Instrument Engineer

Instrument Engineers are typically involved in the design, development, installation and maintenance of measuring instruments and equipment that are used in design and configuration of automated systems e.g. fire and gas, process control, turbine operating systems, which are used for processing and producing oil and gas at either onshore or offshore production installations. This typically involves improving system productivity, reliability, safety, optimisation and stability. The primary focus is on safety, reliability, quality and sustainability.   Of paramount importance is the responsibility to ensure that all activities comply with relevant company and industry technical and safety standards.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Provides technical and engineering support and guidance to offshore or on site teams
  • Monitors the performance of the electrical and electronic systems
  • Ensures that electrical and electronic systems meet statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Undertakes in-depth analyses/studies of problems and identifies longer-term solutions and/or options
  • Supports production installations with maintenance planning, delivery and troubleshooting activities
  • Reviews and comments on supplier information and assists with specification and ordering of materials and equipment, and inspection and testing activities
  • Produces budgets and plans for specific studies or modifications and manages the cost control process
  • Undertakes general Project Engineering studies and activities
  • Develops procedures relating to mechanical operations, design and maintenance
  • Ensures safe, reliable and environmentally responsible operations
  • Ensures activities comply with relevant industry/company codes and standards
  • Designs and specifies new or replacement equipment
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Instrument Engineers support the instrument and control equipment both onshore and offshore to ensure that it remains efficient and productive. Instrument Engineers can work for a range of companies including the Operators who own or manage production installations, major Engineering Contractors and Engineering Consultancies. Instrument Engineers will interact as part of a larger engineering team, using knowledge and expertise from their own experience, as well as that of others. This will also involve working closely with other engineering disciplines (such as electrical, mechanical, process and construction engineering), to ensure the highest quality of work. Typically based in onshore offices, Instrument Engineers will undertake regular visits to production installations.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • HND in a related engineering subject with relevant work experience or equivalent or; Degree in a related engineering discipline or equivalent
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Experienced in the operation of computerised maintenance management systems

Employers might also look for:

  • Willing to become a Chartered Engineer (a professionally recognised qualification)
  • Relevant work experience through summer work, internship in a similar role gained during University/study
  • Good knowledge of offshore operations/ facilities
  • Good knowledge of offshore HSE/ regulations