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Principal Instrument Engineer - VR/21465

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Status: Temporary
Location: Aberdeen
Ref: VR/21465
Rate: £Available upon request

Currently recruiting for an experienced Principal Instrument Engineer on a contract basis for an oil and gas operator based in central Aberdeen. Initially a 9-month contract position, the company is ideally looking to take on a candidate who is available at short notice.


Reporting to the Instrumentation and Control Technical Authority, the Principal Instrument Engineer will have the following main duties and responsibilities:

  • General control of project work, including look-ahead planning, controlling budgets and schedules, change control, estimating activities, document management system set-up and weekly progress reporting.
  • Reviewing client and international standards and ensuring project compliance.
  • Developing project functional requirement specifications for control systems, SIS, F&G and instrumentation.
  • Carrying out feasibility studies and review design alternatives.
  • Developing instrument databases.
  • Participating in design reviews, including HAZOP SIL / LOPA, hazardous area, constructability, etc.
  • Performing calculations for intrinsic safety, SIL verification, flow metering sizing, valve sizing, thermowells, etc.
  • Managing the preparation of design deliverables.
  • Developing the control and instrumentation content of piping and instrument diagrams (P&IDs).
  • Liaising with and managing interfaces with other engineering disciplines, including process, electrical, mechanical, piping, civils and architectural.
  • Interfacing with client engineering representatives.
  • Preparing subcontract requisitions for E&I installation and testing.


Experience / Qualifications:

  • A Degree qualification in a relevant Engineering discipline is preferred.
  • Chartered Engineer status, or working towards, is preferred.
  • TUV certification is preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience within the Oil and Gas industry is essential.
  • Previous experience in a similar Principal / Lead Instrument Engineer type role, within the Oil and Gas industry, is essential.
  • Applicants will be expected to possess experience in both project and operational support roles.
  • Experience with the design and operation of Oil and Gas installations, including DCS, ESD, F&G and process instrumentation for use in hazardous area environments, is essential.
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