Instrument and Controls Reliability Engineer

Phillips66 - Sweeny, Texas

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Job ID 33432


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The Instrument and Controls Reliability Engineer will provide engineering support for the instrument asset base in the refinery. This position will be responsible for best practices in the selection, implementation, and maintenance of the instrument asset base to ensure that regulatory, production, and optimization objectives are met. This instrument asset base includes all instrumentation, measurement, safety instrumented systems (SIS) and regulatory process control instruments.

Responsibilities may include :

  • Driving the development and coordination of instrument reliability improvement efforts, processes and systems
  • Supporting the effort to ensure Instrument Mechanical Integrity (MI) regulatory compliance
  • Providing guidance and direction for instrument maintenance in regards to reliability
  • Assisting in implementing and maintaining reliability programs and processes: Defect elimination Predictive/Preventive Maintenance Plans, Criticality Analysis, SIS and associated metrics
  • Consulting on Capital projects instrument reliability
  • Processing Hazards Analysis (PHA) / Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) support
  • Performing Independent Protection Layer (IPL) Analysis and determine required upgrades to existing Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)
  • Leading the verification/commissioning of new or modified SIS
  • Utilizing documentation systems and processes which maintain accurate instrument and control system specifications and drawings
  • Leading the effort to properly document SIS and IPL’s
  • Assisting with the training of Instrument Technicians thru the development of Instrument and Test Procedures
  • Assisting and completing MOC’s, P&ID’s, PHA’s as they relate to Instrumentation
  • Adopting and sharing instrument systems “best practices” through internal and external networking
  • Providing input for Turnaround preparation
  • Ability to apply failure investigation methodology and problem solving principles
  • Strong team-building skills with ability to build teams across organizational lines
  • Establishes priorities and develops critical tasks
  • Will surface and resolve conflicts in a timely manner
  • A proven self-starter, able to communicate effectively, both verbal and written, with a wide range of personnel, has the ability to interact and work in a team environment, and is well organized



  • Legally authorized to work in the job posting country
  • Bachelor of Science Degree or higher in Chemical, Electrical, Computer Engineering or equivalent
  • 3 or more years of oil and gas experience
  • 1 or more years of experience with instrumentation specification through design and field installation experience
  • Proficient with safety and mechanical integrity standards and maintains
  • 1 or more years of experience with instrument maintenance practices
  • Proficient with Smart Plant for Instrumentation (SPI) and SAP
  • 1 or more years of experience with programming or modifying programming for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for general purpose and safety applications
  • 1 or more years’ experience working with instrument safety requirements, including the applicable sections of OSHA 1910.119, ANSI/ISA 84.00.01-2004 and API documents


  • Refining or Petrochemical process knowledge – strong understanding of process units and business drivers
  • 5 or more years Instrument and control systems experience in a refinery
  • 1 or more years’ experience working in Mechanical Integrity and Process Safety Management (PSM)
  • 1 or more years experience in the design and commissioning of SIS
  • Safety Certification such as PRISM, TUV, ISA certification or equivalent
  • Experience with SIL Solver software
  • Demonstrated ability to program and trouble-shoot Allen-Bradley, Triconex and / or HW FSC / Safety Manager PLC using function blocks
  • Knowledge of alarm management and Human Machine Interface (HMI) graphics development
  • Experience with wireless instruments
  • Demonstrated ability with Smart Plant for Instrumentation, especially at the Admin level is a strong plus
  • Knowledge of networking protocols and standard interfaces such as Modbus TCP/IP or RTU, Ethernet I/P, OPC, etc.


At Phillips 66, while "what" we do may be very different from person to person, there's a "how" that connects all of us. It is how we work, how we collaborate and how we succeed together. It's this shared "how" that our competency framework describes in detail. We call it the Keys to Success because it can unlock the potential within us all.

Keys to Success

  • Prof: Adaptability—Demonstrate Adaptability And Learning
  • Prof: Building Collaborative Relationships—Build Partnerships
  • Prof: Communication—Communicate Professionally
  • Prof: Judgment—Exercise Professional Judgment
  • Prof: Results Orientation—Optimize Results

The Sweeny Refinery is located 65 miles southwest of Houston. This refinery processes mainly heavy, high-sulfur crude oil, as well as light, low-sulfur crude oil.

To be considered

In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of March 24, 2017 .

Candidates for regular U.S. positions must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a)(1). Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

Phillips 66 is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Requisition ID: 33432

Department: Sweeny Refinery

Location: United States - Texas - Sweeny

Required Qualifications


Preferred Qualifications


Company Description

Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally. Phillips 66 Partners, the company's master limited partnership, is an integral asset in the portfolio. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 14,000 employees committed to safety and operating excellence.Phillips 66 had $50 billion of assets as of June 30, 2016. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co.

Additional Information

  • Job ID
  • Post Date
    Mar 12, 2017
  • Employee Type
  • Relocation Eligible
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