Temporary Instrument & Controls Engineer

Temporary Houston, Texas


Temporary Instrument & Controls Engineer

Have you ever wanted to work for a world leader in their industry?

SBM Offshore is an integrated EPCI provider of floating production solutions for the deepwater oil and gas industry. SBM Offshore owns and operates the world’s largest fleet of FPSOs which recently achieved more than 1 million barrels of oil per day throughput. SBM Off shore’s global footprint includes worldwide Execution Centers.

We are proud of our technological innovation, and are a market leader in R&D and technology development. Some of SBM Off shore’s products include CALM Buoy’s, Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units, Semisubmersibles, Tension Leg Platforms and Turret Mooring Systems.

Careers at SBM Offshore offer our employees:

• Unique opportunities to participate in the full life-cycle of projects and operations from engineering through construction and installation and throughout production operations

• Experience with a leader in Deepwater floating production and mooring systems, in production operations and in terminals and services

• Opportunities for roles in Execution Centers, in our construction yards and with our specialized offshore installation vessels 

• A company philosophy of exposing talented individuals to all parts of the business which provides opportunities to expand their personal tool kits

SBM Offshore is currently recruiting for a Temporary Instrument & Controls Engineer.


The Instrumentation Engineer is responsible for the proper design and selection of all instrumentation necessary for the safe and optimum operation of the asset. As Instrumentation Engineer, you must properly apply Discipline knowledge such as specific sizing and selection knowledge to meet all required process and contractual requirements. You may be assigned as a Package Engineer with technical responsibility for the design, procurement and manufacture, and Installation and Commissioning assistance of the Package. You must work with Engineers and Designers both within and outside the discipline to ensure instruments are selected, installed, and configured for optimum operation and accuracy.

*The Instrumentation Engineer may act as Discipline Lead for assigned projects.


1.  In order that assigned activities are completed successfully YOU ARE TO:

1.1. Understand, plan and deliver assigned tasks with accuracy within agreed time frame

1.2. Identify areas requiring more detailed instructions and clarify understanding/expectation as necessary with Discipline Lead; ensure no surprises

1.3. Develop engineering documents in a manner that the design intent can be interpreted correctly

1.4. Complete tasks in compliance with applicable engineering codes, industry standards/regulations and work procedures

1.5. Proactively interface with Discipline Lead and peers for resolving issues, sharing information and progress

1.6. Seek clarification or guidance as soon as difficulties arise; recommend alternative solutions

1.7. Perform thorough self-check of all deliverables prior to submission for review /approval

1.8. Properly plan work to allow adequate time for documents to be thoroughly checked to ensure accuracy

The measure of your effectiveness in this will be:

  • Performance Feedback from Discipline Leads
  • Timeline and accuracy in completing tasks

2.  In order to achieve effective interface management YOU ARE TO:

2.1. Understand how assigned tasks will affect all disciplines and stakeholders; provide timely and accurate input to other disciplines in support of their design requirements in meeting deadlines

2.2. Proactively provide Discipline Lead with status updates, highlight concerns as they arise, and prioritize assigned activities to meet key milestones

2.3. Network with stakeholders to serve as a source of support in executing project deliverables; ensure proactive two-way communication

2.4. Produce consistent/organized documents in a well-structured format to clearly convey required information

2.5. Coordinate with vendors, subcontractors, third party consultants, etc. to ensure timely review of documents and that comments are made with required quality level

2.6. Provide timely and accurate input to other disciplines in support of their design requirements and project deliverables

The measure of your effectiveness in this will be:

  • Demonstrated effective interfaces within and across-disciplines
  • Timely closure of interface issues

3.  In order to contribute to the success of managing changes YOU ARE TO:

3.1. Raise awareness of issues timely to the Discipline Lead; understand the change impact within and across Disciplines and identify the stakeholders to be engaged

3.2. Respectfully challenge proposed changes that significantly impact project deliverables to ensure the best option is taken as the way forward

3.3. Prioritize activities to effectively manage conflicting deadlines to meet key milestones and deliverables

3.4. Ensure changes are conveyed through the established channels of communication to minimize the impact to deliverables and project

3.5. Demonstrate adaptability and flexibility in implementing changes

3.6. Ensure Management of Change (MOC) procedures are used to promote positive impact to the project

The measure of your effectiveness in this will be:

  • Resolution of design changes within budget and agreed timeline
  • Demonstrated understanding of the change impact

4.  To ensure quality of engineering deliverables YOU ARE TO:

4.1. Be self-motivated to improve technical competencies for current and future work assignments

4.2. Promote continuous improvement within the Discipline by maintaining/sharing the latest industry developments

4.3. Ensure activities are completed with consistency and in compliance with applicable codes, standards and regulations

4.4. Apply and capture applicable lessons learned in the execution of activities to enable information sharing, increase project efficiencies, and support/develop best practices

4.5. Ensure work is organized and documented in a manner to support the intent of design for easy understanding by others

4.6. Ensure proper level of checks for all deliverables prior to submission; avoid cutting corners

The measure of your effectiveness in this will be:

  • Demonstrated quality of deliverables
  • Zero design changes that compromise safety and quality
  • Cost of Non-Quality


Instrument & Controls Engineer with at least 3-5 years of experience. Must have experience with sizing and selection of instrumentation and SPI INtools proficiency. Knowledge of the interfaces required between Instrumentation and other disciplines.  Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Evaluate operation requests regarding instrumentation and control changes in the existing fleet.
  • Develop specifications and philosophies based on project requirements
  • Work with vendors to provide solutions and cost estimates



Experience with functional safety and IEC 61511 is preferred. 


Headquartered in West Houston’s Energy Corridor, the Houston Execution Center of SBM Offshore offers tremendous opportunities for qualified professionals and a competitive salary.

The SBM Offshore Group is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.