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Sr. Field Operations Technician – Process/Back Up Panel


This is a Contract position in Athabasca, AB posted January 24, 2023.


There’s never been a better time to be working with LNG Canada. 


Why? Because we’re building Canada’s first large-scale LNG facility underpinned by safety, continuous improvement, quality execution and ethics and compliance. Our industry-leading liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility will provide the world’s cleanest LNG, with the lowest carbon intensity.

This is your opportunity to be part of history, in an environment that will challenge you to apply all your skills, and where you can learn with a diverse team of highly experienced industry professionals and mentors.  

LNG Canada maintains a healthy, respectful, and safe environment for all our employees, contractors, partners, and communities. Protecting our people, community and our operations is our top priority. Our project has committed to meeting some of the strictest regulatory standards in the world.

With gratitude and respect LNG Canada acknowledges our facility is under construction and will be operated on the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation. We also gratefully acknowledge the First Nations in our project area and along our shipping route.

Our Vision: To be the leading LNG export company in British Columbia and the world.

Our Mission: To set the benchmark for economically, environmentally, and socially responsible LNG development in Canada. 

Our Values: Respect, collaboration, integrity, and safety.

 Come join the team making Canadian history!

 About the Role

 The primary responsibility of the Sr. Field Operations Technician/Backup Panel Technician role is the carrying out of normal duties, overseeing, and assisting junior level technicians in the continuous outside operations in the process area of the facility, including the gas preparation, condensate stabilization, and liquefaction units. These duties include performing site checks, adjusting equipment in consult with the control room, preparing equipment for maintenance, and assisting maintenance and other support groups for optimal efficiency and availability of the plant.

As a secondary function, the person selected for this this position will be required to be become fully qualified to assist the Sr. Process Panel Technicians as required and to provide vacation coverage.

Panel operations of the process include the gas treatment (Warm End) and the liquefaction sections (Cold End) of the LNG trains from the Yokogawa Distributed Control System (DCS). 

When working in the control room, the main responsibility will be to achieve the daily operating plan, while staying within the operating limits, specified in the Alarm Variable Tables (VT’s). The technician will pro-actively monitor DCS parameters and anticipate deviations in line with Ensure Safe Production (ESP) standards, and be able to execute safe startup, shutdown, and emergency procedures.

Key Accountabilities:

Before RFSU:


  • Adhere to LNG Canada work practices and processes to ensure safety of self, personnel, process plant and environment
  • Complete LNG Canada pre-start up Field Technician training program
  • Take part in validation of S/U and S/D procedures through use of Operations Training Simulator (OTS). Will be trained to be assessed competent on OTS
  • Partake in Loop Testing activities as assigned
  • Support CSU organization during cleaning, preservation, pre-commissioning, and commissioning activities
  • Participate in development of system and unit punch lists
  • Perform system and unit walk downs to ensure punch list items are addressed appropriately
  • Review safe operating procedures for startup and run and maintain phases

After RFSU (Field & Control Room Activities):


  • Work with CSU team on field equipment/process commissioning and startup activities
  • Assist Sr. Process Panel Technician in the control room as required
  • As the startup progresses, begin to spend more time in the control room to become fully competent as per Production Team Lead (PTL) directions


During Operate (Run and Maintain) Phase:



  • Ensure that plant operations are conducted in a safe manner, and that all safety and environmental regulations are followed in accordance to approved operating procedures and standards
  • Perform field proactive monitoring rounds in the operating area to observe and verify all equipment and overall plant conditions
  • Maintain process equipment through application of preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and completion of minor maintenance
  • Through training and experience, develop minor maintenance skills in electrical, instrumentation, pipefitting, etc. to align with LNG Canada’s vision of a multiskilled future work force
  • Creation of quality maintenance work orders when required
  • Execute unit objectives to meet the overall safety and production goals
  • Participate actively and constructively in safety meetings, inspections, and high potential pre-job safety meetings
  • Demonstrate strong safety leadership in the field during execution of permitting activities within area of control, including system and equipment isolation, depressurization and clearing for maintenance as per established procedures and work instructions
  • Perform housekeeping duties as necessary on and around equipment, process area, and control room, keeping equipment and plant site safe, clean, and clear
  • Support shift team by participating in shift focal point program 
  • Assist training new shift team members to build competency
  • Regularly review and update operations work procedures and safe work practices
  • Coach and transfer knowledge and specialist skills to less experienced colleagues
  • Progress through Common Facilities areas (Utilities, Storage & Loading) field and panel roles per the agreed progression plan




  • Startup and shutdown process trains as required
  • Handle trip and emergency situations in a safe and efficient manner
  • Troubleshoot equipment and or instrumentation failure and take appropriate action
  • Liaise with the laboratory to adjust the process
  • Interface with various IT systems (issuing job requests in SAP system, PI, LIMS, e-Vision, e-shift log)
  • Maintain & implement overrides of Process Safeguarding
  • Responsible to maintain the logic forcing, alarm off, and its respective documentation as per the company override procedure and alarm management protocol
  • Propose minor plant changes for operational improvements and increased plant availability/capacity 



  • 2 LNG Trains each 7.0 MMt/year
  • 170 cargoes per year, 20,000 t/day/train
  • Total number of loops to control is 250-300 per LNG train
  • Works in a shift team of Operators, including 2 Production Team Leads (PTL) and one Production Supervisor (PS) (12h shift, 24/7)


To be successful, you will have: 

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience with 3-5 years of panel experience (Gas Processing, Refinery or Petrochemical preferred)
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written
  • Self-starter, be flexible to work in the Field or Panel as assigned
  • Must have 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate or higher; however, persons having passed part A & B of their 4th class exams but still require firing time will be considered
  • Possession of an Environmental Operators Certification Level 2 in Water Treatment and or Wastewater Treatment is preferred for the purposes of eventual cross training in the Utilities Area (but not a mandatory) 
  • Commissioning and start up experience preferred (but not mandatory)
  • Possess a strong commitment to working safely and adhering to safe work practices
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude and proven troubleshooting and problem-solving skills with the ability to make timely decisions associated with process upsets
  • NFPA 1081 or 1002 certification is preferred (but not mandatory); however, NFPA level certifications will be required during run and maintain phase of plant operation – training will be provided


This role requires that you:


  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e., by way of Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or valid work permit)  
  • Live in the beautiful District of Kitimat-Stikine (Kitimat/Terrace). For applicants located outside of the region, you are encouraged to explore what Kitimat has to offer in terms of lifestyle including schooling, local amenities, outdoor adventure, and housing, to ensure Kitimat is where you would like to call your new home.
  • Know that this is a 12hr rotating shift role with nights and days. Rotating shift will have two 3-day (Fri, Sat. Sun) weekends a month.
  • Know that this is a shift role, required to work night shift, weekends and holidays.
  • Are willing to comply with LNGC’s drug-free and harassment-free work environment and comply with all safety policies and procedures.
  • Undergo a pre-placement medical assessment of your fitness for duty, a background check and pre-site access testing for alcohol and specified drugs.
  • Willing and able to work outdoors in inclement weather 
  • Able to climb ladders and stairs, work at heights and in confined spaces 
  • Using safe lifting techniques, able to lift and carry 23 kg from ground to waist level  
  • Ability to work safely wearing a respirator or Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
  • Willing and able to participate on an emergency response team and able to successfully complete ER specific fitness to work assessment
  • Have a valid Driver’s license


Your Start will look like this during Execute phase (This is approximate as per the requirements of the CSU Schedule):

Pre-Start Up Training program

  • Your start date is  May 16, 2023 or June 1, 2023.  This will enable you to onboard, and participate in our pre-start up training program, that includes a mix of eLearning, classroom, work area field training for approximately 5 months prior to moving on to OTS training. Should you be selected, the role has the potential opportunity for “go see” in an LNG facility.  During this time, you will be on Day shift and your work hours could be 8 to 10 hrs. as per the training requirements.
  • After this training you will be involved in validating work area procedures, walking down process systems, Precomms, Commissioning and startup while working mainly in the field but given time in the control room as directed to gain valuable experience.  It is anticipated that you will be working Day shift, with working hours that can range between 8 to 10 hrs./per day as required. Then you will transition to 12 hours shift required by the CSU schedule and approval from your line manager
  • As we have Block/System handovers, during this phased approach depending on your work assignment you will start transitioning to the 12 hours day/night rotation.
  • See attached information to view Operations shift schedule


We offer

  • A Comprehensive LNG Canada relocation package 
  • A full suite of benefits including a flexible Medical and Health plan
  • A Defined Contribution Pension plan with a matching program
  • A competitive vacation offering to ensure a work life balance
  • See attached document for more information about Kitimat and LNG Canada.


About Us  

LNG Canada is a joint venture comprised of Shell Canada Energy (40%) and affiliates of Petronas (25%) PetroChina (15%), Mitsubishi Corporation (15%) and Korea Gas Corporation (5%). The joint venture is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia.

LNG Canada is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace and culture, a safe and sustainable facility, strong community, and stakeholder relationships. We are a globally competitive, digitally connected business, from construction to start-up to steady state. We have partnered with governments, local communities, and First Nations to maximize shared value. 

Do you have a desire to learn and become part of an organization with a supportive and collaborative culture? Concerned you don’t meet every job requirement? Studies show diverse candidates are less likely to apply unless they feel they meet every single qualification. LNG Canada hires for character and trains for skill. We’re dedicated to attracting a diverse and inclusive workforce, representing the communities in which we live and work. We encourage you to apply today.