Senior Controls and Instrumentation Engineer in Portland, Oregon - #65567 | VanderHouwen

Portland, Oregon

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Job Id: 65567

Senior Controls and Instrumentation Engineer
Our client is seeking a Senior Controls and Instrumentation Engineer to join their organization.

This role is a hybrid model and is open to candidates in Portland, Oregon, Spokane or Kalama, Washington.

Senior Controls and Instrumentation Engineer Responsibilities

  • Design/Analysis/Engineering of Control Systems and Instrumentation selection at large industrial facilities
  • Perform work requiring the application of basic technical principles, theories, standards, and concepts. This will include reading and understanding design drawings and technical specifications as necessary to support preparation of project deliverables, such as calculations, specifications, drawings and engineering evaluations.
  • Perform reviews, assemble and sketch (in preparation for drafting) controls block diagrams, DCS/PLC enclosure drawings, Interconnection details, IO Wiring details, Emergency stop circuits, P&ID’s, Loops and Elementaries.
  • Perform site walkdowns to identify design solutions and develop cost-effective problem resolutions
  • Develop and maintain controls and instrumentation engineering budgets/schedules, direct drafters, prepare reports and perform quality checks for projects designed by Others.
  • Develop controls and instrumentation capital cost estimates.
  • Most projects are multi-disciplined and require extensive interface with other staff engineers as well as engineers working out of our offices.
  • Evaluates operations & proposed modifications to determine compliance with engineering principles, standards, federal, state, or local statutes, and environmental regulations.

Senior Controls and Instrumentation Engineer Qualifications

  • Preferred Licensed PE in Electrical, Controls, or Instrumentation.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering (Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation, etc) from an accredited university.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in preparation of calculations.
  • Makes recommendations based on knowledge and experience.
  • Directs and oversees routine and advanced technical work performed by others on assigned projects and maintains quality standards of all assigned projects.
  • Proficient in Word and Excel.
  • Ability to be an individual contributor and work effectively in teams.
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal to effectively communicate internally and externally.
  • Experience with VFDs, motor control, unit substations, switchgear, standby generators, UPS systems, PLC hardware.
  • Knowledge of NEC codes and IEEE standards.
  • Good writing, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Must be able to traverse stairs and ladders at client sites.
  • Must be able to traverse client sites to conduct walkdowns.
  • Must be able to work outside at client sites in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to travel between 5-10% of the time; duration of travel will vary depending on project and client needs.
  • Programming experience is a plus.


  • 5-10 Years.

Salary: $105,000-$140,000/year. (DOE)

Benefits are available to eligible full-time employees and include coverage for medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and 401k plans.

About VanderHouwen
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.

VanderHouwen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. VanderHouwen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal civil rights laws.

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