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Senior Instrument Engineer

AMRI • Rensselaer, NY

Posted 13 days ago

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Experience - 5 to 10 years
Degree - 4 Year Degree
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Job Description



Status: Exempt                                                         

Department: Engineering




The Senior Instrument Engineer will provide instrumentation, control and electrical design and specifications for all capital projects at the Rensselaer facility.  He/She will also establish and maintain instrumentation, control and electrical standards for the site and maintain the installed base of control systems including validation documentation and programming.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

1.     Establish and maintain instrumentation, control and electrical standards at the Rensselaer facility.

2.     Experienced in developing and preparing:

2.1.  Process Flow Diagrams (PFD), assist Process/Mechanical Engineers

2.2.  Piping and Instrument Diagrams (P&IDs), assist Process/Mechanical Engineers

2.3.  Field process evaluations

2.4.  Control Narratives

2.5.  Cause & Effect Charts

2.6.  Safety/Interlock Charts

2.7.  Instrumentation studies (i.e. Choice of level, flow and analytical elements/transmitters)

2.8.  Instrument Specifications and Data Sheets (Process sensors, transmitters, valves, actuators, positioners, discrete sensors, analytical instruments)

2.9.  Automation/Control System Architecture drawings

3.     Experience specifying Programmable Logic Controllers, PLC and/or Distributed Computer Control Systems

4.     Assist design personnel with: Instrument Location plans, PLC Panel layouts, I/O Wiring Diagrams

5.     Experience developing and/or updating Loop Diagrams

6.     Interface with electrical engineers to develop: One-line diagrams, Electrical area classification drawings, Instrumentation and controls conduit and cable schedules.

7.     Design and specify instrumentation, controls and electrical equipment and systems for all capital projects.

8.     Maintain existing control systems on site such as the Foxboro I/A distributed control system and Rockwell programmable logic controllers with hardware and programming upgrades as applicable.

9.     Maintain all required documentation such as validation and current software revisions for the installed control system on site.

10.  Manage capital projects related to instrumentation, controls and electrical.

11.  Supervise Instrumentation and Electrical contractors on site in all aspects of their work.

12.  Ensure that projects are installed and completed per design specifications, plant standards, and conform to regulatory requirements such as NFPA, NEC, etc.

13.  Working knowledge of 21CFR and cGMP regulations


14.  Procure equipment and services from outside vendors to meet site instrument, control and electrical requirements; prepare detailed specifications, obtain competitive quotations where applicable, and prepare purchase requisitions.

15.  Provide technical assistance and support to the production and maintenance departments as needed.

16.  Conceptualize, present and supervise the modernization of the electrical infrastructure of the site to optimize resource utilization and maximize reliability.

17.  Maximize production, quality, and repeatability through site automation network planning and implementation.

18.  Direct and supervise the activities of the Instrument and Controls Specialist, Electrical Engineer, and others as necessary to complete necessary work in ESD.

19.  Recommend and implement methods to increase the quality of products and/or services.

20.  Develops and implements process control improvements, including the selection/sizing of control valves, flow measurement devices, and field instrumentation.

21.  Monitor plant systems, analyze performance, and initiate action for optimization to achieve plant goals for safety, productivity, and cost effectiveness.

22.  Participate in self-development activities and training of others.

23.  Complete the Electrical/Instrumental Engineer Core Competency in the Learning Management System.

24.  Assist all departments in investigations of instrument related issues including completion of assigned deviations and CAPAs.

25.  Draft, review and approve Standard Operating Procedures.

26.  Exhibit safety awareness and safe work practices.  Protect employees and visitors by maintaining a safe and clean working environment.

27.  Perform other related duties as may be reasonably assigned in the course of business or as requested by supervisor or management.

Job Requirements



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience


•       BS in Electrical Engineering or equivalent experience

•       5-10 years of applicable industrial experience

•       Knowledge of electrical distribution, controls, advanced automated systems (i.e. Distributed Control Systems)

•       Experience with programmable logic controllers (PLC)

•       Supervisory experience

•       Excellent oral and written communication skills

•       Capital project experience desirable

•       Experience with Foxboro DCS systems is a plus

Language/Communication Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; sit; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Incumbent may be required to obtain/qualify for and maintain the clearance to wear a respirator at a “class B” level or above following OSHA mandated guidelines. 



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals.  The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Shift:  Standard 8
Job ID: 1001626
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