Apprenticeship Program - Kearl - Heavy Equipment Technician


Kearl Oil Sands, AB, CA

Company:  Imperial

Job description

This apprenticeship program provides work experience in the mining industry at our Kearl Operations and is open to pre-apprentices, Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) students and 1st year apprentices. This is an entry level HET apprenticeship posting/ placement, no experience is necessary but would be preferred. In addition a Pre App is not a prerequisite, but would be an asset. Prior job experience in the Oil sands/ mining would be an asset. Initially you will train as a member of our maintenance staff to gain practical hands-on experience with maintenance and safety procedures. On-the-job experience will be supplemented with additional related formal training. You will be required to work on your own without direct supervision following the initial training period. Frequent driving on gravel roads is a key component of this position.

While working under the supervision of an experienced mentor you will perform various duties such as (but not limited to):

  • Successful candidates will be indentured and required to attend schooling in the province of Alberta
  • Abiding by all safety rules and standards, reporting hazards and holding responsibility for the safe operation of assigned facilities
  • Participating in safety programs and attending training sessions; completing self-development courses
  • Executing all work within government regulations and company standards
  • Executing specific activities defined within the preventative maintenance program to maintain the integrity of assigned equipment and machinery
  • Repairing machinery malfunctions identified through the work order system and performing associated plant/field housekeeping
  • Demonstrating ability and initiative to improve or modify existing systems or procedures
  • Utilizing shop tools and equipment and completing predictive maintenance tasks such as vibration monitoring, temperature monitoring etc
  • Assisting in root cause and cost benefit analysis to reduce cost and eliminate recurring problems
  • Working together with operations and contract personnel as necessary
  • Attending and participating in the maintenance network as required



  • Grade 12 high school diploma or GED equivalent is a minimum requirement
  • Valid driver's license and a safe driving record are required for this position
  • Previous completion of a pre-apprenticeship program from a recognized technical institution or RAP for high school students is considered an asset



  • Able to work in a team environment
  • Able to work shift work – the work schedule is a 14 days on/14 days off rotation
  • Able to communicate effectively with team members
  • Please list all reference to all mechanical/ job related experience or education
  • If you are a candidate who wishes to self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations or Métis) for eligibility in our preferential Indigenous recruitment program, you must attach a proof of membership letter from your association/settlement/band office to your application. This information will be used solely for the purpose of confirming your eligibility for the preferential recruitment process. Please do not attach a copy of your membership card. Proof of membership must come from one of the following communities: Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Fort Chipewyan Metis Association, Fort McKay First Nation, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation, Fort McKay Metis Nation/Community Association, Mikisew Cree First Nation, & McMurray Metis


Start date: Q1, 2023


Location: Kearl Site, AB


Work term: 4 year term apprenticeship with the possibility of full time career employment offered upon successful completion of the program based on performance and available positions and contractual obligations met.

Your benefits

This position will be a full time fly-in, fly-out camp based role to the Kearl site with a 14 days on/14 days off work schedule. Bussing is available from Fort McMurray, and flights are available from either Calgary or Edmonton. Relocation assistance to Fort McMurray, Calgary or Edmonton is available if required. Bus transportation is also available to Kearl site from Fort McMurray at the beginning and end of each shift rotation for Fort McMurray residents.

Kearl operations will provide safe, secure and quiet accommodation near to the worksite for employees working on rotating work schedules. Facilities include a private room/washroom for each employee.


Who we are

A leading member of Canada’s energy industry, Imperial invests in new technology to responsibly meet today’s energy challenges, reducing our environmental footprint and remaining committed to high safety standards and working with communities and our Indigenous neighbours. Our Kearl oil sands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, represents the next generation of oil sands mining, and is positioned to provide exciting career opportunities well into the future.


Other considerations

Certain preferences in the recruitment process will be provided to candidates that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations or Metis) from one of the communities mentioned above.  A proof of membership letter from your association/settlement/band office will need to be attached to your application. 

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: September 30, 2022



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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