Instrumentation & Electrical Reliability Engineer

Bellingham, Washington Area

Salary: $140K - $185K + Benefits + Relo + Up to 15-20% Bonus




The Instrumentation & Electrical (I&E) Reliability Engineer provides technical support for routine maintenance and leads reliability improvements for the refinery's instrumentation, analyzers, and controls assets including safety instrumented systems (SIS) and other stand-alone programmable controls. This position requires a proven problem solver capable of managing multiple competing priorities within an equipment ownership role.



  • Participating and promoting all aspects of refinery safety programs; visibly demonstrating commitment to the workplace safety and health of employees and contractors through personal engagement and sound decisions

  • Providing routine maintenance engineering and troubleshooting support for instrumentation, analyzers, programmable controls and industrial electrical equipment:

  • The instrument asset base includes field measurement sensors, transmitters, analyzers, and control valves.

  • The electrical asset base includes all medium voltage power distribution systems, protective relays, motor control centers, motors, lighting, UPS, batteries, generators, and low voltage wiring systems.

  • Creating and evaluating preventive maintenance plans, procedures, and training programs.

  • Designing, recommending, and implementing new equipment solutions where justified.

  • Evaluating and recommending improvements to critical spares inventory and storage solutions.

  • Ensuring electrical design specifications, construction, and testing of electrical equipment are in compliance with electrical codes, regulations, standards, and company required engineering practices.

  • Ensuring single line drawings and electrical area classifications are up to date.

  • Participating in knowledge sharing with other sites within the company by serving as the site's core member in both the electrical and instrumentation networks.

  • Effectively communicating and engaging with other functional groups at all levels from craft persons and operators to refinery leadership.

  • Initiating and evaluating management of changes (MOC) as well as leading and assisting with incident investigations.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

  • 2 or more years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

  • 5 or more years of experience in instrumentation engineering.

  • Legally authorized to work in the job posting country.

  • Possess a valid Driver’s License.

  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).

  • Willing and able to perform and comply with the following:

  • Travel up to 5% of the time.

  • Work extended hours, which may include evenings, weekends and holidays.

  • Be on call 24/7/365.

  • Work around chemicals, including acids and bases.

  • Work around hydrocarbons under high pressure and heat.

  • Wear fire retardant clothing and personal protective equipment (such as steel-toe shoes, ear and eye protection.).

  • Maintain your face daily so that a respirator/face mask can seal properly (some examples include being free of facial hair and/or clean shaven).

  • Willing and able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC).


  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering.

  • 5 or more years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

  • 1 or more years of experience maintaining, troubleshooting, and implementing improvements to industrial field instrumentation.

  • 1 or more years of experience with the specifying and maintaining Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS).

  • Comprehensive understanding of SIS functional safety and ANSI/ISA84 standards.

  • Certified as Functional Safety Practitioner (CFSP), or SIS Fundamentals Specialist (CSFS), or Functional Safety Engineer (CFSE).

  • Working knowledge of Safety PLC programming.

  • 1 or more years of experience working with both instrumentation and electrical equipment.

  • 1 or more years of maintenance experience with medium voltage power distribution systems and utilization equipment.

  • Willing and able to promotes inclusion and diversity.

  • Strong and effective communication skills (verbal and written) in both individual and group settings.

  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to work well with others.

  • Working knowledge of PSM.

  • Working knowledge of safe work practices in an industrial setting.

  • Strong interpersonal skills to facilitate work with both hourly and salaried employees.

Channel Personnel Services, Inc. 

P.O. Box 5726

Pasadena, TX 77508


T: (281) 741-0888

T: (281) 741-0892

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