Serica Energy plc Oil & Gas Summer Placement

Electrical, Control & Instrumentation Engineer Summer Placement

Location: Aberdeen, Hill of Rubislaw UK AB15 6BY

Position Type: Summer Placement

Date Posted: 8 February 2024

Closing Date: 8 March 2024

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Closing Date
8 March 2024

Department: Asset Life Optimisation

Hourly Rate: Competitive

The Role – EC&I Engineer Summer Placement

This placement will be split between the Bruce asset’s Electrical Engineer, and Instrument & Control Engineer. The placement focus will be largely dealing with obsolescence issues associated with ageing plant infrastructure – this topic is a common one across the North Sea and is likely to be a large part of any future engineering career in the industry. In addition to this, the placement will present the opportunity to reach out to wider areas of the business to make better use of the terabytes of plant data stored in historians and largely underutilised. The placement will also provide exposure to issues associated with process safety and environmental performance which are omnipresent across the industry.

Primary Scopes of Work:

  1. Power Management System Upgrade
    The Brush Prismic power management system (PMS) on Bruce Platform is currently obsolete and no longer supported by OEM. An obsolescence forward plan must be created to mitigate against an unrecoverable failure of a critical component within the PMS system.
  2. PLC Upgrade
    By end of Q2 24 it is anticipated that an Electrical, Control & Instrumentation obsolescense strategy will have been developed. This is likely to identify some significant obsolescence issues around programmable logic controllers used in the HVAC system
Secondary Scopes of Work:
  1. Use of Data
    Live data from the main process control system is recorded in a ‘PI historian’ system. This allows historical process data to be trended and interrogated by onshore users in a secure manner. A similar system also documents time stamped alarm and event information. Recently these data sources have been connected to cloud based Microsoft Power Automate software. The connection to power automate allows the easy creation of scripts which can take action based upon plant condition, a recent example includes email alerts to relevant engineers when a major piece of plant equipment trips, and automatic logging of gas turbine start and stops. The connection to power automate is very recent and it’s potential is largely underutilised.
  2. Master Alarm Data Validation
    Alarm and trip set points are configured within the main automated process control system. The main process control system is not remotely accessible. A record of these alarm and trip settings resides in an onshore accessible location, in our engineering data management system (PIM360). Over time alarm set points may be modified, and on occasion the requirement to update the onshore data management system can be missed. When discrepancies do occur, this can then create confusion during routine maintenance where a transmitter or other device is being tested to across its range.

Other Work Experience

  1. Working with the Electrical Engineer, take part in factory acceptance testing of replacement fused vaacum contactors.
  2. Attend visit to control system OEM, Yokogawa in Westhill. This will allow the opportunity to see the ‘TAD’ test and development system, and an opportunity to see a simulated version of the plant control system.
  3. Take part in process safety awareness training

What we are looking for in potential candidates:

  • Studying towards an Electrical, Electronic or Instrumentation Engineering Degree

Your future at Serica Energy

Serica offer the opportunity to be part of a busy, vibrant working environment with a strong culture rooted in mutual respect and trust.

We are passionate about building an inclusive working environment that attracts and encourages diversity. We want our employees to feel that they can be their true self, we recognise the potential that this unlocks and the value it brings.

We offer the opportunity to be supported with further training if required and access to competitive benefits such as

  • Company Pension
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Share Save and Share Incentive Plans
  • Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Personal Accident Insurance and Business Travel.

We also offer the opportunity to work flexibly.

Serica’s Equal Opportunity statement

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunities employer and conduct our recruitment and selection process in a fair and consistent manner that does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex or sexual orientation, religion or belief. 

Serica will make reasonable adjustments to the role in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Recruitment Process

Please note that due to the high applicant numbers we receive it is unfortunately not always possible to get back to all applicants individually about their application. Candidates who are chosen for interview will be contacted directly.

CVs will be processed for review by the hiring manager on a redacted basis to remove bias in the screening process.  The information that will be redacted will be:

  • Identifying personal details such as name, date of birth, contact details, reference contact details,

Educational Institutions

Following a review of CVs after the application closing date, we will contact individuals and invite them to an interview.  The interview can be arranged in person or be a video call through Microsoft Teams.  Interviews will be scheduled in March 2024.  The interview structure will be a mix of questions relating to technical experience and skills related to the role, and behavioural and situational questions. 

If you have any questions about the role, please email