Principal Automation Engineer

Posted 20 June 2024
Salary Negotiable
Job type Contract
DisciplineOil and Gas Recruitment
Contact NameChloe Miller

Job description

Orion Group have a current opportunity for a Principal Automation Engineer to join our clients project delivery team in Manchester on a 12 month contract basis.


  • Work activities will include both project and proposal work where both the technical approach and continuity must be aligned

  • Work activities for both projects and proposals will be executed across all phases of projects including Conceptual Studies; Basic; FEED; Detailed Design; Procurement through to Commissioning.

  • Projects and proposals are for process plant and facilities across the Chemical; Oil and Gas; Power and Energy Transition/ New Energy sectors

  • Project work will include development of Automation Engineering deliverables as required on a project by project basis

  • Project work as Control Systems Engineer working directly for the Lead Engineer


  • Experience in Automation Engineerin, Either as EPC contractor or Control Systems vendor environment.

  • Experience on Medium/Large capital projects from concept to start-up

  • Proven ability to work as part of a multi-skilled Control and Instrument Engineering team working directly for the Lead Engineer.

  • Competent of working within the C&I Discipline of a contracting organisation.

  • Experienced in the implementation of the full lifecycle of automation projects including specifications development, design & implementation documentation development (philosophies, URS, I/O Lists, Range/Alarm/Trip/Shutdown schedules, system architecture diagrams, C&E Matrix, Control Narratives, etc), software and hardware realisation, testing and commissioning.

  • In-depth knowledge of OEM products e.g. DCS, PLCs, SIS & SCADA systems required (e.g. Emerson Delta V, ABB 800xA, Siemens S7, Rockwell/Allen Bradley, etc).

  • Able to support incorporation of mechanical equipment vendor packages into main Control System (Strong System Integration abilities and background required).

  • Proven ability for equipment specification and selection and in ensuring compliance from the suppliers, preferably within an EPC contracting organisation.

  • Very good proactive communicator. The role involves liaison with Client Engineers & Project Management.

  • Degree qualified for the related discipline.

  • Have or working towards Chartered Engineer status as a Member of the Institute of Measurement and Control (IMC) or Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

  • Competent in project execution using selected design tools and techniques.

  • Competent for budget & Schedule control / monitoring and reporting.

  • Competent in design safety, constructability.

  • To be able to work to Company standards.

  • Innovative when appropriate.


  • Fire & Gas systems

  • Familiarity with exSILentia software package preferred

If you feel that you are well suited to the above opportunity and would like to find out more then please contact Orion Group for more information or apply by forwarding your current CV quoting reference: TR/072359

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