Phillips 66 Instrument Technician - Ferndale Refinery in Ferndale, Washington


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The Instrument Technician is responsible for the installation, calibration, troubleshooting, and maintenance of field instruments. Field Instruments include various process transmitters, switches, analyzers, controllers, positioners, automated valves, etc.

The majority of work is outdoors in an industrial environment.

The employee must, in the opinion of his/her supervisor, possess the fitness and ability to perform the tasks responsibly under normal supervision.

The tasks listed below are typical, but do not necessarily limit assignments.

Responsibilities may include :

  • Following all Ferndale Refinery Safe Practices and Procedures.
  • Communicating all safety concerns and incidents to supervisor immediately.
  • Communicating work status, findings, and improvement opportunities to supervision.
  • Performing Job Safety Analysis (JSA) as required.
  • Troubleshooting, repairing, calibrating, and performing other maintenance tasks on field instrumentation including but not limited to pneumatic and electronic transmitters, switches, controllers, positioners, and automated valves.
  • Troubleshooting, repairing, calibrating, and performing other maintenance tasks on process analyzers and sample systems, including but not limited to gas chromatographs, Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS), oxygen, conductivity, pH, and tail gas analyzers.
  • Troubleshooting, repairing, and performing other maintenance tasks on vibration and temperature monitoring systems for rotating equipment.
  • Configuring, installing, performing loop checks, and commissioning new instrumentation associated with maintenance activities.
  • Installing instrument tubing and tubing fitting systems per manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Working with operations and process controls group to troubleshoot instruments and signal wiring controlled by distributed control systems (DCS) and programmable logic controllers (PLC).
  • Utilizing test equipment, such as multi-meters, temperature and pressure calibrators, communicators, and signal generators.
  • Researching and retrieving equipment information using the internet, plant equipment files, and communication with vendors.
  • Reading and interpreting loop drawings, P&IDs, wiring schematics, cause & effects, data sheets, etc.
  • Using computers and software applications to enter and retrieve data.
  • Performing diagnostic testing, isolation, terminations, and/or energized work on instrument wiring up to 125V in compliance with Ferndale's Electrical Safety Program.
  • Performing work activities that include pulling, lifting, twisting, working in confined spaces and on elevated platforms requiring fall protection.
  • Operating all available mobile equipment (except for cranes) to the level of training of the individual.
  • Perform any other tasks as assigned by management to the level of training of the individual.


Basic/Required :

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States on a regular full-time basis without restrictions
  • Must have a High School diploma or GED
  • Two year degree or certificate in Instrument Technology or related field
  • One or more years of experience as an Instrument Technician in an industrial environment
  • Willingness to perform/comply with the following:
  • Work at least an 8-hour shift which may include weekends, nights and holidays

  • Work overtime

  • Work near large, hot, high speed machines

  • Wear fire retardant clothing and personal protective equipment (such as respiratory protective equipment and ear and eye protection)

  • Maintain facial hair in compliance with respirator/face mask requirements

  • Lift and transport up to 50 pounds, bend, stoop, perform moderate manual labor, work in confined spaces (such as tanks and silos), climb and work at various levels above the ground (climb up to 200 feet in height)

  • Perform firefighting duties as needed

  • Experience with basic process control and instrumentation principles, including process measurement variables, technologies and loop tuning

  • Experience with hand tools including multi-meters, communicators, and other test gear
  • Experience with MicroSoft Office products
  • Experience with basic shop mathematics and material dimensions including pipe sizes and schedules, alloy material awareness and use
  • Able to work independently, using manuals and other information to troubleshoot and improve understanding of equipment
  • Able to identify and evaluate problems including approach, possible alternative solutions, and conclusions
  • Experience with creating sketches and interpreting P&IDs and other electrical drawings

Preferred :

  • At least one year of experience working in a refinery or petro-chemical industry
  • Experience working on tank gauging systems, vibration monitoring systems, or analyzers
  • Experience with SAP’s Maintenance Module or other ERP Maintenance modules
  • Knowledge of applicable codes and standards including NEC
  • Demonstrate effective verbal communication with others including providing clear explanations, constructive listening, and asking questions as appropriate
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills pertaining to documenting inspection and repair information



At Phillips 66, while "what" we do may be very different from person to person, there's a "how" that connects all of us. It is how we work, how we collaborate and how we succeed together. It's this shared "how" that our competency framework describes in detail. We call it the Keys to Success because it can unlock the potential within us all.

Keys to Success

  • Contr: Adaptability—Adapt And Learn From Experience
  • Contr: Building Collaborative Relationships—Foster Relationships
  • Contr: Judgment—Demonstrate Sound Judgment
  • Contr: Results Orientation—Optimize Work Performance

The Ferndale Refinery is located in Ferndale, WA which is located on Puget Sound, about 20 miles south of the U.S. - Canada border. The refinery processes about 105,000 barrels per day of oil and is a high conversion facility allowing optimized utilization of feedstock. The refinery includes Clean Gasoline and Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel units providing emissions friendly products to meet today's stringent standards. Providing a safe and environmentally responsible workplace as well as having a positive impact on the local communities are management priorities. Operations are run 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Company Overview

Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally. Phillips 66 Partners, the company's master limited partnership, is integral to the portfolio. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 14,500 employees committed to safety and operating excellence. Phillips 66 had $52 billion of assets as of March 31, 2018. For more information, visit at or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co .

To be considered

In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of January 16, 2019 .

Candidates for regular U.S. positions must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a)(1). Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

Phillips 66 is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Requisition ID: 48341

Department: Ferndale Refinery

Location: United States - Washington - Ferndale

Job Field: Maintenance