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Phillips 66 Instrument Engineer - Rodeo Refinery in Rodeo, California

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Phillips 66 has more than 140 years of experience in providing the energy that enables people to dream bigger and go farther, faster. We are committed to improving lives, and that is our promise to our employees and our communities. We are sustained by the backgrounds and experiences of our diverse teams, which reflect who we are, the environment we create and how we work together. Our company is built on values of safety, honor and commitment. We call our cultural mindset Our Energy in Action, which we define through four simple, intuitive behaviors: We work for the greater good, create an environment of trust, seek different perspectives and achieve excellence. Phillips 66 was recognized by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Employers” in 2019.


The Instrument Engineer will be responsible for direct capital project execution, including project engineering, procurement and construction for projects ranging up to $5MM, with a particular focus on instrumentation/control systems projects. Ensures capital projects are technically sound, achieve safety and environmental objectives, and are consistent with PSM management of change.

Responsibilities May Include

  • Executing projects per the Phillips 66 and SFR project FEL process and ensures conformance with Phillips 66 Required Standards and Recommended Engineering Practices.

  • Applying Phillips 66 Required Standards, engineering standards, mechanical integrity procedures, and safety procedures to address instrument reliability challenges.

  • Directing the development of AFD and AFE quality project estimates; participating in annual capital long range plan development, and ongoing project funding approvals.

  • Coordinating FEL and detailed engineering with mechanical, civil, instrument and electrical resources to ensure assigned projects are technically sound, cost effective and customer-focused.

  • Developing project execution plans and project milestone schedules. Ensuring project scope and cost is controlled and change is managed. Projects include but not limited to instrumentation infrastructure improvement projects, increasing unit uptime, increasing product quality, and reducing refinery maintenance costs by developing and owning reliability improvement efforts for the plant’s instrumentation assets.

  • Providing project-specific turnaround and construction support as required.

  • Establishing project priorities, deliverables and deadlines aligned with capital strategies. Successfully managing competing priorities and multiple projects simultaneously. Accountable for managing time to deliver on commitments.

  • Ensuring interface with technical consultants, area resources and Operations.

  • Serves as instrumentation technical support for both Maintenance and Operations personnel, including but not limited to field instrument & process control troubleshooting support, training documentation & procedure development/review, and Management of Change (MOC) ownership.

  • Coordinating MOC process for assigned projects.

  • Designing or approving design by others of Safety Instrumented Systems.

  • Reviewing project design packages and providing design input to ensure that site requirements and preferences are met. After project commissioning, ensuring that newly installed instruments are captured on appropriate maintenance programs.

  • Providing consultation to refinery for instrumentation issues, including leading and participating in Root Cause Failure Analyses (RCFAs).

Position Requirements


  • Legally authorized to work in the job posting country

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field (Chemical Engineering or Civil Engineering)

  • 5 or more years in instrumentation reliability and/or project engineering experience

  • Willing and able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC). Information can be found at


  • 10 or more years of instrumentation reliability and/or project engineering experience

  • DCS experience

  • PLC experience

  • Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) experience in all phases of the SIS lifecycle

  • RCFA experience

  • PHA experience

The San Francisco Refinery consists of two facilities linked by a 200-mile pipeline. The Santa Maria facility is located in Arroyo Grande, California, 200 miles south of San Francisco, California, while the Rodeo facility is in the San Francisco Bay Area. Semi-refined liquid products from the Santa Maria facility are shipped by pipeline to the Rodeo facility for upgrading into finished petroleum products. Facilities include crude distillation, naphtha reforming, hydrocracking, hydrodesulfurization and delayed coking units, as well as a calciner. The San Francisco Refinery processes a mixture of heavy, high sulfur and light sweet crude oil. It receives California crude oil by pipeline, and both domestic and foreign crude oil by tanker. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels. It also produces CARB-grade gasoline. Other products include petroleum coke. The majority of the refined products are distributed to California by pipeline and barge. Additional refined products are also exported to Latin America by waterborne cargo.

To be considered

In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of March 8, 2021 .

Candidates for regular U.S. positions must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a)(1). Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

Phillips 66 is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Requisition ID: 53714

Location: California - Rodeo

Job Field: Engineering

Division : Rodeo Refinery

Technical Req : No