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Job ID : 1254 

Closing Date : 01/30/2022

Job Category : Manufacturing 

Location : St. Clair River Site 


Who We Are:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures plastic resins and other petrochemical products that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees take pride in our focus on safety and social responsibility by working together to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability, ESG, and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


NOVA Chemicals helps shape a world where products vital to our health and happiness are even better tomorrow than they are today. We are seeking talented and passionate people who enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative environment to join our dynamic team. 


We are currently seeking Operations Technicians to work at our St. Clair River Site facility.


The primary focus of the Operations Technicians will encompass safe and reliable operation and maintenance of the facility on a continuous basis. The Operations Technician is expected to advance to the top of the progression program.


You Will Use Your Expertise To:

  • Operate the assigned area of the unit in a safe, efficient, cost-effective manner, with demonstrated ability to troubleshoot operating problems
  • Implement changes to operating parameters to optimize unit performance
  • Operate the outside operating areas and a complex DCS panel
  • Ensure safe, efficient, and reliable operation of the pneumatic equipment
  • Operate a forklift and potential to operate a diesel locomotive
  • Monitor safety conditions, identify problems, and seek resolution in a timely manner
  • Engage in detailed shift handovers with your relief technician
  • Participate in Shift Starter meetings, problem solving and solution implementation
  • Conduct preventative maintenance of equipment, i.e., complete rounds, equipment checks and enter maintenance notifications
  • Ensure NOVA's safe work practices and policies are always maintained
  • Work both indoors and outdoors in all seasons.  The role will include some lifting, valve operation, and some climbing of ladders within various levels of the units
  • Review the weekly schedule and Daily Operating Instructions (DOIs) to prepare and issue safe work permits for routine maintenance
  • Communicate any changes in or impacts to schedule
  • Ensure procedures are followed and capture necessary changes
  • Participate in procedure reviews
  • Utilize the Operations Log to read instructions/information provided (DOIs) and to communicate actions taken and observations made during your shift
  • Maintain housekeeping standards and identify any additional resources that may be required to achieve the same
  • Complete progression requirements to become proficient in the operation of the unit, including the role of Emergency Crew Captain (ECC)


What We Are Looking For:

  • The successful candidate will have a Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology (CPET) program or equivalent diploma with a minimum 4th class Operating Engineer Certification (TSSA)
  • Computer efficiency is essential
  • Ability to work rotating shift
  • An absolute commitment to Responsible Care®
  • A demonstrated ability to learn and apply new technical concepts in a timely manner
  • The ability to work effectively and contribute within a team environment
  • Strong problem solving / analytical skills
  • The ability to take initiative and be proactive in actions
  • The ability to complete multiple tasks in a fast paced, stressful environment
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal


You Can Stand Out If:

  • You are passionate about your work and put care and thought into all that you do.
  • You are responsible and follow through with your commitments to others and to safety.
  • You are innovative and are willing to challenge your biases when problem solving. 
  • You are collaborative, inclusive, and work well with others towards team goals. 


Location Information:

The NOVA Chemicals Manufacturing East Sites are located near Sarnia, Ontario. The Sarnia Sites focus on the production of ethylene and polyethylene and is recognized as a cornerstone of Ontario’s petrochemical industry.  


Sarnia is situated on the south shore of Lake Huron at the headwaters of the St. Clair River, and just an hour from Detroit, Michigan, United States. 


Additional Information:

  • Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience
  • Relocation will NOT be considered for this position
  • Cross border / international moves involving immigration will NOT be considered for this role
  • Please note: by applying for this position, you have received approval from your current leader/team leader to be released from your current role should you be the successful candidate
  • Employees who have successfully performed in their current role for at least 1 year are eligible to apply
  • These positions will work on a seven (7) day, twelve (12) hour rotating schedule
  • The role is performed both indoors and outdoors in all seasons
  • Diesel locomotive operation is required for the Finishing Area Operations Technicians
  • In order to fulfil the duties of this role, the successful candidate will be required to wear respiratory protective equipment. Candidate must successfully pass a fit test and be physically able to wear a respirator
  • The successful candidate is required to provide proof of a valid driver’s license


Why NOVA Chemicals?

NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package used to reward employees.


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  • Read more on our Responsible Care® and sustainability initiatives like Project STOP


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.


Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

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