Ammonia/ Urea Operator

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Two men in hard hats working in an industrial environment


  • Location: Medicine Hat, Alberta

  • Business Area: Operations

  • Schedule: Full Time

At CF Industries, our mission is to provide clean energy to feed and fuel the world sustainably. Our employees are focused on safe and reliable operations, environmental stewardship, and disciplined capital and corporate management. By joining CF, you will be part of a team that brings their varied experiences, wide-ranging knowledge and diverse talents together to deliver important work and you’ll be able to pursue complex, exciting opportunities that help you continue to grow and achieve your potential in different areas.  You’ll take pride in working for a company that lives its values and where you can be yourself at work, as part of an authentic team that encourages you to share your views and opinions.  Our eight manufacturing complexes in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, an unparalleled storage, transportation and distribution network in North America, and logistics capabilities enabling a global reach underpin our strategy to leverage our unique capabilities to accelerate the world’s transition to clean energy.



Job Summary:

Reporting to a Shift Supervisor, the Ammonia/Utilities Chemical Operator is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the process and equipment in the Ammonia and Utilities sections.

Job Description:


Reporting to a Shift Supervisor, the Ammonia/Utilities Chemical Operator is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the process and equipment in the Ammonia and Utilities sections.


Environmental, Health & Safety

  • To actively participate in programs that impact on employee health and safety performance.
  • Display active participation in plant site safety programs including reporting hazards, participation in safety meetings and committees, and safe isolation and clearing of process equipment for repair.

Leadership Competencies

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes to perform successfully at CF; in the key areas of People Leadership, Results Leadership, Thought Leadership & Self Leadership

Process Control & Equipment Operation

  • Efficient and safe operation of equipment in assigned areas of responsibility, complying with process operating guidelines and procedures. This includes equipment operation during start up, shutdown and emergency situations.

Equipment & Process Troubleshooting

  • During abnormal situations, troubleshoot the product handling and mobile equipment to enable writing or Work Requests for repair.

  • ·Be able to clear and isolate plant equipment for maintenance activities.          

Quality Planning, Improvement and Teamwork

  • Support the initiatives of continuous improvement through teamwork and the application of the quality planning and improvement principles. This activity involves improvements to equipment in the Operator’s area of responsibility and may involve providing assistance to other departments.

Monitoring and Communication:

  • To monitor the equipment and process variables, recording and reporting of data and observations to peers and supervision.
  • Perform regular equipment inspections, complete water analysis and make regular adjustments to ensure the equipment is operating in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Maintain shift logs and complete regular checklists and communicate information to supervision and peers.

Trouble Shooting:

  • Investigate unusual process or mechanical situations and take or recommend corrective action. It is expected the Operator will complete some of these activities on his own but may also work with team members or the maintenance/engineering department to resolve these issues.


  • To develop and maintain a competent understanding of the process, equipment, and operating practices and procedures.  Train and become proficient in all the operating areas and learn the operation of new equipment installations or new process designs.


  • To maintain an acceptable level of attendance as defined in the Personnel Practices & Procedures Manual.
  • Understands and complies with established departmental processes and procedures designed to support internal controls efforts.  Identifies and brings to the attention of department management internal controls deficiencies.


Must have a minimum of a Grade Twelve Diploma along with Post-Secondary education in an accredited power engineering program.  A 3rd Class Power Engineering Certificate is a minimum requirement and preference is given to a 2nd Class Power Engineering Certificate.  The incumbent must have a valid driver’s license.  Relevant experience in the petrochemical or related industry, preferably in the Ammonia and Urea manufacturing sector is an asset.


The Chemical Operator – Ammonia/Utilities is one of nine operator positions on an operating crew.  This position functions in the efficient operation of two 1,750 ton/day ammonia plants with nominal output of 1,200,000 tons per year, plus all water treatment and effluent areas of the plant site.

Expectation of full progression to Board/Panel Operator, and maintain through requalification process

This is a shift work position on an Ammonia/Utilities crew.

  • CF Industries is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.  


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