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A step in the right direction!

We have an exciting opportunity for an Energy System Operator at Nechako Lumber in Vanderhoof, BC!

About Us

Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. is an integrated wood products manufacturing company with operations throughout north-central British Columbia.  Since 1962 the dedicated team at Sinclar Group has been building strong and stable businesses by encouraging leadership and innovation in our workforce, upholding the family values that framed our beginnings, and respecting the needs of the communities in which we all live and work.

Nechako Lumber Co. Ltd., a company of Sinclar Group Forest Products, has developed a global reputation for producing premium quality stud lumber. When you see the distinctive Nechako “green,” you know you’re working with the best.

Nechako began production in 1969, purchasing rough lumber from bush mills located around the Vanderhoof area. With the addition in 1973 of the L&M Lumber sawmill, the site focused its supply chain on the abundance of small profile timber that was available as a result of large scale clearing of agricultural land in the Vanderhoof area. The sawmill has maintained its dominance in small diameter timber processing, utilizing a products previously piled and burned, creating value and reducing waste. In 2017, L&M Lumber merged into Nechako Lumber Co. Ltd.

In addition to the lumber manufacturing operations, Nechako Lumber Co. Ltd. operates Premium Pellet Ltd which turns sawdust and planer shavings into wood pellets for domestic heating and power production; and Nechako Green Energy which produces heat and electricity for the site.

While our focus is meeting the needs of our customers, our people drive our success.

The Opportunity –  Energy System Operator

Under the general direction of the Chief Engineer, the Energy System Operator is responsible for ensuring the safe and reliable operation of the Heat Plant and the ORC. Nechako Lumber’s Energy system consists of a GTS thermal oil furnace and an ORC turbine generator. The furnace provides heat to the kilns to dry lumber and ORC aka organic rankine cycle turbine generator, that is rated for 2 megawatts production.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operate the Thermal Oil and ORC Plant
  • Perform walk-through inspections and record logs
  • Perform routine maintenance on the system
  • Track issues with the plant and review with Chief Engineer
  • Participate in safety meetings when required
  • Inspect all regulated equipment and systems at the beginning of shift.

Role Requirements

We are looking for an individual with 4th class steam ticket. Previous industry experience will be considered an asset.

As the successful applicant, you will have proven safety management and leadership skills, excellent interpersonal and team building skills. Strong business acumen with the ability to identify opportunities to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. Solid analytical, problem-solving and troubleshooting skills. Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills. Excellent computer and software skills, preferably with a knowledge of computerized maintenance management systems.



At the geographical centre of British Columbia, Vanderhoof is a welcoming and inclusive community of nearly 14,500 people within town limits and the surrounding rural area.  Offering affordable housing, reasonable tax rates, great education, superior health services, access to government services and a strong retail and service sector, this is a great place to raise a family, operate a business or even retire!  Rich in culture, history, natural resources and recreational opportunities, Vanderhoof really is at the heart of it all! Want to know more?  Check out these resources here!

Join Our Team!

If you are interested in joining an organization that is committed to sustainable growth and innovation while supporting healthy and vibrant communities, please forward your resume to with the subject line “Energy System Operator”.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The initial review of applications will begin immediately.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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