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I & E Technician


INEOS Oligomers

Job title

I&E Technician


Chocolate Bayou, Alvin, TX - USA

Organizational context and job purpose

Organizational Context:

With LAO manufacturing facilities in Canada and Belgium, INEOS Oligomers is one of the large merchant suppliers of Linear Alpha Olefins (LAO).

 LAO is used in a variety of industries, with main markets being comonomers for polyethylene, feedstock for production of lubricants, surfactants, lubricant additives, and paper sizing chemicals, and base stock for drilling fluids. PAO is a synthetic lubricant.

As part of its growth strategy, INEOS Oligomers invested $500 million in a new world scale LAO & PAO production facility to be located on INEOS Olefins & Polymers site in Chocolate Bayou, Alvin, Texas. 

INEOS Oligomers is hiring Instrument an Instrumentation and Electrical (I&E) Technician.  This role will report to the I&E Supervisor.

Purpose of the job:

The I&E Technician is responsible for completing maintenance work on instrumentation, electrical, and analyzer equipment in a safe, effective, and efficient way.


Internal factors:

  • Company policies and procedures

  • Technical training, documentation, and tools

  • Equipment reliability

  • Work order planning and scheduling

  • Equipment preparation and work permit process

  • Maintenance department organization

External factors:

  • Vendor support and know-how

Responsibilities AND Accountabilities

Major responsibilities for the I&E Technician include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work safely and follow Company policies and procedures.

  • Perform effective preventive and predictive monitoring and maintenance techniques to identify and define abnormal operating conditions.

  • Troubleshoot, repair, calibrate, and install instrumentation, electrical, and analyzer equipment that is used in the chemical processing facility.

  • Read and interpret work orders, equipment manuals, and I&E drawings to perform required maintenance.

  • Update maintenance supervisors with job status and submit repair reports and documentation to meet ISO standards.

  • Collect equipment operation and history data to facilitate reliability improvements.

  • Update equipment records.

  • Complete on-call assignment for overtime and off hours work requests.

  • Participate in Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) and Incident Investigations.

  • Keep all test equipment in a safe working condition with current certifications.

  • HSE responsibilities include but are not restricted to the following:

    • Participate in the work permit procedure.

    • Repair and calibration documentation.

    • Following safe work practices.

    • Compliance to Oligomers Chocolate Bayou Policies and Procedures, INEOS 20 Safety Principles, and other HSE programs.

  • Follow and complete training matrix items as assigned.

  • Perform other assigned tasks.

Skills Required

Level of education & Experience in general

  • High school diploma or GED required

  • 2-year technical degree with minimum of 4 years of experience or minimum 10 years in an industrial maintenance environment with no technical degree.

Technical skills

  • Ability to demonstrate strong working knowledge of process and personal safety and health practices applicable in the petrochemical industry.  This includes energy isolation, lockout tagout, work permitting, confined space entry, working from heights, hazard communication, lifting and hoisting, incident reporting and investigation, and MOC.

  • Ability to demonstrate strong working knowledge of electrical safe work practices applicable in the petrochemical industry.

  • Experience and detailed knowledge of industrial plant instrument, electrical, and analyzer equipment inspection, calibration, and repair techniques.  See preferred experience requirements listed below.

  • Working knowledge of instrument, electrical, and analyzer standards as applied in petrochemical industry and general knowledge of various Codes (e.g. API, ASME, ANSI, NFPA, ISA).

  • Working knowledge of technical documentation associated with instrument, electrical, and analyzer design and equipment,

  • Demonstrated technical capability to assess vendor quotes against repair objectives,

  • Demonstrated capabilities to assess work sequencing, optimize work planning, scheduling, and cost is a plus.

  • Knowledge and experience in executing preventive maintenance plans.

  • Ability to read P&IDs.

  • Prefer experience with Microsoft Office and SAP.

  • Fluent in English.


  • Knowledge of and experience with instrumentation application, installation, calibration, maintenance and troubleshooting along with the ability to read and understand P&IDs, schematics, loop drawings, and make accurate redline corrections as necessary. Experience using HART communicator and documenting calibrator to verify settings of instruments in the field.

  • Knowledge of and experience with PLCs (especially Allen-Bradley), ladder logic, control valves, HART field devices, Emerson Delta V BPCS/SIS or related DCS platforms.  Familiar with maintenance of Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS).

  • Knowledge of instrumentation relating to temperature, pressure, mass flow and level. Includes DP, Coriolis, Vortex, Ultrasonic, Nuclear, Radar and Magnetic instrumentation, along with associated equipment such as control valves.


  • Knowledge of and experience of troubleshooting equipment with voltages up to 13.8kV.

  • Trouble-shooting skills along with the ability to read and understand P&ID, Motor Control Schematics, Electrical One-Lines and Electrical Installation Details.

  • Knowledge of testing and maintenance of VFDs, transformers, large electric motors, UPS systems, low and medium voltage switchgear, and low and medium voltage motor control centers.

  • Master Electrician license is a plus.


  • On-line process analyzers such as gas chromatograph, flue gas, continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) and sampling conditioning, and fire and gas systems both open path and point detection.

  • Working knowledge of analyzer database software and other computer systems.

Behavioral skills

  • Safety minded, demonstrated strong safety and environmental performance,

  • Strong verbal as well as written communication skills (upward, lateral, and downward),

  • Strong ability to work with others, team builder,

  • Strong bias for action to identify potential problems and co-ordinate their resolution before they become an issue,

  • Ability to manage work priorities to deliver performance improvements and reliability in a demanding work environment,

  • Good analytical and organizational skills,

  • Stress resistant and methodical,

  • Problem solver and change agent,

  • Self-motivated, self-starter; able to work with minimal supervision.

ADA Physical requirements, visual acuity requirements and environmental conditions

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to lift at least 50lbs, walking, climbing ladders/stairs, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling. Must be able to perform climbing, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling and manual operation of various size valves and equipment.

  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.

  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction.  Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make discriminations in sound.

Our culture is one of honesty and integrity with an emphasis on safety, health and environmental performance.On our team, people are acknowledged for embracing new practices that help create real value for customers.