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Chief Engineer
Job ID 6682           
Courtice, Ontario Canada
Plant Operations
Plant Operations
Full-Time Regular
Technical Degree
Minimum 5 Years

Covanta is a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy. Covanta's 45 Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities provide communities and businesses around the world with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Covanta is a listed company under the symbol CVA.

Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into 9 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and almost 9 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. Covanta's facilities also recover 400,000 tons of metal per year for recycling.

Our newest state-of-the-art EFW facility is under construction in Clarington, Ontario (Durham York region). This facility is the first large scale, commercial energy-from-waste project in North America in over 15 years and will be capable of processing 140,000 tonnes of post--recycled waste annually and producing 20 megawatts of electric power. For more information on the Durham York project, visit .

To learn more about how Covanta's facilities provide sustainable waste management for the communities it serves, visit Information on our facilities is available at For career opportunities, visit Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The role of Chief Engineer at Covanta Energy Durham York Facility must foster an environment of Safety, Environmental Stewardship, and a commitment to our client.  In this role, the Chief Engineer must complete all duties as required in the TSSA Operating Engineers Regulation, Ontario Regulation 219/01.

As a key leadership role this person must be able to support the operation team through mentor and coaching for excellence in the operation of an EfW Facility.

The Chief Engineer will review and prioritize the daily work activities for the department. Delegate functional activities of the Shift Supervisors, and responsibilities to ensure quality and timeliness of independent decisions required to provide continuous service to the customer and safety of workers.

Delineate the safety policies and procedures for the Operations Department.

Track production and maintenance activities, plan scheduled outage work and oversee the related scheduling and timely completion of operating duties.

Direct the development of operating procedures and instructions and assist in the evaluation and development of recommendations for plant improvements.

Maintain all documents and records appertaining to the department.

Confer with representatives of other departments in solving interrelated administrative, organizational, and technical problems.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Manage subordinate shift supervisors who supervise a group of employees in the Operations Department. This position is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Ability to take appropriate safe action on his/her own initiative to prevent equipment damage or injury to personnel during emergencies or unusual situations. Ability to motivate employees, maintain high morale and get along with people. Ability to use office computer system Ms Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Prior experience with Maintenance Management Software is an asset

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move between 10 and 50 pounds. Ability to access and make plant tours and/or inspections on a routine basis.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. 

REQUIREMENTS (Education, Skills, Certificate, Licenses, Experience):

Requires a broad background in plant operations including at least five (5) years in hands-on and/or supervision of Power Plant machinery. The ideal candidate will possess a 1st Class Inter Provincial Power Engineers Certification well as; general supervisory background in an electrical generating facility is most preferred. General knowledge and/or experience in industrial safety are required or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in a Solid Fuel facility is highly desirable. Experience with DCS and CEMs operation is a requirement of this role. Prior commissioning experience is an asset.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee periodically enters and inspects various plant areas with rotating machinery; is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; confined spaces, fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; . Risk of electrical shock; and vibration.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Outside weather conditions; extreme heat may be a factor The noise level in the work environment usually requires hearing protection.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

(Internal Tracking Code: *LI-COV)

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