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Engineering Coop Student, Capital Projects At Pinnacle Renewable Energy

Location: Richmond, British Columbia

Job Description

Overview:

The Engineering Co-op Student, Capital Projects is responsible for assisting Pinnacle’s Capital Projects Group by utilizing their mechanical and electrical skills and abilities to provide ‘concept to construction’ technical and planning support. Reporting to Pinnacle’s Manager of Engineering, this challenging opportunity for a Mechanical or Electrical Engineering student will involve working with designs for new wood pellet plants as well as improvements to existing facilities. It will provide the successful applicant with valuable design and operational exposure to the core aspects of wood product processing plants and equipment, while gaining experience in one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the forestry industry. We are looking for an energetic, driven, self-starter to join the Capital Projects Team to bring their skills and enthusiasm to our growing company. This role will require travel between the Prince George office and the regional plant with approximately 50% of time spent working onsite at the plant.

Core Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist and Support Capital Projects activities.
  • Work with the Sustaining Capital Project Manager to identify ongoing new process and equipment requirements at each of our 7 pellet manufacturing facilities.
  • Assist in developing concepts for these projects, support the evolution of the concepts by working with engineers, vendors and key stakeholders at the plant.
  • Research technical information, including NFPA & Worksafe BC requirements and information from equipment vendors and incorporate into the conceptual designs under the guidance of the Project Manager.
  • Work closely with external Consulting Engineers to finalize the detailed project designs.
  • Assist with financial approvals, purchase orders, construction planning, site construction, commissioning and handover.
  • Support Pinnacle’s engineering development.
  • Provide a mechanical and electrical resource for update and filing of technical drawings and documents and standard design specifications.
  • Work closely with the Engineering Manager to research and develop technological improvements to plant equipment and systems, including mechanical and pneumatic material handling systems, monitoring systems and wood dust deflagration safety systems.
  • Develop these concepts with vendors and engineers and prepare them for implementation.
  • Coordinate with the Capital Project Managers to verify, plan and implement the improvements.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Minimum 2nd year engineering student in electrical or mechanical disciplines.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Course work or practical experience in mechanical and/or electrical systems, mechatronics and/or mech-elective courses.
  • Strong aptitude for mechanical and electrical understanding.
  • Ability to interpret design sketches and relate the information into CAD (AutoCAD or Solidworks).
  • Basic electrical knowledge (e.g., 3-phase power).
  • Understand the physics of pressure, flow, and temperature, basic dynamics and thermodynamics.
  • Familiarity with basic industrial equipment, conveyors, bearings, motors, hammer-mills, cyclones, fans, pumps etc. Knowledge of PLC ladder logic programming desired, but not essential.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including generation of effective drawings.
  • Strong computer skills including AutoCAD or Solidworks, MS Visio, Word & Excel, online research.
  • Instrumentation experience considered an asset.
  • Commitment to Pinnacle’s Owning Safety initiative and values.
  • Demonstrated effective team work ability, including remote plant locations. Experience in a multiunit organization is considered an asset.
  • Effective business systems thinker with a good understanding of business process knowledge.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work with a variety of diverse groups and varied personal styles.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at one time
Foundational Characteristics:
  • Natural sense of curiosity and problem-solving aptitude combined with a strong sense of adventure.
  • Equally comfortable within both a plant and office setting, skilled and comfortable driving during winter conditions between the Prince George office and the regional plant.
  • Demonstrates a hands-on attitude and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates a willingness to pitch in wherever needed.
  • Authentic, respectful, diplomatic and thoughtful.