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New Shift Supervisor, 2nd Class Power Engineer Role – Fort St. James, BC

New Shift Supervisor, 2nd Class Power Engineer role – Fort St. James, BC

Are you a 1st or 2nd Class Power Engineer with great supervisory and leadership skills looking for a new and exciting role in a First Class Plant? If you are a skilled leader and effective communicator who would like to be a part of a company where you can learn, grow, and advance, we have an opportunity for you! This exciting role offers a great opportunity to help commission and operate a Green Energy, 40MW biomass electric generating plant currently under construction.  The Fort St. James plant has started commercial operation and 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.
Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Shift Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the overall shift operations and the activities of Shift Operations personnel. The successful candidate may also assume the responsibilities of the Operations Manager (Chief Engineer) in their absence.
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.
Located in the heart of British Columbia, Fort St. James is a town of approximately 4,500 people and is known for its beautiful Stuart Lake. It is the gateway to a chain of rivers and lakes that traverse 400 km of the central British Columbia area.  Fort St. James boasts excellent year round recreation sports facilities and an outdoor playground that attracts wilderness and eco-adventurers alike. Recreation facilities include the Library, Curling Club, Golf Club, Ski Area, and a variety of walking trails and community parks. Of course, Stuart Lake offers an excellent fishing experience.
Terms of Employment: Full-time permanent role.
Salary: Competitive, depending on experience.
Benefits:  Flexible Benefits Package is provided from day 1! Relocation assistance and temporary living allowance provided.
Shifts:  12 hour shifts.

  • The candidate will possess a valid BC Interprovincial 2nd Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency.
  • Will be required to possess or obtain First Aid certification.


  • At least ten years directly related operating and supervisory experience.
  • Supervisory background in a Biomass or  an electrical generating facility is a must.
  • Experience with DCS and CEMS operation is a requirement of this role.
  • Prior commissioning experience is an asset.
  • General knowledge and experience in industrial safety are required.
  • Must have broad background in plant operations including at least ten (10) years in operations and five (5) years supervision of power plant operations personnel.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and piping systems; implementation of plant-wide initiatives, and follow through.
  • Evidence of solid leadership ability with a willingness to serve as an active team member.
  • Strong supervisory capability and ability to work with teams effectively within a changing environment.
  • Ability to work effectively in conjunction with a variety of people and departments; experience in labor relations, working in a union environment, and with the trades.
  • Commitment to customer service/satisfaction and workplace excellence.
  • Ability to remain flexible, problem-solve effectively, and apply fair and consistent conflict resolution skills; high degree of professionalism.
  • Ability to take and give direction, and work independently as well as a member of a team; detail oriented; ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize work effectively.
  • An entrepreneurial, results-oriented attitude, a willingness to acquire new skills and utilize technology to streamline processes, a desire to improve reliability and equipment output and longevity, and the ability to troubleshoot and problem-solve creatively, are essential.
  • Solid computer skills:  proficiency with database, spreadsheet, email, and word processing software required; Microsoft Office and Windows preferred.

Work Requirements:

  • Must be able to work, occasionally 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 clothing where appropriate.
  • May require 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Central point of control/communication during process, safety, etc. incidents.  Coordinate First Responders, etc. as applicable.
  • Assist the Operations Manager in the oversight of daily plant operations and with plant scheduling, maintenance scheduling and manpower loading.
  • Ensure the plant and associated equipment is operated in compliance with applicable regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Exercise sound judgment and take timely actions as needed to ensure personnel safety, to remain in compliance with regulations, policies and procedures to prevent equipment damage.
  • Administer the plant Lock Out/Tag Out program to ensure tasks are completed safely and documented correctly.
  • Implement safety programs and lead Operating Crew members to adopt safe work practices.
  • Perform plant rounds and effectively communicate plant operating instructions and status to the Operators and maintenance personnel.
  • Troubleshoot operational problems, provide input into solutions and initiate maintenance requests.
  • Manage the performance of Operating Crew members. Encourage, mentor and coach Operators members to increase their knowledge, experience and to complete/upgrade their qualifications.
  • Assess risks posed by identified problems and ensure management and other plant personnel are made aware of those risks.
  • Perform other duties related to operations including assisting with maintenance planning and coordination, training of operators, investigating ‘loss’ events and developing/reviewing procedures.
  • Help develop and approve operating procedures.
  • Complete required logs and reports.

To apply, please send in your resume to [email protected] and quote job number #1774
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Kael Campbell is President and Lead Recruiter of Red Seal Recruiting Solutions, a company providing recruitment services in mining, equipment and plant maintenance, utilities, manufacturing, construction, and transportation. When he is not recruiting, Kael spends as much time as possible with family in the great outdoors and on the water. He volunteers his time as a Board Member of the Entrepreneurs Organization of Victoria and a Member of Victoria Marine Search and Rescue. You are invited to subscribe to our employer newsletter or submit your resume.