Operator Technician

Date: Jun 27, 2024

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Company: Trans Mountain

Trans Mountain operates Canada’s only pipeline system transporting oil products to the West Coast. We deliver approximately 300,000 barrels of petroleum products each day through 1,150 kilometres of pipeline in Alberta and British Columbia, and 111 kilometres of pipeline in Washington state.


Our Core Values

Trans Mountain’s core values – Safety, Integrity, Respect and Excellence – guide our every step. Each obstacle we’ve overcome or success we’ve experienced has been the result of a shared commitment to living these values every day. Together, we’re focused on doing the right thing for each other and our communities.


The Operator Technician will provide oversight of contractors and other personnel to ensure that maintenance and project activities occurring at facilities are performed in accordance with approved EHS standards. Inspection, local operation and routine maintenance of facility equipment and equipment systems will be carried out by the Operator Technician following approved Company operating procedures and standards.

This position will be based at the Burnaby / Westridge Terminal location and will report to the Shift Supervisor.


Key Responsibilities

  • Locally operate sample cabinets, booster pumps, MOV & HOV valves, pipeline scraper systems and other facility equipment in consultation with the Control Centre Operator (CCO) and the operations group.
  • Responsibilities specific to dock facilities includes operation of equipment related to transfer of liquid petroleum to and from marine vessels.
  • Responsibilities specific to Terminal facilities includes performing product quality and measurement analysis, tank gauging, and sample collection.
  • Provide oversight of third-party contractors in all disciplines and other personnel to ensure that maintenance and project activities occurring at facilities are performed in accordance with approved EHS and procedural standards.
  • Analyze, interpret, and utilize graphic and other information contained in SCADA displays, LOI displays, P&ID drawings and valve numbering diagrams.
  • Recognize and effectively respond to abnormal operating conditions.
  • Conduct equipment and equipment system inspections, storage tanks, building, facility piping inspections and routine maintenance; prepare, isolate and drain down equipment for maintenance activities as required.  Prepare, complete, and monitor work orders as necessary.
  • Provide review and input related to Trans Mountain operational documentation including project JHA's, safe work permits, job plans, operating manuals, and drawings.
  • Obtain and maintain job qualifications by successfully completing all assigned training following established protocols within the specified time period.


Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in related field.
  • High School Completion.
  • Power Engineering certification and a Diploma in Engineering Technology (i.e. Petroleum, Mechanical) would be preferred.
  • Basic mechanical, electrical and instrumentation knowledge as applied to industrial process systems is required.
  • Ability to work 12-hour day/night shifts.
  • Maintain a high regard for personal safety, safety of company assets and employees, and the general public.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Must be a team player with a positive attitude.
  • Self-motivated, capable of performing tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Attention to detail is critical.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and handle strict deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.


Other information:

  • Work location: Burnaby / Westridge Terminal, B.C.


We Build Careers and Pipelines That Last

Our story is about determination, resourcefulness and resilience. It’s about charting our own course, finding innovative solutions to challenging problems and doing the right thing. It was true when Trans Mountain became a company in 1951 and it’s just as true today. We welcome new members to our team that embrace the qualities in our story, that thrive on the new path and directions we take.  Our culture is one of care and taking our responsibilities seriously. If you would like to contribute to our culture, then join our journey.


A Rewarding Opportunity


We offer:

  • Valuable experience providing opportunity for professional development and career advancement;
  • An opportunity to engage with and learn from some of the most talented and experienced people in the business;
  • Competitive compensation;
  • Comprehensive benefits programs including flexible benefits, pension and savings plans
  • A place to share a sense of purpose and build relationships;
  • Meaningful work that makes a difference;
  • An opportunity within the Canadian energy industry.


We value:

  • The health, safety and wellness of everyone working in our company;
  • Meaningful participation from Indigenous and local communities;
  • The commitment and resilience of our people;
  • Collaboration and achieving success together. 


In keeping with Trans Mountain’s commitment to maximize benefits for communities, priority will be given to qualified candidates from Indigenous, local and regional communities along the Trans Mountain existing, and expansion, pipeline corridor.


In Alberta, the existing pipeline system spans the traditional territories of Treaty 6, 7 and 8, and the Métis Nation of Alberta (Zone 4).


In British Columbia, the system crosses the traditional territories of numerous First Nations that are affiliated with the Secwepemc, Dakelh (Carrier), Nlaka'pamux, Syilx/Okanagan, Interior and Coast Salish, Stó:lo, as well as the Métis.

Trans Mountain also operates through 15 First Nation Reserves located within the region spanning the BC interior through Fraser Valley.


Our Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA)

Trans Mountain is committed to fostering inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility.  The diverse viewpoints and cultural knowledge that our employees bring to work enrich our organization’s collective cultural understanding, which is reflected in the work we do every day.  We strive to create an environment that is free of barriers to promote full participation in the workplace. Trans Mountain welcomes new team members from traditionally underrepresented groups, including but not limited to women, Indigenous Peoples, members of racialized groups, persons with disabilities and members of the 2SLGBTQI+ community.