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Steam Plant Superintendent

Our client has a full-time permanent position available for a Superintendent, Steam Plant (Class 1 Power Engineer) in Chapleau, ON

Operate, lead and maintain the steam and power plant consisting of a bark burning co-generation plant and one (1) oil boiler while ensuring a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly department while complying with company policies.

  • Promote and provide a safe workplace, seek improvements, support Health & Safety Program.

  • Lead a motivated, efficient and engaged team of 14 direct reports and provide career development opportunities.

  • Coach and mentor employees to ensure maximum performance. 

  • Maintain a communications program to keep your team informed regarding mill and department priorities.

  • Support compliance with collective agreement and sound union/management/employee relations.

  • Report to the Chapleau site General Manager.


  • Ensure effective management and optimization of steam plant operations to ensure a continuous high quality, low cost steam supply to the sawmill and electrical power to the grid while ensuring that regulatory standards are met.

  • Manage and optimize energy consumption and sale.

  • Ensure department operating budgets are prepared, met, and variances explained with appropriate corrective action taken as needed.

  • Ensure kiln heating system and condensate returns are operating in a safe and efficient manner.

  • Ensures the implementation of medium to long term maintenance plan in areas of accountability, developed in conjunction with maintenance services, to maximize uptime and efficiency.  

  • Prepare and implement a cost reduction program and explain variances.

  • Prepare, and recommend for approval, department capital spending plans; and implementation to ensure results are achieved for the approved requests.

  • Ensure Management systems ISO14001 & OHSAS 18001 are implemented, maintained, and standards met in areas of accountability.  

  • Ensure compliance with all legislation and take corrective action as required.

  • Promote and provide a safe work place and ensure corrective actions are taken as required.

  • Assist in the development of health & safety programs on site and ensure the implementation and maintenance of these programs in areas of accountability.

  • Ensure full compliance with the Collective Agreement and foster sounds union/management/employee relations.

  • Ensure all employees in the department demonstrate maximum effectiveness in role and are developed for potential future advancement. 

  • Assist in the preparation and implementation of a communication program to promote employee awareness, motivation, and participation.

  • Monitor and report on a daily basis steam usage and power production.

  • Review and update operating procedures as needed, to optimize the plant efficiency (SOPs for all activities).

  • Advise and/or recommend changes/opportunities outside of direct accountability that will contribute to optimizing the short and long term objectives of the site.

Direct reports: 

  • 14 Unionized employees (2nd, 3rd, and 4th Class Engineers)

Functional relationships:

  • Sawmill Production Superintendent

  • Planer Production Superintendent

  • Maintenance Superintendent

  • HRBP

  • Purchasing Agent

  • Chief Accountant

  • HSE Specialist


  • Number of employees directly supervised:  14

  • Number of employees in the department: 14


  • Education:  A valid First Class Power Engineering license

  • Experience: minimum 5 years as a Chief Engineer

  • Bilingual:  English, French considered an asset

Please email your resume

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