Instrumentation & Controls Engineer

Posted 31 Jan 2020


Westerville, OH (Engineering)

I & C Engineer

Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. (LATA), a provider of premier engineering and technical services with over four decades of success, has an immediate opening for an Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) Engineer in our Westerville, Ohio office.

Summary of Position The selected candidate will be a dynamic individual responsible for the development of process control systems. The development of the process control systems requires a working knowledge in many engineering disciplines. Electrical, mechanical, chemical, and civil disciplines are utilized in the development of a process control system. Designing a process control system includes calculating power load requirements, selection and design of system communication networks, instrumentation selection, control enclosure design, development of electrical schematics, and programming the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and the Human Machine Interface (HMI). The I&C engineer must also possess strong troubleshooting skills. Investigating and solving process control system faults on client sites is another responsibility of the I&C Engineer. Often the process control system faults are found to be of mechanical nature, requiring the I&C Engineer to have the troubleshooting skills for not only electrical systems but of various mechanical processes. Selection of the proper process instrumentation and proper installation methodology is also an important responsibility of the I&C Engineer. Depending on the size of the project, the I&C Engineer may be required to install the process system equipment or oversee the installation of the equipment by sub-contractors. In both cases, attention to detail and the ability to install or verify a proper installation per the process system design is an important position requirement. The I&C Engineer position requires the flexibility for extensive travel and the ability to work closely with clients to provide a successful process control system.

Essential Function: • Develop specifications/standards for new and replacement instruments. • Develop scope of work documentation for capital projects which include bills of material, which includes make/model/manufacturer and cost; man-hour estimation for the work scope(s) to be completed; modification impact to site drawings. • Prepare schematics and controls drawings for implementation • Estimate costs for equipment and services • Provide design for installation and termination of instruments per client and OEM specifications. • Provide programming for PLC and HMI devices utilized for process control • Provide technical assistance to modify the facility using good engineering and maintenance practices. • Review project proposals, owner/contractor specifications and any other requirements for preparing projects. • Prepare design information and the documentation for the assigned capital expenditures, major maintenance and/or construction activities they are assigned. • Ensure documents are approved to support the successful completion of the relevant construction activities. • Work with the site personnel to understand the key issues and identify ways to improve the operation by using good engineering judgment and solutions. • Ensure the appropriate operational procedures are followed during the installation of the project. • Ensure construction practices as required follow operations/execution with federal, state, local and plant codes policies. • Ensure designers perform quality work and address any deficiencies. • Help prepare regular progress reports and other information to reflect on going work. • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected • Aid in ensuring the employees follow LATA’s safety policies /procedures.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Must have industrial experience in a chemical, industrial, paper or manufacturing facility with exposure to construction practices. • Knowledge of industrial controls, including DCS, PLCs, process instrumentation, VFDs and industrial safety equipment. • Must personally set a good example with all rules and regulations to achieve 100% universal compliance with HS&E (Health, Safety & Environmental) Procedures/Regulations. • Experience with AutoCAD, MS Office • Due to governmental restrictions, US Citizenship is required.

Supervisory Responsibilities: There are no regularly scheduled supervisory responsibilities for this position.

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience that is job related may be substituted on a case-by-case basis.) Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (preferably Electrical Engineering) or equivalent work experience. 3-8 years of engineering experience.

• In order to be considered for this position, please visit our website and upload your resume accordingly. • Must be a US Citizen • LATA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, or based on disability.