Instrumentation & Controls Engineer
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Create Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID’s) for Nikola Refueling Stations, coordinate with equipment vendors, and other members of the Nikola Team.
- Calculate mass-energy balance from P&ID’s.
- Identify instruments and devices on the P&ID’s to safety control and manage the Nikola Refueling Stations, include instrumentation provided by equipment vendors.
- Include Combustible Gas Detectors, Flame Scanners, ESD devices, grounding (including concrete refueling pad – dispensers) on P&ID’s; coordinate with Detector & Fire Engineer and Electrical Engineer.
- Create specification for the instruments and devices that will be procured independent of vendor equipment, coordinate with mechanical engineer if instrumentation will be exposed to hydrogen.
- Create specification for instrumentation to collect electric power data (power & energy), coordinate with the Electrical Engineer
- Create and maintain the master table of all instrumentation and data devices.
- Create specification for control power supplies, and coordinate with electrical Engineer.
- Coordinate location of instrumentation with mechanical and electrical engineers; the electrical engineer is responsible for conduit and terminations.
- Develop the Control Panel showing performance data in real time, including vehicle fueling (and EV Charging – optional) and facility operation (initiated from the control panel). Panel will display equipment operation status, power demand by equipment, flow rate, pressure, temperature…. and other output from instrumentation. The control panel will display fueling events with fuel delivered.
- The Control Panel will receive data signals from field devices and provide control power to devices requiring control power. Relays in the control panel will start and stop motors, energize/deenergize solenoids. The Control Panel will contain programmable logic units.
- The Control Panel and operation logic will reflect the ESD mythology created by the Detection & Fire Engineer.
- Creation of the Operation Logic in the Programmable Logic Unit will reflect the operation documented by the Final Reports submitted to the AHJ, and each Engineer will verify their intent is reflected in the control logic.
- The NEL Operation Protocol will be imbedded in the Operation Control Logic.
- The Control Panel will provide alarms when operation parameters are exceeded.
- The I&C Engineer will solicit from equipment vendors, NEL, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, HazOps Specialist, Detection & Fire Engineer operation conditions which require ALARM, and those conditions requiring a TRIP. Requirement needed to RESET the equipment for restart will be embedded in the Operation Logic.
- The Operation & Maintenance Manual will include a narrative on the Control Panel, and Operation Logic.
- Create the data logging system for station operation.
- Create algorithm to calculate efficiency of equipment and overall performance.
- Develop method of remote monitoring Refueling Station.
- Identify each instrument or device used to describe the operating or status condition of the NEL equipment
- Coordinate with Nikola Team to resolve anomalies in Station Design.
- Engineering Degree an accredited university.
- Experience as a Process Engineer
- Prior experience with instrumentation
- Prior experience with process programmable logic systems
- Prior experience hazardous materials facilities.
- Prior experience with high pressure flammable gases
- Good Communication skills, with patience and pleasant characteristics.
- Believes in a sustainability and our vision
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