Senior instrumentation engineers come up with project designs and ideas for new facility equipment in a distributed control system. They also develop analysis reports that detail why equipment in a facility may or may not have failed, and they provide assistance to maintenance staff as needed. Generally, a senior instrumentation engineer will act as a liaison between a company creating new technologies and the company that the senior instrumentation engineer is working for.
Generally, the experience required to become a senior instrumentation engineer is quite vast. At a minimum, there is a requirement of at least an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, chemical engineering, or a related field. It is also commonplace to have at least ten years of experience in petroleum or chemical refining. Primarily, the job of a senior instrumentation engineer is carried about indoors, but occasionally, there could be work that needs to be completed outside. At times, travel is required to work on a machine at another facility or in another city. Overtime is sometimes required.
As the title implies, senior instrumentation engineers will need to oversee other employees. Other people’s work will need to be reviewed by the senior engineer, and these engineers will be responsible for mentoring or training new employees.
Senior Instrumentation Engineer Tasks
Review designs and plans to determine feasibility and compliance, to estimate costs and timelines, and to commission projects.
Review and guide construction plans and processes for projects, sites, and equipment.
Prepare calculations and documentation, make improvements, and recommend implementation processes.