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2nd/3rd Class Assistant Shift Engineer – Merritt, BC

Are you a 2nd or 3rd Class Power Engineer looking for a new exciting opportunity? Our client is seeking an Assistant Shift Engineer with power generation experience for their Green Energy, 40MW biomass electric generating plant located in Merritt, BC. Reporting to the Shift Engineer, the successful candidate will be responsible for the plant operating units and auxiliaries, as well as work as a plant operator and/or control room operator. This position may assume the responsibilities of the Shift Engineer in their absence. If you have questions about this role, give us a call at 1-855-733-7325 or text 250-483-5954 to learn more. If you are looking for a chance to grow within a stable company, then don’t wait—apply today!

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 liveable city with friendly residents that can provide all your daily living needs. Tennis, golf, hiking, swimming are few of the many things that you can enjoy in this city.

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Salary:  Competitive, depending on experience.

Benefits:  An excellent RRSP matching.  Flexible benefits package, relocation assistance and temporary living allowance provided for the right candidate.

Shifts:  24/7/365 shift work is required. Must be available for overtime if required by site and reside in Merritt B.C.


  • The candidate will possess a valid BC Interprovincial Second Class or Third Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency.
  • Operations background in an electrical generating facility is preferred.
  • Experience operating a Unit Control Board utilizing electronic software and hardware.


  • Five or more years of related experience in the safe operation of power boilers and auxiliaries in a thermal generating station is desirable.
  • 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 working with biomass.

Skills and Abilities:

  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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 and moving heavy objects with assistance when required.
  • Must be able to work from ladders, scaffolds, and high-lifts, and in confined spaces
  • Shift work will be required.
  • Must be available for overtime if required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Commission, operate, monitor and troubleshoot turbine, generator, boiler, emissions control equipment, 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.
  • Operate the plant and all associated equipment through the DCS system to ensure operation within specified parameters.
  • Operate the following heavy equipment – D7 & D9 Dozer, Front End Loader, Fork Lift, Skid Steer, AWP and Telehandler.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Maintain operating logs adhering to applicable regulations.
  • 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.
  • Adhere to applicable safety and environmental standards, regulations and company policies.
  • Participate in continuous educational and professional development, both internal and external.
  • Will be required to provide supervisory oversight to subordinate line-of-progression positions and Contractors.
  • Direct, coach, train, orient and work effectively with other staff.
  • May be required to assist and work at the other plant for short assignments.
  • Other related duties, as assigned.
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