Engineer - Instrumentation, Electrical & Controls
Instrumentation, Electrical & Controls Engineer's Primary purpose:
To plan, design, implement and support control systems used in the operation of natural gas pipeline compressor stations, oil pump stations and related facilities
Instrumentation, Electrical & Controls Engineer's Essential duties and responsibilities:
• Design, develop, test and maintain PLC based automation systems (Primarily Allen Bradley PLC systems) and PC based HMI systems (Primarily Wonderware InTouch systems).
• Design and implement automation system networks, including specifying communications protocols, communications media and associated hardware.
• Interface with other technical/engineering disciplines to ensure the effective integration of electrical and automation systems with the overall product design.
• Provide on-site services, including oversight of system installation, leading commissioning efforts and supplying troubleshooting support as required.
• Assist Field Operations with remote troubleshooting and support for their IEC systems.
• Develop and/or update Company Equipment Specifications and Engineering Standards.
• Effectively plan, schedule, manage and report on multiple capital and maintenance projects with various deadlines and responsibility levels involving new construction, mechanical integrity, emissions controls, etc.
• Review and manage projects in terms of economics, OSHA Safety, Engineering Standards, Construction Standards, Operating and Maintenance Procedures.
• Develop project scope documents, schedules, costs estimates and budget forecasts as required with minimal direction from supervisor.
• Provide engineering support to field operations as necessary.
• Effectively prioritize workload between several projects.
• Deal with a wide variety of people with tact, courtesy and professionalism.
• Speak clearly, both in person and by telephone, using a high level of verbal skills and listen carefully.
• Maintain a regular, dependable attendance and a consistently high level of performance.
• Will work non-traditional hours as needed.
• Maintain a high regard for personal safety, for the safety of company assets and employees, and the general public.
• Other daily, weekly, monthly or special project duties as identified and defined.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Engineering or a related discipline.
• A minimum of ten (10) years direct work experience in Automation may be considered as a substitute for a degree.
Instrumentation, Electrical & Controls Engineer's Experience/Specific Knowledge:
• Intermediate proficiency level in MS Office applications that may include but are not limited to Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook
Instrumentation, Electrical & Controls Engineer's Certifications, Licenses & Registrations:
• Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and a driving record satisfactory to the company and its insurers (for travel).
Instrumentation, Electrical & Controls Engineer's Competencies, Skills & Abilities:
• Experience programming Allen Bradley PLC and Wonderware InTouch HMI systems.
• Experience in designing and implementing communications networks, utilizing a variety of communication protocols, including but not limited to Ethernet, ControlNet, DH+, DF-1, Modbus and Profibus.
• Proficiency in basic engineering skills.
• Experience with designing and specifying physical media used in communications, including but not limited to copper cabling, fiber optic cabling and radio transmission.
• Knowledge and experience in the design and operation of automation systems for natural gas and oil facilities, including compressor/pump stations, storage facilities and processing facilities.
• Familiarity and ability to read and interpret electrical and mechanical blueprints and diagrams, including flow charts, cause/effect diagrams, and Piping and Instrument Drawings (P&IDs).
• Must be able to perform all essential and marginal functions of the job.
• Must be able to work with a team, take direction from management, adhere to required work schedules, focus attention on details, and follow work rules.
• Ability to successfully perform multiple tasks with strict deadlines.
• Ability to organize and prioritize daily work.
• Job level commensurate with experience and skill sets; position will be filled depending on qualifications, experience and skill sets of the successful candidate.
Instrumentation, Electrical & Controls Engineer's Physical Demands:
All of the physical requirements listed below are those that may be necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Sitting; standing; walking or moving throughout facility; driving; talking; seeing (specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus); hearing; feeling; bending or stooping; squatting or crouching; reaching; kneeling; pushing; pulling; lifting up to 25 lbs.
• Minimal safety hazards; general office working conditions.
• Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time.
• The employee is regularly required to use hands to type, touch, handle, or feel. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• Ability to work in varying weather conditions as needed during field site visits.
• Field activities may include walking to and amidst work and/or construction sites, climbing in and out of trenches, working around heavy equipment and working in confined spaces.
Instrumentation, Electrical & Controls Engineer's Working Conditions:
• Frequent overnight travel may be required.
• Required to carry a cell phone, and be available to respond during working and non-working hours.
• The successful candidate will be required to clear a drug screen and a complete background check, including credit report for certain positions, after an offer has been extended and prior to being employed.
PREFERRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, CERTIFICATIONS, COMPETENCIES, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
Above the minimum requirements; not required but advantageous in this position:
• Specific knowledge related to the electrical/mechanical design of gas compression equipment including reciprocating engines, gas turbines, electric motor drives, reciprocating compressors and centrifugal compressors and/or knowledge of oil facilities and pipelines.
• Experience and knowledge with compressor/pump station design.
• Advanced proficiency level in MS Office applications that may include but are not limited to Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook.
• Specific knowledge and application experience as a project manager in a commercial environment.
• Medium and High voltage experience, including equipment specification and sizing.
• Knowledge and/or application experience with industry standards (DOT 49CFR192, API, ASME, ANSI, NACE, NEC, etc.).
• Design and construction knowledge of NEC codes, especially as related to hazardous area applications.
• Knowledge of mechanical equipment air emission reduction concepts and applications.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This position may perform other duties as assigned.
Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status. EOE/M/F/D/V