Electrical & Instrumentation (E&I) Technician

Rensselaer, IN
Full Time
Student (College)


Position: Electrical & Instrumentation (E&I) Technician
Employment Status: Fulltime
Posted to: Internal & External Applicants
Location: IBEC-Rensselaer, Indiana 
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Position Overview

The Electrical and Instrumentation Technician is responsible for performing preventative, predictive, routine and emergency maintenance on the plant electrical equipment, instrumentation, valves, communication, and control systems in a timely manner to ensure safe, efficient, and reliable plant operation. Assisting with mechanical maintenance repairs on related process plant equipment to maintain overall plant reliability which includes operating all hand and power tools and other equipment required to perform mechanical maintenance duties.

Key Responsibilities and Functions


  • Perform predictive, preventative, proactive, and reactive maintenance on a variety of electrical equipment, communication equipment, HVAC equipment, pneumatic and electronic instrumentation, and system controls in accordance with company policies and procedures to ensure equipment and instrument availability.
  • Monitor and control process variables such as: flows, temperatures, pressures, vacuum, time, motor speed, and chemicals by automatic regulation and remote control of processing units such as: heaters, coolers, thermal oxidizer, compressors, exchangers, and other units.
  • Responsible for programming support, troubleshooting and the repair of the Distributed Control System (DCS)
  • Maintain calibration records, instruction manuals, schematic diagrams, and system documentation using personal computer, the Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) system and written communications to aid trouble shooting and maintenance efforts.
  • Collect and record equipment data to maintain equipment history; enter and close work orders and take ownership of the backlog of assigned work orders.
  • Recommend, implement, and monitor equipment and software design modifications to improve safety, plant reliability and efficiency. Recommend revisions to the predictive and preventative maintenance programs that will improve the program and/or extend the life of the plant equipment.
  • Communicate maintenance issues to operations and recommend necessary changes to process equipment operation. Maintain strong awareness of plant operational concerns through operations daily logs and communication with operations. Follow-up on identified operational deficiencies.
  • Participate in maintenance meetings to review plant issues, prioritize, and schedule maintenance activities. Perform mechanical maintenance duties and preventative maintenance tasks as needed.
  • Maintain testing and calibration equipment and an organized and clean work area both in the field and in the shop. Assume accountability for test equipment, personal issue hand tools and company tools to ensure safe, efficient working conditions and tools.
  • Required to perform various mechanical maintenance tasks and repairs on process plant equipment.
  • Promote and ensure compliance with environmental policies, procedures, laws and regulations and company’s safety program, report all unsafe acts or conditions that may cause injury to plant personnel or damage equipment and report and investigate accidents.
  • Assists in emergency response activities and drills to the degree of training provided; including fire response, chemical release, spill response, first aid, and other environmental or emergency actions as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or equivalent required plus two years of vocational/technical training in the various phases of electric, electronic, or instrumentation and controls.
  • Associate Degree in Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation & Controls can be substituted for the two years of experience.  Experience at a production, process, power, or manufacturing facility preferred.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to read, analyse and interpret Piping &Instrumentation Drawings (P&IDs), instruction manuals, electrical diagrams, drawings and parts manuals.
  • Knowledge of plant systems, processes, tools, and equipment
  • Ability to comply with health, safety, environmental laws and regulations and company safety programs.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate both verbally and in written form to small groups and in a Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS) program.
  • Basic skills in Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to analyse, research, organize and interpret data; possess attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize time/workload to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to create a team environment and create an environment of open dialog and continuous improvement with employees.
  • Ability to apply mathematical, statistical, and scientific concepts to practical situations.

Working Conditions
  • Must be able to travel to various locations throughout the plant grounds to monitor and repair equipment; this includes climbing ladders and stairs.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, work in confined space and at high elevations.
  • Must be able to safely operate equipment and tools.
  • Periods of sitting, standing and repetitive motion tasks and occasional lifting to 50lbs. 
  • Frequent bending, lifting, twisting, and grasping.
  • Work will be performed in extreme temperatures, noise levels, dirty, dusty, wet and around electrical and chemical hazards. Personal protective equipment will be required where appropriate.
  • Work is completed in a shopping environment, with frequent visits throughout all plant site areas to monitor and repair equipment. 
  • Normal work hours for this position are a rotating 10-hour shift, Monday through Friday with a rotating evening and weekend on-call schedule. Extended work hours are required during a plant shutdown.
  • Must be able to read, speak and comprehend the English language.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Employees must live within 1 hour drive time from the plant location.
  • Will be expected to work extra hours when necessary and report to the plant whenever needed during non-scheduled working periods.

All employment offers will be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening and a federal and state background check.

**All applicants will receive an email notification that their resume was submitted.


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