Instrumentation Maintenance Supervisor


Squamish, BC


The Woodfibre LNG Project is located approximately 7 km west-southwest of Squamish, British Columbia. It involves constructing and operating a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the previous Woodfibre pulp mill site, which would have a storage capacity of 250,000 m3 and produce approximately 2.1 million tonnes per year of LNG.

Woodfibre Management Ltd is a privately held Canadian company based in Vancouver and a subsidiary of Pacific Energy Corporation Limited.


The Instrumentation Maintenance Supervisor is accountable for managing safe, effective, and efficient maintenance execution in your discipline for reliable assets under the WLNG Maintenance Execution Business Process. The Instrumentation Maintenance Supervisor manages a team of maintenance technicians who focus on day-to-day execution, while the supervisor will be accountable for short-, medium-, and long-term maintenance execution planning, alignment, and prioritization of the discipline. This role also holds accountability to support project commissioning activities in your discipline and to align priorities between Routine and TA / SD Maintenance Execution. The successful candidate reports directly to The Maintenance Manager and will play an essential part in supporting the company through the construction and operation phases of the project.

Key Responsibilities

The successful applicant will:


  • Represent Maintenance team during construction, pre-commissioning and commissioning with a split dedication supporting construction assurance and Operational Readiness and building their future discipline maintenance team (i.e., recruitment support, training, maintenance strategies review, etc.).  
  • Serve as the liaison/ zipper between Project and the Asset disciplines during construction phase.
  • During start up will be accountable on his/her discipline to ensure a safe and smooth start up.


  • Performance management and coaching for his / her discipline work team and leads; provides coaching and direction to all reports to aid in achieving personal development targets.
  • Develop detailed Discipline Goals Plan for the year and Individual Development Plans for all technicians in his/her team; provides coaching and direction to all reports to aid in achieving personal development targets.
  • Manage the business to deliver excellent results in his discipline for cost, reliability, and production.
  • Ensure maintenance execution process compliance for the discipline, with focus on CMMS work order preparation, execution, close out and improvement.
  • Ensure clear understanding of direct report accountabilities and direct reports have clear understanding of their role / expectations including assigning work priorities.
  • Develop and implement rotation plans within trade groups to aid in JCP (Job Competencies Profiles) signoff and promote transfer of trade and business information.
  • Coordinate with Training and HR to ensure adequate JCP exists for craft personnel.
  • Facilitate engagement sessions with disciplined technicians to discuss barriers/opportunities for improvement.
  • Develop cross function initiatives by participating in Maintenance Leadership Team.
  • Ensure safe/effective work execution by interfacing with work teams to reinforce safe working habits, behaviors, and job site hazard identification. This includes Visible safety leadership; Permit to work audits; Planned inspections, etc.
  • Responsible for own discipline Maintenance budget including Developing annual budget for assigned discipline of responsibility; Weekly and monthly reviews of spent against Budget and developing forecast; Month end accruals and developing accurate Latest Estimate (LE).
  • Coordinate with the Operations and Engineering teams to adjust and minimize future costs, maintain budget, manage unexpected production incidents and minimize Maintenance budget impact.
  • Interfaces with other departments to manage incidents and activities including ensuring a functional call out and off shift coverage system exists to meet business requirements; Human Resources to address issues with personnel, payroll, schedules, admin guidelines, etc.; Manages craft labor hours allocation between business units based on demands and priorities; Adjust Contract workforce requirements within own discipline.
  • Accountable to ensure the right people are in place, possessing the right competencies at the right times to maintain the asset.
  • Accountable for the performance of contractors working in the discipline.
  • Ensure alignment with Operations and other disciplines supervisors about work priorities and resources. 
  • Support commissioning and start up for brown field projects.
  • The successful candidate may also be required from time-to-time” act as leave relief for other similar positions.

Required Experience

  • Engineer, Technologist or Red Seal Journeyperson within the discipline with minimum 10 years maintenance experience in O&G Industry, with preference for LNG Industry.
  • Skills in coordinating multi-craft maintenance or projects.
  • Experience using Computerized Maintenance Management System like SAP-MM is a strong requirement while experience in planning and scheduling would be a “plus”.
  • Preferably the candidate will have previous exposure of SAP implementations from scratch for new facilities.  
  • Experience developing and managing budgets.
  • Knowledge of Maintenance Business Processes and Systems (Maintenance Execution; TA; Shutdowns, etc.)
  • “Hands-on” working knowledge in most of the following areas relating to Instrument & Controls equipment and good working knowledge in the remaining:
    o   Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Distributed Controls Systems (DCS) and Emergency Shutdown systems. Familiarity with systems such as Yokogawa and Siemens would be an asset.
    o   High Integrity Pressure Protection system (HIPPS), Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), Fire & Gas (F&G) and compressor Anti-Surge protection.
    o   Proven stakeholder management dealing with Yokogawa (or similar) PLC/DCS/F&G and SIEMENS Compressors/ASC and Facility SIS systems for running facilities.
    o   Centrifugal compressors
    o   Electrical motors
    o   Machinery in cryogenic application
    o   Machinery Monitoring systems
    o   Familiar with Instrumentation applicable codes such as ISA, API, ISO and NFPA
    o   Various field devices such as temperature, pressure and level measurement, gas chromatographs and gas metering systems
    o   Previous exposure to be part of investigations using Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA)

Additional Requirements

  • Proven leadership skills to lead teams and mentor junior staff, influencing, negotiating and decision making; can effectively pull groups together and coordinate action plans to drive resolution.
  • A motivated person with a mentoring and coaching approach.
  • Energetic in pursuit of continuous improvement processes.
  • Experience working with large multi-disciplinary teams and contractors in a multicultural environment is an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills particularly for interacting with front-line workers.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks, and change priorities within tight time frames.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Expertise with a variety of computer programs.
  • A valid driver’s license and passport.
  • As required, the position is based in Vancouver, BC, with travel to the EPC contractor’s office in Houston, Squamish (site), Ottawa and others.
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • This role will be a combination of office and site based.
  • The position is based in Squamish, BC (Project Site), with an initial stay period at the Vancouver Office, followed by travel to the Module Fabrication Yards in China and visits to Houston project office as required.

Application Guidelines

Please submit your application here.

Please note only qualified candidates with work authorization in Canada will be contacted.

Thank you in advance for your interest!

Woodfibre Management Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer.