Heating Plant Shift Supervisor

UT- Heating Plant

Competition No.  -    S103949061
Posting Date  -    Nov 24, 2022
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.
Position Type  -    Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $77,531 to $108,824 per year
Grade  -    12
Hours  -    40

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed on our Benefits Overview page

Location: This is an in person role and work primarily takes place in North Campus Edmonton.

Working for the University of Alberta 

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Department/Faculty Summary

The University of Alberta owns and operates one of the largest campus district energy systems in North America. This energy system supplies services to the University, as well as the University of Alberta Hospital, the Stollery Children’s Hospital, the Cross Cancer Institute, the Jubilee Auditorium, Canadian Blood Services and other smaller entities. This large Centralized Utility Plant is located on the southwest area of North Campus and serves the greater campus area by providing steam, electricity, compressed air, and demineralized water. The heating Plant has a steam capacity of 649,000 kg/hr. and the plant generates up to 39 MW of electricity.

Position Summary

The University of Alberta Utilities Department is seeking a Heating Plant Shift Supervisor (Shift Engineer) for the Heating Plant Operations. The Shift Supervisor is responsible for directing and coordinating the safe and efficient operations of the University Heating Plant on a 12-hour rotating shift schedule with the assistance of the Heating Plant Operators (Assistant Shift Engineers).


  • Takes responsibility for the continuous supervision of a shift in the Heating Plant under the supervision of the Utilities Services Manager and Heating Plant Day Supervisor.
  • Operates and maintains the Heating Plant with the assistance of the Heating Plant Operator II (‘s)
  • Responsible for making decisions regarding the safe and efficient operation of all plant equipment
  • Delegates work and responsibility as required and oversees all aspects of the work and training of the plant operators to ensure that they can perform their duties correctly and safely and that the services provided to Greater Campus Area customers meet or exceed University standards; coaches and mentors employees to improve and maintain performance
  • Responsible for making frequent operational changes as required to maintain the efficient operation of plant equipment
  • Conducts routine and regular on-site checks of operating and standby equipment in order to assess their current condition and availability
  • Responsible for monitoring temperatures, pressures, steam and electrical loads closely and takes immediate remedial action when process parameters deviate from normal parameters
  • Assists in the recognition of unsafe conditions and makes decisions and/or gives direction in a crisis or stressful situation
  • Analyzes equipment performance by monitoring log sheets, DCS screens and charts; brings forward any abnormalities or issues to the attention of Plant Management and brings forth recommendations for resolution as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum High School Diploma and a Second Class Power Engineer’s Certificate registered with the Alberta Boiler Safety Association (ABSA) is required.
  • Two-year technical diploma in Power Engineering Technology from NAIT, SAIT or other comparable technical institution is desirable.
  • 5 years’ experience supervising power engineers in a large industrial setting; power plant operating experience in an industrial setting preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills and superior technical and operating ability.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completion of a Supervisory Development course is an asset.
  • Central Control room operating experience is an asset
  • Knowledge and experience with a modern DCS system is an asset.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Apps.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.