Electrical engineers who work for oil and gas operators have a technical and project management role in their electrical systems. They are normally responsible for the plant’s power network, including power generation, power distribution and electrical protection.

The electrical engineer’s primary responsibility is to provide a stable source of energy for the continued operation of the plant, i.e. platform, drilling rig, processing terminal. This involves working with service companies to provide the most costs efficient solutions to deliver power to the plant in a safe and cost efficient manner.

Operations electrical engineer responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all electrical activities are carried out in a safe and environmentally responsible manner
  • Support the plant to prioritize work and align resources to meet production and cost targets
  • Ensure all incoming maintenance and modifications requests are challenged and prioritised based on HSE and cost/benefit evaluations
  • Plan maintenance work and deliver work packs according to priorities with input from the planning team
  • Ensure the maintenance programme is safely & efficiently executed and that any backlog is well understood, risk assessed and prioritized for execution
  • Ensure all modifications projects are well scoped and when implemented deliver the benefit requested
  • Support electrical discipline debriefs and defect elimination processes
  • Manage assigned contracts to ensure quality service is provided
  • Provide Technical Support, as directed:
    • Action electrical technical, verification and asset integrity queries
    • Identify potential replacements for obsolete equipment
    • Provide assistance in the production of updated work standards