• Mechanical Engineer

    Position Location(s) CA-AB-Joffre
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Job Category
    Eng & Technical
  • Additional Comments:

    Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience, 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.


    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. Through our commitment to Responsible Care®, we take pride in our focus on safety and sustainability. We are seeking Mechanical Engineers to join NOVA Chemicals.


    We are hiring in two areas; the Technical Services team, which is our sustaining capital group who focus on the successful development and execution of high quality projects for the specific business units at the Joffre site; and the Reliability team, which directly supports the operation of a specific plant, focusing on troubleshooting, failure analysis, asset strategy development and focused improvement projects. More details about each area are described below.


    Project Mechanical Engineer

    As part of the Technical Services team the primary responsibility of the Project Mechanical Engineer is to support sustaining capital projects from concept to completion. The Mechanical Engineer will work in a team environment under project constraints to develop mechanical engineering work packages that result in completed projects that are safe, reliable, cost effective and meet project objectives.  Key aspects of the role include:

    • Project scope development, mechanical design and technical ownership (stamping) for unit expense and sustaining capital projects through NOVA’s Project Development and Implementation (PD&I) process. This may include, but is not limited to drawings, work packages, equipment specification, data sheets and engineering QA/QC. May take on the role of Project Manager for single discipline and micro projects
    • Conduct technical assessments, feasibility assessments and code calculations to optimize mechanical design with respect to operability, reliability and maintainability
    • Work collaboratively with our External Engineering Providers as NOVA’s discipline representative, to ensure efficient, timely and quality deliverables back to the NOVA project team
    • Work with Suppliers to optimize equipment specification and procurement
    • Provide informal leadership and oversight to Piping/Mechanical Designers
    • Work collaboratively with unit Operations, Maintenance and Technical teams to clarify scope, business opportunities and potential solutions, engaging the unit Mechanical Reliability Engineer to ensure alignment of scope and project deliverables 

    Mechanical Reliability Engineer

    As part of the Polyolefins Reliability Engineering team, the Mechanical Reliability Engineer is responsible for support and improvement of static equipment in the Joffre Polyolefin facilities.  The goal of this position is to improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) while supporting demands related to maintaining safe, reliable and competitive operation.  Key aspects of the role include:

    • Direct technical leadership and support for troubleshooting of equipment failures, determining root causes and identifying actions to prevent reoccurrence.
    • Development and review of work scope for unit outages and major turnarounds
    • Developing and managing the reliability strategy for static mechanical assets, including the selection of technologies for preventive and predictive maintenance programs
    • Leading and/or participating in the use of analytical tools to ensure optimal practices are applied to equipment using established reliability methods such as RBI, RCM, FMEA, RCFA, Crow–AMSAA plots, Weibull analysis, RAM modeling etc.
    • Collaborating with Maintenance, Operations, Inspections, Engineering, and Turnaround teams to identify and lead mechanical focused improvement initiatives
    • Provide project design and management for unit expense improvement projects through the facility change management process.
    • Applying developed Continuous Improvement and Lean Six Sigma methods to define, measure, analyze, improve and control key projects to improve asset availability and capability


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    To be successful in this role, we need you to be a Professional Engineer with a strong technical knowledge of mechanical engineering in a plant environment. Come to NOVA Chemicals and put your engineering degree to use in this role while combining your excellent interpersonal, communication, and planning skills.

    How do you know if NOVA Chemicals the right place for you?

    At NOVA our core values are: Be Responsible. Be Passionate. Innovate. Collaborate

    You will find NOVA to be a great fit if you:

    • Are motivated and energized to help shape a world that’s even better tomorrow than it is today.
    • Proactively reach across boundaries to partner with each other
    • Conduct yourself with honesty and integrity and take accountability for your actions, and
    • Are curious, imaginative and creative



    About Us:

    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.


    The NOVA Chemicals Joffre Site is located in Central Alberta, near Red Deer(Alberta’s third largest city). The Joffre Site is recognized as the largest combined ethylene/polyethylene manufacturing site in North America, and one of the largest in the world. Focus at the site is placed on operations excellence, plant availability and effective capital execution. Attention is also placed on the integration of technology while implementing and optimizing.


    The Joffre site provides a wealth of recreational and social opportunities in the surrounding areas, as well as various educational options for children through advanced learning.



    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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