Principal Process Control Engineer

Date:  15-Nov-2022
Job Posting End Date:  30-Nov-2022;00:59:59GMT
Job Country: 


Job State/Province:  Saskatchewan
Job Location/Region:  Saskatoon


About BHP  

t BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities. Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success.

Come and be a part of this success.

About Potash

BHP’s Jansen Potash Project located approximately 140 km east of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is BHP’s first and most advanced potash project. Jansen will add diversity and a Canadian presence to BHP’s global portfolio. Jansen’s large resource endowment provides the opportunity to develop it in stages, with anticipated initial capacity of 4.35 Mtpa. The BHP Board has recently sanctioned Jansen Project (Stage 1), with a US $5.7 billion investment. The project is now entering the construction phase, with the first potash expected in 2027.



Reporting to the Manager Electrical, Instrumentation and Control Engineering, the Principal Process Control Engineer is responsible for the assurance of the engineering design and provides technical support during construction and commissioning of Instrumentation and Control Systems. This individual is expected to function in this capacity with minimal supervision and exchange information, instructions, and ideas with other functional groups and engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) companies.

About the Role

In this role, you will:


  • Develop process controls execution strategies in conjunction with overall project development team (locally and with EPCMs)

  • Participate in P&ID development including risk, value, HAZID/HAZOP, safety in design, operability/maintainability, and constructability

  • Author, check or approve specifications of process control equipment including control valves, relief valves, flow measurement devices, process instrumentation, analytical systems, and DCS, PLC, and SCADA systems

  • Identify and manage process controls technical risk items

  • Oversee a detailed design controls team (instruments and control systems)

  • Review Functional Safety SIL assessments and oversee implementation of SIL rated Safety Functions

  • Participate in Control System Design reviews

  • Participate in Factory Acceptance Testing and/or Site Acceptance Testing of Process Automation equipment (PCS, Analyzers, PDC)

  • Participate in plant commissioning, validations, and start ups

  • Participate in coordination of design activities with other disciplines (Process, Mechanical, Civil/Structural)

  • Provide short term field support during construction and commissioning

  • Provide input to Value Engineering and other Value Improvement Practices 


Work Location

This role is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; 40 hours per week. Parking is provided on-site. This role will require travel to Ontario and more frequent travel to the Jansen site located in Leroy, Saskatchewan. 

About You


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering

  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer in the province of Saskatchewan 

  • Significant and applicable professional work experience in the mining industry, preferably in potash

  • Robust knowledge of discipline design standards, specifications, codes, and appropriate safety criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of the design and implementation of control and instrumentation systems for process plants specially in potash, development of the process control philosophy and PCS architecture

  • Relevant site commissioning experience, while not essential, would be beneficial

  • Familiarity with Smart Plant design suite and Smart Plant Instrumentation tool is considered an advantage

  • Dedicated as a team member, taking accountability for actions, behaviors, performance, and decisions

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate with a multi-disciplinary design team located across multiple geographies

  • Works effectively in a fast-paced environment, with the ability to respond to tight deadlines, significant workloads, and changing priorities across multiple levels of the organization


About Our Process 

At BHP, we are committed to employing individuals who align with the BHP Charter Values and meet the requirements of the role. As part of the recruitment process, there are a number of checks which may be conducted to demonstrate applicants suitability for a role including police / criminal background checks, medical, drug and alcohol testing, due diligence checks, right to work checks, and/or reference checks. 

Supporting a Diverse Workforce  

The size and magnitude of our business not only provides significant opportunity for professional development, but also attractive salary packages with performance-based bonuses and a unique BHP employee share program. 


At BHP, we recognize that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees' lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.