Project Technician, Electrical-Instrumentation

Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. - Lancaster, ON (30+ days ago)

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Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. (TNPI) operates regulated pipelines in central Alberta from Edmonton to Calgary, and in the South Eastern Ontario to Montreal corridor, delivering refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, aviation fuel and heating fuel used by businesses and consumers.

We have been operating pipelines for more than 70 years and are committed to operating in a safe and environmentally responsible manner in order to protect the public, the environment and the pipeline.


TNPI offers a stable work environment with predictable business growth. The organization serves a committed client group made up of 3 major Oil & Gas companies and benefits from consistent and growing Canadian demand for petroleum products.

TNPI has a culture that supports personal initiative, and is a place where employees have considerable autonomy and ownership of their functions. The flat organizational structure allows for broad mandates and the opportunity to expand your skills and experience, as well as access to decision makers and senior leadership. The TNPI culture is collegial, values employee input, and supports work/life balance. TNPI achieves operational excellence in four pillars: Safety, Environment, Reliability and People.


Reporting to the Supervisor – Maintenance Projects and C&SU (Commissioning and Start-up) Montreal System, the Project Technician - Electrical/Instrumentation’s main responsibility is to support engineering capital projects, field services level projects which includes but is not limited to; Contractor supervision and direction, performing all project related pipeline systems lockout, pipeline and booster station drain downs, pipeline and booster station re-pressurization and commissioning of new electrical equipment installed on the pipeline with vendors. The project technician will be tasked with overseeing groups of multiple contractors for smaller scale civil and mechanical projects related to booster station and pipeline construction and maintenance as well as being involved with overseeing a team of multiple contractors and take part in work related to pipeline maintenance programs. This position ensures that project deliverables are compliant with all applicable codes and standards, regulatory requirements, TNPI Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS), and all applicable procedures and safe work practices are followed. This position may also include some hands-on work involving company assets and dealing with hydrocarbons which includes working with the Base Business group to inspect, repair and maintain facilities as needed and when available. The Project Technician works with Field Services and Engineering, to provide feedback and information on improving processes and procedures related to project execution, commissioning and start-up work.


  • Executes and oversees all project related work at a field level
  • Ensures all company policies are being adhered to by all contractors involved in the work
  • Effectively communicates to all involved in the project work to ensure compliance and identifies issues that could impact safety, costs or schedules
  • Provides supporting all engineering and field services electrical projects in the field
  • Works with vendors to commission new electrical equipment installed in the pipeline system
  • Assists the project team with creating complex lockout, system drain-down and pressure-up/start-up procedures and executes these procedures in the field
  • Oversees and takes part in pipeline maintenance projects including ILI and Purge programs
  • Coordinates and initiates third party support for project related work
  • Requires to become proficient with all TN critical procedures and work practices for all work
  • Performs operations facility maintenance including inspection and repair of facilities, including completing critical and non-critical PM’s within pump stations
  • Provides feedback to the project team, identifies opportunity for improvement on processes and procedures related to project execution, commissioning and system start-up
  • Demonstrates visible safety leadership to inspection, identification, and response to daily operations safety issues


  • Industrial Electrician (442A) or Construction and Maintenance (309A) Interprovincial Red Seal certification is required. Consideration will also be given to those who hold an Electrical CET designation. Preference will be given to individuals who also hold the following certifications; CCQ Certificat de Competance Compagnon – Electricien (Quebec), or Instrumentation and Control Technician (447A)
  • 4-5 years related work experience in heavy industrial and process environments; preference will be given to those with experience in oil and gas environments such as pipeline and refinery
  • Competent and comfortable working with high voltage switch-gear and equipment, preference will be given to those who have experience and are trained in high voltage maintenance and safe work practices including voltages 5kV, 25kV and 44kV.
  • Proficient working with Motor Control Centers
  • Proficient working with PLC’s and has knowledge how they integrate into control systems
  • Experience working with large motors, pumps, valves, actuators and industrial instrumentation
  • Basic Knowledge of SCADA applications and industrial communication protocols.
  • Arc flash awareness training and knowledge of CSA Z462 considered an asset
  • Project Management experience and training considered an asset, able to use experience and training at a field level to work with contractors and co-workers
  • Understanding or knowledge of relevant CSA and provincial standards and codes
  • Incident Command System (ICS) training considered an asset
  • Strong computer skills are required, must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications
  • Proficient or have knowledge of how to use IFS (ERP Software)
  • Valid Ontario or Quebec driver’s license in good standing


  • Safety first mentality and demonstrates safety leadership
  • Must be competent and accountable
  • Must be able to work alone without direct supervision when required
  • Able to handle elevated risk situations and must have the ability to work under pressure, managing multiple tasks at any given time
  • Strong leadership skills required and must be comfortable and able to supervise and direct contractors of different disciplines (electrical, mechanical and civil)
  • Possesses high attention to detail; including accuracy and completeness
  • Effective organizational skills
  • Follow’s procedure without deviation, asks questions and collaborates when required
  • French language; bilingual or professional working proficiency considered an asset
  • Loyal and committed


  • Position is located in Lancaster, Ontario.
  • Travel is required between Montreal-East, QC to Kingston, ON. Occasionally the project technician will support the Toronto System, from Kingston, ON to Nanticoke, ON
  • Field position is exposed to outdoor temperatures and conditions


  • Work in a small, highly competent team whose members share your high sense of commitment
  • Industry-competitive compensation

There is currently an Electrical/Instrumentation position open within the Maintenance Projects and C&SU group at the Lancaster location, but an opening may also come available within the Base Business group during this posting.

If an opening becomes available in both departments during this posting, candidates may be considered for either a base business position or a project position and selected based on their knowledge and experience in each position. The base business position is very similar in job description, education and experience required.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will you be contacted. Relocation assistance is not provided with this position.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • heavy industrial and process environments: 4 years (Preferred)