Instrumentation Technician/Plant Operator - Portland, OR

Employer: NW Natural

Job Description:
Instrumentation Technician/Plant Operator
Union Position
Portland LNG; Portland, Oregon (US-OR)
Regular FT
Posting # 4271

The Role:
The NW Natural Portland Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant has been providing a source of clean natural gas to our customers in the cold winter months through peak shaving operations since 1968. Our instrumentation technician and plant operators help ensure that our customers always have a clean and reliable supply of natural gas. This role brings a change of pace throughout the day - our instrumentation technician helps maintain our operations through installing, testing, maintaining, integrating, and calibrating communications and control systems while also serving as a plant operator.

If you are looking for a stable career with a company that has an excellent reputation, in a role that offers a reliable work schedule at a consistent location, NW Natural has an opportunity for you.

Day to Day:
Operates systems, equipment, and/or instrumentation required to move gas in and out of storage.
Installs, inspects, maintains, integrates, and calibrates plant control systems and telemetry SCADA equipment.
Tests, troubleshoots, and repairs electrical systems and equipment of limited voltage.
Performs scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on process controls equipment.
Reads and interprets information pertaining to plant operations.
Assists in planning and designing plant changes and upgrades.
Maintains programmable process controllers and engine control systems, analyzes historical data, troubleshoots problems, and adjusts controllers to optimize facility and equipment operations.
Monitors all plant operation.
Maintains plant equipment. Assists with major repairs and overhauls.
Responds to emergency situations.
Accurately maintains records and logs.
Maintains plant’s physical appearance.
Trains, assists, and provides feedback to less-experienced workers at the direction of supervisor, which may include providing feedback to supervisor on progress of training.
Performs other tasks as required, including those in lower levels as referenced in the CBA, with training as needed.
Appropriately wears required protective equipment and safety gear.
Operates Company vehicles in compliance with state/local laws and Company policies and procedures.
Acquires and maintains OQ qualifications.
May require Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification.
Acts and communicates in a professional, respectful, and cooperative manner in connection with all activities associated with NW Natural.
Follows supervisory instructions and is flexible and adaptable to changing conditions and expectations.
Maintains punctual, regular, and reliable attendance.
Demonstrates the Company’s core values and complies with all Company policies and procedures.

Come on your first day with:
At minimum hold the Oregon Limited Energy Technician – Class A (LEA) or Limited Energy Technician – Class B (LEB) License or equivalent.
Three years combined prior experience in networking, electronic controls, and industrial automation.
Knowledge of component level electronic theory, practices, and principles demonstrated by any of the following: community college or nationally accredited electronics school coursework, military designation of an applicable Electronics Technician rating, FCCF General Radio-Telephone License, or ISCET, NABOR, or APCO Certification.
Must successfully meet requirements for respirator use.
Demonstrated proficiency in the following functions: telemetry, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) communication devices, industrial automation
Ability to read, understand, and proficiently operate various electronic testing and calibration equipment such as volt and amp meters, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, emulators, TDRs, LAN Analyzers, communications service monitors, etc.
Ability to interpret piping and instrument diagrams and apply information from technical manuals.
Ability to read gas meters and pressure gauges and record information.
Ability to diagnose problems and follow through with solutions.
Ability to read and understand electronic schematics, system diagrams, and layouts.
Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer.
Ability to interface with employees and customers to answer questions or resolve issues with tact and diplomacy.
Ability to concentrate on tasks, apply procedures in sequence, perform precision work requiring visual acuity and fine motor skills, make decisions with limited information, and work in a structured team environment.
Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
Ability to establish priorities, balance multiple assignments, and adapt to changing priorities.
Ability to perform physically demanding work involving walking, standing, bending, twisting, wrist turning, grasping, lifting, squatting, kneeling, reaching, or assuming awkward postures for 8+ hours.
Ability to hear normal voice at 3 feet; warning signals/horns during field operations.
Near/distant vision for driving and reading information to complete work assignments.
Moderate/severe exposure to uneven surfaces, noise, vibration, high-speed rotating machinery, and odorant inhalation.
Ability to work in adverse weather or terrain conditions.
Ability to safely operate Company vehicles/equipment and perform inspections and minor maintenance as necessary and in compliance with Company policies and state/local laws.
Valid OR/WA driver’s license, any required certifications and/or endorsements, and satisfactory driving record.
Must be able to lift a maximum of 75 lbs.
Exposure to confined spaces as defined by the Company’s Confined Space Program.
Ability to see and recognize component and wiring color-codes.
Ability to climb to heights of 100’ and work in cramped body position during repairs.
Compliance with federal code requirements for LNG operators.
Subject to random drug testing.

Qualification Period: 12 Months

What we offer:
Work Life Balance -
10 paid holiday and 3 floating holidays.
3 weeks paid parental leave
Green Team / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council / Safety Team / Women’s Network
Numerous volunteer and community engagement opportunities
Start with 16 PTO Days
Financial -
Generous 401K company contribution and match.
15% Discount on ESPP
Wellness incentive program
Discounts -
20% off natural gas service
Up to 30% discount at NW Natural Appliance Center
TRI Met Pass for all HQ employees
Generous discounts with Verizon & AT&T Wireless

Hourly Rate: $46.37

Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application

Deadline: 2/1/23

Disclosure: We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. Pre-employment drug tests are part of the hiring process and apply to all positions..

NW Natural is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and embrace our candidates’ diversity and take affirmative action to employ and advance individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, marital status, genetic information, and all other legally protected characteristics. We forbid discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on any protected status or characteristic. A criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment with NW Natural. Instead, we make individualized assessments regarding qualifications and backgrounds. NW Natural is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation as part of the application process, please contact us at or (971) 979-6341.

NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.

Contact Person: Brianna Hipes
Phone: 971-979-6341
Location: Portland, Oregon
Application Method: Application online
Base Pay: $46.37

Posted on January 24, 2023

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