Instrument Specialist (Polyethylene)

Shell   •  

Monaca, PA

Industry: Energy & Utilities


11 - 15 years

Posted 61 days ago

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The Instrument Specialist is a member of the Process Automation Control & Optimization (PACO) Team within the Asset's Technology Department. The Instrument Specialist will work closely with and share responsibility with the Senior Instrument Engineer and Instrument Inspectors for the overall technical assurance of the plant Instrumentation and control system. This role will participate in instrument pre-commissioning & commissioning activities with the project team and is pivotal to the successful commissioning of the plant automation system during the project phase. During the run and maintain phase, this individual's focus will be day-to-day 2nd level technical support for field instrumentation and control systems engineering activities. This individual will work closely with the multi-discipline Engineering, Production, Technology and Maintenance teams to support effective and cost-efficient operation.


  • The Specialist will be directly involved in day to day engineering support activities for the instrumentation in troubleshooting, determining root cause of complex field instrumentation failures, managing the health of different data acquisition systems and developing technically sound solutions to the MOCs / field changes.
  • The Specialist will support and assist in establishing and maintaining PM library and will contribute to develop detailed preventative maintenance procedures for field instrumentation and 3rd package systems.
  • Will bring forward and implement programs/procedures to maintain field instrumentation reliability.
  • Condition monitoring and predictive analysis/maintenance recommendations with Instrument Asset Management System (iAMS) or other data acquisition systems.
  • The Specialist will participate in the field improvement projects as need to provide discipline support.
  • He/she will be responsible for the review, detailed engineering and implementation of the Management of Change work process for field improvements/changes with approval of Sr. Instrument Engineer.
  • Participates in incident investigations related to field instrumentation.
  • Contributes directly to finding root cause and resolution of bad actors.
  • Acts as mentor and 2nd level support to Instrument maintenance technicians.
  • Active in developing training material for I&E technicians.
  • Continue to meet existing industry standards as well as changing requirements from Regulatory and recognized governing Industry Standards (e.g. IEC-61511).
  • Recommends equipment upgrades and replacements when situations warrant it, such as high cost of maintainability, Obsolescence, loss of vendor support, more effective technological breakthroughs, etc.
  • Participates in Factory Acceptance Tests & Site Acceptance Tests (as required)
  • Responsible for maintaining the central repository for instrument database (SPI) with data sheets, wiring drawings, etc.
  • Support for setting-up and maintaining the instrument Function Location (FLOC) structure in GSAP with right hierarchy and cost centers.
  • Works with SIS engineer and other Maintenance engineers to capture the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for instrumentation based on maintenance and overall performance.
  • Shares in the collective responsibility of ensuring instrument reliability and correct instrument configurations in the site's iAMS system.
  • May be called in outside normal working hours to assist onsite as emergency situations occur.


Multiple positions exist to support different plant production units such as Ethylene cracker, polyethylene, Cogen, utilities, storage & logistics.

These positions has cross-site influence and progresses / champions a site strategic vision within the PACO discipline. The person in this role will adhere to the Shell Polymers Core Values i.e. Customer Centricity, ownership, innovation, partnership and Communityship with the ultimate vision of the asset team to be the unrivaled polyethylene manufacturer.

Responsible for engineering support in a process unit for a multitude of field instrumentation and different measurement technologies; not limited to Pressure, flow, level, temperature, density, speed, vibration, weight measurement, signal conditioning systems, data acquisition systems, control valves, automated on/off valves, motor control starters, fire & gas detectors. Also responsible for supporting the multiple data acquisition systems within the plant such as Rotating Equipment Data Acquisition system (Bently Nevada and Prognost), Electrical Network Monitoring & Control System (Siemens ENMCS), Turbine control systems (GE and Siemens), overspeed protection system (Woodward) and different package PLC based control systems (Allen Bradley/Siemens/Modicon, etc. The person will also need to have working knowledge and hands on experience on Distributed Control System and Safety Instrumented System (Emerson DeltaV / DeltaV SIS).


  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • Associates or higher degree in chemical, electrical, mechanical or Instrumentation with demonstrated leadership, knowledge and practical field instrumentation experience.
  • At least ten (10) years of experience with different type of field instrumentation, basic process control system (BPCS), Safety Instrumented System (SIS), environmental condition monitoring systems and Instrument Asset Management System (iAMS).
  • Experience in Ethylene Cracker and/or Polyethylene or Polypropylene plants is a MUST.
  • Experience with maintaining and calibrating the Safety Instrumented Functions (SIFs)/SIL instrument loops, final control elements (on/off valves, control valves, louvers, motor starters, etc.), fire & gas detectors, custody transfer measurement, weight scales/load cells is a plus.
  • Experience in a downstream manufacturing or technical support environment.
  • Extensive knowledge of industry standards in Instrumentation & control systems area.
  • Knowledge of different industry protocols for field instruments such as HART, Modbus, Profibus, etc.
  • Demonstrated analytical and decision making skills.
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills
  • Ability to cope with a variety of issues and situations.
  • Able to work with diverse groups.
  • Good communication skills (Oral/Written).
  • Good work planning skills; mainly around scheduling and optimizing Instrumentation PMs.
  • Displays Leadership Attributes for Individual Performers with demonstration of self-directing and results oriented attitude.
  • This person must have the ability to handle multiple tasks with competing priorities while collaborating with the growing asset team and developing roadmap and skillsets to support his/her discipline.