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Experienced Technologist, Pilot Plant


InnoTech Alberta is seeking an experienced technologist for our Bio-Industrial Pilot Facilities & Operations team in Edmonton, Alberta to execute general pilot plant preparation and maintenance activities which are critical to the operations and delivery of engineered wood composites projects for our clients. 


Are you our experienced technologist? You would be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Are passionate about research and innovation.
  • Are comfortable working in an industrial setting.
  • Have a willingness to learn, and possess self-initiative.
  • Enjoy working as part of a dynamic team.


 We are game changers

InnoTech Alberta, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alberta Innovates, is a leading Research and Technology Organization established by the Government of Alberta to serve the needs of industry, innovation ecosystem & academia.  Offering a diversified range of scientific, engineering, and technological research expertise and experience, and unique industrial-scale research infrastructure, equipment, and demonstration facilities, InnoTech Alberta accelerates and de-risks technology research, development, and deployment with focus on industrial solutions and innovation advancement.  With a reputation for quality service and a long history of impacts in Alberta’s economy going back a century, our multidisciplinary team has the depth of experience to work across all sectors, from energy to environment to fibre and bio-industrial materials.


 Intrigued? Here’s some more information about the position:

The experienced technologist will be responsible for general pilot plant preparation and maintenance activities which are critical to the operations and delivery of fee-for-service contracts in our Engineered Composite Products area and our Fibre Processing area.  These areas contain a variety of equipment including heated presses, thermal chemical digesters, large blending drums, fibre milling and processing  machines and numerous conveyors.   The successful incumbent will be accountable for (but not limited to) the following:



  • Design, development, integration, maintenance, and testing of machines, components, equipment, and systems.
  • Schedule, plan, document, and execute all maintenance activities in the fibre and panel pilot plants.  The equipment within the fibre and panel pilot plants includes chemical blending, high pressure steam systems, high pressure hydraulic presses, high temperature (thermal oil) systems and associated control systems.
  • Develop production methods that specifically align to the clients requirements and specifications, in consultation with senior technologists and researchers within the engineered composites project team.
  • Operate various process and mobile equipment (forklift), screening, blending, forming and weighing of materials for the pilot plants.   
  • Initiate and execute the procurement of equipment and lead in the associated equipment selection, planning, installation, commissioning, and operation of the equipment with a focus on integrating this equipment into the existing process control system and plant configuration.
  • Provide operational and technical guidance to junior and intermediate technical staff. 
  • Keep up-to-date and current with technical advances within the field.


Safety & Quality Management 

  • Maintain organization and good laboratory housekeeping.
  • Actively contribute to completing hazard assessments, safety inspections, and safe work procedures with input from researchers and/or more senior level technologists ensuring that the workplace remains free of safety hazards.
  • Communicate with staff and ensure compliance to SWPs, quality control and quality assurance procedures, processes, and company policy and procedures.
  • Advise management on quality issues.
  • Train staff regarding SWP and protocol changes.
  • Actively contribute to and implementing corrective actions resulting from safety and quality audits.


 Qualifications and skills;

  • A technical diploma in mechanical engineering technology and/or possess an industrial mechanic (millwright) certificate.
  • Eight or more years of related technical work experience.
  • Wood composites experience, mechanical equipment knowledge and experience working with steam is considered an asset.
  • Experience with organizing and implementing an equipment maintenance program including records keeping and documentation, and project management.
  • Experience and familiarity with Allen-Bradley PLCs, ladder logic and Wonderware human-machine interface (HMI) will be considered an asset.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to prepare project proposals and technical data reports.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated creativity, thoroughness, willingness to learn, and self-motivation.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) is required.
  • A valid driver’s licence with the ability to travel to work sites as required.


 Why InnoTech Alberta?

We offer our employees opportunities to work on projects that will expand their skill sets while witnessing the visible impacts of their efforts. We value the development of our employees and create opportunities for working in capacities that allow new skills to be learned. We know that the wellness of our team is the most important part of our business, so we offer a strong benefits package and generous vacation and paid time off programs to promote work-life balance.  


The final candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance. All interviewees must be able to meet the requirement specified in the Physical Demand Analysis. This document will be supplied during the interview process to the successful candidate. This competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.




Employment Status: Permanent

Hours bi-weekly: 36.25

Classification: TB

Pay Grade: 09

Annual Salary Range: $65,184 - $86,340