Lead instrumentation designer

Offshore & Shipbuilding
Vacancy ID


Role requirements The role of the Lead Instrument Designer comprises of the following tasks:  
  • Reporting to the Discipline Lead Engineer, taking responsibility for the overall design scope to deliver the contractual construction deliverables and perform the required activities, taking ownership of the schedule.
  • Define the overall instrumentation design e.g. by defining the overall cable block diagram and package unit cable block diagrams to lead and guide the other designers in the team, both locally as well as remote.
  • Guard and ensure the quality of the produced discipline design deliverables by following company technical standards and company engineering standards. Identify possible deviations and follow the company procedures.
  • Identify and give input to project changes identified by other disciplines, by following the MOC procedures agreed within the project.
  • Monitor progress of the design, identify possible concerns and propose solutions. Provide input to the Discipline Lead Engineer for the weekly progress report.
  • Provide or delegate to provide clear instructions to the relevant designer(s) when assigning a task and monitor the progress. Verify the quality during the design process and prior to formal issue of the deliverable.
  • At defined stages visit the remote design office to acquaint with the design team to provide guidance and training where needed.
  • Manage the flow of information to remote teams to enable them to prepare Cable Block Diagrams, Termination diagrams, Loop diagrams, Hook-up diagrams, Mounting details, Cable list, Junction box list, Bulk MTOs for Cables and Hook-up materials. (The design will be done in Smart Plant Instrumentation).
  • Challenge the design process and propose improvements, hereby contributing to the overall instrumentation discipline design guideline.
  • Manage the flow of information to remote teams to enable them to model panels, junction boxes and various instruments in the 3D model and generate instrument and F&G layouts.
  • Attend or delegate to attend 3D model reviews.
  • Manage the flow of information to remote teams to review vendor design data and ensure instruments and packaged units are properly integrated in and/or interfaced to the overall ICSS system.
  • Ensure that design interfaces with other disciplines (mainly Electrical and Piping) are consistent and aligned.
  • Review documents prepared by sub-contractors.
  • Continuously consider cost, constructability, operability and maintainability
  • Ensure that the design is fully in line with the Regulatory regime, Classification requirements.
  • Contribute to timely yard support during the construction and commissioning phase by the instrumentation design team.
  • Assist and coach junior designers.
  • Utilize technical knowledge and software tools to clearly depict the design that can be easily and correctly interpreted by others 
  • Communicate with Engineers and/or Lead Designer to ensure design intent is understood to avoid rework 
  • Plan and deliver assigned tasks accurately within the agreed time frame. 
  • Prioritize activities and effectively manage conflicting deadlines ensuring continued progress to meet the schedule. Proactively provide Lead Designer with status updates 
  • Organize documents and deliverables so they are easy to understand and locate 
  • Collaborate with Engineers and other Designers to share information, produce a high quality product, and resolve design conflicts 
  • Escalate unresolved issues to the Lead Designer/Engineer to minimize delays in deliverables
  • Understand how assigned tasks fit within the project schedule and affect other stakeholders in meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrate adaptability in implementing change while ensuring MOC procedures are used
  • Ensure consistency of design and symbology. Perform self- checks to produce error-free deliverables
  • Collaborate with Package Engineers to ensure timely review of vendor documents and that comments are made with the required quality level
  • Comply with project scope, work instructions, specifications, codes, industry standards and regulations per project requirements


  • Vocational College or BSC degree, with at least 8 years’ experience in Instrumentation design in the (Offshore) Oil & Gas industry.
  • Fully competent in the use of SmartPlant Instrumentation. Experience with 3D design in Aveva is an advantage.
  • Experience with interfacing of complex mechanical packages e.g. (gas turbine driven) compressors and power generators.
  • Experience with managing remote teams of 8+ designers. Experience with instrumentation for Marine applications and communicating with shipyards is an advantage.
  • Competence in instrumentation design in hazardous areas (e.g. IECEx001).
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