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Compressor Station Operator

Date: Nov 30, 2018

Location: Chantilly, VA, US

Company: TransCanada

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Compressor Station Operator 

Reference Code: 49535 


Location: United States (US)  - Chantilly, VA 
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

Reporting to the Operations Team Leader, the Operator acts as “Operations Leadperson” responsible for operating and maintaining a principal compressor station to affect continuous, efficient and safe operations.


*This position is represented by the USW Local 573 and the filling of the position is subject to the terms and conditions of the governing collective agreement.




  • Operating compressor units in accordance with gas control, which requires knowledge of start-up and shutdown procedures and operating limits of station equipment to make operations safe and efficient; carries out instructions for changes in pressures of flows;
  • Coordinate with gas control in operating of facility; operates facility consistent with needs and efficiency;
  • Ability to understand piping operating drawings;
  • interprets and/or records reading on instruments, charts and gauges  and their related mechanical equipment and automatic controls;
  • blowing vessels and drips;
  • changing charts;
  • keeping equipment oil and water tanks filled;
  • cleaning and housekeeping of facilities;
  • ascertains that equipment is functioning properly and attempts to rectify malfunctioning equipment by making operating adjustments and/or reporting to proper TransCanada personnel;
  • Uses indicator to balance engine to see if each cylinder is carrying its share of total power;
  • check pressure gauges and valve positioners for proper operations;
  • Manage contractors and vendors while on-site;
  • trains new employees;
  • Maintain inventory and supplies;



  • Adhere to company Safety policies and procedures;
  • Adhere to environmental policies by collecting samples, following appropriate reporting procedures and associated clean up of any spills;
  • Must be willing to be confined-space trained;
  • Knowledgeable of appropriate health and safety training in order to adhere;
  • Assists in planning of work and participates as necessary in safety and/or team meetings and discussions;


Reporting and Recordkeeping

  • Maintaining necessary reports;
  • Reporting pressures to gas control;
  • Assist in the compilation of shipping manifests, and completes various reports as required;
  • Uses computer for various tasks including but not limited to, time entry, e-mail, environmental reporting, station reporting;
  • Capturing and reporting work in SAP;


Testing and Inspection

  • Conducting water tests and treatment;
  • Monitoring dew point of gas;
  • Periodically inspecting the following types of equipment for proper functioning:  engines and compressors , oil and water, methanol/biocide, vacuum pumps, fans, boilers, condensing equipment, heat exchangers,  air compressors, storage batteries, electric motors and generators, valves and piping, tank/dike facilities, line heaters, gas cleaning and conditioning equipment;
  • Assists in performing tests and inspections as required;
  • Inspects and maintains all safety related equipment;
  • Performs atmospheric corrosion inspections;
  • May be required to be NDI/NDT certified;



  • Makes minor repairs to equipment as needed;
  • change filters;
  • changes compressor valves;
  • paints equipment and buildings;
  • maintain force feed lube system;
  • Valve maintenance;
  • Assist with prime mover and compressor overhauls;
  • Assists with all station maintenance as required;
  • Other tasks as required.

*The above statement reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all of the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.


Qualifications & Education


  • Must be capable of understanding and carrying out instructions, in all kinds of weather and in remote mountainous terrain;
  • Above average ability to learn higher level jobs such as Pipeliner A / Heavy Equipment Operator;
  • Dependable in terms of adherence to deadlines and presence on the job and maintains good attendance record.


Education / Experience

  • High school diploma or GED required;
  • Basic Computer skills required;
  • Ideal candidate operates fill-in at station when required or has operator experience from other related facility;
  • Must be capable of obtaining required op-qual tasks for the position.


*This position requires candidates to:

  • Have and maintain a valid driver's license;
  • Successfully complete a pre-employment medical screening, including drug and alcohol testing;
  • Work rotating shifts, in addition to change shifts on short notice;
  • Be available for overtime, extended work hours, and call-outs as needed;
  • Work in extreme weather conditions;
  • Travel to other company locations for temporary assignments, maintenance, meetings or training which would involve some overnight stays away from home.




*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 11/07/2018. To apply, go to and enter Reference Code 49535. 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.

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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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