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Control Systems Engineer
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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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Subsea 7 are currently looking for a Control Systems Engineer to join our Offshore Resources team on a full time staff basis based at our Westhill office. Offshore Resources are an internal service provider within Subsea 7 supporting all of the regions with the vessels, equipment and people they need to deliver projects worldwide. We support the Subsea 7 SURF & Conventional fleet currently at 29 vessels, which includes dive, pipelay and heavy construction vessels.

This role sits within the Marine Technical Group and the aim of the group is to be a centre of expertise for Control systems, providing knowledge and experience to insure that our equipment meets key safety & operational requirements, a consistent specialist approach to technical management and operation of these systems with our main Original Equipment Manufacturers, Vendors, Vessel Superintendents and vessel offshore technical teams to ensure a proper optimisation of all operational and technical routines and support for OR projects for CAPEX, dry-dock and maintenance stops preparation & execution 

The Control Systems Engineer is responsible for translating business requirements into a scope of works for Subsea 7 owned assets and equipment but also 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.

The candidates we are looking for should have demonstrable experience and knowledge of programming PLC, SCADA, HMI and VSD systems, system design, modifications, upgrades and installation within process control systems. We are keen to hear from applicants not only from Oil and Gas Subsea Engineering backgrounds, but also from those with relevant experience from industries including, but not limited to, chemical processing, car manufacturing, water treatment, etc. 

At Subsea 7 we take pride in being recognised globally as a leader across the Energy Industry. For 5 decades our people have delivered over 1000 projects in all water depths across our energy hubs and we continue to do so, adapting and evolving in an ever changing world. This sustainability is only possible through the development and diversity of our people, assets and technology and we are committed to the future in all these areas. Subsea 7 are committed to creating a diverse workforce and we look to offer excellent career opportunities as well providing a wide range benefits and a flexible working environment.

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

Skills & Experience 

  • Experience in programming PLC, SCADA, HMI and VSD systems.
  • Working knowledge of sensors, actuators and interfaces.
  • Working knowledge of ISO9001 and IEC 61508 standard.
  • Degree/HND qualification in a relevant engineering discipline
  • An understanding of the FMECA process and how this links to Control Systems design
  • Able to communicate and cooperate.
  • Planning and organising skills.
  • Analytical capability.
  • Ability to meet objectives
  • Attendance at Siemens training school would be desirable
  • An awareness of relevant international standards, codes and regulations for Marine systems and construction systems would be desirable

Travel Requirements

  • National and international travel, must have a current full UK/EU driving license and valid passport
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