DCS Technician

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  • Country United States
  • City Freeport
  • Type of Employment Permanent
  • Job number WTSBD11324

About the job

Assist the Control Systems Specialist to provide hardware and software troubleshooting and technical support for the DCS, FSC and other automation systems at the Company Facilities. Ensure facility controls automation and machinery function safely, efficiently, reliably and within budgetary limits, utilizing allocated resources, with the objective of meeting business goals for production while minimizing unscheduled equipment down time. Provide assistance to the COMPANY Control System Specialist for day-to-day maintenance activities. Establish minimum and maximum spare parts for the facility automation systems and develop routine maintenance, backup and upgrade schedules and procedures.

Essential Functions & Duties/Responsibilities
To plan, coordinate, and provide configuration and maintenance services for all process control systems and Security Systems at the Company Facilities. Manage administrative and documentation requirements for tasks such as configuration backups, software revisions, downloading configuration changes, graphics development and modification, and implementing software changes of design.
Troubleshoot problems with input/output errors, controllers, consoles, networks, analyzing equipment failure logs, etc. and managing spare parts inventory. Diagnose and correct control system malfunctions. Daily walk thru check on control systems. Lead or assist troubleshooting efforts associated with the DCS to avoid or minimize production upsets and/or downtime. Work with Operations in completing interlock test procedures and provide assistance in updating those procedures when necessary. Interface directly with vendor representatives for firmware/hardware upgrades and other DCS vendor/customer communications.
Participate as needed in functional check-outs of new equipment. Communicate with others to ensure successful checkout, start-up, and commissioning of projects involving DCS, Safety Manager, and PLCs. Read and interpret drawings (P&ID, Logic, etc.) sketches, graphs, charts, vendor specifications, and instructional materials to make DCS, Safety Manager, PLC equipment work properly. Manage the PHD data historian by verifying or updating tags as needed, completing backups and providing initial troubleshooting of the PHD system. Ensure facility controls automation and machinery function safely, efficiently, reliably and within budgetary limits, utilizing allocated resources, with the objective of meeting business goals for production while minimizing unscheduled equipment down time.
Provide assistance to the COMPANY Maintenance I, E & C Supervisor for day-to-day maintenance activities.
Assist in the development of the Management Information System with regards to the DCS and other automation systems.
Assist in evaluating bids and provide advice to line organizations of the best value regarding on-site and off-site repairs, including materials procurement.
Cross Train new or less experienced employees.
Accountable for maintaining records and documentation systems for regulatory compliance associated with field instrumentation and automation systems.
Monitor the distributed control systems inventory, access controls, and network protection methods to prevent Cybersecurity threats from affecting the LNG liquefaction process and safety systems.
Other duties as assigned and deemed necessary by the Maintenance I, E & C Supervisor.
The employee must have the ability to drive a motor vehicle in order to perform the duties required at all COMPANY locations.
Must participate in the on call rotation for holidays and weekends.


Must be able to work independently to identify and solve problems associated with the DCS system and the process systems connecting to it. The DCS Technician will be expected to solve minor problems (e.g. failed controllers, console problems) without assistance. He will be expected to identify larger problems (e.g. problem with new configuration download) and make an attempt to correct it before contacting others for assistance. This requires an understanding of the basic process as well as a good understanding of the DCS hardware and software.
Excellent trouble-shooting skills and abilities are essential for this role. Extensive computer skills with the ability to work safely, efficiently and effective with minimal guidance and direction.
Comprehensive experience in the operation and maintenance of DCS systems, including graphics changes and upgrades.
Must have a good understanding and be familiar with ESD systems, PLC?s, control systems, and UPS systems.
Good working knowledge of instrument and electrical equipment.
Must also have comprehensive experience in the Instrumentation field with a strong knowledge base of field instrumentation, fire & gas detection instruments, vibration switches/transducers, PLC?s and SCADA systems.
Experience with plant shutdown/turnaround activities including planning, scheduling, resource allocation, material reservations, etc.
Must possess Strong PC skills and should be familiar with and able to use and be competent in using MS Word and Excel.
Good written/verbal technical communication skill.
Good analytical problem solving skills, including root cause failure.
Active learner
Strong, troubleshooting/analytical skills
Basic First Aid, Permit to work, Incident reporting, Accident Investigation, Emergency Response Plan, Electrical Lockout, MSDS, Automation skills, and Strong Planning skills.
Understand Instrument & Electrical drawings and ladder logic.
Leadership/Delegation Skills, Effective communications, MS, Management of budgets

Minimum Required:
High School Graduate or GED equivalent
3-5 years? experience as a DCS or similar controls system specialist
3-5 years of industrial automation experience in the petrochemical or similar business, utilizing Honeywell, Yokogawa or similar DCS systems

Above professional experience plus Associates/Tech.
Degree in Electrical, Instrumentation or Automation Technology
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