North West Redwater Partnership Process Operator – Refinery Operations Full Time in Gibbons, AB

North West Redwater Partnership

Branch Gibbons AB CA

Process Operator – Refinery Operations
Gibbons, AB

Experienced in areas of operations and startup & commissioning in order to both prevent and solve issues; Process Operator – Refinery Operations….

Process Operator – Refinery Operations


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Location Name
North West Redwater Partnership
Gibbons, Alberta, CA

Date Posted
Jan 10, 2018

Plant Operations

Experience Level(s)

Job Type(s)
Permanent, Full Time

Education Level(s)
College – Technical Certificate

Job ID

Position Summary North West Redwater Partnership is a joint venture between North West Upgrading Inc. and Canadian Natural Resources Limited, with each company owning 50% stake in the Partnership. The Partnership is building and will operate a world class bitumen refinery in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, which will add significant value to bitumen resources in a responsible and sustainable manner. It’s a vision shared by the Alberta Government, which has its own goal is to position the province as a global energy leader, an energy technology champion and a solid, global environmental citizen.

NWR Employees are highly valued, and their contributions are rewarded with:


As an integral member of the Refinery Operations team, the incumbent will have strong background in Refinery/Upgrader operation and must understand the unit functionality and design constraints, including operability and maintainability criteria of the unit specific equipment. During the commissioning and startup phase, the Process Operator will provide hands on active role in the commissioning and start-up of new equipment and process systems. Process Operators will initially work a dayshift schedule transitioning onto a 12-hour, rotating, day/night schedule during the commissioning and start-up phase.
After Start-up of the Refinery, this role will transition into an operator position within the NWR’s running plant organization.

Process Operator positions are required for the following units:

  • LC Finer

Process Operator Responsibilities:

Present to Start-up (mid-2018):

Process Operators will work on a 12-hour, rotating, day/night schedule.

  • Support the turnover and acceptance of equipment and plant systems from construction to ICSU;

  • Support the development of start-up procedures that apply to commissioning and start-up of the process units, equipment, and auxiliary systems;
  • Plays an active role in the commissioning and start-up of new equipment and process system;
  • Collaborates with other Team Members, providing input into the development of a comprehensive, commissioning and start-up plan;
  • Support the development of facility safe work practices and other related work processes fundamental to shift operations;
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Start-up/Running Plant:

    Process Operators will work on a 12-hour, rotating, day/night schedule.

  • Ensure effective operation of the refinery process units for the safe and efficient operation of the plant;
  • Effectively troubleshoot plant problems taking proactive/ preventative/ and corrective actions to avoid equipment or system failures and to prevent injury to people and the environment;
  • Make recommendations to improve the reliability, safety and quality of plant operations;
  • Maintain daily shift operating logs and perform proper shift handover;
  • Perform daily operating rounds and routines;
  • Perform minor maintenance to unit equipment;
  • Issue work permits to maintenance for equipment repairs and alteration;
  • Coach and mentor other crew members with respect to plant operations and procedures;
  • As part of the on-shift Emergency Response Team, respond to plant emergencies;
  • Support Shift Superintendent in the areas of safety, team development, training, emergency response;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviors

  • Refinery/Upgrader processing knowledge ( unit specific );

  • Previous experience in Refinery/Upgrader pre-commissioning, commissioning and start-up activities;
  • Strong, effective procedure writing;
  • Good understanding of Operability, maintainability and reliability concepts and applications, and Fundamentals of Firefighting and Emergency Response;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to coach, develop and mentor others;
  • Ability to manage task assignments within a matrix organization;
  • Effective communicator verbally and written; ability to establish clear goals and manage desired outcomes;
  • Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Power Point.


  • 10+ years of experience in process operations, with experience on startup and commissioning of large plants;

  • 4th Class Power Engineering certificate or equivalent technical certification;
  • Team player: willing to continuously and proactively collaborate, share, and seek information and guidance;
  • Experienced in areas of operations and startup & commissioning in order to both prevent and solve issues;
  • Must possess a valid driver’s licence (abstract of driving record required);
  • Some travel, overtime and after hours coverage required;
  • Willing to work a rotating shift schedule including nights, weekends, holidays and be on-call to respond to emergencies when required;
  • Able to climb ladders and stairs, work at heights and in confined spaces;
  • Capable of working at heights and confined spaces;
  • Willing to work outdoors in inclement weather;
  • Using safe lifting techniques, able to lift and carry 20 kg from ground to waist level;
  • Ability to work safely wearing a respirator or Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).

Behaviors (As per the NWR Core Competencies program):

    • Safety Commitment: Creates and maintains visible commitment to process safety, personal safety and safety of others;

    • Adaptability: Adjusts effectively and efficiently to different, changing and complex circumstances;
    • Collaboration: Cooperates and works to achieve goals with shared accountability for results. Strives to achieve win-win outcomes; remains focused on the big picture and the best interests of NWR;
    • Communication: Demonstrates effective verbal, written and listening skills resulting in clear and complete transfer of information. Demonstrates integrity by skillfully managing emotions and behaviors to gain trust, credibility and respect;
    • Initiative: Sets and accomplishes goals with personal drive and motivation; has the courage to constructively challenge the status quo;
    • Leadership: Creates conditions for successful performance and delivery of results; sets the example and shows the way.

Applications are being accepted until January 26, 2018

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Gibbons, AB, CA
Posted on: 2018-01-11
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