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Electrical & Instrumentation Maintenance Technician

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Date: Mar 11, 2019

Location: Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CA

Company: TransAlta

Powering Possibilities …for Today & Tomorrow!

A leader in sustainable energy, TransAlta has over 100 years of experience generating power and is one of Canada’s top 50 Socially Responsible Companies since 2009, recognized as a global leader for sustainability and corporate responsibility standards. TransAlta operates 75 facilities in three countries; Australia, Canada, and United States.

TransAlta is committed to fostering a dynamic, productive and safe work environment. Our employees contribute to a diverse, open, and transparent culture with clear accountability, strong leadership and challenging opportunities for personal career growth.


The Operations & Maintenance Technician – Electrical/Instrumentation (OMT – E/I) is responsible for ensuring safe, reliable and efficient maintenance of power station instrumentation, control and electrical equipment to meet operating standards and production needs. Working as part of a multi-skilled team, the OMT-E/I will be involved in all aspects of plant maintenance.The role is responsible for creating and sustaining safe work practices, improving reliability and reducing costs. 


This position will provide maintenance services as required. This role will be involved in the maintenance and coordination activities of all of Fort Saskatchewan units.  It is expected that this role will exemplify a strong sense of urgency to improve safety and maximize productivity through the elimination and/or reduction of obstacles that disrupt or minimize employees’ production.


The OMT-E/I will have the ability to establish a course of action and a sequence of steps to ensure that goals and objectives are achieved. Tackles complex projects by breaking them down into component parts and identifying requirements, risks, resources, etc. for each part. Uses project management tools and methods and obtains buy-in by involving team members and key stakeholders in planning and decision making; seeks their input, feedback, and commitment. Works through setbacks, anticipates risks and prepares contingencies.



  • Planning course of action and a sequence of steps to ensure that goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Execution of planned routine and forced outage maintenance to deliver budgeted results.
  • Implement appropriate standards/procedures for maintenance of critical control systems.
  • Troubleshoot problems with plant control, instrumentation, and electrical equipment.
  • Maintain appropriate software revisions and backup copies.
  • Provide leadership in root cause analysis for critical controls systems; ensure timely follow-up and ensure corrective actions are implemented.
  • Ensure engineered changes are effectively integrated into existing systems per Management of Change guidelines.
  • Identify opportunities/scope for plant productivity reliability safety and environmental performance enhancements, including problem definitions and recommended solutions.
  • Provide technical leadership in design of new proposed I&C and electrical systems and assist with commissioning, training and spare parts strategies.
  • Work collaboratively with Vendors, Project Management and Field IT to manage assigned portion of the Operations data Network.
  • Order parts and open/close work orders on computerized systems.
  • Coordinate and manage required contract resources as required to complete objectives
  • Charge time to work order numbers.
  • Update accurate history documents for equipment worked on.


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Successful applicants must have a Grade 12 High school Diploma (GED accepted).
  • An Alberta or Interprovincial Journeyman ticket in the Instrumentation and Electrical trade Certified and Instrumentation Technologist is required.
  • 5 years power plant controls experience.
  • Use SAP for maintenance activities including a strong commitment to Work Management process.
  • Must have a valid class 5 Alberta driver's license.
  • Has demonstrated experience in trouble shooting and analyzing equipment performance problems and making recommendations for improvements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Distribution Control Systems and Programmable Controls.
  • Must have basic computer skills, including the ability to send and retrieve email and access company web pages through the Internet.
  • Maintain a high profile for safety for himself and his co-workers
  • Must be able to work varying shifts if required.
  • Must be comfortable working at extreme heights.


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


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Our commitment is to attract and retain the best talent. This position will require the successful completion of one or more background checks such as criminal, medical, or compliance.