Automation Systems Technician – Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
£50,000 per year, Offshore allowances, pension, accommodation and travels covered on trips
23 Sep 2016
23 Oct 2016
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time


Key Skills: Energy, Oil & Gas, networking, operations, maintenance, commissioning
Location: Aberdeen
Salary / Package: £50,000 Gross/ Annum, accommodation and travels covered on secondment, offshore allowance, pension package,

Timeframe: Role has full sign off and budget

Interviews: Can be held at a time to suit within 1-3 weeks
Recruitment Partner: Airswift             Account Manager: Danny Olufunwa

Key Words: Gas, Energy, Automation, Controls Operations, maintenance, commissioning, modification, DCS, PLC, SCADA, Emerson, DeltaV

The Position & Experience Required

During the detail design phase of the project, the role will be based onshore at various locations including UK, Romania and Singapore. Tasks will include development operation & maintenance procedures, and support testing of automation systems.

During the commissioning phase of the project, the role is to provide support to the commissioning phase. Short term relocation to Singapore is likely prior to the offshore phase. The role will include a offshore rotation to support HUC, production startup and subsequent operations. 

Offshore, the position is responsible for management and execution of all automation system lifecycle activities including maintenance, modification and operation.

Health and Safety

  • Actively support a working environment based on respect for health, safety and environmental issues and maintenance of a high level of asset integrity.
  • To have sufficient understanding of process safety and major accident hazard management to be able to effectively contribute and influence business decisions impacting process safety.
  • Where appropriate, position to provide input to major accident hazard management, in particular the prevention, detection, control, mitigation and response to major accidents.
  • Encourage good, open communication promoting involvement, participation and adherence to company values.


  • Commit to company incident free operations and actively promote within the team.
  • Build effective working relationships with other departments and shifts.
  • Raise relevant work permits in a timely manner.
  • Comply with Company procedures and ensure a full and comprehensive handover detailing all relevant information in accordance with these procedures.
  • Commit to company Competence Assurance System and undertake any training and assessment required for the role.

Technical (During Project Phase)

  • Support the development and implementation of Operational Excellence through integrated operations, using the Integrated Operations strategy in tandem with Production and Maintenance Excellence tools
  • Support integrated operations project team.
  • Acquire skillset to operate Onshore Training Simulator (OTS).
  • Develop skills and acquire specific knowledge pertinent to the use and maintenance of installed automation system facilities (AMS, INSIGHT, SIS, PAS, etc).  
  • Support to the development of integrated maintenance and operation processes utilising intrinsic Automation system capability. Ensure operation readiness for first gas.
  • FAT and Pre-commissioning of Automation System. (Emerson DeltaV, Siemens S7, etc)
  • Assist with package inspection and interface documentation review.
  • Support of development of commissioning activity procedure incorporating the delivery of electronic close-out documentation using Emerson AMS.

Technical (Operation)

  • Develop and maintain understanding and competence of automation system including OEM upgrade and development throughout the system lifecycle.
  • Responsible for all remote/wireless devices that are utilised as part of digital operation.
  • Provide support to onshore Automation Engineer for the following activities:
  • Control loop performance monitoring and tuning.
  • All activities from OTS. (i.e. software/database modification to ICSS.UCP, etc)
  • Integrated Activity Planning based on automation systems predictive maintenance reporting.
  • Equipment failure investigation to ensure the underlying causes of failures are understood.
  • SAP for management of all offshore automation activities including vendor support
  • Ensure offshore compliance with company PES Procedure (PES: Software change management system)
  • Ensure that adequate stocks of automation equipment and materials are maintained


  • [Minimum] Relevant Degree (Honours preference)

Technical Experience

  • [Minimum] Knowledge of
  • Digital security compliant offshore network configuration and setup (i.e. Fiber-Optic, Wifi, etc)
  • Process Control, Fire and Gas detection and ESD systems
  • DCS, PLC and SCADA
  • Network protocols (including, but not limited to Ethernet, TCP/IP, MODBUS and HART)
  • Network diagnostic analysis experience
  • [Minimum] Ability to conduct fault finding, installation, isolation and re-instatement on communications, control and instrument systems
  • [Minimum] Ability to understand alarm messages with regards to instrument / machine’s health
  • [Minimum] Emerson DeltaV configuration experience including PAS, SIS and AMS
  • [Preference] Experience in the control and use of “Safe Systems of Work” (PTW) including their procedures.
  • [Preference] Knowledge of instrument maintenance practices applicable to offshore oil and gas assets associated technical standards and relevant legislation.
  • [Preference] Knowledge of SIS lifecycle activities including assurance and verification.
  • [Preference] Project experience at the Detailed Design / HUC phases.

Miscellaneous Skills

  • [Minimum] Vendor management experience.
  • [Minimum] Supervisory, written and verbal communication skills and the ability to present complex technical issues in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to create positive relations to peers and stakeholders internally and externally.
  • Ability to manage risk in an effective manner.
  • Be action orientated, results driven and able to inspire others.