Operations Technician, Polypropylene (HPC)

AB, Canada
Posted On Nov 2 2020 Dec 2 2020

Initially located out of our Sherwood Park office, the individual in the Control Room / Field Operator (Operations Technician) – PP role will report to the Shift Supervisor and be part of a dynamic and diverse operating crew assisting in the pre-operational phase to prepare the facility for operations. This will include tasks such as development of DCS interface, Factory Acceptance Testing, development of commissioning and operational procedures, development of training materials and participation in commissioning and start-up of the PP facility. 


During the operational phase, the Control Room / Field Operator – PP utilizes operational knowledge, expertise and skills to improve plant performance and operating discipline. The Control Room / Field Operator – PP works closely with the shift team and acts in coordination with the Shift Supervisor to provide leadership to the shift team in the execution of operational targets, goals and plans. This role will relocate to the HPC site located in Strathcona County in Q1 2020.


Pre-Start-Up Key Activities and Responsibilities:


  • Support PP Operations team in the development of commissioning plans and procedures to successfully start-up the integrated HPC Site and allow for a smooth transition and hand-off from projects to operations.
  • Provide input to project(s) to ensure the safe, compliant and reliable design of project assets
  • Provide input into the development of standard operating procedures, operating manuals, spec and targets, etc.
  • Develop operating skills, knowledge and expertise during design, construction, commissioning and start-up phases of the project. 
  • Participate and/or lead system commissioning activities
  • Assist in all aspects of operational readiness planning and execution


Post Start-Up Key Activities and Responsibilities:


This is a rotational position. Post start-up the Control Room Operator will qualify in field posts and rotate through all positions.


Continually operates DCS and monitors process displays to optimize process conditions through real time and data analysis (PI Historian) to ensure plant production and quality are maximized in a safe and efficient manner

Highlights alarm management and/or alarm rationalization issues to operations and controls engineers

Provides effective troubleshooting of process, product quality, safety, environmental and equipment problems, with understanding of potential contributions from upstream and downstream operations

Ensure PP product quality targets are met; work closely with laboratory and analytical staff, and interpret product quality results

Communicate efficiently and effectively with cross shift, with shift crew members, and across operating areas, through verbal and written methods, including shift log books

Assist in start-up, shutdown and maintenance activities as required

Review and approve safety system impairments required for maintenance work

Participate and support initiatives to improve safety culture at all levels of operations

Lead and/or provide training to operators and plant personnel (control room training, field operator training, equipment training, procedural training, critical task training, etc.)

Maintain qualification in all panel and field areas for the efficient and safe operation of the PP area assigned to, i.e. reaction, extrusion, purification, control room etc.

Issue safe work permits for all maintenance work activity within the PP facility

Lead operating activities within assigned area of the PP plant and progress in increasing levels of responsibility

Collecting and reporting plant measurements related to performance, asset utilization, quality, costs, yields, environmental health and safety (EH&S), production rates, etc.

Complete detailed rounds every shift and meticulously record readings and observations.

Identify and escalate any issues that may affect the safe operation of the pressure equipment. i.e. damage, leaks, corrosion, temperature, abnormal noise, vibration, etc.

Safely isolate (Lock out/Tag out), vent and drain, and prepare equipment for maintenance, startup and shutdown activities.

Understand and adhere to Site and Corporate procedures, safety and environmental standards 

Respond to emergencies by following established safe operating procedures; participate in the Site Emergency Response Team as required


Education, Skills and Experience:




  • 10 or more years of industry related operational experience, with a proven track record in a control room operator position
  • A strong technical understanding of plant processes and equipment, maintenance practices, process safety, safety instrumented systems, chemical safety, and emergency response plans is desired 
  • Certificate in power engineering (minimum 3rd class) with preferably post-secondary education
  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills,
  • Strong communication and technical writing abilities,
  • Attention to detail and well-developed interpersonal skills are required.
  • This position requires the ability to work rotating, 12-hour day/night shifts.


Preference Given To:


Experience using a DeltaV control system.

Preference given to previous experience polymers/plastics production (preferably Polypropylene Unipol licensed technology), refinery, petrochemical and/or fractionation processes 

Strong experience in operation of reactors, extruders, heat exchangers, distillation columns, and compressors.

Individuals with pre-commissioning, commissioning, and start-up experience

Employment of the final candidate will be conditional upon completion of various backgrounds checks including pre-employment medical, drug/alcohol, criminal background check, education and employment verifications with satisfactory results.


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