Engine Plant/CHP Operator

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Position Summary:
The Engine Plant Operator is responsible for the proper, safe, and efficient start-up, operation, shutdown, and maintenance of the engine generators and associated auxiliary equipment associated with the Facility the Operator is assigned to. The engines serve as an integral part of the combined heat and power plant for Crown. The CHP is the prime power source for the Crown facility with no connection to the electrical grid. The Engine Plant Operator adheres to all safety and environmental rules and regulations to protect other employees, Facility Equipment and the public.

This position is approximately 40% operations and 60% maintenance.

Operations – The Engine Plant Operator has overall responsibility of the operation and maintenance of the Facility engines and generators.

Maintenance – The Engine Plant Operator performs and/or assists with any maintenance/housekeeping tasks while maintaining the proper operation of the engines and generators and their associated auxiliary equipment


  • Is responsible for the operation and monitoring of facility equipment.
  • Assures that the plant meets its electrical and thermal generation requirements while operating in a safe and efficient manner within environmental regulations (federal, provincial and local).
  • Reads meters and gauges or automatic recording devices at specified intervals to verify facility operating conditions and maximize facility efficiency. Records operating data and analyze data for trends.
  • Uses facility operating procedures and equipment technical manuals to start, stop or: modify equipment operations to ensure all equipment and systems are operated within the recommended operating range.
  • Fully supports the use of a Maintenance System by displaying a proficiency in using the system and dedication to the facility maintenance philosophy. Issues and updates work orders as needed. Follows procedures and policies for part and material inventory control. Issues purchase requisitions for parts and supplies and follows up on status as needed.
  • Visually inspects and listens to equipment to assist in determining need for repair or adjustment.
  • Routinely maintains equipment by performing planned and unplanned repairs on the engine generators and auxiliary equipment. Cleans, replaces, oils, and lubricates other equipment component parts and equipment as required. Uses facility procedures and equipment.
  • Makes recommendations and suggestions to improve plant procedures. Records maintenance actions taken and performed in the Maintenance System.
  • Performs engine oil sampling and changes engine oil to maintain it within manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Obtains samples and necessary data to support environmental sampling requirements and reports results as required to the proper personnel per plant procedures.
  • Follows all appropriate procedures, including but not limited to, Lockout / Tagout, Hot Work and Confined Space Entry.
  • Assure that the daily log and other plant records are filled out in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Reads, understands, and complies with all facility safety and regulatory procedures. Prepares, collects, and reviews plant data/records in support of environmental requirements. Participates in plant emergency response, waste minimization, and pollution prevention programs.
  • The Engine Plant Operator operates from established and well-known procedures under general directions and minimum supervision. Decisions are made within prescribed operating guidelines. The Engine Plant Operator encounters recurring work situations of high complexity, with occasional variations from the norm.
  • The Engine Plant Operator has the authority to control the operation of the plant and must do so in a safe manner resulting in no accidents, and in compliance with all environmental permits at all times. The Engine Plant Operator must effectively communicate information to supervision and fellow plant personnel, relative to the condition of the plant equipment and performance and provide suggestions for plant improvements.
  • Work with and collaborate with other trades and consultants as required to maintain the operation of the plant.
  • Work closely with the remote operations monitoring centre on resolving alarms, flags, trends to maintain the safe and on-going operation of the plant. Work within the parameters of the priority levels of alarms to resolve issues.
  • As additional sites come on line, be willing to travel locally to oversee those sites. Work load and timing to be reviewed and adjusted to suit.


  • Ability to understand procedures and instructions specific to the area of assignment as would be acquired in four years of high school.
  • Three years of experience in maintenance and/or operations is required.
  • Associate Degree in a technical field desirable.
  • Must successfully complete a plant operator knowledge examination.
  • Experience in engine generator operation and maintenance is required.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge power plant operation, industrial safety, hazardous waste management and inspection/recording of plant parameters is highly desirable.
  • Experience with piping and instrument schematics and process controls desirable.

Schedule: Full Time

Shift: N/A

Length of Contract: N/A

Work Location: Mississauga

While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Ainsworth is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Qualified designated group members are encouraged to apply as any reasonable accommodation of qualifications will be considered as per our Accommodation Policy, available upon request.

Ainsworth is an integrated multi-trade company, offering an end-to-end services and solutions for all asset maintenance and refurbishment requirements of our customers. We are continually striving to create better and more advanced products as well as provide the highest quality service. We are rapidly growing and need talented professionals to help drive our vision at becoming the best multi-trade company in the country! Join us…. Make a difference.

l Team Oriented Environment l Competitive compensation l Performance Based Bonuses l Paid Training Program l Group Benefits Plan l Promote-from-within Policy l Vacation Policy l State-of-the-Art Equipment and Tools l Exposure to Cutting Edge Technology l

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