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Job ID : 729 

Closing Date : 06/18/2021

Job Category : Manufacturing 

Location : Rokeby Site 

Relocation will not be considered for this position


Who We Are:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned ultimately 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.  Through our commitment to Responsible Care®, we take pride in our focus on safety and responsibility. We are seeking talented and passionate people who enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative environment to join our dynamic team.


We are looking for an Operations Technician to work at our new Rokeby Site polyethylene facility. This position will report to the Operations Team Leader at the Rokeby Site.

The primary activities will encompass safe and reliable operation and maintenance of the facility on a continuous basis.  The technician is expected to advance to the top of the progression program as outlined in the Process Operations progression requirements, including the attainment of required certifications.


You Will Use Your Expertise To:

  • Operate the unit in a safe, efficient and reliable manner.
  • Prepare equipment for maintenance and safe work permitting.
  • Ensure NOVA Chemicals’ safe work practices and policies are maintained at all times.
  • Complete area safety checks and respond to hazards in the area.
  • Monitor unit conditions on an ongoing basis and carry out troubleshooting steps to address identified issues.
  • Report and initiate corrective actions for plant operation in assigned area.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance of equipment (i.e. rounds and checks, swing pumps).
  • Implement changes to operating parameters to optimize unit performance.
  • Maintain housekeeping standards within the operating unit.
  • Continually progress through the outside operating areas culminating in the operation of a complex DCS panel.
  • Participate in team safety meetings, safety audits and follow-ups.
  • Mentor and train other Operations Technicians in qualified areas.
  • Participate in procedure reviews.
  • Support and participate in the Emergency Response Team (ERT).
  • Enter SAP notifications for equipment related problems.


What We Are Looking For:

  • Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology (CPET) Diploma or equivalent with at a minimum a 3rd Class Operating Engineer Certification (TSSA).  A 2nd Class Operating Engineer Certification is preferred.
  • Previous experience as an Operations Technician in a manufacturing plant.
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot operating problems.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, high levels of personal motivation and ability to adapt to change.
  • The ability to work effectively and contribute within a team environment.
  • Effective communication skills to cope with a wide variety of operational priorities and work activities.
  • Computer efficiency is essential.
  • An absolute commitment to Responsible Care®.
  • A demonstrated ability to learn and apply new technical concepts in a timely manner.
  • The ability to take initiative and be proactive in actions.
  • The ability to complete multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.



  • The successful candidate will be expected, as part of progression requirements, to obtain a 2nd Class Operating Engineer Certification (TSSA) within the defined timelines.
  • This position will work on a seven (7) day, twelve (12) hour rotating schedule
  • Must be willing to work both indoors and outdoors in all seasons.
  • Position will include some lifting and climbing of ladders within various levels of the units.


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.


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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  • Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for company news.
  • Follow us on Linkedin and Glassdoor for job updates.
  • Read more on our Responsible Care® and sustainability initiatives like Project STOP


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to 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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