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Sr DCS Technologist - Lloydminster Upgrader

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Date: Oct 1, 2021

Location: Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada

Company: Husky Energy

Posting End Date:  Posting will remain open until position is filled.

Posting will expire at 11:59 pm local time.


On January 1, 2021, Husky and Cenovus combined to form a resilient integrated energy leader. Husky is now part of the Cenovus group of companies.


One of Husky’s advantages is that we are an integrated oil and gas company. From exploration to development, production, refining and marketing, we’ve got it all! Combine this with a range of learning and development tools and an inclusive work environment, and you are well-positioned for a successful career at Husky.


We have training, mentoring and career development programs and resources to help you develop both personally and professionally – as an employee or a leader. We offer many internal leadership and business skills courses along with tuition reimbursement programs for qualified employees. Every year, a significant number of our employees are able to take on new roles within the company thanks to our strong focus on hands-on learning and development.


About this Opportunity:

We are currently recruiting for a Sr DCS Technologist at the Lloydminster Upgrader Facility.  Reporting to the Manager of Process / EI / DCS Engineering, the Sr DCS Technologist’s primary responsibility will be focusing on long term sustainment of the Facilities’ Distributed Control System (DCS), Network and cyber security.


The incumbent will work with a team of professionals responsible for the integrity of the DCS, instrumentation design, process historians, and process simulators at the Upgrader, Cogen and Ethanol Plants.


This position requires a highly motivated skilled individual who has a keen interest with DCS, and associated systems.  A “forward thinking” individual who stays current with technology and will be able to recommend and maintain long term strategies as well as able to take an idea, conceptualize it, create a design and execute a solution.  Experience monitoring and maintaining solid firewall and cyber security is critical.  In addition to the technical components of the role, the incumbent must have strong communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships with all stakeholders. 


Work environment:

This is a full-time position working a 5 and 2 work schedule (Monday to Friday, 8-hour days).  This position is based in Lloydminster and requires the successful candidate to live in the Lloydminster area. We encourage all applicants to review the following websites about living and working in the area:





  • Maintain the integrity of the DCS and other process control systems.
  • Develop and implement long term DCS system upgrade and maintenance plans.
  • Maintain, monitor and troubleshoot DCS network firewalls and cyber security components.
  • Provide DCS system design support to projects.  Duties include review and approval of drawings, DCS configuration, software and hardware design review, bid evaluation and procurement of materials and construction inspection as necessary. 
  • Prepare conceptual engineering solutions to assigned and identified DCS problems and vulnerabilities. This includes scope of work, cost estimates and implementation planning.
  • As a Project Manager, complete duties such as project coordination, approval for funds acquisition, cost control, material procurement, construction package preparation and follow up all stages of the project to implement engineered solutions.
  • Identify DCS system reliability issues and take the required action to resolve them in a team environment involving Operations, Maintenance and Process Engineering.
  • Assist Maintenance/Operations with troubleshooting DCS / Instrumentation problems when required (may include challenges outside of typical work hours).
  • Support and maintain engineering simulator, process operator training simulator, tank inventory system, vibration system, Historians and product loading systems.
  • Complies with all HS&E requirements in the performance of this Position's responsibilities


Education and Designations

  • Completion of one of the following is required:
    • 2-year Instrumentation Engineering Technology Diploma from a recognized post-secondary educational institute
    • Journeyman Trades Instrumentation Certification
    • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering with process control experience
    • Eligible to register as an Engineering Licensee / Professional Licensee / Professional Technologist or Professional Engineer
  • Cyber security related training would be considered an asset



  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in design or maintenance of DCS / Instrumentation in a refinery or petrochemical industry
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience with DCS (Foxboro DCS is preferred)
  • Minimum 5 years’ industrial network experience (firewalls and cyber security)
  • Experience with the following
    • Foxboro I/A Control configuration
    • Data base software management
    • Network system management
    • Firewall security management
    • Systems integration
    • Process control
    • Instrumentation design
    • Preparation systems wiring drawings and documentation.
  • Demonstrated problem solving, decision-making skills, project engineering skills, and working in a team environment.
  • Good writing and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of IEC-61511 Functional Safety - Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector
  • Knowledge of B149.3 Code for Fuel Burning Appliances and Equipment
  • Knowledge of Process Alarm Management/ Alarm Rationalization
  • Knowledge of secondary systems (Bentley Nevada, LV Controls, Kilowatts, etc.)


 Safety Sensitive

As this position has been identified as safety sensitive, employment of a final candidate selected for this position will be conditional upon successful completion of required pre-employment medical and alcohol/drug assessments.



Please note that pre-employment background checks are pre-conditions to Husky employment offers and must be completed successfully before you are confirmed to start with Husky.    


At Husky, we respect diversity and embrace an inclusive culture. We value uniqueness and different perspectives as they play a critical role in our success. To achieve this, individuals are selected based on qualifications, merit, and abilities and we encourage applications from everyone including visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, women, and persons with disabilities.

For information on Inclusion & Diversity at Husky, please click here.


Husky Energy is an integrated Canadian energy company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.  The Company operates Upstream and Downstream business segments, with operations in Canada, the United States, China and Indonesia. 


Husky's balanced growth strategy focuses on consistent execution, disciplined financial management and safe and reliable operations.