Pipeline Simulation Specialist

Date: May 10, 2023

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 Pipeline Simulation Specialist with Trans Mountain, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a progressive and fast-paced group of engineering and information technology professionals.  This position is located at the Edmonton office.


The Pipeline Simulation Specialist is primarily responsible for the development, maintenance, testing and tuning of Trans Mountain’s Computational Pipeline Monitoring (CPM) based leak detection systems, trainer/simulator and real-time batch and anomaly tracking systems.


Key Responsibilities

  • Design, build, implement and maintain Computational Pipeline Monitor (CPM) systems aimed at protecting people, environment, and assets to ensure compliance with applicable CPM regulations
  • Configure, commission, and troubleshoot OPC servers.
  • Develop CPM training material for the Control Center Operators and provide training.
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of the CPM systems including sensitivity testing by implementing fluid withdrawal and simulated leak tests.
  • Identify and make recommendations for improvements to the CPM systems, pipeline operations and field instrumentation.
  • Analyze field instrumentation performance and work with field technicians to resolve instrumentation issues.
  • Provide 24x7 CPM application support and support the Control Centre Operator’s in resolving issues with the CPM systems
  • Shares in the department’s on-call rotation.
  • Develop and maintain leak detection manuals and technical documentation.
  • Assist in ensuring that leak detection systems are in compliance with all applicable regulations.


Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience, preferably in the petroleum industry with increasing responsibilities and project complexity.
  • Experience developing and maintaining online computer simulations.
  • Knowledge of pipeline leak detection, hydraulics, and operation.
  • Experience working with real-time transient and statical modelling software.
  • Experience developing and delivering technical training to non-technical personnel.
  • Experience with high level programing languages.


Other Requirements and Information

  • Based in Edmonton
  • 5% travel may be required.


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 Diversity and Inclusion

Trans Mountain is committed to supporting diversity and individual differences.  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.  Trans Mountain welcomes new team members from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.