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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Vale, Oregon
United States
Operations - Plant Operations
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Some College Coursework

Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) Technician

 Primary Purpose:


The Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) Technician is responsible for the operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs for mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control equipment.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Includes, but not limited to, the following:


  • Understand Process Control logic to facilitate proper programming control sequences to maintain the Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), Distributed Control System (DCS), and other systems and devices used throughout the power facilities processes.
  • Install, troubleshoot and maintain electrical distribution equipment, including breakers, buswork, panel boards, motor starters, transformers, protective relays, etc.
  • Install, troubleshoot, repair and calibrate pressure and temperature transmitters, control valves, AC/DC motors, transformers, level control devices.
  • Understand how to use the HART protocol for servicing pressure, temperature, & flow transmitters
  • Establish a routine preventative maintenance program that insures accurate performance of the various facility transmitters; document operations and maintenance records. This includes writing, submitting and completing work orders and creating detailed operating and maintenance procedures.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of electrical schematics to identify wiring practices for motor control circuits and plant protective relay circuits.
  • Maintain a neat and organized work area with emphasis on document control to insure that the most recent electrical / calibration documents are utilized for troubleshooting purposes.
  • Represent the Company with vendors and regulators as necessary.
  • Implement emergency procedures as directed.
  • Implement safety procedures to insure a safe workplace.
  • Vibration analysis as assigned.
  • Use installed and portable test equipment, technical manuals, system drawings and electrical schematics to troubleshoot equipment and systems.
  • Thorough understanding of binary cycle power plant operations to include start-up, shutdown and emergency operational actions. 


Minor Job Responsibilities:


  • Maintenance and upkeep of site buildings and grounds.
  • Perform general housekeeping duties.
  • Operate an all-terrain forklift.
  • Maintain trend reports on equipment operation for assigned systems using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
  • Ensure adequate supplies of spare and critical parts are available to support continuous plant operation. 


Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required:


  • Two (2) years of technical training in Instrumentation & Controls maintenance of industrial plants and four years of experience working in a power plant or an equivalent environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of plant operations and control systems.
  • Understanding of proper maintenance of critical backup power supplies.
  • Ability to troubleshoot PLC based instrumentation and control systems.
  • Understand the principles of chemistry and their relationship to power plant operations.
  • Ability to understand engineering design drawings, vendor equipment drawings and technical information.
  • Proficient in the use of hand tools, power tools and test equipment normally used in a power plant environment.
  • Occasionally perform heavy lifting.
  • Thorough knowledge of plant hazards and safety requirements.
  • Thorough understanding of computer based preventive maintenance programs.
  • Computer literate in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and various other programs.
  • Allen Bradley Compact Logix/Micrologix 5000 based software platforms a plus.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license.
  • Speak the English language fluently and proficiently to insure proper communication with company personnel. 


Special Job Characteristics:


  • Ability to make effective long term and instantaneous decisions.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Use discretion to balance competing priorities.
  • Familiarity with standard power plant PPE and its proper use.
  • Must be available for emergency calls as required by plant activities.
  • Position may require working shiftwork to insure adequate manpower coverage when necessary.
  • Will often work independently and be self-motivated to insure maintenance needs are properly performed. 
  • May be called upon to travel to other company sites for up to several weeks. 




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