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Mechanical Technician

Date: Feb 11, 2019

Location: Big Rapids, MI, US

Company: TransCanada

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Mechanical Technician 

Reference Code: 57520 


Location: United States (US)  - Big Rapids, MI 
Job Category: Pipeline/Power Operations; Trades/Technical
Employment Type: Employee Full-time
Relocation Eligibility: This position is eligible for our domestic relocation program   

General Information

The successful candidate will work on a team that operates and maintains a high pressure natural gas pipeline and gas storage system with reciprocating engine and turbine engine compressors. This position involves work as an Operator rotating 12 hour shifts (days and evenings) for a minimum of 6 months each year. The remainder of the year will be spent as a mechanic on the maintenance crew on 8 hour day shifts. As an Operator the successful candidate will be expected to train and become proficient for the Sr. Operator position and be able to fill in as a SR. Operator as required. This position is overtime eligible with extended work hours including nights and weekends.



  • Activities may include but are not limited to: operation of compressor engines and support equipment, maintenance & repair of pipeline, operation and maintenance of valves & operators, filter change-outs; inspection, repair & setting regulators & relief valves, blow down, purging, & pressurization of pipelines or stations; storage field facility operations and maintenance, performing line locates on company pipelines and/or utilities line patrols and associated ROW maintenance, all within Company Operating Procedures;
  • Safely operate Company vehicles, perform safety inspections, and perform minor maintenance;
  • Properly uses a variety of hand and power tools,
  • Perform other tasks as defined by the Team, and maintain general housekeeping & appearance of assigned Team facilities;
  • Maintain required records, participates in team administrative duties;
  • Utilize computers and e-mail for internal and external communication, record keeping, on-line reporting;
  • Plan, coordinate and perform mechanical maintenance activities, including routine corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance, equipment and system improvements and major maintenance projects;
  • Troubleshoot, operate and maintain gas-fired large-bore reciprocating engines and turbines, and gas compressors, standby generators engines, centrifugal & diaphragm pumps, low pressure boilers, oil coolers, air compressors, large-bank cooler fans & gear boxes, large diameter valves & operators, and other auxiliary equipment;
  • Assist in full or partial large-bore reciprocating engine/turbine/gas compressor overhauls, including heads, pistons, rings, liners, pins, bushing, and bearings;
  • Supervise, lead, and coordinate third party contractors;
  • Other tasks as required.


Qualifications and Education


  • Must have a strong safety attitude and be environmentally responsible;
  • Basic knowledge of engine mechanical skills & aptitude;
  • Computer skills such as E-mail and Microsoft Word or related software;
  • Effective written & verbal communication, as well as interpersonal skills to work in a collaborative, team environment that includes shared responsibilities, establishing and maintaining good working relationships with others, to support team and company objectives, and willingness to assist in all areas i.e. Controls, pipeline, or measurement as required by team;
  • Candidate must exhibit a sense of urgency, individual responsibility, and effectively execute tasks in a dynamic environment;
  • Must be qualified or able to qualify in DOT Operator Qualifications, and to advance individual skills as assigned / required by team within defined deadlines;
  • Good analytical, troubleshooting, and decision making skills;

Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent;
  • Experience in maintaining and troubleshooting large-bore reciprocating engines and/or turbines preferred;
  • Relevant oil and gas industry experience would be an asset;
  • Industrial experience in a plant environment would be an asset.

 *This position requires candidates to:

  • Have and maintain a valid driver' license;
  • Provide a driver's abstract for review:
  • Successfully complete a pre-employment medical screening, including drug and alcohol testing.
  • Be subject to working conditions which include adverse weather conditions and temperatures, heavy lifting (50 pounds), and cramped conditions;
  • Be included in on-call rotation; as such you are required to live within 50 miles of and be able to respond to the station within 1 hour.


*Driving a motor vehicle is an essential job function of this position.  Following a conditional offer of employment, the Company will check the motor vehicle records of any job applicant when driving is an essential job function.

Be subject to working operations shift schedules.


*Depending on the qualifications of the applicants, the successful candidate may be offered a position at a more appropriate level and/or ladder.

Applicants must have legal authorization to work in the country in which the position is based with no restrictions.

All positions require background screening. Some include criminal and/or credit checks in order to comply with regulations.

Please apply to this posting by 02/25/2019. To apply, please visit through your desktop or laptop. Use reference code 57520. Only applications submitted through the TransCanada Careers website will be acknowledged.

TransCanada is an equal opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program supervised by the U.S. Government.

Make what you do matter.

At TransCanada we dream big, think big and do big things. For over 60 years, we've had the vision and scale to deliver big things that matter to the world. From supplying reliable and efficient energy to millions of North Americans with our pipelines, gas storage and power generation facilities, we believe in making big things possible. 

TransCanada is looking for people who are willing to think about the future...and think big. We're looking for people who are ready to take on the most significant challenges of their careers and define energy infrastructure in North America.

Thank you for choosing TransCanada in your career search.

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