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Operations Shift Supervisor


Methanex is the world's largest supplier of methanol to major international markets in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Methanol can be found in products from windshield washer fluid to recyclable plastic bottles, plywood floors to paint, silicone sealants to synthetic fibers. The energy sector is one of the most rapidly growing markets for the use of Methanol and greatly relies on the expertise and commitment of Methanex as their trusted supplier.

With the care of the environment as the root of their business, Methanex is a Responsible Care® company committed to the safe, ethical and environmentally sound management of the chemicals it makes and uses. Responsible Care® is an ethic established by the Chemical Industry Association of Canada (CIAC). The Responsible Care® ethic is an integral part of Methanex’s global commitment to ensuring the well-being of all stakeholders, wherever Methanex does business.


Methanex is currently seeking a qualified Operations Shift Supervisor to join the team in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Reporting to the Operations Superintendent, you will provide leadership, training and technical troubleshooting guidance to a crew of up to nine operators to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the site’s industrial methanol manufacturing plant.  You will also monitor plant operations and plant equipment, drawing on your comprehensive knowledge of operator duties and responsibilities in all areas of the plant, to facilitate the achievement of optimal production within safe operating limits.

Key responsibilities include: 

  • Lead and supervise a crew of up to nine operators in the safe and efficient operation of the plant
  • Oversee the operation of all plant equipment and related devices, including but not limited to, a high-pressure package boiler; hydrogen reformer; high-pressure waste heat boiler; high-pressure steam turbines; high-pressure compressors; high-pressure pumps and vessels; distributed control system (DCS); cation, anion, and mix-bed water treatment plant; fire water system; cooling towers; Ngeneration; diesel and natural gas electrical emergency generators; and, ammonia and related refrigeration system
  • Ensure operators make appropriate adjustments to plant equipment to foster the achievement of production, reliability and quality targets
  • Ensure effective communication with other departments, particularly with respect to safe isolation and lockout of equipment for inspection and repair
  • Lead safety meetings, review plant procedures with crew members on a regular basis and maintain and review logs of all process, maintenance, water treatment and safety activities
  • Facilitate appropriate administration of the Work Safety Control Systems (WSCS), ensure team members carry out their duties as issuing authorities and area authorities, and review and approve all high-risk work including the completion of required operations risk assessments, rescue plans, and contingency plans
  • Ensure incidents, when they occur, are reported and investigated in a timely manner, and corrective actions are implemented
  • Ensure operating compliance with all regulatory and environmental limits
  • Manage crew scheduling to meet department and employee needs and human resource requirements
  • Provide instruction and support for crew members in plant operation and in their progression as operators; ensure operators complete appropriate training on an annual basis
  • Foster the development of crew members through the provision of coaching and mentoring, and by facilitating performance management activities including the development of performance goals, career plans, and the completion of performance appraisals
  • Actively lead the response to emergency situations during regular and non-regular working hours

To qualify, you will have a have a Second Class Power Engineering Certification. A post-secondary Diploma in Power Engineering Technology is also preferred.

The successful candidate will demonstrate at least 10 years of operations experience within a petrochemical or other industrial plant setting, complimented with five years of supervisory experience, including coaching and mentoring team members, completing performance appraisals, and supporting training, development and career planning activities. 

Strong mechanical and electrical aptitude is essential for success in this role, as is demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office programs and internet-based applications. 

This role is well suited to a strong troubleshooter with excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills. With a strong focus on safety and efficiency, you will be adapt to working a 12-hour, rotating, day/night schedule. 


Building on our core values of integrity, trust, respect and professionalism, Methanex's corporate culture encourages communication and teamwork and rewards employees for creativity and innovation. Methanex is very active in supporting educational and training/development initiatives. Methanex sponsors scholarships and co-op programs at local colleges and universities as well as hands-on training programs at all its manufacturing facilities.

In exchange for your hard work and dedication, you can expect an industry competitive salary along with the following benefits:

  • Incentive bonus plan
  • 160 hours of paid vacation per year, as well as additional time off as a result of the rotating shift work schedule
  • Medical/Dental plan
  • Pension plan and optional Share purchasing plan
  • Regular social events
  • Possible relocation assistance for the right candidate

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