Automation Specialist

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Job Category
Power and Distribution
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Job Location 1 : Location
CA-NU-Mary River

Mission for this Position

About Us


At Baffinland, we work and live beyond the Arctic Circle, mining iron ore at our Mary River Property, located in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut on Baffin Island; one of the world’s most captivating and seldom seen destinations. We are a unique company with a strong management who have amassed specialty experience on northern mining projects through all phases of Inuit consultation, permitting, construction and operation. Our workforce brings together the modern practice of safe, sustainable mining and the enduring value of a traditional culture, which is rapidly advancing. The result is a work and community experience you won't find anywhere else. We are looking for people ready to share, build, and grow with our company.


Reporting to Power & Distribution Superintendent and Manager, the Automation Specialist will provide field electrical and automation support within the Power & Distribution Department. Provide technical expertise in power generation, distribution and automation. Develop industrial automation design, construction, programming and commissioning of automation system. Manage electrical and automation improvement projects. Lead Field troubleshooting and commissioning.

Main Accountabilities

  • Support BIM operations through priorities set by Superintendent and Manager.
  • Provide site-wide electrical engineering and automation support, including but not limited to:
  • Electrical and Automation reliability issue investigation and improvement
  • Technical support on Diesel power generation up to 16MW capacity.
  • Technical support for site wide electrical and automation infrastructure.
  • Technical Support for Allen Bradley, Schneider, Omron and Siemens PLC.
  • Technical support for Rockwell MV VFD.
  • Manage small to medium scale automation improvement projects.
  • Develop automation design, program and commissioning.
  • SCADA system development through PLC and data archive integration
  • Process control systems troubleshooting and commissioning.
  • Assist PI system support.
  • Provide training on PLC troubleshooting and program change.
  • Perform various project administration tasks, including coordinating meetings, taking meeting minutes, forwarding communication releases, and perform maintenance of project tracking logs (i.e. issues, change control, etc.) in order to satisfy project management processes.


Main Qualifications

  • College Diploma in C.E.T Automation, Control or Instrumentation required
  • Bachelor's Degree. Major in Control and Instrumentation preferred
  • 1-3 years' experience in Siemens S7-1200/1500
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in Allen Bradley PLC Controllogix
  • Registered as a C.E.T with OACETT, ASET, ASTTBC or other recognized affiliation with ability for registration in NU/NT
  • Automation design, installation, programming and commissioning. experience required
  • Control and Automation troubleshooting i.e. Siemens S7-1500 series, Allen Bradley Contrologix, Schneider So Machine and Delta VDCS.
  • Field troubleshooting and commissioning experience required
  • Experience in protective relay settings and configuration i.e. SEL, GE Multilin, Eaton EGR/EDR series preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office required
  • SAP experience preferred
  • PI OSI Soft module preferred
  • Excellent relationship management skills: listening, diplomacy, patience and negotiation.
  • Demonstrated ability to partner with cross functional groups to successfully manage project deliverables.
  • Exceptional analytical skills at both strategic and functional levels.
  • Proven ability to lead and work through others without direct reporting relationship to achieve business goals utilizing persuasion and influencing skills.
  • Knowledge in organizational design and change management principles and methodologies.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with all levels of the organization.
  • Lean manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Understand reliability and maintenance concepts.
  • Ability to develop and run complex projects from concept to commissioning and operation.
  • 3-week Fly-in, Fly-out rotation
  • Candidate shall be knowledgeable and competent in the systems and equipment noted below:
  • 13.8 kV power generation and distribution: design, maintenance operation and troubleshooting
    • relevant electrical codes and monitoring systems
    • Power plant switchgear and MCC
  • Control systems Knowledge: o PLC’s: Allen Bradley (control logix and compact logix), Siemens (S7-1500) and Schneider So Machine.
    • HMI: Panel view & Magelis
    • Thorough knowledge of programming and troubleshooting all systems noted.
  • New program development, and optimization of existing programs.


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