Power Engineering Technician Student


Edmonton, AB, CA

Company:  Imperial

Job description

The Strathcona Refinery is looking for power engineering technician students to work in our operations department. The operations department ensures the safe and reliable operation of refinery equipment and processes. This assignment will involve being mentored by existing unit technicians for a portion of the assignment.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting unit technicians in day-to-day operations activities
  • Monitoring equipment operation and process variables to identify and correct sub-optimal performance
  • Assisting in the preparation of equipment for maintenance work
  • Assisting with regularly scheduled process tasks
  • Collecting samples, assessing lab data and performing follow up activities relating to product quality
  • Participating in team meetings and activities
  • Identifying improvements to streamline unit monitoring processes
  • Assuring established loss control and environmental standards are followed while demonstrating responsibility for personal safety and the safety of others


As the successful candidate, you will:

  • Gain exposure to the design, operation and maintenance of large scale power plant equipment including high pressure steam boilers, water treatment package, compressed air, and fuel gas systems
  • Access specialized safety training including H2S, HF acid alkylation, respirator use, and fall protection
  • Experience a petrochemical processing facility working with inspectors, boilermakers, welders, refinery power engineers, technical engineers, reliability engineers, work execution planners, and refinery management personnel
  • Participate in discussions and daily tasks including operator rounds, sampling, equipment preparation and site emergency simulations
  • Be provided with on the job training by experienced employees
  • Qualify for ABSA steam time in a 1st Class Power Plant
  • Participate in company networking opportunities including the Wage Networking Advisory Program (WNAP),  which hosts regular informal networking events between early career hires and more experienced employees, and the Women’s Interest Network (WIN), fostering professional growth, personal development and supporting advancement of women at all levels of the company, from trades to senior management




  • 1st year power engineering technology diploma students
  • Important:  If available, submit your most recent unofficial transcripts with your application. Unofficial transcripts will be required if selected for an interview
  • Sound reasoning ability, good communication and interpersonal skills, high level of self-initiative, comfortable working within a team environment
  • Assignment will involve working rotating twelve-hour shifts involving inside and outside work; and may occasionally require working at heights and in confined spaces
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Successful candidate will be required to become a member of Unifor, Local 21-A
  • Valid driver's license and a safe driving record are required for this position



Start date: May 3, 2021


Work term: 4 months


Location: Edmonton, AB

Your benefits
  • This assignment will provide you with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the oil and gas industry. We offer you challenging, discipline-related work experience in an operating environment using a structured quality managing system
  • Working for a company committed to safety, ethics & continuous improvement - these standards are the reason Imperial is an industry leader
  • Experience in a continuous learning environment - encourages you to augment your skills and capabilities



Who we are
A leading member of Canada’s energy industry, Imperial offers exciting opportunities across our upstream, downstream and chemical, and corporate divisions. We are committed to high standards, applying technology and innovation and working with communities and our Indigenous neighbours to meet rising energy demands in a safe, reliable and environmentally sound manner.


Other considerations

  • For applicants selected to be interviewed, pre-employment background screening will be required
  • We thank all those who apply; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted


Eligibility to work in Canada

All applicants who receive an offer of employment must be eligible to work in Canada on a regular full-time basis without restrictions on their start date.  Proof of eligibility shall be in the form of a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship certificate, Canadian certificate of permanent residence, Canadian open work permit or receipt from Immigration Canada of an application for a post-graduate work permit. Proof of eligibility must be current and valid (not expired, cancelled or voided). Proof of eligibility will be required if an offer of employment is made. Failure to provide proof of eligibility at least six (6) weeks prior to the start date may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.


Application deadline: November 30, 2020

Imperial is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all individuals.

In certain situations, Imperial may use your application to consider your suitability for other positions in the company and may also provide the information to its affiliates, including affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation, in connection with possible opportunities at those affiliates.

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