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David Northup

David Northup

Lead Process Control Engineer Mega Projects
Whitney, Lake

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About David Northup:

Registered Professional Chemical and Control Systems Engineer with 35 years of Instrumentation and Control System Engineering experience in the Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, LNG, Pulp and Paper, Electric Utility, Water, and Wastewater industry.  Global experience with operating, vendor, and E&C companies with hands-on experience delivering projects from Conceptual Design through Front End Engineering, Detailed Design, Construction, Commissioning/Start-up, and Troubleshooting and Maintaining systems in operating facilities.   Experience with multiple mega-projects.

Experience

Registered Professional Chemical and Control Systems Engineer with 35 years of Instrumentation and Control System Engineering experience in the Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, LNG, Pulp and Paper, Electric Utility, Water, and Wastewater industry.  Global experience with operating, vendor, and E&C companies with hands-on experience delivering projects from Conceptual Design through Front End Engineering, Detailed Design, Construction, Commissioning/Start-up, and Troubleshooting and Maintaining systems in operating facilities.  Experience with multiple mega-projects.

  • Engineering Manager for major brownfield DCS, SIS, and F&G system upgrade program.
  • Company Subject Matter Expert responsible for overall control and safety system design on a grass-roots 400 MBPD refinery and 3500 MW Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle project.
  • Company Technical Steering Committee Chairman for Honeywell automation systems.  Responsible for development of support and purchasing agreements, evaluation of new technology, planning of upgrade and migration projects, and resolution of product issues.
  • Strong experience working as an Engineering Manager, Project Manager, and Lead Engineer on all project lifecycle phases from Conceptual Design through Front End Engineering, Detailed Design, Construction, and Commissioning. 
  • Extensive experience with control system specification, design, testing, installation, start-up, and solving reliability issues in operating plants.  
  • Strong knowledge of DCS, SIS, Burner Management Systems, Vibration Monitoring Systems, Compressor Control Systems, PLC, RTU, and SCADA systems and integration of control systems. (Honeywell, Emerson, Foxboro, Triconex, CCC, Woodward, Allen Bradley, Bently Nevada and SKF)
  • Experience ranges from complete engineering of small systems to leading multi-discipline engineering teams on multi-million dollar projects.
  • Extensive knowledge of databases, engineering software packages, HAZOP, LOPA, High-Performance HMI, and Alarm Rationalization/Management. 
  • Experience with Base Regulatory and Advanced Control implementation.
  • International experience working on projects in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Japan.  
  • Mentorship excellence at both strategic and daily operations levels.
  • Effective cross-departmental team building and unification of strong workgroups.
  • Voting member of ISA101 Human-Machine Interface standard.
  • Registered Chemical and Control System Engineer.
  • Certified Functional Safety Professional.
  • Certified BP Engineer Manager.
  • Certified Project Management Professional.

Education

BS Chemical Engineering University of Rhode Island

MS Chemical Engineering Pennsylvania State University

Certified Engineering Manager Manchester University (BP program)

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