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Senior Control Systems Engineer
Vacancy ref
Based in
Aberdeen - Westhill
Business area
Surf and Conventional
Working hours
37.5 hours per week
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Closing date
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Vacancy information

Subsea 7 is looking for a Senior Control Systems Engineer to work in their Offshore Resources division.  The Senior Control Systems Engineer is responsible for translating business requirements into a scope of works for third party supply of control systems, and ensures that design proposals incorporate control systems integrity in accordance with mandatory standards, good engineering practice and reflect the best cost effective solution.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include:

  • Responsible for providing inputs into system design, modification, upgrade, installation, commissioning and ongoing technical support.
  • Participates in the definition of appropriate FAT and SAT documentation and participate in the testing activities.
  • Works with third party specialist manufacturers and consultancies for the design, maintenance and audit of Control Systems to ensure the Control Systems meet the design specification.
  • Provides progress updates to the management pertaining to the scope of work within the Control Systems remit.
  • Required to provide second level escalated technical support to vessel personnel.
  • Participates in carrying out safety design reviews including Risk Assessment, HAZIDs, HAZOPs, FME(C)A and ensure close out of identified action items.
  • Ensure that the Management of Technical Change process is always followed.
  • Involved in defining best practices.
  • Where necessary, the responsibility includes offshore trips in order to validate the correct and safe operation of the relevant Control Systems.
  • Actively promote a positive safety attitude in relation to the design and operation of Control Systems
  • Follow the Management of Technical Change procedure
  • Work as part of a larger team to ensure that Control Systems are designed and installed at the highest levels of safety and design integrity
  • Manage subcontractors and supplier interfaces
  • Provide progress updates to the Management team
  • Provide technical assistance in connection with breakdowns and maintenance as well as escalated second-level technical support to relevant vessel personnel, ensuring that management is always aware of all ongoing major issues
  • Daily assistance to Vessel Superintendents in order to assure that Control systems are maintained to relevant standard
  • Preparation of specifications and assistance with purchasing
  • Recommendation of actions to be taken to improve vessel safety and maintenance and inspections.
  • Maintaining files and records of control systems documentation packages (codes, functional analysis, drawings, manuals)
  • Provide inputs and review equipment FMEAs
  • Follow up changes in rules and regulations
  • Develop and maintain relationship with manufacturer/suppliers of relevant equipment
  • Support projects in interface between vessel systems and project systems
  • Plan and Manage/undertake test and commissioning activities

Qualifications and Education

General Education

Desirable: National Diploma and suitable experience may be acceptable as an alternative. Good engineering background.

Specified Qualifications for position

Desirable: BSc electrical, electronic or mechatronics desirable.

Continuing Professional Development

Desirable: Member of a professional body (IET or InstMC)


Technical (including IT)

Essential: Significant Experience in programming PLC, SCADA, HMI and VSD systems. Working knowledge of sensors, actuators and interfaces. Attendance at Siemens training school. Must have a high level of IT skills. Working knowledge of ISO9001 and IEC 61508 standard.

Desirable: Attained TUV Safety Engineer certification.


Essential: Excellent communication skills (both written and oral). Ability to work in a multidiscipline team and also in autonomy

Desirable: Experience working in a multicultural environment desirable.


Essential: Must be able to take control of a situation and give direction to all levels in the organisation


Essential: Minimum 10 years extensive experience as a Control Systems engineer, most of which in the offshore construction industry.

Good understanding of vessel systems and construction systems

Managerial Experience

Essential: Experience in leading a technical project from design to commissioning.


Essential: Must understand the FMECA process and how this links to Control Systems design.
Desirable: An awareness of relevant international standards, codes and regulations for Marine systems and construction systems

Specific Job Related Requirements

Travel Requirements: national and international travel, must have a current full UK/EU driving license and valid passport

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