Assistant Plant Engineer in Fort St. James at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 1/12/2020

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Assistant Plant Engineer located in Fort St. James, British Columbia.

Fort St. James Green Energy is a 40MW biomass electric generating plant currently in operation in British Columbia, Canada. The plant started commercial operation in the 1st quarter of 2018 and is currently in the later stages of commissioning, testing and tuning. The plant is 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 tons 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 in a first Class Power Plant. The Assistant Plant Engineer is required to possess their Fourth Class Power Engineering Certificate. The Candidate will work on a 24/7/365 shift work schedule. The Assistant Plant Engineer will support all the operational, maintenance, laboratory analysis and cleaning functions of the Plant.

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.


  • Adhere to applicable safety and environmental standards, regulations and company policies
  • Perform plant clean-up and preventative maintenance activities
  • Operate the following heavy equipment – D7 & D9 Dozer, Front End Loader, Fork Lift, Skid Steer, AWP and Telehandler
  • Conduct plant rounds and equipment inspections
  • Operate Plant equipment as directed by the Shift Engineer
  • Maintain operating logs adhering to applicable regulations
  • Assist Operations and Maintenance crews where required
  • Actively participate in the plant Lock Out/Tag Out program to ensure tasks are completed safely
  • Provide relief for the Plant Engineer
  • Actively participate in preventative and corrective maintenance programs
  • Conduct inspections, analyze and diagnose equipment malfunctions and take corrective action, as required; initiate maintenance requests
  • Inform incoming shift personnel and other persons concerned of matters requiring attention and the operating status of plant equipment
  • Interpret plans, drawings and specifications related to operation of plant equipment
  • Assist Truck Drivers with Hog Fuel Sampling and Truck Scaling activities
  • 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 provide supervisory oversight to Contractors
  • May be required to assist and work at the other plant (in Merritt) for short assignments
  • Participate in professional development, both internal and external
  • Must continue professional education and certification
  • Other related duties, as assigned

Job Requirements


  • Possess a valid BC Interprovincial Fourth Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency.
  • Possess a valid class 5 driver’s license
  • Effective communication, problem solving, interpersonal skills and demonstrated supervisory skills are highly desired
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check and pre-employment testing as required

Technology Skills Requirement:

  • 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

Additional Preferred Skills:

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

Physical Requirements:

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, use of hand tools (shovels, brooms, sledgehammers, picks) and moving heavy objects. Must be able to work from ladders, scaffolds, and high-lifts, and in confined spaces.

Hours of Work:

24/7/365 shift work is required. Must be available for overtime if required by site and be willing to relocate to Fort St.James B.C.