Tailings Process Engineer

Suncor - Calgary, Canada

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Job ID 36281

  • Provide process engineering guidance to support the front end of the project development cycle, including identification of projects, definition of technical requirements, alternative identification and concept selection
  • Provide expert level inputs and reviews to support the FEED/ design engineering of small to large scale tailings projects
  • Lead the Process engineering evaluations and studies for tailings projects
  • Ensure alignment of the tailings plan with the capital projects portfolio
  • Collaborate with a variety of stakeholders/contractors to understand and drive resolution on critical and complex tailings risks
  • Support the Ready for Operations (RFO) and Commissioning & Start Up (C&SU) activities of tailings projects
  • Ensure process designs minimize hazards, achieve the intent, minimize costs, and adhere to both Suncor and relevant industry standards
  • Facilitate effective communication, collaboration and transfer of information within a multi-functional integrated team and to the broader Suncor and project teams
  • Build strong positive relationships while interacting closely with diverse groups of consultants, and internal multi -functional teams/management
  • Update and maintain  site wide water chemistry model
  • Provide coaching and mentorship to junior colleagues and contractors 

Required Qualifications


Must-haves (minimum requirements):

  • Seven years of experience in Process Engineering specific to tailings
  • Experience in design  and operation of tailings assets
  • Experience completing  and checking slurry hydraulic calculations 
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Chemical/Process or Mineral Processing Engineering
  • Strong proficiency in working independently with outstanding verbal and written communication skills, resilience, customer service attitude and interpersonal relations
  • A continuous improvement mindset and are able to seek greater knowledge and understanding of the systems, process and hazards in the workplace
  • Strong collaboration skills that enables you to build strong, positive relationships with diverse groups
  • Alignment with our values

Preference for:

  • Extraction experience
  • Experience in both coarse and fine tailings treatment
  • Proven proficiency in the operation of personal computers such as plant trending / data analysis tools, slurry hydraulic modelling, and typical Microsoft Office programs
  • Demonstrable knowledge in the preparation and effective communication of engineering concepts to drive decisions to technical and management
  • Water chemistry background (modelling / ionic impacts)
  • Understanding of complex processes and strive to develop and implement continuous improvement and creative process enhancements / scope minimization
  • Proven ability to multitask and manage multiple deadlines and priorities

Where you’ll be working, your work schedule, and other meaningful information:

  • You will work out of our Calgary head office, located in the Suncor Energy Centre at 150 – 6th Ave S.W.
  • Occasional travel to Fort Hills and Calgary contractor offices will be required
  • The work schedule is a 40 hour work week (Monday to Friday) with the possibility of short term modification to support project start-up and commissioning activities 

Preferred Qualifications


Company Description


Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Suncor, a leading integrated energy company based in Alberta, Canada with a business portfolio that includes oil sands development and upgrading, offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing.

Suncor’s downstream business operates four refineries including the Commerce City refinery, the only petroleum refinery in the area and one of the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Our global presence offers rewarding opportunities for you to learn, contribute, and grow in a variety of career-building positions. We live by the value of safety above all else – do it safely, or don’t do it. Our strong track record of growth and a focus on sustainability mean tremendous potential for the future. Learn about our mission, vision and values.

As part of Suncor's team, you'll contribute to the ongoing success of Colorado’s only refinery - one with a solid track record of growth, a focus on safety and sustainability and tremendous potential for the future. And you'll have the opportunity to learn from experts in the industry and build on your skills every day.

We want you to have a job that will fit your life - as well as opportunities to learn and challenge yourself or mentor others. Plus, Suncor offers a flexible employee package that can be adjusted to suit the changing needs of your life, including:

  • Competitive base salary, compensation programs and an annual incentive program
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Flexible benefits package
  • Rewarding pension and savings plans

Additional Information

  • Job ID
  • Post Date
    Feb 10, 2020
  • Employee Type
  • Relocation Eligible
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