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Instrumentation Technician

Job Title: Instrumentation Technician
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Wasit, Iraq
REF: 404
Contact Name: Rahel Surchi
Contact Email:
Job Published: over 3 years ago

Job Description

Our client, an international oilfield services provider, is looking for expert Instrumentation Technician with minimum of 7 years’ oil field or associated petrochemical industries experience. The successful candidates will be chosen to work on a rotation pattern of 4 weeks on 4 weeks off in their operation site in Badra, Iraq.

Theoretical knowledge Petroleum:

  • Have a basic understanding of facilities / process (from well to export). Be knowledgeable of hydrocarbons behavior and associated risks (explosion, asphyxia, etc.).


  • Be able to produce a report using Word; be able to perform simple calculation with Excel. Have been introduced to internet and mails.


  • Understanding and use of basic laws and units of physic (temperature, pressure, volume, density; specific gravity, etc.).

Engineering, be able to:

  • Read and use drawings (P&ID’s, ESD matrix and loop diagrams), vendor documents, name plate, datasheets. Be knowledgeable of instrument symbols.
  • Understand regulation principles and be able to analyse them (differentiation in between cascade, split range, simple).
  • Understand basic logic concepts (AND/OR, etc.).
  • Have a basic understanding of PCS, F&G, and ESD systems. Understand inhibit, alarm and trip concepts.


  • Understand working principle of basic instruments: level and interface level transmitters, thermocouples, manometers, vibration probes, metering devices (orifice plate, coriolis, turbine and volumetric).
  • Have basic knowledge in pneumatics and hydraulic distribution as well as electrical engineering (SOV, timer, relay…).
  • Understand   manual   and   automatic   valves   (including   PSV)   principle   and   command (positioner…).
  • Be familiar with all types of F&G detection (fusible loop, UV/IR, gas, smoke).


  • Understand preventive, corrective maintenance and maintenance plan concepts. Have a basic knowledge of the CMMS (be able to issue a notification, read, interpret and complete work orders). Be able on a given and simple preventive work order to prepare tools, identify spare parts and adapted procedure or work instruction.

Practical skills

  • Know how to select and use the necessary hand tools. Properly operate, maintain and use the available set of workshop tools.
  • Correct use and handling of tubing, compression fittings, gaskets, “O” rings, cable glands, etc.
  • Correct use and handling of multimeters, calibration unit, hydraulic pumps, deadweight tester, temperature bath, smart calibrator.

Maintenance know-how

  • Be able to complete a loop test from a transmitter / valve, SOV, limit switch, etc… to input /Output of PCS / SSS.
  • Be able to calibrate a valve positioner.
  • Gauges & transmitters (pressure, level, temperature and flow): be able to install, remove, calibrate, and test most common types of devices.
  • F&G detection: check, calibrate, test most common type of Fire & Gas detectors (be able to ensure inhibits are in place).

Safety at work

  • Be knowledgeable of electrical habilitation requirements and be certified as required.
  • Be aware of permit to work, electrical and mechanical isolations requirements confirmed by sufficient international certificates.
  • Be aware of gas test requirement including H2S safety precautions.
  • Be knowledgeable of area classification and Ex materials requirements, confirmed by sufficient international certificates.
  • Be knowledgeable of PPE requirement and MSDS interpretation.
  • Correctly report anomalies, accidents, near misses.?