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Power and Process Engineer/Assistant Chief in Fort Saint James at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 2/5/2019

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Power and Process Engineer/Assistant Chief 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.

Position Summary:

Power and Process Engineer/ Assistant Chief is primarily responsible for the training and development of operations employees in the plant’s processes, electrical, instrumentation and mechanical systems. The incumbent will also take primary responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the onsite Boiler Water Treatment facility. In the absence of the Chief Engineer, the Power & Process Engineer will act as the regulatory representative to Technical Safety BC, on behalf of the operation.

During the commissioning, testing and tuning phase the Power and Process Engineer will be a key member of the O&M team. The Power and Process Engineer will apply their experience, inquisitiveness and practical knowledge to ensure that the plant achieves reliability and availability targets. During the remainder of the commissioning, testing and tuning phase the Power and Process Engineer will investigate outages, issues and design defects and will document and develop justifications and cost estimates for corrective plans & actions.

Once the plant is running at steady state the Power and Process Engineer will continue to investigate deviations from target generation rates, will continue to tune the facility and will establish preventative maintenance activities on the plant’s equipment and facilities. In addition, they will work with the Chief Engineer, Shift Supervisors and Plant engineers to assist with resolving persistent operational issues. The Power and Process Engineer will focus on plant reliability and on optimizing uptime.


  • Work in accordance with all Engineering standards and Boiler safety codes
  • Be a key member on the O&M team
  • Investigate and document Plant reliability and availability issues
  • Create corrective action measures and develop the justification for implementation
  • Participate in the creation, editing and review of the Plant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Provide Engineering expertise for construction, maintenance, and repairs within the Plant according to safety, quality, engineering standards and guidelines
  • Provide engineering investigation and services as assigned, throughout the plant
  • Resolve plant reliability and availability issues and implement corrective actions
  • Provide supervision feedback on information regarding plant projects and initiatives, including determining time required, material needs, labour requirements and impact on uptime
  • Establish and perform PM recommendations for process controls and other related plant equipment, submit recommendations, and ensure follow up of corrective actions
  • Collaborates actively with Plant Management in all process and engineering tasks and activities
  • Assists in setting plant operation, maintenance, reliability and capital objectives. Develop, justify 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 producing safe 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 (Merritt and Ft St James) 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
  • May be asked to assist and work at the other plant (Merritt) 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

  • Second Class Power Engineer (working on First) with three to five years’ experience in a Power Plant (Biomass or Solid Fuel) or complex manufacturing facility (i.e. Pulp & Paper, etc.)
  • Exposure to equipment and process reliability.
  • Exposure to electrical, mechanical, instrumentation & controls systems.
  • Experience with mechanical conveying systems, rotating equipment, piping and valves.
  • Experience with Boiler Water Treatment equipment, preferably RO and EDI technologies. 
  • Experience with Training curriculum development and delivery
  • Exposure to DCS (experience with Emerson Ovation preferred) and PLCs (Allen Bradley preferred).
  • Exposure to VFD’s, Servo controls, Pneumatics and Power Distribution Systems.
  • Capability to read, interpret and utilize blueprints and drawings
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check and pre-employment testing as required 

Preferred Experience:

  • Previous experience commissioning power plants and/or complex manufacturing processes will be an asset
  • Experience with boilers and the associated steam systems, safety systems and equipment
  • Experience working in a power generating plant
  • Experience working with biomass and/or solid fuels

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. Must be able to work from ladders, scaffolds, and high-lifts, and in confined spaces.

Hours of Work:

40 hours per week. Must be available for overtime if required by site and be willing to relocate to Fort St James B.C.