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Maintenance Engineer – EIT (Engineer in Training) in Campbell River at Western Forest Products

Date Posted: 9/3/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Western Forest Products is looking for a Maintenance Engineer - EIT (Engineer in Training) to join our Campbell River Office in Campbell River, B.C.


With the overarching objective of Defining a Higher Standard in safety and continuous improvement, the Maintenance Engineer – EIT (Engineer in Training) is an early career role for a recent graduate of a Mechanical Engineering post secondary degree program. This role will focus on preventative maintenance and assist in developing, implmenting and directing maintenance planning and strategies for Western’s heavy equipment fleet. The Maintenance Engineer - EIT will be responsible for attaining the skills and experience necessary to become a future maintenance leader, by working alongside industry leaders.


Safety and Environmental Performance

  • Provide leadership in safety and environmental stewardship by demonstrating and ensuring the adherence of company safety and sustainability processes and procedures.

Financial Performance

  • Assists the Maintenance Superintendent with the preparation of maintenance budgets ;
  • Supports the interpretation of financial data and analytics to identify cost saving opportunities; and
  • Supports the analysis of downtime reports and other relevant metrics, identifies opportunities and initiates action plans to increase efficiencies and equipment reliability.


  • Interface with maintenance supervisor and superintendent, hourly employees, contractors and administrative staff;
    • May provide some direction to unionized maintenance personnel and contractors to ensure that all equipment operates at its highest capability to meet required production schedules, quality and cost priorities; and
  • Contribute to hourly employee and contractor awareness and compliance with safety, environmental and operational policy, procedures and regulations.


  • Works with supervisor and senior professionals to evaluate, select and apply standard engineering practices and techniques;
  • Follows preventative maintenance schedules and processes that are cost effective and increase the availability as well as maximize the operational life of equipment;
  • Contribute to maintenance activities to improve safety and productivity and minimize downtime;
  • Contribute to pro-active maintenance practices by performing regular reviews of equipment in the shop and field to ensure equipment is maintained in the most reliable and cost effective manner;
  • Develop engineering solutions to repetitive problems or failures support the maintenance yard in daily activities and short term projects;
  • Makes certain equipment repairs meet manufacturer's specifications, WorkSafeBC regulations and/or Company standards;
  • Day to day balancing of planned maintenance as well as critical repairs to enable equipment productivity;
  • Stay abreast of industry innovations and trends in safety and environmental performance and new technology or equipment to improve company margins;
  • proposes solutions on recurring problems of equipment reliability or problems concerning safety and work conditions;
  • Analyze equipment operating and downtime data, troubleshoot equipment that is operating below functional standards;
  • Consult with trades and other staff to resolve technical problems; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


Education and Experience

  • 1-2 years of experience working in an industrial, heavy equipment maintenance department, preferably in logging or similar heavy industry. Previous co-op experience applies towards this requirement;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on heavy equipment; and
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic TQ with Inter-Provincial endorsement, post – secondary degree or equivalent experience or related co-op experience preferred.

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

    • Commitment to Western’s core values of personal safety, sustainable management, and environmental stewardship;
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and written;
    • Comprehensive knowledge of logging and/or heavy equipment maintenance and repair;
    • Strong project management skills;
    • Understanding of financial reports and forecasting;
    • High level of integrity and professionalism;
    • Ability to motivate and engage hourly employees to perform at a higher standard;
    • Demonstrated strong analytical, problem solving and logical thinking skills;
    • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills;
    • Demonstrated continuous improvement mindset;
    • Ability to take initiative based on sound problem solving skills;
    • Excellent time management and prioritization skills;
    • Ability to lead with influence, remain flexible and deal with human and technical adverse situations; and
    • Competent in the use of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.


This position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early for consideration.
Internal candidates please apply to this posting and notify recruitment of your interest.