Senior Instrumentation & Controls Engineer

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Full Time
Instrumentation and Controls Engineering

What Vista Does

Vista Projects is an integrated industrial engineering firm that helps clients navigate the digital transformation of their projects and operations. Our proven project execution process is based on a “single source of truth” model that eliminates the potential for inefficient engineering designs, cost overruns and project completion delays.

Why We Do It

We believe the world needs industrial projects and that intelligent engineering data can increase the likelihood of innovative solutions getting to market. Over the years, our multi-discipline teams have conceptualized and designed some of the most challenging and successful industrial processing projects in the North American energy sector. Vista has established itself as a trusted industrial engineering partner for all types of projects, from conceptual studies and pilots to large-scale commercial expansions.

Where We Work

The benefits of our approach apply to new asset developments and brownfield optimization projects across several industrial markets. This includes biofuels and produced water treatment to natural gas and petrochemical processing. We are headquartered in Calgary and maintain a satellite office in Houston. 

What You Would Do in This Role

The Senior I&C Engineer participates in the design of different aspects of energy industry projects from inception to completion. Duties include: 

  • Developing and engineering instrumentation and control system designs to support the process design for a project, and to support or proposal consisting of a normal process unit
  • Providing comprehensive engineering and design services by establishing design criteria and preparing specifications, design computations, drawings, models and bills of material in accordance with basic project requirements
  • Participating in the design of component parts and individual units
  • Exercising cost/budget control, and reviewing and monitoring designs for conformance with control estimates and project specifications
  • Reviewing and maintaining project schedules, and tracking engineering tasks and deliverables in conjunction with project management
  • Supervising the various activities involved in the design of a project consisting of several complex process units
  • Performing detailed engineering calculations
  • Participating in design reviews and HAZOPs as required
  • Providing technical guidance to junior staff
  • Interfacing with client representatives
  • Maintaining current knowledge of industry and regulatory standards
  • Reviewing vendor or subcontractor quotations, drawings, and specifications for technical adequacy and conformance with project requirements
  • Applying advanced engineering techniques and analyses to complex engineering tasks
  • Adhering to Vista Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Ensuring design is in accordance with applicable codes and requirements, including Vista and client specifications and standards
  • Assigning and outlining work for others, and reviewing work for technical accuracy and adequacy
  • Actively stewarding change management as related to their scopes of work
  • Preparing or assisting in the preparation of discipline inputs for cost estimates for proposals
  • Providing construction support
  • Authenticating documentation with a professional engineering stamp as required
  • Preparing P&ID inputs and providing instrument selection
  • Developing and reviewing instrument index, instrument location drawings, in-line and offline instrument datasheets instrument F&G and analyzer datasheets and inline instrument sizing
  • Creating and reviewing I/O lists and assignments, instrument wiring drawings and loop diagrams and instrument UPS load requirements lists
  • Preparing material requisitions and technical bid evaluations for field instruments and control systems
  • Designing instrument junction boxes and control system (i.e.PLC/DCS/SIS) panels
  • Reviewing cable schedules
  • Preparing I&C specifications and design criteria
  • Preparing shutdown keys and cause and effect diagrams
  • Preparing control narratives and providing input to control philosophies
  • Designing fiber optic panels and termination drawings
  • Designing control system architectures
  • Preparing engineering and construction work packages
  • Providing technical support to vendors for DCS/SIS/FG panels design and fabrication, and mechanical/electrical equipment
  • Performing other duties as requested


  • Eight (8) or more years of progressive experience in energy industry facilities engineering and design in the energy industry
  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in engineering or applied science
  • Ability to work and collaborate within a multi-disciplinary team including Process, Mechanical, Civil, Structural & Architectural, Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls and Piping Engineers and Designers as well as Project Management and Procurement personnel
  • P.Eng. registration with APEGA
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, technical competence and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and efficient in time management
  • Strong working knowledge and understanding of applicable codes and industry standards
  • Ability to meet safety requirements in order to attend site visits 


  • Ten (10) years or more of experience as a fully qualified engineer, with five or more years of experience in the energy industry.

Why People Like Working with Us

Working with Vista is a chance to contribute to the type of challenging municipal and industrial projects that the world requires. If that doesn’t excite you, this role likely won’t be a fit.

Challenging projects require focus and we enable our people to do their best work with modernized project systems that are based on our leading use of intelligent data-centric execution architecture. Our staff and clients like that it gives them real-time access to validated data shared across all project departments. This fosters project design and business decisions based on a single, authoritative source of truth and provides increased transparency and collaboration with team members and clients, leading to improved engineering quality and a product we can all take pride in.

What We Offer

An opportunity with Vista is not just a job; it is a chance to tackle challenging projects with colleagues who are among the most recognized and accomplished in their disciplines.

Vista offers all employees

  • A stimulating, fast-paced and challenging work environment where you will contribute to the interesting municipal and industrial engineering projects
  • A robust and consistent recruitment process that ensures your colleagues are likeminded and comparably capable
  • An opportunity to be a part of an entrepreneurial, technically skilled team which has established leadership in innovative engineering solutions
  • A strong value-based philosophy that provides an informal, close-knit team environment, where you and your family feel like a part of our organization, and not just an employee number
  • Competitive compensation and benefits, including a performance-linked variable pay program
  • Company-sponsored social events and team sports
  • Flexible work schedules, half-day Fridays and free parking
  • An organization that values and encourages diversity

How to Apply

Please complete the application form below and include a cover letter concisely demonstrating how your skills and experience align with our job posting. By submitting this application, you consent to our Privacy Policy, and you consent to receive transactional electronic messages from Vista and third parties acting on our behalf.

Note: As part of the interview process there will be a technical testing component that will take up to two hours and can be completed at home on your own timeline. Candidates may be required to complete a security clearance procedure prior to receiving an offer.


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