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Instrumentation Engineer

Nesco Resource Houston Full-Time
$45.00 - $55.00 / hour
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The Instrumentation Engineer uses expertise to develop new hypotheses and theories and to make recommendations which result in significant changes to important areas of engineering programs. Assignments involve very extensive and highly diversified systems, project or program. Projects are of major significance, extensive cost, diverse complexity and strategic importance.

  • Identifies, assesses, plans and develops Client product concepts and business models that build new product or system options.

  • Supports the growth of new business by taking a balanced view of the technology investment portfolio to integrate market needs with emerging technologies.

  • Leads the design, development and support of very extensive, highly diversified systems, projects or programs from concept to technology transfer to project delivery.

  • Sponsors new project technologies and solicits understanding and support of other line managers and senior managers for major technology step changes.

  • Champions key projects with company objectives in mind to achieve strategic objectives.

  • Collaborates in the evaluation and assessment of competitive products, processes or new trends.

  • Develops reports, correspondence, procedures, specifications and technical calculations. Prepares technical data and papers for sales personnel, customers and publications using good internal presentation and report writing skills.

  • Travels occasionally to field sites to assist with product related problems or to obtain application data.

  • Assists with project cost estimates.

  • Writes department process procedures and policies as required.


  • This position has no direct reports but will do the following:

    • Mentor and teach / coach problem solving, creative thinking and project planning skills to less experienced staff; Actively progresses the corporate knowledge base.

    • Regularly required to negotiate, justify or resolve important or controversial engineering matters.

    • Frequently meets with high ranking officials in a variety of sensitive, problematic or unstructured settings.

    • Actively participates in high level conferences or meetings on issues of considerable consequence or importance.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering required

  • Recognized nationally as an expert and consultant in specialized engineering areas

  • Viewed by senior managers as a technical and business leader with successes in technology development and engineering strategy

  • Oil and Gas experience required; subsea or upstream,

  • Experience with different instrumentation technologies such as sand and corrosion detection, multi-phase flow, strain gauges and angle monitoring

  • Demonstrated mastery of an area of engineering which may cross engineering and scientific disciplines

  • Demonstrated abilities and contribution to successful engineering project outcomes will be given significant weight

  • Consistently demonstrates creativity and innovation in finding solutions and alternatives

  • Marine experience desirable but, not required; Ability to work with certifying agencies such as ABS, DNV, BV required.

  • Some hazardous area design experience to ATEX, IEC Ex, API 505, EI 15, etc. required

  • Hands on field experience in commissioning a plus

  • Must be willing to travel international 5% of the time to help with Factory Acceptance Testing, engineering meetings, or as needed for field support.

Key Skills:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills required for frequent interactions with vendors and clients

  • Proactive with an ability and desire to work both independently and with others in a team environment

  • Ability to:

    • evaluate all business factors related to project / program and make sound recommendations that meet broad goals and company priorities

    • design single line drawings power distribution systems

    • design simple PLC based control panels and systems and programming utilizing Allen Bradley PLC's

    • participate in HAZOPS and HAZIDS

    • generate schematics for instrumentation and junction boxes from a P&ID

    • edit or review P&ID's

    • ability to design of safety system (SIS), fire and gas mapping and detection, emergency shutdown systems and SIL levels

    • develop an understand other project deliverables such as i/o list, and hazardous area registers

    • select and specify both cable and cable glands and be able to generate a cable schedule

    • working on FEED studies as needed

  • An understanding of PLC programming with the ability to communicate with DCS/SCADA programmers such as Client

  • Knowledge/understanding of:

    • data base design software such as SmartPlant or Aveva E3D

    • ISA and IEC standards

    • communications networking i.e. HART protocol, ControlNet, and Ethernet

    • fiber optic networks.

Nesco Resource is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics with respect to employment opportunities.

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