historians & managing databases.
  • Working knowledge of automation standards for process safety, alarm management, batch management, & cybersecurity for industrial control systems.
  • Working knowledge of server operating systems & network protocols sufficient to support a process control network.
  • Self-motivated, attention to detail and highly organized
  • Strong team player, with demonstrated ability to positively motivate team members to success.
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills



  • 10 years of experience implementing process control solutions at a chemical manufacturing site.
  • Experience working on large capital projects.
  • Good knowledge of batch application and standards (ISA 88)
  • Experience with modernizing legacy automation systems in an operating production facility.
  • Experience with D/3 and Delta V control system.


Working at Afton


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Our Work - At Afton, our innovative R&D programs lead to global growth. Our lubricant and fuel additives are among the most highly developed and widely used in the petroleum industry. Afton is a recognized and trusted supplier of driveline lubricant additives, engine oil additives, fuel additives and industrial lubricant additives.


Benefits / Compensation - We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages that reflect our commitment to our employees. Our employees are our most treasured asset and we have dedicated resources that allow us to reward our employees for their commitment on an ongoing basis - ensuring our compensation packages are competitive in the industry.


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