• DCS Technician

    Job Locations US-WA-Kennewick
    Posted Date 8 months ago(2/15/2018 10:28 AM)
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    Manufacturing, Operations & Trades
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  • Job Description

    DCS Technician, Kennewick WA

    Why work at Nutrien? Great question!

    Safety is a core value at Nutrien. Keeping every employee safe, healthy and secure is our top priority. Nothing is more important than seeing our people go home safe at the end of every single day.

    While working here you will have the opportunity to grow your career while helping us feed the future. We pride ourselves in hiring from a variety of backgrounds and truly believe that it is our differences that make us stronger so we hope you will join us.

    In addition to exciting and challenging opportunities, Nutrien offers competitive salaries, great benefits and performance based incentives.

    Outside of the skills and necessary qualifications, you will be committed to sustaining our safe and positive work environment while welcoming working side by side others in a diverse culture. Culture at Nutrien is the core of everything we do and all employees are respectful of diverse opinions and views.

    As part of the Maintenance department, the DCS Technician will report to the Maintenance Superintendent and will work closely with the Electrical and Instrumentation group. The position is expected to execute work Safely and follow policies and procedures while troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing instrumentation and electrical systems, primarily focused on DCS related systems. The position will respond to plant repair and troubleshooting needs during normal work and off shift hours to support plant operation.

    Key Tasks:

    • Ownership of the process control system (Distributed Control System [DCS], Programmable Logic Controllers [PLCs] and associated devices; Variable Frequency Drives and communication networks) to ensure its availability and capability as the control platform and process operator interface.
    • Management of the DCS and PLC platform and associated infrastructure with regard to its maintenance and life-cycle management to ensure continued reliability.
    • Maintenance of the process information systems historian and connectivity to the DCS.
    • Utilizing DCS, PLC and communications technical expertise to provide day to day trouble-shooting to operations.
    • Assisting with design, implementation and management of improvement projects related to the DCS/PLC platform and network.
    • Troubleshoot, analyze, maintain and repair instrumentation and electrical systems, primarily focused on DCS but providing additional I&E support as needed.
    • Working within a team environment that includes Process Engineering, Operations, Maintenance and Projects


    • Working knowledge of electronic and pneumatic controllers and valve positioners
    • Experience working with PLC’s

    • Working knowledge of all types of instrument and electrical test equipment
    • Experience with three phase motors, motor controls and Electrical distribution systems
    • Understanding of Electrical safe work Practices  

    • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills.

    • Stong troubleshooting and analytical ability
    • Have a proficient understanding of rigging and power tool usage

    • Man lift and fork lift operation experience preferred
    • Strong user of MS office software including Word, Excel, Access
    • Ability to excel in a cross functional team environment


    • Two years education at a vocational/technical school in the electrical or instrumentation field, or 5+ years’ directly related experience.
    • Experience with DCS and PLCs is required, with preference given to individuals with Delta V expertise.
    • 3+ years’ experience in a manufacturing plant or industrial environment.
    • Nutrien is committed to creating an inclusive workplace.  We encourage applications from all well qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of the regions where we operate.  This includes recognizing the voluntary identification of status such as gender, sexual orientation, visible minority, Indigenous status, persons with disabilities, and veterans, where applicable.

    If this sounds like a good match, apply now. This job will remain posted until filled. You may be required to undergo a background check and substance test in accordance with Nutrien policies.

    While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.


    **EOE race/color/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/disability/vet


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