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Location Anacortes, United States Updated 06/10/2021 Reference ID R28012 Employment Type Full time

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Instrument Inspector - Anacortes, WA

The Role

Position Purpose

The  Instrument Inspector is responsible for the delivery of instrument and control technical expertise to support refinery operations and maintenance activities.  The Instrument inspector provides instrument engineering and design support as well as R&M troubleshooting and field assurance activities. 

Delivers instrumentation technical expertise to support reliable refinery production and maintenance including, but not limited to:

  • Provides day to day instrument and control technical support to refinery Production Department as well as refinery I/E Department as required.
  • Inspects field construction/installation as needed for instrumentation assurance (example on changes, projects, etc)
  • Provides support for specialized instrumentation systems including, but not limited to Honeywell DCS, PLC’s, Instrument Protective Functions, Compressor Controls Corporation, Bently Nevada Vibration Monitoring.
  • Performs plant instrument range changes including required MOC, ISU,  Conval updates and all associated documentation updates.
  • Provides technical expertise to support plant control valves and isolation valves (EIV/EDV/DP70) including, but not limited to valve/actuator selection, sizing, material selection, locating spare parts, and assisting refinery Production and I/E Departments with valve troubleshooting.
  • Responsible for developing instrument scope for TA and maintenance outages, providing QA on engineering packages and procured parts, field support during execution and documentation post event.
  • Direct support to Reliability Production Team(s) with responsibility to identify, prioritize, and mitigate threats and opportunities.
  • Direct support to production teams – Ensure Plan Delivery to identify short term, area threats and help resolve unit constraints.
  • Provides design, material selection and procurement necessary to issue Engineering Specifications or Bill of Materials for expense category instrumentation projects.
  • Provides design, material selection and procurement necessary to issue Engineering Specifications or Bill of Materials for T/A expense category instrumentation projects.
  • Provides instrument and control technical support to refinery T/A Department as well as refinery I/E Department as required during refinery unit turnarounds.
  • Performs TOP/CR Level 1 and Level 2 Incident Investigations.
  • Maintain/Update PLC program files and critical instrument program files
  • As applicable, may support wireless infrastructure and network monitoring
  • Responsible for supporting equipment care plans within MEC (RCM) – maintaining instrument specific PM procedures, applying PM plans for new equipment or projects, recommending and approving appropriate spare parts.
  • Authority to approve changes to instrument care plans (tasks and frequencies) based on risk and performance criteria. 
  • Provides initial review of deferrals of PMs to the instrument Technical Authority (typically the instrument team lead)
  • Provides QA oversight for managed instrument documentation including P&IDs, Instrument Data Sheets, etc.
  • Provides QA oversight of GSAP hierarchy and nomenclature – ensuring the naming convention and functional set up meet site standards, including BOMs as needed.  This role interfaces with the instrument index technician in document control.
  • Provides input to 10 year infrastructure forecast.
  • Special emphasis support may be required for Custody Transfer Meters program (calibration & certification)
  • Special emphasis support may be needed for support to analyzers

Skills & Requirements

What we need from you -

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical/Electrical/Mechanical Engineer or
  • At least ten (10) years refinery or chemical plant experience in instrument and controls engineering and or I/E maintenance.
  • Strong problem-solving skills required.
  • Knowledge of DCS, PLC, and field instrumentation including, but not limited to; instrumentation required for pressure, temperature, flow, level and equipment monitoring controls.
  • Familiar with instrument and controls related EGGS, DEPS, ISA and NEC guidelines.
  • Familiar with IPF Systems and guidelines desired.
  • Knowledge of best practice instrument and controls work processes.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required. Must be able to work with all levels of the organization as well as equipment vendors and contractors.
  • National Electrical Code & NFPA70E

Company description 

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.  We have expertise in exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.

As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.

Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you’ll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future – whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.

NOTE: Equilon Enterprises LLC d/b/a Shell Oil Products US (Shell) announced it has reached an agreement for the sale of Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery, located near Anacortes, Washington, to HollyFrontier, for $350 million consideration, plus the value of hydrocarbon inventory. The transaction is subject to closing conditions and regulatory approvals and is expected to close in 2021. Individuals hired at the Puget Sound Refinery, including, but not limited to, individuals hired through this job posting, are not expected to continue employment with Shell after completion of the sale. HollyFrontier is expected to extend offers of employment to Shell’s Puget Sound employees upon the completion of the sale, subject to the terms and conditions of the sale. The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties, responsibilities, terms, and conditions of the job, and may be subject to change at any time.

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