Lead Instrument and Control Engineer

Serial No: 15977
Skills keywords: assessor, controls, instrument, trainer
Current location:  Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation, Trinidad and Tobago - View on map
Nationality: Trinidadian
Spoken languages: english


Organisation: British Gas Trinidad and Tobago

Period: April 2012 – Present

Position: Lead Control & Instrumentation Technician

To drive and sustain improved production delivery and reliability by fostering a culture of personal ownership and responsibility for operations and empowering individuals to take action through observation, planning and completion of all Automation / Controls & Instrumentation activities in order to optimize production within safety, legislative, environmental and key company requirements.

Principal / Key Responsibilities

• Accountable for optimizing readiness of all plant and equipment, underpinning the security of production understanding that the direction of all routine maintenance complies with company operating policies and procedures and ensure adherence with safety, legislative, environmental and certifying authority requirements.

• Direct the activities of instrument staff to a high standard in accordance with BGTT’s safety regulations and procedures, in order to limit the risk of personal injury, environmental damage, and asset damage. This has resulted in elimination of large back log & quality PM’s being executed.

• Managed teams to implement productive Root Cause Analysis & Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) strategies to improve up time and availability of process equipment. This resulted in 20% increased volumes of crude being exported to tankers.

• Execute a robust review of Preventative Maintenance procedures to ensure alignment with performance standards, whilst assessing and enhancing maintenance routines in conjunction with other operational personnel and base support staff. Greater equipment uptime & efficiency are readily evident by this approach.

• Provide day to day instrument support & guidance on maintenance issue to assure that the integrity and reliability of the instrumentation, control, safeguard, condition monitoring, and analysis systems are maintained and fully functional.

• Identify areas of instrument, control & safeguard deficiencies, develop options and specifications for replacement to address obsolescence and instrument vulnerabilities

• Reduced equipment failure, identify the requirements to perform root cause failure analysis and lead / participate in analysis to prevent repeated failures.

• Identify and provide recommendations regarding new techniques, equipment and materials, which benefit the company financially through an increase in reliability and longevity of equipment.

• Identify long term and short term system upgrade projects, assisted with budgetary cost estimates for fund approval, develop work packs & plans for the execution liaising with the operation and planning teams for the development of schedules

• Drive and lead the implementation of Instrument & Control Maintenance Program (including Proactive Maintenance and Reactive Maintenance) within the available resources and approved budget by adopting industry best practices to achieve and sustain high availability, integrity and reliability.

• Minimized equipment downtime by designing and delivering in-house and external competence training programs. Positively impacted workshop team by simplifying and speeding up processes, improving equipment utilization and efficiencies, reducing breakdowns and stoppages.

• Preparation and checking of Termination Drawing, Instrument Loop schematic and Wiring diagrams, I/O list, Cause and effect diagrams, Fire and gas detection drawings, P&ID drawings and Logic diagrams.

• Review obsolete equipment spares and preparation of alternative spares specifications. This made significant improvement to facilities uptime.

• Manage vendors and suppliers, coordinate their activities and involve their team to build their capabilities.

• Lead continuous improvement initiatives within the automation and instrumentation function and coach team through the identification and improvement of plant performance issues.

• Initiating and reviewing (proposed) PM amendments and implementing them to improve the specific maintenance plans and maintenance strategies

• Very conversant in Process Control/ESD/F&G philosophies/specifications, instrument selection and sizing, block diagrams, cause and effects, loop diagrams, instrument data sheets, pneumatic hook-ups etc

• Performed maintenance on ICS Triplex Safety System, Plantscape DCS control system and Safety Manager.

• Responsible for Coaching, Assessing [to BG Group CAMS requirements] and carrying out Technical, Competency, HSE and Safe System of Work Audits on Trinidadian BG offshore staff

Key Accomplishment / Success

• Previously all fire & Gas PM’s for the various platforms were done by external service provider / third party contractor. Since coming onboard I have developed PM procedures, conducted training on all facilities & purchased various spares & equipment for all the facilities. Presently all Fire & Gas PM’s are being done in-house. This has translated into a major cost saving initiative of around $90,000USD yearly per facility.

• As part of the Operations Excellence strategy, introduced Equipment Ownership. This key initiative was implemented for Production and Safety critical equipment across each asset with the intent of improving equipment reliability and uptime. The process has fostered PRIDE in ownership and strengthen technical competency and built stronger cross functional relations across each asset. We have already seen massive benefits that are easily quantifiable by the implementation of this process.

Organisation: BHP Billiton (Trinidad / US)

Period: August 2004 – April 2012

Position: Lead Automation, Operations Team Leader (Ag), Senior Technician, HSEC Advisor, Training Coordinator

Executed daily prophylactic support checks to safeguard all equipment is running within proper limitations. Solve complex problems within a dynamic working environment, providing training/project coaching, build excellence in teams, and motivate others to achieve world class results.

Principal / Key Responsibilities

• Reduced material cost expenditure by more than 30% through the development and production of a series of “call off” contracts, which minimized procurement documentation and reduced inventory within materials warehouse.

• Investigated instrument & controls failure for root-cause and restoration; including Turbine Gas Compressors and power generators, hydraulic and pneumatic mechanisms and specialized equipment for the various platforms etc.

• Oversaw critical spare parts inventory and introduced purchases orders for all kinds of parts and equipment as required linking them to the CMMS, thus MIN & MAX stocks were automatically re-ordered.

• Led campaign that introduced a key process “Moving from Reactive to Proactive Maintenance”. This process change led to reduction in maintenance cost, increase production output and quality, improvement in equipment reliability and most of all increased profitability by the company.

• Technically challenge overlapping multi-discipline issues to effectively optimize plant maintenance activities & meet plant throughput, thus resulting in a very cost effective business.

• Develop, adapt and manage predictive and preventative maintenance programs (inclusive of evaluating and implementing OEM recommendations where required)

• Contribute to the identification of opportunities for continuous improvement of section systems, processes and practices taking into account ‘international best practice’, improvement of business processes, cost reduction and productivity improvement.

• Develop the automation and instrumentation team through training and coaching, providing clear roles and consistent support and feedback. Develop training matrices to support continuous training.

GEP Project (Houston Texas)

• Appointed GEP Operations representative providing operational input to the FEED for a new gas platform that was constructed for the Angostura field. Integrated into the design team in Houston Texas and then to construction site in Louisiana, verifying operability of design. Providing expert input into HAZOP, and design studies. Developed, and provided a conduit into the offshore community for access to information, and feedback pertaining to the proposed design. Facilitated co-operation between onshore and offshore personnel to ensure the new platform would be able to connect to, and operate in symbiosis with, the existing platform to which it would be attached. Organized manning levels, and offshore structure which was implemented to run the facility, including emergency management and response.

• Support the development of the commissioning strategy for utilization of internal and external (vendor) commissioning support. Lead in the execution of the commissioning resource strategy.

• Develop commissioning templates and specific equipment/ system commissioning test documents such as Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Installation verification (IV), Instrumentation Check Out (ICO), Automation Check Out (ACO), Dry Test and Process Commissioning Runs.

• Extensive experience developing, writing, reviewing and approving commissioning documents.

• Supervision of installation, Termination & Testing of field instruments, conduits, cable trays & tubing for instruments, Instrument calibration, marshalling panel and cabinet inspection.

• Support field technicians in the testing and commissioning of instruments and systems using pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices and precision measuring instruments according to general instructions and established standards.

• Assisted Sub-contractors Discipline Engineers on issues of commissioning priorities, commissioning integrity, safe work practices, schedule compliance and documentation of commissioning progress and issues.

Key Accomplishment / Success

• Lead an asset wide review of Cause & Effect & Safe charts. The results revealed many major non-conformances both in the Safety / Control system from a software & documentation standpoint. Was further appointed by Global Head Engineering to lead a team to develop strategy and timeline to implement solutions from the findings of the review. My work was utilized as a template for the other operating assets globally.

• When transferred back to offshore, I was immediately assigned to address issues with the regular shut-ins of the facility. Based upon the RCFA that I led, it was noted that incorrect wattage of solenoid valves were attributing to the frequent shutting down of the Central Processing platform & associating facilities in the field.

• During the 2007 financial crisis developed a Maintenance strategy for one (1) of BHP’s major terminal facility, which resulted in at least 10 permanent technical positions to be transferred to the Main Central processing platform offshore. (Reviewed safety case, performance standards for safety critical equipments). This re-alignment in manpower staffing equated to a major reduction in operating budgetary control.

• When I looked at our maintenance cost, I targeted the largest equipment cost to maintain instrument operation on the site. It was noted that quite huge sums of money was being spent in the up keep of control valves on site, notwithstanding the fact that this contributed to several facility shutdown. This didn’t take into account the amount of man hours / resources being directed at control valves. Closer examination revealed the issue was around the actual valve positioners & its accessories. DVC 6010 was being used. I immediately generated a MOC for the replacement of this series of controller for the DVC 6200. This type of controller was Linkage-less, non-contacting” feedback, ideal for high vibration, even easier installation and set up & eliminates crossover adjustment. The outcome was immediately successful.

Organisation: British Gas Trinidad and Tobago

Period: February 1995 – July 2004

Position: Operations Superintendent (Ag), Senior E & I technician, Operations Technician

To restore and retain plant equipment to ensure the safety, availability and reliability of all plants and equipment through a well-designed system categorized as routine, preventive and predictive maintenance along their life cycle.

Lead the on-site instrument activities, including resource management, schedule coordination, materials/tools/vendor support, system/equipment troubleshooting, and adjusting plan due to resource constraints.

Principal / Key Responsibilities

• Introduced the 5 Whys technique across all facilities as a means of solving problems by identifying the root causes of a problem, developing and implementing appropriate countermeasures that are designed to eliminate the root causes and prevent their recurrence. This process was first embedded within the instrument departments then cascaded throughout all disciplines, thus improving equipment reliability and improve uptime.

• Supervises the implementation of minor instrument modifications and improvement projects carried out in-house to ensure execution and completion to established Company standards and specifications

• Identify, develop and adjust existing maintenance support strategies and procedures for increased reliability of the predictive & preventative maintenance tasks

• Keep abreast of and evaluate new methodologies, work practices, equipment, diagnostics, technology, etc., for application and use within the plant, highlighting their potential to Senior Management.

• Validate the results of SCE Assurance Instrument Maintenance Test results to confirm performance is within respective SCE Performance Standard criteria.

• Functioned as an Instrument Engineer on site by performing software maintenance on ICS Triplex Safety System, Plantscape / Experion DCS control system and standalone PLC’s.

• Deliver assigned elements of Operations Readiness Plan ensuring all critical activities are complete as per plan.

• Develop strategies /roadmap to address technical requirements and evaluate value creation opportunities

• Responsible and accountable for operational technical advice/solutions by implementing Base and Key technologies to resolve issues/potential problems (e.g. reliability/integrity improvement, bad actor resolutions, root cause and failure analysis, etc

Key Accomplishment / Success

• The ultrasonic acoustic gas leak detectors on site were constantly failing causing numerous nuisance alarms & shutdowns. When I investigated the failure, after thorough simulation in Lab a component failure (sound source) was the root cause. This was communicated to the vendor, who have modified (improved) on this component. We have seen the total elimination of this situation.

• There was a need to upgrade the Autronica Fire & Gas panel for the Control building & PLQ (Permanent living quarters. However there was only a shutdown window of only four (4) days. I volunteered to lead the project & developed a detail work pack for this very important project. In summary I put together a mimic of the proposed panel, reviewed the codes and performed a FAT in Houston. Due to all the work that was done up front, we were able to successfully and safely complete this critical project within three (3) days. Global leadership was very much impressed & commended me for my efficiency & world class excellence in execution of this timely project.

• Became very proficient in the Honeywell Control & ICSS Triplex safety system such that specific Safety & Control system Engineers were not required on the facility. I completed the Engineering change request & made software changes. This was highlighted as a major cost saving approach by the Operations Manager.

Organisation: ENRON OIL & GAS

Period: January 1993 – February 1995

Position: Senior Operations & Instrument Technician

Accountable for coordinating, execution and supervision of instrument and control plant maintenance activities and provide support to operations departments as part of multi-discipline maintenance team.

Principal / Key Responsibilities

• Maintain error free execution by paying very close attention to detail and execute work to the highest possible standard and applying a “Continuous Improvement” philosophy to daily work.

• Identify and escalate issues with equipment that could ultimately affect the plant schedule of the commissioning process.

• Carries out day to day preventive, corrective and break down maintenance activities on instrumentation and control systems in assigned field, covering gas turbine generators & controls, pumps/compressors & controls, vessels, tanks, valves & piping, wellhead controls, distributed control system (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC), SCADA and fire systems.

• Successfully managed several shutdowns that finished on time, within allocated budget & most important without any HSEC incidents or injuries.

• Proven functional excellence in process and functional safety demonstrated by sustainable high performance in delivering operations and commissioning of Brownfield projects underpinned by formal education.

• Trouble-shooted various process/systems/equipment operational problems and consult with supervisor and colleagues as required.

• Routine Service and calibration of Pressure, Temperature, Flow, Level measuring field instruments/Transmitters/Indicators/Recorders (Electronic/Pneumatic/Electro-Pneumatic and Electro -Hydraulic control Systems) fire & Gas, Deluge system & FM 200 and Calibration Lab for various service activities.

• Responsibilities included Instrumentation Loop Checks, Systems Testing, Cause and Effects, Function Tests, and Systems communications incorporating Safety and following

Utilizing MAXIMO for spares, history and scheduling. Be able to write, plan, schedule, execute and close work orders. Maintain and update electronic files plus instrument files in the shop. Document PM’s results in an accurate concise manner.


Period: January 1991 – January 1993

Position: Instrument Technician

Maintenance of facilities instrumentation including process control system, safety shutdown system, fire detection & suppression system, gas detection system, emergency shutdown system, inclusive of end devices, wiring and control panels for each of these systems within both Hazardous and non-hazardous areas.

Principal / Key Responsibilities

• Respond to un-planned (emergency) breakdown situations and use technical and hands-on skills to get the equipment operational with the minimal disruption to plant on-streams, whilst adhering to all safety procedures and cost control measures.

• Determine root cause of failures and follow these up by recommending and implementing appropriate solutions to reduce re-occurrence of/or eliminate the cause of failures.

• Shared lessons learnt, best practices and new improvement initiatives relating to maintenance and reliability with work teams.

• Managed Fiscal metering equipments on site using fiscal metering software Kelton FM2P.

• Led FAT/SAT for Control systems & inspection of various field instruments & package Control System.

• Consult manufacturer’s manuals, circuit diagrams and drawings to determine applicable test procedures for instruments used for measuring and controlling flow, level, pressure, temperature, and other variables in manufacturing and processing.

• Ensure availability of adequate level of consumable material and spares in local store and arranges for delivery of materials from Company’s general stores

• Supervises the execution of day to day preventive and corrective maintenance activities related to instrumentation and control systems in assigned field, covering gas turbines generators & control, pumps, compressors & control, valves, vessels & piping, wellhead controls and fire systems, pressure, level, temperature, and flow measurement and control instrumentation, control valves, orifice carriers, distributed control system (DCS), programmable logic controller (PLC), and SCADA system.

• Provide day to day instrument support & guidance on maintenance issue to assure that the integrity and reliability of the instrumentation, control, safeguard, condition monitoring, and analysis systems are maintained and fully functional

• Ensure effective use of Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) for scheduling jobs, generating reports, management of inventory/spares, reordering and proper record keeping.

• Ensure the 12wk / 6wk and 2 weeks plans are effectively planned and resourced and continually drive to liquidate Safety Critical backlogs.


Period: July 1989 – October 1991

Position: Instrument Technician

Principal / Key Responsibilities

• Preparation of System loop folders

• Loop checking of new installed instruments

• Red line of instrument segment diagrams, instrument loop diagrams, Punch list jobs.

• Calibration of different types of instruments with the use of HART communicator

• Confirmation availability of inputs alarms & switches on DCS coming from field against Alarm & Trip Set-point List and P&ID.

• Check manually the operation & travel of control valves and shut off valves, also during start-up trouble shooting.

• Ensure that the work is being executed in accordance with the work pack and job card specifications, instructions and monitor construction progress.

• Lead Corrective / Preventive maintenance team including calibration, installation, repairs and troubleshooting of Plant Instrumentation like Gas Chromatographs, Analyzers, Flow computers and Control Valves.

• Reading and interpreting technical documentation, e.g. drawings, data sheets, specifications, IO&M manuals, to carry out the necessary setup, programming, and calibration and commissioning of instruments, controllers and measurement systems, using electronic and computerized calibration and configuration tools & equipment.

• Providing support to the E&I Construction Supervisors in ensuring adherence to the project Quality Assurance requirements and all applicable codes, standards and reference specifications.

• Directed and supervised I/E field technicians. Verified field Installation, Testing and Commissioning of Equipment to Project specifications

Organisation: CARONI 1975 LIMITED

Period: September 1988 – July 1989

Position: Instrument Technician (Apprentice)

Principal / Key Responsibilities

• Understanding of test equipment, loop checking, can read and interpret different drawings like P&IDs, Loop Sheets, Hook-ups Drawings etc

• Calibration and maintenance of ITT Barton Flow Metering dial graph. Electronic and pneumatic pressure transmitters. Electronic and pneumatic D/P transmitters. Electronic and pneumatic displacer type level transmitters and controllers, Pressure switches & Temperature Instruments.

Knowledge about calibration of temperature transmitter, maintenance of Thermocouples, RTD, Bi-metallic and Liquid filled type instruments.

• Control valves overhauling, field servicing, calibration with pneumatic electro pneumatic and smart positioned.

• Perform scheduled preventive maintenance work and complete test and maintenance reports. Consulted manufacturer’s manuals, circuit diagrams and maintenance procedures for instruments used for measuring and controlling flow, level pressure & temperature. Repair and adjust system components, such as sensors, transmitters and remove and replace defective parts.

Training Done in Trinidad Training Done in Louisiana and Houston (US)

• Management of Major Emergencies. ( OPITO certified)

• Effective Supervisory Management ( IBB )

• Advanced First Aid.

• Helideck Firefighting and Search and Rescue

• Fundamentals of Natural Gas Engineering

• Offshore crane operation and maintenance (Certification & License)

• Time Management

• Flammable and toxic gas detection course

• Electrical equipment in potentially hazardous areas ( Area Classification )

• Mini MBA in Automation & Controls

• Preventative Maintenance Workshop

• UWI, Automation Telemetry Controls

• Reliability Centered Maintenance

• API Certificate Of Achievement

• Supervisor, Manager of Safety Problems

• Anti-Pollution and Safety Course

• Production Safety System

• Technical Report Writing

• Incident Investigation

• Finance for Financial Advisors

• Safe Isolation & Re-instatement of Plant (SIRPS)

• Level 2 Task Risk Assessment

• (AGT) OPITO Authorized Gas Tester

• Electronic Permit to Work

• (Petrofac) SCFQ Level 8 9DI Competence Assessor

• Control of safe Working practices on low Voltage Electrical systems

• NEC 500 & 505 Explosion Protection

• Operation & Maintenance of Model 700 Gas Chromatographs

• UKOOA Certificate (Oil & Gas UK)

• Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET) OPITO

• Instrumentation – Graduate of UTT (University Trinidad & Tobago) formerly San Fernando Technical Institute

• ROXAR Wet Gas Meter (Operation & Maintenance) University of Louisiana

• Helicopter underwater egress training

• Basic survival craft operations

• Specialized system of offshore survival

Delgado Community college (New Orleans)

Basic and advanced ship fire fighting as approved by US coast guard.

Chevron Training Center

• Crane and hoist rigging in accordance with API RP 2D

• Production safety systems training (T2 Training)

• Diversity

• Preventing disease Transmission. (American Red Cross)

• Adult CPR (American Red Cross)

• Standard First Aid (American Red Cross)

Vendor Specific in the US

• Zellweger analytics fire and gas detection systems.

• DWD HVAC training.

• Operation and maintenance of CYBEREX UPS.

• Fisher DLC 3000 and DVC 5010 controllers and positioner calibration and maintenance+

• Programming, Operations & Maintenance of Trusted ICS Safety Systems

• Series 80,200, 400 & 800 Anderson Greenwood Valves

• Plantscape Controller Implementation

• Specialized training in troubleshooting & repairs of Programmable Logic Control System

• Certified in Zellweger Detection & Measurement System

• Plantscape Operation & Maintenance Training

• Certified in Emergency Response & Crisis Management

• Certified in Wellhead & Process Safety Systems

• GE Fanuc…PLC Programming

• Gaumer Fenwal Fuel Gas Heater Controls

• Pytronics Systems 3 Fire Detection & FM-200 Suppression Systems

• Inspection & Maintenance of Seatrax Crane