Functional Checkout Technician - Instrumentation

Craft - Functional Checkout (FCO) Carlsbad, New Mexico


Position Summary:

The Instrument FCO Technician reports directly to the FCO Supervisor and is responsible for testing all control system components and loops as directed. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in planning as required
  • Calibration and testing of transmitters, switches, converters, recorders, indicators, actuated valves, and control loops back to PLC or DCS systems
  • Builds FCO folders and ensures they are adequate to complete all required pre-commissioning and commissioning checks and tests 
  • Verifies all test equipment is NIST Traceable and has a current calibration date
  • Utilizes industry standards for testing such as ISA or another recognized and approved standard
  • Completes Blue lines, Red lines, and B check sheets 

Required Minimum Qualifications (Techs):

  • High School Diploma, or Equivalent 
  • Valid Drivers License with clean driving record 
  • Five (5) years experience as FCO/Commissioning Technician in oilfield, preferred

Required Education, Training and Certificates: 

  • OSHA 10, or ability to obtain upon hire
  • H2S, or ability to obtain upon hire

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability and willingness to receive and follow direction 
  • Ability to clearly communicate, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work safely, and recognize potential hazards
  • Ability to legally operate a motor vehicle 
  • Ability to recognize and respond to dangerous situations or emergencies such as high voltage systems, electrical fires, loose hot wires, broken power lines, etc. 
  • Ability to diagnose system malfunction, locate cause of breakdown and correct the problem or recommend solution
  • Ability to set and balance priorities in order to complete projects on time
  • Ability to make decisions and recommend appropriate course of action in difficult situations
  • Ability to handle stress and possess positive trait even in difficult or challenging situations

Instrument FCO Specific KSA's:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of control systems, equipment, operational and mechanical systems including; installation, testing, maintenance, and repair 
  • Knowledge of applicable codes, standards, and regulations 
  • Working knowledge of AC and DC control circuits 

Physical Demand/Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to talk, hear, and see. The incumbent frequently is required to stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb, balance and walk. The incumbent is occasionally required to sit. The incumbent must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and push/pull up to 100 pounds. Visual Acuity: must be adequate to perform all required Job Description tasks in a safe manner. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud and may require use of ear plugs on occasion. Work is usually done outside at a job site/field site that may have inclement weather conditions. The incumbent is exposed to moving mechanical parts, vehicles and equipment. 


The above job description covers the principal duties and responsibilities of the job.  The description shall not however, be construed as a complete job listing of all duties, which may be required from day-to-day