BP Americas, Inc. Electrical Engineer in Whiting, Indiana


Job title:

Electrical Engineer



Role synopsis:

Whiting Clean Energy (WCE) is a 525MW combined cycle cogeneration facility. The facility consists of two GE 7FA gas turbine generators with accompanying heat recovery steam generators, one steam turbine generator, a demineralization water treatment unit and associated balance of plant equipment. The facility can produce 525MW of electricity for sale into the wholesale power market and 1.1MMlb/hr of high-pressure steam (1300 psig) for export to the Whiting Refinery.

The Electrical Engineer is responsible for the safe and efficient execution of electrical engineering and maintenance work at WCE. This role provides engineering support to the maintenance and operations teams and interfaces with several resources including the maintenance supervisor, engineers, specialists, craftsmen, and contractor personnel to support daily maintenance activities and strategy driven improvement projects. The Electrical Engineer is responsible for developing short and long range plans for electrical equipment that support the HSSE, availability and financial goals of the site. He or she accomplishes this through preventative maintenance, predictive maintenance and project upgrades.

Req ID:



United States - Indiana - Whiting

Is this a part time position?:


Relocation available:


Travel required:


Key accountabilities:

  • Key electrical engineering technical authority for the site

  • Directs critical activities requiring electrical knowledge and expertise

  • Provides daily technical support to instrument and electrical technicians

  • Assists in planning and execution of turnaround (TAR) electrical activities

  • Provides technical input in determining priority and scope of equipment repairs

  • Leads root cause analysis for failure investigations for incidents related to electrical equipment

  • Analyzes equipment monitoring data and develops appropriate response to reliability issues

  • Reviews engineering projects and improvements to ensure compliance with company and industry standards

  • Completes engineering design and documentation for site improvement, TAR, and modification projects

  • Assists in developing and maintaining plant electrical engineering standards and electrical safety standards

  • Develops and manages reliability projects for electrical systems

  • Develops testing plans for critical electrical equipment and works with the maintenance supervisor in execution of the testing plans

  • Prepares engineering datasheets & documents and material/equipment specifications

  • Reviews supplier data, witnesses shop tests, and develops material requisitions as needed

  • Directs the efforts of design engineering and construction contractors

  • Maintains the site’s electrical one-line diagrams

  • Maintains the site’s electrical area classification drawings

  • Maintains the site’s electrical process models (short-circuit and load flow)

  • Interfaces with the electrical transmission operator (NIPSCO) as needed to coordinate maintenance outages to maintain grid reliability

Essential Education:

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering

Desirable criteria and qualifications:


For information regarding competency needs for this profile, please see the competency spreadsheet on the WCE Sharepoint.

As a Safety & Production Critical position, incumbent maintains process safety critical requirements as outlined in WBU’s Competency Assurance Process, WBU-LD-GU-00001.


  • Computer proficiency in standard desktop and electrical engineering software

  • Proficient in application of industry codes, guidelines and regulatory standards to include NEC, NFPA, and API

  • Experience with power distribution engineering, including substations, relay coordination, and short circuit studies

  • Technical knowledge of electrical and power system engineering calculations, construction methods, and materials

  • Experience with electrical equipment design, specification, installation, repair & maintenance (including generators, transformers, motors, variable frequency drives and other electrical equipment)

  • Experience with 480V thru 138 kV systems

  • Experience with distributed control systems, instrumentation and controls and basic analyzers

  • Experience with instrument and control equipment design, specification, installation, repair & maintenance

  • Experience with various types of control valves

  • Technical knowledge of instrument and control system engineering calculations, construction methods, and materials

  • Experience with PLC and Safety Instrumented Systems

About BP:

Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 80 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future

The BP Whiting Refinery is located on the south-western shore of Lake Michigan and the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal in the communities of Whiting, East Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. Whiting Refinery is the second largest refinery in the BP refining system, and the 6th largest refinery in the United States. Operations began in 1889, prior to the advent of the automobile.

Today, BP is investing several billion dollars in Northwest Indiana to modernize its Whiting Refinery for the processing of heavier crudes. The modernization is essential to the long-term viability of the refinery, and includes well over a billion dollars in environmental improvements. BP Whiting Refinery employs thousands of full-time employees and contractors. The Whiting Refinery Modernization Project is employing thousands of additional contractors. The modernization project will provide for greater energy security in the Midwest, as conventional supplies of the lighter crudes diminish, and are replaced by heavier crudes.

As we progress with the project, the health, safety and security of our employees, and of those who come into contact with our operations and products, remains our highest priority. Our policy is that no job is worth doing, unless it is done safely, while protecting our shared natural environment.

Application close date:



General Engineering

Job category:


Countries (State/Region):

United States - Indiana


If you are selected for a position in the United States, your employment will be contingent upon submission to and successful completion of a post-offer/pre-placement drug test (and alcohol screening/medical examination if required by the role) as well as pre-placement verification of the information and qualifications provided during the selection process. The drug screen requires a hair test for which BP must be able to obtain a sufficient hair sample for analysis (4 cm/1 ½” scalp, or > 2 cm/¾” body – arms & armpits/legs/chest)

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Essential experience and job requirements:

A minimum of 5 years industrial (refining, petrochemical, power plant, water plant or manufacturing) experience

Other Requirements (eg Travel, Location):

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Eligibility Requirements:

If you are applying for a position in the United States, you must be at least 18 years of age, legally authorized to work in the United States; and not require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., TN, H1B status), now or in the future.