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Operations & Maintenance Technician, SHPS

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Date: Nov 19, 2021

Location: South Hedland, WA, AU

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,




TransAlta operates and maintains 6 Power Stations in Western Australia. With a 20-year history in the State, we provide safe, clean and reliable power to large mining and industrial customers and have invested significantly in stable, long-term contracts.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Operations & Maintenance Technician (OMT) to join our team in South Hedland, working on WA’s newest power station. As an OMT, you will have functional interaction and communications with the Plant Manager, Site Supervisor, and the Regional Control Centre Operators. The OMTs will have an overall focus on the safe and efficient Operations and Maintenance of TransAlta’s operating assets at South Hedland Power Station. The position is primarily day shift with occasional night shift duties with a 7/7 rostered residential position. Occasional travel to all operating sites is also a requirement of this position.


This is a residential role in South Hedland (Port Hedland), FIFO will not be offered for this role. Relocation coverage and assistance will be considered for the right candidate.




  • Supports and contributes to a safe working environment of open communication and collaboration amongst the entire team
  • Always delivers on commitments
  • Willing to provide assistance wherever required
  • Conducts all activities with a high level of integrity & in compliance with TransAlta’s corporate code of conduct
  • Shows respect at all times to colleagues, customers and contractors




  • Compliance with all TransAlta Safety Policies, Standards and Procedures
  • Carrying out maintenance and planning activities in line with the Work Management Process
  • Completing maintenance activities in a timely, competent and cost-effective manner
  • Troubleshoot problems with plant equipment for the purpose of supply restoration
  • Participate in Incident Investigations proving expert opinion in areas of expertise
  • Provide detailed reports during routine maintenance tasks and unplanned maintenance events
  • Training of new staff members in the maintenance department
  • Supervision of contract support staff ensuring safe work standards are maintained
  • Daily collaboration with Regional Control System Operators on plant performance and daily required maintenance schedule
  • Other duties as required and commensurate with role and qualifications




  • Electrical trade qualification and hold (or ability to obtain) a WA electrical licence
  • A Valid C class Australian Drivers licence (manual transmission)
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Ability to work safely both independently and in a team environment
  • Intermediate computer skills (email, word, spreadsheet) are required
  • Must be able to work in hot & cold environments, at heights and within confined spaces
  • Working knowledge of and the ability to interpret mechanical, electrical and P&ID drawings, specifications, and wiring diagrams
  • Working knowledge of power generation, transmission and distribution



  • Experience in Aeroderivative or Heavy-Duty Gas Turbines will be highly regarded
  • Experience working with Steam and Water Treatment will be considered highly
  • Experience in Control Systems, PLCs & Instrumentation
  • Experience in HV Switching


Apply today to join the TransAlta team! We look forward to reviewing your application. 


TransAlta offers a competitive remuneration package including private health insurance and eligibility for an annual bonus. Successful candidates will be required to provide a valid Police Clearance (within the last six months), and undertake a pre employment medical.




As TransAlta continues to navigate through unprecedented challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure prospective employees of our continued commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and that we are taking additional measures to help protect our employees and their families from contracting and spreading COVID-19. 


All employees hired, or who begin employment, after November 15, 2021 must provide proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment. Those applicants with appropriate exemptions must identify themselves at the time of interview and provide documentation of the exemption to the TransAlta Disability Management team prior to an offer of employment being made.  


Our Commitment to Equality, 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. Click here for our Diversity and Inclusion Pledge.


TransAlta has received certification from Diversio, a technology company setting the global standard for equity, diversity, and inclusion, for its continued commitment to and meaningful performance on ED&I in the workplace.