Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls Specialist in Merritt at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 7/6/2019

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Veolia helps its customers to improve their energy efficiency, better manage their buildings, their water and wastewater and transform their waste into resources. We do this by finding safe, cost-effective and innovative solutions that we provide to our many clients (companies, garages, hospitals, municipalities, etc.). These make us THE global reference in the environment.

To fully participate in Canada's circular economy, we can count on more than 1250 employees like you! Currently, we are recruiting our next resource person whose role will be:   Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls (EIC) Specialist in Merritt, British Columbia.

Merritt Green Energy is a 40MW biomass electric generating plants currently under construction in British Columbia, Canada. The plant started commercial operation in the 1st quarter of 2018. The plant is operated and maintained by Veolia with a staff of approximately 24 FTE per plant under a 30 year guaranteed performance contract. The plant will be supplied by Veolia with 200,000 oven dry tons of biomass fuel per year.
Position Summary:

The Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls Specialist is responsible for the repair, maintenance and reliability of the plant’s electrical, instrumentation and control systems and processes. During the start-up and commissioning phase the Electrical, Instrumentation and Controls Specialist will be a key member of the Operations team. The EIC Specialist will apply their experience and practical knowledge to ensure that the plant achieves or exceeds the start-up curve timeline. Once the plant is running at steady state the Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls Specialist will establish and perform daily preventative maintenance on the plant’s equipment and facilities. In addition, they will make adjustments and repairs to production equipment in cooperation with the Shift and Plant Engineers to assist with resolving persistent issues.  The EIC Specialist will focus on plant reliability and on optimizing uptime.

  • Work in accordance with all EI&C standards and electrical safety codes.
  • Be a key member on the operations & maintenance team.
  • Participate in the maintenance manual creation, editing and review for all of the Plant EI&C equipment
  • Provide EI&C expertise for new construction and repairs within the Plant according to safety, quality and trade standards and guidelines.
  • Provide maintenance services as assigned, throughout the plant.
  • Resolve plant electrical, instrumentation and controls issues and implement corrective actions.
  • Provide supervision feedback on information regarding jobs, including determining time required, material needs, labour requirements and impact on uptime.
  • Establish and perform PM requirements for process controls and other related plant equipment, submit recommendations, and ensure follow up of corrective actions.
  • Collaborates actively with Plant Management & Engineers in all maintenance tasks and activities.
  • Assists operational teams in achieving maintenance, reliability and capital objectives.  Identify gaps in the management system and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Conduct and/or participate in RCM investigations of equipment failures and/or reliability issues and follow-up of corrective actions; update and draft any associated documents and procedures.
  • Collaborate to develop the site reliability and operations continuity plans.
  • Perform other trades practices on work assignments within ability and skill level.
  • Provide maintenance services on various shifts as assigned.
  • May be asked to assist and work at the other plant (Ft St James) for short assignments.
  • May be asked to participate on health and safety committees and initiatives.
  • Ensure good communication with stakeholder representatives.
  • Ensure the compliance of subcontractors and participate in their pre-qualification.
  • Perform other related duties as requested by management
  • Assists in setting plant maintenance, reliability and capital objectives.  Develop and implement new initiatives
  • Identify existing or potential risks and implement corrective measures targeting prevention measures.  Promote Best Practice and a pro-active approach.  Assist in producing safe systems of work- written procedures
  • Ensure good communication and cooperation between both Plant sites (Merritt and Ft St James) and with corporate teams.  Contribute and in some cases lead the development of regional initiatives
  • Participate in the shutdown planning and scheduling activities for both sites Collaborate with local teams in identifying work and with the writing of procedures and task identification for individual site requirements
  • Work with the site teams to prepare and review safe work procedures for all operating and shutdown activities

Job Requirements

  • Minimum grade 12 or equivalent education
  • Provincial or Inter-provincial Trade certification – Dual certified Electrician and Instrumentation Journey Person or Certified Technician (Electrical / Instrumentation / Controls) or Engineering Degree c/w appropriate EIC experience
  • PLC maintenance troubleshooting and basic programming skills (Allen Bradley equipment preferred)
  • Emerson Ovation DCS experience preferred
  • Practical experience with VFD’s, Servo controls, Pneumatics and Power Distribution Systems.
  • Sound Instrumentation knowledge
  • Plant Electrical systems & equipment troubleshooting experience
  • Heavy power experience
  • 7 to 10 years practical experience in the Electrical, Controls and Instrumentation field.
  • Intermediate level of PLC and VFD maintenance troubleshooting skills, and basic programming skills.
  • Capability to read, interpret and utilize blueprints and drawings
  • Currently holds or is able to obtain an eFSR-A Certification.

Technology Skills Required:

  • Solid computer skills:  proficiency with spreadsheet, email, and word processing software required; Microsoft Office and Windows preferred  
  • Working knowledge of Computerized Maintenance Management Software (OWAM) applications will be an asset

Preferred Experience:
  • Previous experience commissioning and starting up greenfield biomass power plants will be an asset
  • Experience with boilers and the associated steam systems and equipment
  • Experience in a power generating plant
  • Experience working with biomass
  • Heavy Industry and manufacturing experience will be an asset

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to work for prolonged periods in extremes of hot and cold temperatures and inclement weather conditions.  Must be able to tolerate dust and other airborne particles and work around other materials such as biomass, diesel and lube oils.  Under certain conditions while working in the plant, may be required to wear a respirator.  Required to wear safety equipment and FR clothing where appropriate.  Requires frequent stooping, bending, climbing, reaching, and carrying and moving heavy objects with assistance when required.  Must be able to work from ladders, scaffolds, and high-lifts, and in confined spaces.

Hours of Work: 

Full time hours. Must be available for overtime if required by site and must relocate to Merritt B.C.