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Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls Technician in Fort St. James at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 4/5/2019

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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.
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Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls Technician located in Fort St James, British Columbia.

The Electrical & Instrumentation Technician is responsible for the repair, maintenance and reliability of the plant’s electrical, instrumentation and control systems and processes. The E&I Technician 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 E&I Technician will focus on plant reliability and on optimizing uptime. Relocation to the Fort St James area will be required.

The Fort St. James Green Energy Plant is a 40MW biomass electric generating plant located 12km north of Fort St James. The plant started commercial operation the 4th quarter of 2016. The plant will be operated and maintained by Veolia with a staff of approximately 30 full time employees under a 30 year guaranteed performance contract. Fort St James Green Energy Consists of a high pressure boiler, steam turbine, water plant and biomass processing and handling facilities.

  • Participate in the maintenance manual creation, editing and review for all of the plants Electrical, Instrumentation and Controls “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
  • Work in accordance with all EI&C standards and electrical safety codes.
  • Collaborates actively with Plant Management & Engineers in all maintenance tasks and activities
  • Assists in setting plant maintenance, reliability and capital objectives. Develop and implement new initiatives
  • Assists operational teams in achieving maintenance, reliability and capital objectives. Identify gaps in the management system and make recommendations for improvements
  • Identify existing or potential risks and implement corrective measures targeting prevention measures. Promote Best Practice and a pro-active approach. Assist in systems of work- written procedures
  • 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
  • .Ensure good communication and cooperation between both Plant sites and with corporate teams. Contribute and in some cases lead the development of regional initiatives
  • Collaborate to develop the site reliability and operations continuity plans
  • 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
  • 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 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

Job Requirements


  • Minimum grade 12 or equivalent education
  • Provincial or Inter-provincial Trade certification as a Electrician or Instrumentation Tech. Dual Ticketed is Preferred.
  • PLC maintenance troubleshooting and basic programming skills (Allen Bradley and Siemens equipment preferred)
  • Emerson DCS experience preferred 
  • Practical experience with VFD’s, Servo controls, Pneumatics and Power Distribution Systems.
  • Sound Instrumentation knowledge in working with water analyzers and CEMS equipment.
  • 7 to 10 years practical experience in the Electrical, Controls and Instrumentation field.
  • Capability to read, interpret and utilize blueprints and drawing

Technology Skills Required:

  • 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

Special Requirements:

  • Previous experience commissioning greenfield biomass power plants will be an asset
  • Experience with maintaining and calibrating Silica, Sodium, Conductivity and PH instruments used in the production of boiler feed water
  • Experience with maintaining and calibrating Continuous Emissions Monitoring Equipment associated with boiler operation
  • Formal valve and actuator training will be an asset
  • Experience working with biomass handling equipment

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.

Emergency Status Designation:

Must be available for overtime if required by site