Senior Instrumentation Engineer


Squamish, BC


The Woodfibre LNG Project is located approximately 7 km west-southwest of Squamish, British Columbia. It involves constructing and operating a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the previous Woodfibre pulp mill site, which would have a storage capacity of 250,000 m3 and produce approximately 2.1 million tonnes per year of LNG.

Woodfibre Management Ltd is a privately held Canadian company based in Vancouver and a subsidiary of Pacific Energy Corporation Limited.


The Senior Instrumentation Engineer (Operations) is the Technical Authority of Instrumentation and Control Systems of the Woodfibre LNG Plant. Prior to start-up of the plant, you will work closely with Project ICSS lead to ensure that all systems designed, built, and commissioned to ensure safe and reliable operations for the operating phase of the plant. During Operations, you are the subject matter expert for all issues relating to Instrumentation and Controls equipment. The successful candidate reports directly to the Engineering Manager and will play an essential part in supporting through the construction phase of the project into steady state operations.

Key Responsibilities

The successful applicant will:

  • During the earlier (EPC) stage of the project, work in collaboration with Project staff and Contractor to provide quality surveillance and review support on Instrument & Controls equipment design, installation, and testing.
  • During earlier (EPC) stage of the project, work in collaboration with plant Maintenance team and Project staff to review and approve the maintenance strategies and spare part requirements for I&C equipment in support of implementation of the Computerized Maintenance Management System (SAP).
  • During commissioning and start-up phase, provide support to Project Engineers in ensuring prudent procedures and steps are applied for safe and successful plant start-up.
  • Thereafter, after steady state operations is achieved, act as the resident subject-matter-expert in the plant for issues relating to Instrument and Controls equipment:
    – Especially in complicated and critical cases, provide prudent guidance to maintenance and operations teams, such as in the development of equipment strategies/programs and operating procedures, and during turnarounds. 
    – Lead diagnostics efforts for rapid recovery during forced outages and where equipment is not performing to specifications.
    – Lead Root-Cause-Analysis effort for failures so as the root causes are eradicated.
  • Lead the Plant Alarm Management program in the diagnostics and ultimately elimination of nuisance alarms.
  • Direct and mentor junior engineers.

Required Experience

  • Instrument and Controls Engineering Degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum 15 years as Instrument and Controls Engineer, preferably in an LNG Production Facility.
  • Comprehensive understanding of P&IDs, PFDs, Control System schematics, diagrams and narratives, and Cost and Effects analysis.
  • Advanced working knowledge in at least 80% of the following areas relating to Instrument & Controls equipment and good working knowledge in the remaining:
    – Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Distributed Controls Systems (DCS) and Emergency Shutdown systems. Advanced working knowledge in systems such as Yokogawa and Siemens would be an asset.
    – High Integrity Pressure Protection system (HIPPS), Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), Fire & Gas (F&G) and compressor Anti-Surge protection.
    – Centrifugal compressors
    – Electrical motors
    – Machinery in cryogenic application
    – Machinery Monitoring systems
    – Applicable codes such as ISA, API, ISO and NFPA
    – Various field devices such as temperature, pressure and level measurement, gas chromatographs and gas metering systems
    – Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA)

Additional Requirements

  • Proven leadership skills to lead teams and mentor junior staff.
  • A motivated person with a mentoring and coaching approach.
  • Energetic in pursuit of continuous improvement processes.
  • Experience working with large multi-disciplinary teams and contractors in a multicultural environment is an asset.
  • Communication/interpersonal skills – interacting with front-line workers through to management and all hierarchical levels.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks, and change priorities within tight time frames.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Expertise with a variety of computer programs.
  • A valid driver’s license and passport.
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • This role will be a combination of office and site based.
  • The position is based in Squamish, BC (Project Site), with an initial stay period at the Vancouver Office, followed by travel to the Module Fabrication Yards in China and a visit to Houston project office as required.

Application Guidelines

Please submit your application here.

Please note only qualified candidates with work authorization in Canada will be contacted.

Thank you in advance for your interest!

Woodfibre Management Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer.