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Instrument/Electrical Engineer

Date Posted: May 5, 2023
Closing Date: June 3, 2023
Reports To: Engineering Group Lead
Duration: Full-time, Permanent

Position Summary

The Instrument/Electrical Engineer works within codes of practice and engineering guidelines to design and/or coordinate instrumentation, control systems and electrical projects through the project stages of research/definition, planning and estimating, execution, commissioning, and closeout. This role also provides technical expertise to the site when addressing/resolving plant issues associated with instrumentation, electrical and control/safety systems.

Position Responsibilities

  • Design and modify new and existing Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and safety PLCs (SIS), Distributed Control Systems (DCS), electrical systems and the instruments or field devices required for assigned projects.
  • Size, select, procure, and supervise installation and commissioning of new and upgraded application-specific equipment
  • Shared responsibility for the maintenance of site instrument database, instrument and equipment specification sheets, electrical panel and termination schedules, electrical layout drawings, logic drawings, Cause/Effect Matrix (CEM) and loop drawings
  • Work with other stakeholders (eg: Maintenance / Operations) during the design process to ensure knowledge transfer
  • Develop a basic understanding of the design concepts for key plant equipment (e.g. pumps, reformers)
  • Utilize the Management of Change (MOC) procedure to assess and progress temporary and permanent changes in the plant
  • Utilize the Manufacturing Capital Management Process (MCMP) procedure to progress a project from initiation to completion
  • Manage assigned projects throughout life cycle stages by identifying requirements, establishing clear and achievable objectives and balancing site demands to ensure safe and successful completion
  • Support other technical disciplines and turnarounds on projects and initiatives
  • Provide technical support and guidance to the site within the instrumentation, control systems and electrical discipline
  • Utilize knowledge and experience to engineer the best technology controls, instrumentation and electrical systems
  • Participate in operational hazard meetings
  • Maintain current knowledge of leading practices and technologies in instrumentation, control systems, and electrical fields
  • Actively participate in the site RC and reliability initiatives
  • Participate in site hazard, “what if” reviews and root cause analysis
  • Networks with other Methanex sites to the mutual benefit of all sites
  • Actively promote compliance with Methanex policies, procedures, and applicable standards
  • Support the Technical team in developing and actioning the annual department plan
  • Effectively communicates current activities and workload
  • Provide feedback and share knowledge with new employees and other team members, as required
  • Ensures individual implementation of and compliance with all Methanex HR policies and procedures, including performance optimization
  • Ensure compliance with the applicable codes and standards e.g., Canadian Electrical Code, International Society of Automation (ISA) Standards and IEC1151 requirements as they relate to the areas of instrumentation, control systems and electrical discipline
  • Understanding of other discipline compliance areas (e.g., ABSA, ASME, API)
  • Contribute to the organizational vision of Global Methanol Leadership
  • Demonstrates the core values of integrity, trust, respect and professionalism
  • Undertake all aspects of the role through living the Methanex values
  • Conduct all business in a manner which supports the Responsible Care® ethic
  • Remain current with all safety and procedural training related to the role
  • Actively participate in the site’s behavioural-based safety program by completing safety observations and audits as specified for the department.

Position Qualifications

Technical Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in industrial controls and electrical engineering (or equivalent)
  • Eligible for membership as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) or in progress as an EIT with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in control systems, instrumentation and electrical technology design
  • Good working knowledge of industry codes and regulations, discipline-specific practices and standards
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software applications
  • Experience with valve and instrument sizing software would be an asset
  • Experience with Triconex and DeltaV systems would be an asset
  • Project management experience would be an asset
  • Gas processing facility experience would be an asset


  • Comfortable with diversity and can empathize with differences in people and cultures
  • Customer-focused; dedicated to meeting the expectations of internal and external customers
  • Ability to make good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, experience, and judgement
  • Results-oriented with an ability to manage several competing priorities and projects simultaneously
  • Ability to develop and maintain peer relationships, including good team collaboration skills, diplomacy and tact
  • Highly committed to ongoing self-development and demonstrated learning agility
  • Superior written, verbal communication and listening skills
  • Strong organization, prioritization, and time management skills, including the ability to readily respond to shifting priorities, situations or tasks
  • Competent with problem-solving, critical thinking, conceptual thinking and troubleshooting skills

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