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Process Operator

Date: Apr 30, 2021

LOCATION: Commerce City, Colorado (US-CO)

Why you should join us:

If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow your career as an Operator with one of the largest petroleum refineries in the Rocky Mountain region, we’re looking for you to join our team. Don’t be discouraged if you feel you are lacking relevant experience – if you have a strong mechanical aptitude, a never-faltering safety focus, and a passion for plant operations, you’ve come to the right place.

In this role at our Commerce City refinery, where we produce 100,000 barrels-per-day, you will get to learn the operating responsibilities and layout within a specified unit of our refinery as well as be responsible for maintaining the safe and reliable operation of processes to optimize production in an environmentally responsible manner.

Want to check out what a day in the life of an Operator looks like? Click here to see an example from Robert, an Operator at our Edmonton refinery.

You will use your expertise to:

  • Operate refinery equipment in a safe, efficient manner, according to established refinery practices, procedures and operating guidelines
  • Be an active participant in our Journey to Zero safety initiative
  • Be dedicated to the safety of people, equipment, and the environment and that plant policies are followed
  • Maintain process equipment through application of preventative maintenance and trouble-shooting
  • Oversee the operation and equipment for deviations
  • Monitor and adjust equipment and process variables to maintain safe and environmentally sound operation and ensure product quality
  • Report and appropriately flag all plant-related issues beyond your scope to your leader
  • Perform plant operation duties for smooth and efficient operations and ensure strong communication during shift changes
  • Ensure timely action and process adjustments during plant upsets that are consistent with operational objectives and target outputs
  • Maintain housekeeping in your assigned area at a high level
  • Work collaboratively within diverse groups in a demonstrably efficient and flexible manner

We’d like to review your application if you have…

Must-haves (minimum requirements):

  • A High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record
  • Strong commitment to working safely and adhering to safe work practices
  • Strong adaptability to change (such as new technologies) and flexible with changing priorities/business needs
  • Collaboration and communication skills allowing you to build strong, positive relationships with diverse skillsets and personalities
  • Alignment with our values: safety above all else, stronger together, operational discipline, curiosity and lifelong learning, and act with integrity

Preference for:

  • Experience in plant operations; preferably in oil field and platform, gas plant, or waste water
  • A college degree or diploma
  • Mechanical (automotive, electrical, construction, industrial/manufacturing) experience and/or aptitude for hands-on operation of plant equipment
  • A certificate in process technology
  • Proven troubleshooting and problem-solving skills with the ability to make timely decisions associated with process upsets

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

  • You will work out of our Commerce City refinery, located at 5801 Brighton Blvd.
  • The start date of this position is September 7, 2021
  • This position is safety sensitive
  • This is a unionized role and you will be represented by the United Steel Workers Local 12-477
  • This role follows a progression, as per the USW Collective Bargaining Agreement and you will start as an Operator Trainee
  • The refinery is a 24/7 operation; you must be willing and able to work a rotating 12-hour shift, including holidays and weekends (and overtime as needed)
  • There is a probationary period associated with this position
  • You thrive in a dynamic environment and will experience short periods of high stress levels due to the wide variety of issues that may require attention at a time
  • You will be required to adhere to our clean-shaven policy and perform some heavy lifting, use ladders and working at heights such as scaffolds and towers with the ability to perform in a variety of different environments both indoor and outdoor as well as within confined spaces
  • We have numerous Employee Inclusion Networks who work together to help foster an inclusive and respectful culture and drive positive change at Suncor. Current networks include both Workplace Inclusion Networks (focusing on inclusion and respect for all), and identity-focused networks (focusing on building community and a sense of belonging and allyship for different groups)
  • We require qualified and safety-focused employees for business-critical roles that maintain our commitment to operational excellence and reliable operations. We are using technology to conduct virtual interviews to adhere to physical distancing recommendations and we are well set up for remote onboarding and orientation
  • Suncor encourages everyone to do their part and support global efforts to limit the impact of COVID-19 with good hygiene practices, physical distancing, and with care and consideration for the people around you. For more information on how we’re responding to COVID-19, click here. #StrongerTogether

Why Suncor?

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 – if it isn't safe, we don't do it. Our strong track record of growth and a focus on sustainability mean tremendous potential for the future. Learn about our purpose 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

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We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels valued and respected. We will consider accessibility accommodations to applicants upon request.

Please note that our job postings are typically open for two weeks, so don't delay, apply now.