Company: Shell
Skills: QA / QC / Inspection
Experience: 10 + Years
Education: High School/Secondary
Location: Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States

Position Purpose

What's the role -

The Instrument Inspector is a member of the Process Automation Control & Optimization (PACO) Team within the Asset's Technology Department. The Instrument Inspector will work closely with and share responsibility with the Instrument Specialists and Instrument Team lead for the overall technical assurance of the plant Instrumentation. In the asset's run and maintain phase, this individual's focus will be day-to-day 2nd level maintenance technical support for complex situational and reliability problems related to field instrumentation. This individual will work closely with the Instrument Maintenance Team to support effective and cost-efficient Instrument maintenance.

  • The Inspector will act as a direct liaison between the technology and maintenance organizations. He/she is expected to take a lead role in troubleshooting, determining root cause of complex field instrumentation failures, data acquisition problems and developing technically sound solutions.
  • The Inspector will support and assist in maintaining the PM library and will contribute to develop detailed PM texts (maintenance procedures) for field instrumentation and 3rd package systems.
  • Will bring forward and implement programs/procedures to maintain field instrumentation reliability.
  • Condition monitoring and predictive analysis/maintenance recommendations with Instrument Asset Management System (iAMS) or other data acquisition systems.
  • The Inspector will be responsible for the execution of the Management of Change work process for reliability related improvements/changes with approval of the Instrument Team Lead.
  • Participates in incident investigations related to field instrumentation.
  • Contributes directly to finding root cause and resolution of bad actors.
  • Acts as mentor and 2nd level support to Instrument maintenance technicians.
  • Active in developing training material for I&E technicians.
  • Continue to meet existing industry standards as well as changing requirements from Regulatory and recognized governing Industry Standards (e.g. IEC-61511).
  • Recommends equipment upgrades and replacements when situations warrant it, such as high cost of maintainability, Obsolescence, loss of vendor support, more effective technological breakthroughs, etc.
  • Participates in Factory Acceptance Tests & Site Acceptance Tests (as required)
  • Responsible for supporting the update of the central repository for instrument database (SPI) with data sheets, wiring drawings, etc. with changes during CSU/early Run & maintain.
  • Provides support in the maintenance of the instrument Function Location (FLOC) structure in GSAP with right hierarchy and cost centers.
  • Works with SIS Focal and other MEC focals to capture the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for instrumentation based on maintenance and overall performance.
  • Shares in the collective responsibility of ensuring instrument reliability and correct instrument configurations in the site's iAMS system.
  • May be called in outside normal working hours to assist Instrument maintenance technicians as emergency situations occur.

Multiple positions exist to support different plant production units such as Ethylene cracker, polyethylene, Cogen, utilities, storage & logistics.

These positions have cross-site influence and progresses / champions a site strategic vision within the PACO discipline. The person in this role will adhere to the Shell Polymers Core Values i.e. Customer Centricity, ownership, innovation, partnership and Communityship with the ultimate vision of the asset team to be the unrivaled polyethylene manufacturer.

Responsible for reliability and overall manage equipment care (MEC) in a process unit for a multitude of field instrumentation and different measurement technologies; not limited to Pressure, flow, level, temperature, density, speed, vibration, weight measurement, signal conditioning systems, data acquisition systems, control valves, automated on/off valves, motor control starters, fire & gas detectors.

Extensive focus will be on condition monitoring / predictive maintenance for instrumentation and control systems.

Skills & Requirements

What we need from you -
  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis.
  • Associate / Degree in Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical or Instrumentation and/or equivalent demonstrated leadership, knowledge and practical field instrumentation experience.
  • 10+ years of experience with different type of field instrumentation, basic process control system (BPCS), Safety Instrumented System (SIS), environmental condition monitoring systems and Instrument Asset Management System (iAMS).
  • Experience with maintaining and calibrating the Safety Instrumented Functions (SIFs)/SIL instrument loops, final control elements (on/off valves, control valves, louvers, motor starters, etc.), fire & gas detectors, custody transfer measurement, weight scales/load cells is a plus.
  • Experience in a manufacturing or technical support environment.
  • Experience in olefins plants and/or in the polymer plants (PE, PPE, etc.) is a plus.
  • Knowledge of corporate policies, HSSE&SP framework, discipline Design Engineering Practices (DEP) and/or industry standards in PACO areas.
  • Knowledge of different industry protocols for field instruments such as HART, Modbus, Profibus, etc.
  • Demonstrated analytical and decision making skills.
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills
  • Ability to cope with a variety of issues and situations.
  • Able to work with diverse groups.
  • Good communication skills (Oral/Written).
  • Good work planning skills; mainly around scheduling and optimizing Instrumentation PMs.
  • Displays Leadership Attributes for Individual Performers with demonstration of self-directing and results oriented attitude.
  • This person must have the ability to handle multiple tasks with competing priorities while collaborating with the growing asset team and developing roadmap and skillsets to support his/her discipline.

Company description

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world's growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally, and socially responsible. We have expertise in exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.

As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity, and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork, and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.

Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.

An innovative place to work

There's never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you'll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future - whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress together, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we're nurturing an inclusive environment - one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential.
  • We're creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we'll take it from there.
  • We're closing the gender gap - whether that's through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.
  • We're striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We're huge advocates for career development. We'll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.