Senior Instrument Engineer

Houston, Texas, United States

Job Reference 1239773

Location Houston, Texas, United States

Industry Oil & Gas - LNG

Function Engineering & Design

Job Type Contract

Date Added March 11, 2024

Vacancy Overview

Senior Instrument Engineer – Quintana, TX


Airswift is an international workforce solutions provider within the energy, process and infrastructure industries. Airswift serves as a strategic partner to our clients, offering a turnkey workforce solution to capture and deliver the top talent needed to complete successful projects by aligning with the unique needs of our clients.  With over 800 employees and 6,000 contractors operating in over 50 countries, our geographical reach and pool of talent available is unmatched in the industry and the level of experience, exposure and expertise that the organization has is unparalleled.

Our client is seeking a Senior Instrument Engineer to work within their facilities located in Quintana, TX, for a one-year assignment.

The Senior Instrument Engineer is a member of the Capital Project Group (CPG) and reports directly to the CPG Engineering Manager. The Lead Instrument Engineer is primarily accountable for Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) of Engineering Deliverables by the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor beginning with Detailed Design through Commissioning and Startup.

This role is also accountable for ensuring the Client’s Capital Projects Instrumentation design meets or exceeds contractual and regulatory requirements and industry best practices. The complexity of the instrumented systems in both the Liquefaction (LQF) and Pretreatment (PTF) Facilities requires a high level of experience and technical expertise to provide assurance of design deliverables along with proper QA/QC of procurement, installation and construction of instrumented systems.

Candidates must understand the setup and operation of the Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS), consisting of the Distributed Control System (DCS) sometimes referred to as the Basic Process Control System (BPCS), the Safety Instrumented System (SIS), and the Fire and Gas System (FGS). Candidates must understand the ICSS process control and safety functions required for the gas treatment and liquefaction process, and their role in safe, efficient, and reliable plant operations, with the objective of meeting business goals for production while minimizing unscheduled equipment down time. The role will be required to interface closely with the Operations teams during startup and assist with troubleshooting as well as providing technical support.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Review and comment on Specifications and Data Sheets
  • Review and comment on Detailed Design Deliverables
  • Review and comment on Procurement Packages
  • Review and comment on Supplier Document Deliverables
  • Participate in Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) of ICSS and other Instrumentation Systems (infrequent domestic and international travel should be expected)
  • Participate in Site Acceptance Tests (SATs) of ICSS and packaged equipment
  • Coordinate engineering and design interfaces between Instrumentation and other discipline teams in a strong matrix, multi-discipline project team environment.
  • Review project deliverable documents for completeness and accuracy, and check and approve Instrument design drawings.
  • Ensure EPC Contractor meets all regulatory requirements in a timely manner
  • Review other disciplines and vendor print inter-squad drawings, and coordinate with other discipline leads to ensure effective quality product.
  • Ensure Contractor compliance with project schedule for Engineering and Construction.
  • Review the as-built documentation process for all Instrumentation work. · Ensure instrument design, construction, and testing are code compliant.
  • Represent Owner in responses to EPC Contractor Change Orders
  • Review Process Control narratives and the revision of these with any changes to control.
  • Participate in Hazops and Hazids as required.
  • Support Alarm Management. Interface with other Discipline Engineers and Operations to resolve issues.
  • Support Process Trip Investigation during startup.
  • Provide input to resolution of Process Control Design Issues found post-startup
  • Ensure compliance with established site and corporate philosophies, standards, specifications and procedures related to the SIS, control and instrumentation.
  • Provide guidance to Smartplant Instrument (SI) use on Train 4 and interface with existing Trains 1-3 database.
  • Provide input to the configuration of graphical displays.
  • Review all package unit inquiries and purchase order requisitions where instrumentation is to be furnished by a Vendor as part of the package unit.
  • Review unpriced requisitions and purchase orders of equipment and address any Technical Deviations from the Project requirements.
  • Participate in any Contractor Engineering Audits for the Instrument Discipline Competencies
Required Skills:
  • Knowledgeable Subject Matter Expert on Process Control and Distributed Control Systems (DCS).
  • Knowledgeable on Cause and Effect (SIS interlocks).
  • Knowledgeable and familiar with the tuning of loops, process control, DCS systems and graphics.
  • Familiarity with cybersecurity.
  • Strong written and verbal technical communication skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills and be able to evaluate and prioritize multiple tasks to ensure alignment with project goals.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate and work with all levels of the organization including operations, technical, plant management, contractors, and vendors.
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work safely, efficiently, and effectively with minimal guidance and direction.
  • Self-starter/motivated
  • Excellent troubleshooting/analytical skills.
Education/Experience:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Instrument, Controls, Electrical, Mechanical or Process Engineering.
  • 10+ years of direct experience with process control automation systems (DCS) in an LNG Export/Import or petrochemical manufacturing facility required.
  • Experience with Honeywell DCS.
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