Title: Instrument Technician
Group / Division: WTA / Automation
Reports to: VP of Automation
Work Location: Carlsbad, NM
Pay Type: Non-Exempt, Full Time; Bi-Weekly
The Instrument Technician provides hands on support by being directly involved in the maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of electrical and instrumentation equipment and systems utilized throughout field and process plants. The scope of equipment includes but is not limited to, low power distribution, instrumentation, industrial communication, and process control systems. This role also ensures operational targets are met in a safe environmentally compliant and efficient manner.
Ensure the achievement of budgeted maintenance targets by practicing preventative maintenance through scheduled inspections, servicing, adjustments, troubleshooting and timely repair of plant equipment.
Ensure plant and equipment are maintained and operated in accordance with the required standards.
Work closely with the E & I Supervisor in ensuring safety and environmental compliance of the team.
Provide regular feedback to the E & I Supervisor on any issues that may arise
Carry out preventative maintenance, installation, and repair of activities of electrical and instrumentation systems as required
Support the efficient operation of the production facilities by providing reliable and accurate maintenance knowledge, expertise, and practical application, to minimize down time and subsequent loss of production
Troubleshoot, repair, and conduct periodic calibration of instruments on a wide range of equipment including analyzers, PLC and process control equipment, communication networks, environmental emission and data logging equipment and field monitoring equipment
Install, program, and calibrate new equipment (rebuild as needed) and evaluate latest technologies for feasibility and efficiencies
Create drawings and documents for future reference and maintain maintenance project records
Maintain a working knowledge of all task instructions and procedures and ensure that these are consistently adhered to when carrying out maintenance tasks
Promote a safe, efficient, and effective work culture focused on continuous improvement and achievement.
Maintain a high standard of housekeeping throughout the maintenance workshops and wherever maintenance work is carried out, to contribute towards a safe work environment, efficient operation of the facilities and to reduce the risk of incidents or injury and the existence of potential hazards
Maximize return on assets through effective utilization and care of maintenance equipment and tools, with due consideration of safety and environmental issues
Complete all administrative processing requirements associated with maintenance duties, such as requisitioning of parts and materials, processing of maintenance orders, recording of labor time, etc.
Demonstrate awareness and commitment to health, community, environmental protection and take action to ensure that unsafe practices or non-compliant behaviors do not occur.
Other such duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications & Skills:
5-10 years of experience with process control instrumentation and electrical/industrial electronics
Intermediate skills in math and reading wire diagrams and schematics
Intermediate knowledge of measurement test equipment
Proven technical skills, fault finding and repairing complex electrical, instrumentation and communication systems.
Proven experience in control valve maintenance and repair.
Certified training with pneumatic, hydraulic, and electromechanical valve actuators will be highly regarded.
Knowledge of predictive maintenance activities for various instruments and equipment and the ability to develop and document accurate and thorough work procedures
Experienced fault finding and utilizing the appropriate diagnostic tools to resolve issues in a timely manner.
Hands-on, self-sufficient and demonstrates a positive, can-do attitude.
Intermediate level knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Desired Qualifications and Skills:
Strong troubleshooting, analytical, and organizational skills
Quick learner; able to adapt to new technologies rapidly
A structured approach to problem solving and project execution with the ability to plan, prioritize, and work under pressure to meet expectations and deadlines.
Ability to work successfully both individually and within team environments
Highly motivated & ability to conduct themselves in a professional manner
Focus on client service
Be a result driven individual who takes ownership of problems and sees them through to completion
Must possess a high level of attention to detail
Works well in a constantly changing environment
Walking, occasional lifting to 35 lbs.
Frequent near vision use for reading and computer use
Finger agility for keyboarding
Periods of sitting and standing may be necessary
May be requested to work outside of normal work schedule to meet business needs.
Working Conditions & Hazards:
• If the individual visits the operations worksite, personal protective equipment including but not limited to head protection, hearing protection, safety glasses, and safety shoes are required. Safety rules, including OSHA and DOT requirements, are strictly enforced.