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Control Systems Engineer

Cypress, Texas, United States
December 02, 2018

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Control Systems Principal Engineer

More than 20 years of experience in control and instrumentation projects, Bachelor in Science of Electronics Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) and coursework of a Master Science in Electrical Engineering (Digital Systems).

Development of all basic and detailed engineering deliverables. Piping and instrumentation diagrams. Distributed Control System (DCS). Programmable Controllers (PAC/PLC). Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS). Burner management systems. Process fire and gas detection/mitigation systems. Field instrumentation systems. Foundation Fieldbus and Profibus instrumentation. Industrial data network systems. Control and safety valves engineering. Analytical instrumentation. Control systems cost estimation. Control systems technical specification, technical evaluation and procurement. Control systems factory and site acceptance tests, Commissioning, and starting up. Control philosophy, functional specification, logic diagrams and advanced process control strategies. Control and instrumentation systems for major mechanical and electrical packages. Control/equipment rooms layouts. Overseeing control systems and instrumentation design products. Construction specification, work items description and calculation. Tanks gauging systems.

Application of control engineering standards and practices (ISA, API, IEEE, NEC, IEC, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Fluor Daniels, Technip, KBR). Quality Control and Quality Assurance of Instruments/Control engineering, (ISO 9001 Standard). Technical proposals development for consulting services.

Process Applications

Instrumentation, functional safety and control Systems for Steam Generators, Thermo-electric and Hydro-electric Power Plants, Refinery Process Units, Oil and Gas production fields, Oil and Gas Pipelines, Mining and Cement Plants, Floating Production Facilities, Chemical Plants, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Reactors, Acrylic Acid reactors, Steam Methane Reformer, Polymerizing Reactors.


Dresser Rand (Contractor), Burlington, IA, 02/10/2017 – 04/30/2017

Functional Safety Systems Engineering Expert: contracted by Dresser Rand (Siemens) Steam Turbine Business Unit. The scope of work consists on SIL-SIS assessment according IEC 61511 for Steam Turbines and ancillary equipment.

CDI Corporation, Orlando Fl, 06/08/2015 – 09/30/2016

Functional Safety Systems Engineering Expert: assigned to Siemens Power Generation in Orlando. Florida.


I was accountable for the SIS certification for Siemens Gas Turbines and ancillary equipment according IEC 61511 and ISO 21789 standards. Engineering products developed were PHA and Risk Analysis assessment to identify SIL, Safety Management Plan, SIL verification, SRS, C&E and FBD design for the Logic Solver, FAT/SAT procedures and Safety Manual of the Gas Turbines. Exida SIL 2 certification was achieved for Siemens SGT6-5000F 232MWe gas turbine.

WG Mustang Engineering, Houston, Tx, 09/22/2014 – 01/16/2015

Instrumentation Senior/Lead Technical Professional: Control, Safety and Instrumentation Lead for refinery projects. Responsibilities as I&C Lead in projects for Flint Hill Refinery in Corpus Christi. Instrumentation engineering for Citgo Refinery Flare Projects.

KBR, Houston, Tx, 12/2013 – 9/2014

CSE Technical Advisor: Safety Instrumented Systems Engineering of Ammonia and Urea production plant project. SIL calculations using Fault Tree Analysis with Reliability Workbench FT+ software from Isograph. Development of FT diagrams, SIF FB diagrams, Safety Instrumented Functions, Safety Requirement Specifications, Safety Instrumented System Manuals, involvement in PHA and LOPA.

Jacobs Engineering Group, Houston, Tx, 05/2011 – 09/2013

Control System Engineer (DCS/SIS).


Acrylic Reactor Expansion Arkema Project. Development for new acrylic tubular reactor: process control strategy narratives, SIL validation calculations, safety instrumented system manual (SRS) and thermometry for acrylic acid tubular reactors and salt coolant systems.

CPChem PA Steam Plant Project. DCS/SIS engineering for an integrated Honeywell PKS Experion DCS, Triconex SIS and BMS for three steam generators and auxiliaries. Develop of boilers combustion control system and BMS P&IDs. Process control and BMS strategy and narratives, C&E matrices and SAMA diagrams. BMS narrative and TS1131 source code approvals. Systems FAT. SIL validation and SRS development.

Instrumentation support to Polymerizing Reactors and other confidential projects.

KBR, Houston, Tx, 05/2008 – 05/2011

CSE Principal Technical Professional: Exxonmobil LNG projects; FCCU Revamping for Cartagena Refinery; FCCU Revamp for Shell Martinez (CA) refinery; Chad Upstream Production facilities Projects for Exxonmobil. FCCU, Fractionation and Hydrogen Generation Plants for SONAREF Refinery project. Environmental and Facility Monitoring System for Floating Production Semi-Submersible Jack Saint Malo Project.

Commonwealth Engineering and Construction, Houston, Tx, 02/2006 - 05/2008.

Principal Control and Instrumentation Engineer.


22,000 BPD ULSD Project, Delek Refining, Tyler, Texas, development of P&IDs, instrument index, control valve and flow elements engineering, analytical instrumentation.

CALHOUN LNG Terminal, Calhoun County, Texas. Review and comments of project FEL instrumentation and control products.

Calumet Refining Projects, Shreve Port, LA. Development of the detail engineering for the complete Automation of 6 Reciprocating H2 and Natural Gas compressors using Allen Bradley Control Logix series of PLC's, this was carried out for Calumet Refinery in Shreve Port, Louisiana.

Ferntom Solutions, Miami, FL, 2003-2006.

Control and Instrumentation inspection and expediting services. Residential, Commercial and Industrial Electrical construction.

DIT-Harris, (Technip in Venezuela), Venezuela, 2001 - 2002.

Control and Instrumentation Department Manager: Tank Blanketing and Relieving Valves for Valcor Project, Oil Crude Storage and Shipment Terminal Project (TAEJ), Natural/Pentane Blender and Dispatch Project.

Otepi (Foster-Wheeler Office), Venezuela, 2000 - 2001.

Automation Specialist Engineer.


Automation for Lasmo Production Field Project of Lasmo Company. As Automation specialist I developed an integrated Distributed Control System (DCS) and Safety System (SIS) for Oil/Gas Production Field Project, complete integration of all control, safety, fire detection and electrical systems was achieved. The DCS selected was a Honeywell Plantscape combined with C200 process controllers, the SIS was implemented with the Honeywell FSC logic solver.

Tecnoconsult Ingenieros Consultores, S.A. (Fluor Daniel Office), Venezuela, 1995- 1998

Leader of Control and Instrumentation Discipline.

"Minera Loma de Niquel" Project (Iron-Nickel Plant). As Control and Instrument Discipline Leader, an Iron-Nickel Plant was automated with a Distributed Control System (DCS), the main achievement on this project was to integrate all the process controllers within the major mechanical equipment (Kiln furnace, Melting Furnace, Refining furnace, Stacking & Recovery, etc.) to the proposed DCS, also all MCC and Electrical S/S were integrated through Profibus-PA links. The system selected was a PCS-7 from Siemens.

Cusiana/Coveñas Pipeline Pump Stations Project, Stage III, Ocensa (Colombia). Development of JB wiring diagrams and instrumentation loop diagrams for 5 crude oil pump stations.

Amuay Refinery Tank Farms New Scada System. As Automation Engineer in the Amuay Refinery Tank Farms New Scada Project, a SCADA system were developed for 270 tanks, this SCADA were implemented with two DEC Alpha Server computers were a Factory Link SCADA software over Unix OS and RTU using PLC 5.

ASINCRO, C.A. (Engineering Consulting Company), 1991- 1995

Senior Control and Instrumentation Project Engineer.


Macagua II Hydroelectric Power Plant Project. Orimulsión Tm Project. As Senior Control and Instrumentation Project Engineer, it was developed all the control panels functional control schematics for a 2500 MVA Hydroelectric Power Plant, all the functional schematic were re-designed to implement PLC functionality into all plant control panel.

PDVSA (Venezuelan Oil Company), Venezuela, 1988 - 1990

Automation Project Engineer:


Distributed Control System For Natural Gas Compressors Plants. Scada System For Natural Gas Network Dispatch Center. As automation project Engineer, a Bailey Distributed Control System (DCS) was designed for a Natural Gas Compressors Plant composed of six Solar Turbine compressor units and their auxiliaries, it was integrated to turbines' PLC.

C. A. LA ELECTRICIDAD DE CARACAS, Venezuela, 1983 - 1987

Instrumentation Chief in the Electrical Power Plants of the company, development of small projects in control and instrumentation, preventive/corrective maintenance execution and power plant operation engineering.


Project Management. Spanish as native language. Industrial Safety. Management and Supervisory Skills. Process Safety Lifecycle. Safety Integrity Level (SIL) verification. PHA and HAZOP. Maintenance and Engineering of Distributed Control System. Rosemount, Bailey, Honeywell and FOXBORO's Mechanical, Pneumatic, Electronic, and Digital Instrumentation. Honeywell, Foxboro, Bailey, Siemens and Allen Bradley DCSs. Control Logix System (RS5000). Triconex and Honeywell SM and FSC Logic Solvers. Honeywell Experion and PlantScape, C200/C300 controllers, HMIweb Display Builder. Computer Operating Systems (MS Windows, Linux, iRMX). MS Project. Fisher/Valtek/Massoneilan CV sizing software. Crosby and Farris Safety Valves sizing software. FE Sizer. WinSize. Exida exSILentia. Reliability Workbench with FT+ from Isograph. SIL Solver. Instrucalc. Intools (SPI). Proficient on PLC/PAC systems Programming Languages per IEC-61131-3. AutoCAD and AutoLisp. Visual Basic, ANSI C, Fortran, Python, SciPy, Sympy, Numpy, Matlab, Verilog HDL and Assembler programming. MS Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Power Point, Visio, Access, etc.). Computer Architecture design and programming. Mathematical Optimization. Computer Data Networks. Analog and Digital Signal Analysis. Power Electronic Semiconductors. Digital Control Systems. Systems Mathematical Modeling. Business Ethics Training. Development of SIL calculations algorithm using ISA 84.00.02. Texas CPS Foster parenting. Texas Instruments MSP430 Microcontrollers. Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA. ACAD 3d Modelling. Photography.


Calculations of probability of failure dangerous and safe, using FTA analysis by modelling Event and Gates as Python Classes, Jose Fernandez 20Jul2016

Calculations of probability of failure on demand dangerous, using numeric integration methods, Jose Fernandez 28Oct2017

Calculations of spurious trip rates for RooN voting using Markov models using Sympy and Scipy libraries in Python, Jose Fernandez, 07Feb2014

Discretization of analog control systems transfer functions and transfer function identification for real time simulation in PLC/DCS, using Scipy, Matplotlib, numpy and Sympy Python libraries, Jose Fernandez 27Mar2017.


MS Electrical Engineering (Coursework), Universidad Central de Venezuela, Major in Digital Systems, minor in Power Electronics.

BS Electronic Engineering (Summa Cum Laude), Universidad Politecnica de Venezuela. Major in Control Systems, minor in Mathematics.

Colegio de Ingenieros de Venezuela (Licensed Venezuelan PE No 33706).

Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) in progress.

Texas PE in progress. NCEES FE EE exam passed.

International Society of Automation, Safety and Power Divisions.


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