Power Plant Operator TPO
Duffield, AB
Powering Possibilities …for Today & Tomorrow!

A leader in sustainable energy, TransAlta has over 100 years of experience generating power and is one of Canada’s top 50 Socially Responsible Companies since 2009, recognized as a global leader for sustainability and corporate responsibility standards. TransAlta operates 75 facilities in three countries; Australia, Canada, and United States.

TransAlta is committed to fostering a dynamic, productive and safe work environment. Our employees contribute to a diverse, open, and transparent culture with clear accountability, strong leadership and challenging opportunities for personal career growth.


The Power Plant Operator (TPO or PPO) is responsible for ensuring safe, reliable and efficient operation of power plant areas in order to meet operating standards and production needs. Position will run until December 31st, 2019


Maintains a high standard of safety in the power plant by consistently promoting and participating in safety policies and procedures.
Ensures optimal operation of plant equipment and systems.
Analyzes operating problems by troubleshooting, diagnosing and root cause analysis. Solves and eliminates operating problems by being proactive, considering risk and profitability in solutions/options and aligning actions/decisions with business needs.
Initiates work repair notices.
Carries out all routine duties on time.
Operates assigned area of responsibility within set standards and guidelines.
Maintains compliance to established standards of the Loss Management program.
Learns new areas of responsibility and participates in required training programs including the Operator Training Progression Program (L1-L10).
Looks for opportunities and acts on suggestions to reduce ineffective work.
Adheres to plant processes by understanding the plant cycle, plant processes, all area equipment, maintenance methods and practices and by participating in the Operator Training Progression Program.


Core Competencies

Accountability - when commits to doing something, does it decisively, responsibly and with urgency. Can be relied on consistently.

Self Motivated – works with minimal supervision and consistently takes initiative

Communication - structures and conveys ideas and information, both verbally and in writing, in a way that brings about understanding.

Innovative – looks outside traditional practices and looks for constant improvement

Interpersonal – listens to and provides feedback to team members, uses conflict management to resolve team issues

Teamwork - promotes co-operation, collaboration and partnerships between individuals or groups

Work Experience & Education

Valid 4th or 3rd class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency
Ability to work rotating 12-hour shifts.
Intermediate computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet and databases)
Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Preference will be given to candidates with two or more years experience working in a high-pressure steam plant, and who have or are working on their 2nd class power engineering certificate.