Control System Specialist

Date: Jul 3, 2024

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, 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.


As a Control Systems Specialist with Trans Mountain, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a progressive and fast-paced group of experts.  This position is based in our Edmonton Office.


The Control Systems Specialist will provide technical support for Industrial Control Systems (ICS), engineering direction and design, and project management related to ICS systems and programming on the Trans Mountain and Puget Sound pipeline systems.


Key Responsibilities

  • Provide technical expertise in developing, testing, implementing, and maintaining pipeline control and monitoring strategies including equipment configuration and programming at terminal, pump station, and block valve/pig trap facilities.
  • Support project execution in the areas of control system specification, system design, implementation, and commissioning.
  • Coordinate the workflow of contract service providers and internal technical staff.
  • Investigate industry best practices and technologies to deliver automation solutions to Trans Mountain.
  • Investigate control system issues and implement automation solution. Advise technical staff of findings.
  • Creates, reviews, and approves ICS-related drawings and technical documentation including cause and effect keys, control narratives, standards, specifications, and other technical references.
  • Responsible for project management including overall project budgets, including expenditure authorization and forecasting responsibilities.
  • Responsible for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling and closing capital and operating projects (up to $2M).


Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • A degree in Engineering with Electrical or Process Control or a Diploma of Technology in Automation, Instrumentation, Electrical or Computer is required.
  • A minimum 5 years of direct experience with ICS based on RA solutions.
  • Strong background in PLC programing is preferred.
  • Terminal & Pipeline process control experience.
  • Preferably on hydrocarbon liquids pipeline experience.
  • Previous Pipeline and/or Facility engineering experience is required.
  • Must have proven ability in industrial controls, programming, automation, electrical/instrumentation, and process.
  • Must have strong technical writing skills.
  • Project Management experience would be an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to attend to detail and work in a time-conscious and time-effective manner.
  • Strong communication and ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Understanding of Canadian pipeline regulations, industry standards and codes. 


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.