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Assistant Plant Engineer - Merritt in Merritt at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 2/21/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Merritt Green Energy Plant is a 40MW biomass electric generating plant currently under construction in British Columbia, Canada. The plant will be operated and maintained by Veolia with a staff of approximately 24 FTE under a 30 year guaranteed performance contract. The plant will also be supplied by Veolia with 200,000 oven dry tonnes of biomass fuel per year.
The Assistant Plant Engineer is an entry level position and is subject to completing in-house progressive training to learn basic operations and maintenance skills. The Assistant Plant Engineer is required to possess their Fourth Class Power Engineering Certificate, and is expected to participate in a progressive training program that includes rotating into a shift work environment.
The Assistant Plant Engineer is also expected to continue their training progression through all Operations roles within the plant, along with ongoing advancement of Power Engineering Certification.  This role will provide relief coverage for the Plant Engineer as required. 

  • Operation of the following heavy equipment – D8 sized Dozer, Front End Loader, Fork Lift, and Skid Steer
  • Performing plant clean-up and preventative maintenance activities
  • Assist Operations and Maintenance crews where required
  • Actively participate in preventative and corrective maintenance programs
  • Conduct inspections, analyze and diagnose equipment malfunctions and take corrective action, as required; initiate maintenance requests
  • Actively participate in the plant Lock Out/Tag Out program to ensure tasks are completed safely
  • Provide relief for the Plant Engineer
  • Interpret plans, drawings and specifications related to operation of plant equipment
  • Maintain operating logs adhering to applicable regulations
  • Inform incoming shift personnel and other persons concerned of matters requiring attention and the operating status of plant equipment
  • Adhere to applicable safety and environmental standards, regulations and company policies
  • Participate in continuous educational and professional development, both internal and external
  • Assist contractors, truck drivers and visitors with their tasks
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area
  • Direct, coach, train, orient and work effectively with other staff
  • May have the opportunity to assist and work at the other plant for short assignments
  • Other related duties, as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • The candidate will possess a valid BC Interprovincial Fourth Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency.
  • The candidate will possess a valid class 5 driver’s license
  • Effective communication, problem solving, interpersonal skills and demonstrated supervisory skills are highly desired

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

  • Previous experience in an industrial setting
  • Material handling, heavy equipment, dozer, or loader experience
  • Equipment maintenance or construction experience
  • Experience with Material Handling
  • Experience working with biomass

  • Be able to work for prolonged periods in extremes of hot and cold temperatures and inclement weather conditions. 
  • 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.

  • Shift work will be required.
  • Must be available for overtime if requested.
  • Must be willing to work at our sister Plant in Ft St James for short assignments (up to a couple months duration).