Controls & Instrumentation Technician

Controls & Instrumentation Technician

Job Title: Controls & Instrumentation Technician
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Hertfordshire, England
Salary: £18 - £20 per hour
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: RE10012_1513103542
Contact Name: Nathan Wilson
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 12, 2017 18:32

Job Description

Controls & Instrumentation Technician

Job Purpose:

The Controls and Instrumentation (C&I) Technician will be embedded within the Engineering team and will report to the Support Group Engineer.

The C&I Technician will perform controls, instrument and electrical maintenance and project work within all the business units of Animal Health, Milton Keynes. The C&I Technician will be capable of working at a higher technical level than that of an electrical craftsman. In the absence of the Support Group Engineer, the C&I Technician will be capable of performing in a Supervisory capacity.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • The C&I Technician will be expected to plan, organise and control works assigned to him/ her by a supervisor or senior engineer. This will involve communication with relevant staff and supervisors at all stages.
  • Working within a production orientated environment to 'Good Manufacturing Practice for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' (GMP).
  • Maintaining the balance of completing maintenance and repairs with the minimum disruption whilst working safely to current legislation and guidance.
  • Ensuring communication and engagement with internal customers and key stakeholders.
  • Fault finding and repairing/ replacing/ configuring control systems, components and instrumentation.
  • Supporting Validation activates related to process control systems.

Work Contacts:

Internal -

  • All Engineering Department staff at the Walton Manor site.
  • Supervisors and managers of buildings and equipment.
  • Production Technicians.
  • Quality Assurance.
  • Validation Department.
  • Attendance at Engineering and Production planning meetings.

External -

  • Visitors and contractors.

Major Challenges of the job:

  • Planning of works to align with production schedules.
  • Supervision of contractors.
  • Reacting promptly to breakdowns or unscheduled tasks.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience required:

  • GCSE English Language and maths or equivalent.
  • British Technical Education Council - Ordinary National Certificate*
  • City & Guilds Level 3 in an electrically biased discipline.

* The post will normally require an HNC. The post will only be awarded to an exceptional candidate with suitable experience and an ONC.

  • Indentured (or equivalent) craft apprenticeship in an electrically biased discipline.
  • JIB approved electrician preferred.

Key Specialist Skills:

  • A sound knowledge and understanding of the Institute of Electrical Engineers current regulations for electrical installations.
  • Knowledge of MS Office and Windows. Previous experience and good knowledge of Microsoft Excel is essential.

Key Personal Skills

  • The ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • The ability to work either as an individual or as a member of a team.
  • The ability to coach, lead and impart information and practical knowledge to other members of the maintenance team.
  • The willingness to participate in a shift system.
  • The willingness to participate in weekend and out of normal working hour's overtime.

Key Experience

  • This position is a 'hands on' role, working within the central maintenance support group and reporting to the Support Group Engineer. Day to day duties will include servicing, maintenance, and repair of the following items of plant and equipment:
  • Programmable logic controllers - software programming and fault finding
  • SCADA systems
  • Electrical panels and switchgear
  • BMS/TREND - Monitoring, installation and fault-finding
  • Inverter speed controllers
  • Heating ventilation and air-conditioning Instrumentation and control
  • Refrigeration plant
  • Actuated valves
  • Electrical controls and switchgear
  • Electro-pneumatic controls
  • AC and DC machines
  • Instrumentation including temperature, pressure, flow, relative humidity, pH, dissolved oxygen and conductivity
  • Design and construction of control panels

In addition, the position may involve:

  • The provision of assistance in mechanical works as required.
  • Participation in a standby rota and reaction to breakdown call-outs.
  • Previous experience of working within a GMP environment would be advantageous.

Safety, Health & Environment

All employees have a responsibility:

  • To co-operate with supervisors and managers to achieve a safe and healthy workplace and protect the environment.
  • To take reasonable care of themselves and those who may be affected by their actions or omissions.
  • To follow safe operating instructions and corporate SHE standards for all tasks and equipment.
  • To use the right tools and equipment specified for the task.
  • To use the correct personal protective equipment required.
  • To report any defects or workplace hazards to supervisors or managers immediately, and
  • To report all accidents, incidents, and near misses.

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