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Chief Operating Engineer, Fort Sask

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Date: May 10, 2022

Location: Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CA

Company: TransAlta



“Powering Economies and Communities”


TransAlta owns, operates, and develops a diverse fleet of electrical generation assets in Canada, the United States and Australia, providing municipalities, industries, and businesses with safe, low-cost, and reliable clean electricity.


For over 100 years, TransAlta has been a responsible operator and proud community-member where its employees work and live. We are committed to fostering a dynamic, productive, and safe work environment. Our employees contribute to a diverse, open, and transparent culture with clear accountabilities, strong leadership, and challenging opportunities for personal career growth.


For more information about TransAlta, visit our website at,


Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


It is our collective mission to ensure that every single employee feels a sense of inclusion and belonging and can show up to work as their true authentic self. TransAlta is committed to hiring a diverse workforce including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and members of the LGBTQ2+ community. TransAlta believes that diversity enhances the quality of its performance, is an essential element to effective corporate governance, and cultivates a strong workplace culture.


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We are currently looking to hire a Chief Operating Engineer to join our team in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Reporting to the Plant Manager, you will be accountable for the safe and reliable operation and maintenance of the Fort Saskatchewan Facility in accordance with ABSA regulations, ensuring all work performed complies with governing practices, codes, and regulations. You will also provide organizational leadership through developing, implementing and managing business plans in alignment with the Plant objectives.


This is a full-time salaried, safety sensitive position. The successful candidate will be required to complete pre-employment testing.




  • Must create a safe work environment ensuring all safety practices and procedures are followed
  • Ensure ongoing development of a positive, empowered, and self-motivated work environment
  • Responsible for uninterrupted service to our customers
  • Ensure the delivery of consistent equipment reliability, energy optimization, and asset life cycle optimization
  • Assess and manage risks through the understanding of applicable legislation and regulations, ensuring all safety and environmental related issues are appropriately addressed, recorded, and reported using appropriate procedures
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement of plant financial performance
  • Provide strategic direction to direct reports and facilitate the technical development of the maintenance team
  • Manage training and development, including ensuring that training needs are identified, appropriate training is implemented, and that the expected results are realized
  • Ensure employees and customer operators adhere to established operating and maintenance standards, policies, and procedures through regular audits of logs, reports, and checklists
  • Sponsor and facilitate change through recognizing, initiating, supporting, and accepting responsibility for change management to ensure 'best practices' are utilized to support the business




  • Must have an Alberta First Class Power Engineer's certificate or equivalent Interprovincial Certificate
  • 4+ years’ experience in management of an industrial facility
  • Understanding of plant operations and maintenance functions in an industrial and/or electrical generating facility
  • Ability to create and manage plant operating and maintenance budgets
  • Understanding of commercial contracts, including the customer contracts and all supply and delivery contracts with stakeholders
  • Strong leadership, coaching and interpersonal skills with a collaborative influential approach
  • Self- motivated and action oriented
  • Ability to meet tight timelines and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to work effectively in teams and influence others as well as full collaborations within the TransAlta Gas Fleet and across the company


Our comprehensive and flexible benefits, competitive compensation, incentive, and rewards programs form the foundation of TransAlta’s excellent employment proposition.

Become part of our TransAlta team today! We look forward to reviewing your application. All applications will be reviewed in a timely manner to the best of our abilities. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the recruitment process.

Our commitment is to attract and retain the best talent. Some positions may require the successful completion of one or more background checks such as criminal, medical, or compliance. If these verifications are needed, they will be indicated on the job posting.