Principal Instrument Engineer in Manchester Business Park, United Kingdom

Costain helps to improve peoples lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UKs energy, water and transportation infrastructures.

Our Manchester office (based close to Manchester Airport) is proud to have played a major role in the development of the UKs natural gas infrastructure, oil refining facilities, transportation infrastructure and nuclear heritage.

We can offer the opportunity to develop as both a technical specialist and a commercially minded leader.



What will I be doing?

As a client facing, Principal Engineer, your responsibilities will typically involve:

  • Responsibility for all instrument discipline technical input for projects and/or proposals; including the preparation, checking and/or approval of engineering deliverables
  • Organising discipline staff, allocating work and ensuring delivery against plan
  • Ensuring all applicable national and international codes of practice, legislation and company/client standards and procedures are complied with
  • Preparing equipment and materials requisitions for control systems, safety systems, analyser houses, field instrumentation and other instrument equipment
  • Reviewing suppliers quotations and preparing technical bid assessments
  • Preparing subcontract requisitions specifying installation scopes of work
  • Assist in the development and training of personnel within the Electrical, Control and Instrumentation Department
  • Mentoring and assisting graduates and less experienced engineers


About you

As an experienced electrical engineer, you will have:

  • Significant engineering experience in the Oil & Gas, Nuclear and/or Water sectors
  • Extensive knowledge of UK legislation and standards
  • Ideally an Honours Degree or better in electrical engineering (or similar subject)
  • Chartered Engineer and Membership of the IET
  • Competence in the specification and design of Safety Instrumented systems in line with IEC 61511 and IEC 61508
  • Competence in the requirements for installation of instrumentation in process plants involving potentially explosive areas
  • Experience in the requirements for CE marking of plant and equipment, including Atex, PED, Low Voltage Directive, Machinery Directive and EMC Compliance
  • Mobility to travel


Final Statement

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.  

At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.

We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.

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