Principal Instrument Designer

Requisition ID
Work Location
ZA--Waterfall City
Department / Discipline
Instrumentation - Engineering
Position Type
Agency / Contract

Overview / Responsibilities

Wood is currently recruiting for a Principal Instrument Designer with extensive experience in the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical or similar sector of the industry to provide support to our Client in the execution of projects.   


Job Objectve: 

  • Review project schedules with the Chief Instrument Engineer to verify that all dates and project requirements are realistic.
  • Prepare project specific standards and job notes.
  • Set up and operate the appropriate sections of DMS.
  • Prepare and maintain a Drawing Index for all Instrumentation Design Drawings, indicating planned and actual issue dates inclusive of the various revisions.
  • Design preparation, production and approval of instrument drawings and deliverables as appropriate.
  • Develop, review and approve instrument deliverables such as (but not limted to) air distribution schedules, instrument cable block diagrams, cable and drum schedules, cable racking / routing drawings, instrument representation on the model, loop drawings and termination detail drawings
  • Develop review and comment on drawings and ensure that the quality of design drawings produced for enquiry and fabrication purposes is of satisfactory standard and in accordance with the relevant client and company specifications.
  • Comment on other discipline drawings and specifications where relevant. Review and approve the instrument interface drawings applicable to mechanical and electrical interface.
  • Review package supplier drawings as requested by the Instrument Engineer responsible for the equipment.
  • Using the instrument database and project specifications / standards, produce instrument hook-up drawings and instrument installation detail drawings.
  • Produce, review and approve instrument location drawings based on the instrument database, EFD’s and plant layout drawings.
  • Develop / provide input on the 3D Model to clarify instrument requirements on the model inclusive of cable racking, junction boxes, air headers and field instrument placements.
  • Produce, review and approve instrument loop diagrams and termination schedules utilising the In-Tools database.
  • Maintain the instrument design database and drawing register in a current project state.
  • Review and approve instrument requisitions for instrument cable and junction boxes.
  • Develop, Review and approve Instrument contract indirect BOM.
  • Liaise with engineers to ensure design intent on various projects is implemented.
  • Liaise closely with  instrument designers for the creation and validation of instrument design drawings and deliverables.
  • Advise the Chief Instrument Engineer of any slippages, their cause and proposed corrective action.
  • Advise the Chief Instrument Engineer of any technical problems and unresolved differences with other disciplines.
  • Perform Site existing infrasctructure assessments and attend to site construction queries.
  • Assist in production of instrument engineering indexes and datasheets. 
  • Notify the Chief Instrument Engineer of all deficiencies in the flow of data or other basic information required for execution of work.
  • Assist the Chief Instrument Engineer with estimates, progress assessment and control of manpower on assigned projects.
  • Perform as required and supervise As Building as required for design deliverables development. 
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to instrument designers. 
  • Suggest ways to improve efficiency, costs and service in the execution of projects.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the Instrument Engineering field.
  • Perform any other duties assigned within reason by the Chief Instrument Engineer.

Skills / Qualifications


  • In-Tools 6.0 or Higher
  • Smart Plant Review
  • Microsoft Packages
  • 10 Years minimum experience la

Knowledge, skills and experience:


Personal Qualities

  • Initiative - Grasps new or unfamiliar concepts quickly and can effectively deal with complexity and ambiguity. Identifies issues in a constructive manner and recommends solutions. Uses innovative and novel approaches to find solutions
  • Change and Adaptability - Gains awareness for, and an understanding of, the position of stakeholders. Readily adapts to changing circumstances
  • Interpersonal Communications - Actively listens and seeks to understand others’ points of view. Communicates openly and honestly to all levels of the organization. Expresses ideas and exchanges information clearly and persuasively
  • Problem Solving - Grasps new or unfamiliar concepts quickly and can effectively deal with complexity and ambiguity. Identifies issues in a constructive manner and recommends solutions.  Uses innovative and novel approaches to find solutions
  • Planning, Organising & Execution Prioritizes and plans work activities.  Uses time efficiently.

Company Overview

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering, helping to unlock solutions to critical challenges in energy and materials markets. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in 60 countries, employing around 35,000 people.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.


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