We have an exciting opportunity for an Electrical, Instrumentation and Controls Technician who is looking for an exciting opportunity to be part of an operating team of a Green Energy, 40MW biomass electric generating plant.   This plant is currently under construction and is scheduled to start commercial operation in the 2nd and 4th quarter of 2017, but we needs you now!  With a staff of 22 full time employees and a 30 year guaranteed performance contract, the plant will be supplied with 200,000 oven dry tons of biomass fuel per year.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Maintenance & Materials Manager and will be responsible for the repair, maintenance and reliability of the plant’s electrical, instrumentation and control systems and processes. The Electrical, Instrumentation and Controls Technician will be a key member of the commissioning team during the start-up and commissioning phase of each plant and expected to apply their experience and practical knowledge to ensure that the plant achieves or exceeds the start-up curve timeline.

Our client is the leading provider of environmental solutions and has nearly 200,000 employees all over the world.  They are proud to provide 3 main services to the local authorities, people and industries. These main services include waste management, water management and energy management. If you want to be a part of a company wherein you can learn, grow and advance, this job is definitely for you!

Merritt, BC is home for approximately 8,000 people.   Located northeast of Vancouver, Merritt is a very livable city with friendly residents that can provide all your daily living needs. Tennis, gold, hiking, swimming are few of the many things that you can enjoy in this city.

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Salary:  $49.14/hr.

Benefits:  An excellent RRSP Matching.  Flexible Benefits Package is provided from day 1!  Relocation assistance and temporary living allowance provided.

Shifts:  To be determined but expect that they will be 12 hour rotational shifts.

  • Must be available for overtime if required by site


  • Provincial or Inter-provincial Trade certification – Dual certified Electrician and Instrumentation Journey Person or Certified Technician (Electrical / Instrumentation / Controls)
  • Minimum grade 12 or equivalent education


  • 7 to 10 years practical experience in the Electrical, Controls and Instrumentation field
  • Practical experience with VFD’s, Servo controls, Pneumatics and Power Distribution Systems
  • Previous experience commissioning greenfield biomass power plants will be an asset
  • Experience with boilers and the associated steam systems and equipment
  • Emerson DCS experience preferred
  • Experience in a power generating plant
  • Experience working with biomass

Skills and Abilities:

  • Sound Instrumentation knowledge
  • PLC maintenance troubleshooting and basic programming skills (Allen Bradley equipment preferred)
  • Intermediate level of PLC and VFD maintenance troubleshooting skills, and basic programming skills
  • Capable of reading, interpreting and utilizing blueprints and drawings
  • 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
  • Must be able to work from ladders, scaffolds, and high-lifts, and in confined spaces
  • 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

Work Requirements:

  • 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

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be a key member on the commissioning and start-up team
  • Participate in the maintenance manual creation, editing and review for all of the Plant 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 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 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
  • Establish and perform daily preventative maintenance on the plant’s equipment and facilities once the plant is up and running at steady state
  • Make adjustments and repairs to production equipment in cooperation with the Shift and Plant engineers to assist with resolving persistent issues
  • Focus on plant reliability and on optimizing uptime
  • 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

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