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Operations Technician (Permanent)

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Date: Jun 3, 2021

Location: Sarnia, ON, 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,




Reporting to the Chief Operating Engineer, the Operations Technicians are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the TransAlta facility on a 24 hour per day, seven day per week schedule.  They are accountable for the safe and economical operation of equipment on TransAlta site.




  • Operations and monitoring of all plant systems consistent with requirements of Technical Standards and Safety Act.
  • Working closely with shift partners to ensure high standards of communication and plant operating procedures and policies are maintained.
  • Working with other staff to ensure the health, safety and environmental systems are maintained and managed including safe work plans, the safe isolation of equipment and systems to perform maintenance work.
  • Working with the commercial and operations management and energy trading to ensure that the plant is dispatched in the most economical fashion to maximize return.
  • Taking an active roll in plant training and development, procedure development, system development and management and other project related activities.
  • Performing routine water tests on a regular basis and understanding water chemistry and water and waste management operations.
  • Trouble shooting all plant systems to insure optimal operations and taking corrective action when required.  Submitting job requests on those systems that require maintenance work.
  • Maintaining the units within all applicable guidelines and regulations, including emissions, efficiency, heat rate, capacity and safety.
  • Maintaining a complete set of logs that includes all information on normal operating parameters, and detailed information on upset conditions.
  • Competently starts up and shuts down in both normal and upset conditions.
  • Performing routine preventative maintenance checks on various plant systems and equipment and performs minor maintenance work on shift when required.
  • Maintaining a thorough knowledge of the plant systems and developments, and updates training material as changes to the plant systems are made.
  • Take an active roll in first aid emergency response situations regarding fire, health and safety and environmental incidents.




  • Preferred qualifications for an operations technician is an Ontario 2nd Class Stationary Engineers certificate of competency.
  • Minimum requirement for an operations technician is an Ontario 3rd Class Stationary Engineers certificate of competency.  Employees with a 3rd class certificate are required to gain a 2nd class certification within five (5) years as a condition of employment.
  • Two to five years experience as an operating technician in a power generation facility or large integrated process plant.
  • Gas turbine and cogeneration experience preferred.
  • Strong Safety orientation.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to learn and train others.
  • High level of communication skills.
  • High tolerance for stress.
  • Able work in teams and influence others.


This position requires the candidate to work both in a control room situation as well as in the facility where the equipment is located.  The requirements of the position are as follows:


  1. Must be able to work continuous rotating 12 hour shifts.
  2. Must have the ability to access all plant equipment including stairs, ladders, and vessel entry where restricted access exists.


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. 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.