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Assistant Shift Engineer in Merritt at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 2/7/2019

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Job Description

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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.
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Assistant Shift Engineer located in Merritt, British Columbia.

Merritt 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.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Shift Engineer is responsible for assisting in the safe operation of the plant, including checking the operation, performances and condition of the plant thermal operating units and auxiliaries, and recording of related activities. The Assistant Shift Engineer is responsible to work both as a plant operator and/or control room operator.

The Assistant Shift Engineer is expected to continue their training progression through all Operations roles within the plant, along with ongoing advancement of Power Engineering Certification.

This role will also provide relief coverage for the Shift Engineer (Control Room Operator) as required.


  • Adhere to applicable safety and environmental standards, regulations and company policies
  • Perform plant clean-up and preventative maintenance activities
  • Commission, operate, monitor and troubleshoot turbine, generator, boiler, water treatment equipment, emissions control equipment, air condenser, electrical apparatus, mechanical equipment and hydraulic machinery and take corrective action to maintain the security of the plant systems while optimizing plant availability and efficiency
  • Conduct plant rounds and equipment inspections
  • Monitor and interpret pressure, temperature, combustion and other parameters to ensure the plant is operating within allowable tolerances and take corrective action, as required
  • Convey operating information to the Control Room Operator, perform generation and switching instructions, and coordinate plant and system operational requirements
  • Operate the plant and all associated equipment through the DCS system to ensure operation within specified parameters
  • Maintain operating logs adhering to applicable regulations
  • Conduct inspections, analyze and diagnose equipment malfunctions and take corrective action, as required; initiate maintenance requests
  • Sample and test boiler water and feed water, take actions as required to maintain water chemistry within prescribed limits
  • Operate the following heavy equipment – D7 & D9 Dozer, Front End Loader, Fork Lift, Skid Steer, AWP and Telehandler
  • Actively participate in the plant Lock Out/Tag Out program to ensure tasks are completed safely
  • Provide relief for the Shift Engineer
  • Actively participate in preventative and corrective maintenance programs
  • Interpret plans, drawings and specifications related to operation of plant equipment
  • Compile and maintain records detailing work performed, problems encountered, resources used, equipment malfunctions and/or corrective action taken and prepare various reports of information related to plant operation
  • Effectively communicates plant status to Plant Management, the Operators and other persons in the Plant
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area
  • Direct, coach, train, orient and work effectively with other staff
  • Will be required to provide supervisory oversight to subordinate line-of-progression positions and Contractors
  • May be required to assist and work at the other plant (in Ft St James) for short assignments
  • Must participate in professional development, both internal and external
  • Must continue professional education and certification
  • Other related duties as assigned

Job Requirements

  • The candidate will possess a valid BC Interprovincial Second Class or Third Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency
  • Five or more years of related experience in the safe operation of power boilers and auxiliaries in a thermal generating station is desirable
  • Considerable general technical knowledge of process control systems and power plant equipment; solid fuel handling
  • Effective communication, problem solving, interpersonal skills and demonstrated supervisory skills are highly desired
  • Able to plan, organize and, where appropriate, delegate a wide variety of work activities
  • Demonstrated ability in training and coaching of junior operators.
  • Experience operating a Unit Control Board utilizing electronic (DCS) software and hardware

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

Preferred Experience:

  • Operations background in an electrical generating facility is preferred.
  • Previous experience in an industrial setting would be an asset
  • 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 Merritt B.C.