Process Operator (Former Employee), fort mcmurray – September 12, 2015
I thought synced was a good place to work. they are also very accommodating, and they would give you lots of little trinkets and gifts(coffee mugs, utility knives etc) the pay was competitive and the benefits were excellent. slower rate of advancement though
Westcorp maintenance worker (Former Employee), Edmonton, AB – June 23, 2015
It was fun and productive working at Syncrude and everyday was a learning day from everyone at Syncrude including the management. The most enjoyable part of the job was the fun and comfort of all the people to be around.
Buyer (Former Employee), Woodbuffalo, AB – January 15, 2015
The job was good. Interactions with end users and suppliers/providers were good. interesting, fun, and also challenging. It was also fulfilling when you helped/solved/met the problem/needs of the end users – more... and also when the suppliers were cooperative for the correct specs of the needed items.
I learned that building good relationships with end users and providers will make the processing of the end results easier and faster. Also, understanding the organizational relationship will help the processing faster.
The organization management needed to know the systems and procedures and rules/responsibility of every group/subgroup to have a productive delegation of responsibility/authority.
The co-workers were nice and all of us needed to know the organizations business processes/procedures,the quality management system/
The hardest part of the job was when the need was started originally by another buyer and the end user followed up due to delays.
The most enjoyable part was building relationships with end users and providers as forming a great team with different groups through telecommunication. – less
Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee), Fort McMurray, AB – May 8, 2014
Pros: solitary operation with minimal supervision
Cons: incessant chatter on the radio
A typical 12-hr shift started with being refreshed and a long commute. Equipment required a walkaround before careful operation depending on conditions. Hazards included weather, operating surface of haul – more... roads, dumps and shovel pits, and support equipment.
Most enjoyable was that every day was a learning experience as conditions changed and operators styles differed. Some dozers required you to dump closer than others, some expected you to back up farther than cabin-to-cabin. New dumps were created constantly.
The most difficult part of the job was the weather which could wreak havoc on the roads. It required intense concentration to operate on slippery haul roads and soft dumps. – less
Training Coordinator (Former Employee), Fort McMurray, AB – January 2, 2014
Maintaining and tracking the training for the trades people in Extraction. In my job, I had to deal with upper and lower management. My fellow workers were great to work with and I received a lot of respect from them. Making sure the apprentices and trades people were getting the correct training and staying safe was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of my job.
B Welder/Maintenance Tech/Turnaround coordinator (Former Employee), Milderd Lake,Aurora – February 14, 2013
Pros: a rewarding, challenging, enjoyable career.
Cons: i'll work with them too
As a former emplyee of Syncrude Canada and now having worked outside the fold,I have come to realize how fortunate I was to be constantly challenged,rewarded,and made to feel a part of a team.I was exposed – more... to a wide variety of tasks after passing competency tests of course. We would start everyday with a headcount/safety/job assignment meeting,then crew delegation and finally tool assessment and ensuring safety requirements before proceeding to the field.After formal/informal discussion with management /supervision we often discovered they were onboard with mutually agreed upon plans for execution,and often exceeded their support/recognition requirements. Overall I would have to say that my employment at Syncrude Canada at Mildred Lake,Aurora were some of the most job satisfying years in my working career.As I also worked at their sites as a contractor,I often looked at Syncrude in a comparative view and found them the foremost employer with much superior values and support of their employees.I would gladly accept a return to their workforce should they require my services. To me the hardest part of my job with Syncrude was leaving them,but as I was in the middle of a messy divorce my focus was not on my job and found it unfair to a more than fair employer,I had to self terminate,a decision I have come to regret with each passing day. The most rewarding part of my years with Syncrude were the years working in a team enviroment with a diverse gathering of very interesting people whose main objective was not only to maintain but to lead through innovative projects such as EAPS(later named HYDRO-Transport),TOR, IPS,NRU,and these were just some of the projects I was a part of. I have recently submitted a resume to recruiting and remain hopeful for a return engagement,but as employment is key to my remaining in Fort McMurray I must be ever on the lookout for an employer which will not measure up to, but hopefully strive to compare with Syncrude Canada. – less
Great place to gain valuable experience in process operation
Process Operator (Current Employee), Fort McMurray, AB – December 17, 2012
After receiving a detailed log and relief of what happened on my post the previous shift, we go straight into a tool box talk, in which we discuss various things. Such as any safety issues, what we got – more... for relief, if there is any maintenance coming up that requires any isolation, or if maintenance has signed off the work and we can de-isolate equipment.
After the toolbox talk we generally upload our intellitrac's which gives us our daily monitoring guides and our reading sheets. While I wait for the intellitrac to upload I log into a computer to check my emails, as I am pump champion, and the overtime scheduler for my team. Once I have scanned through my emails and my intellitrac is ready I go outside for my first round.
On first round of the unit we gather the information required for the reading sheet on the intellitrac as well as complete the monitoring guides. We also gas test, and sign for any safe work permits that may have been issued.We look for any unsafe conditions, such as ice build up, leaking valves, etc while we also look at our equipment assigned to our post for any deterioration, or signs of malfunction. If I happen to find something, I either fix it, if its within my ability to do it safely, or I put in a work notification to get the proper resources to come in and fix the problem.
I do at least 3 separate unit rounds per shift, too ensure the safe operation of my post. Since I have started at Syncrude I have learned the importance of attention to detail, as it is often the slightest detail out on the unit that will make the difference between safe operation and a unit upset or worse.
The most enjoyable part for me about my career has to be that everyday is different and i will never stop learning something new. As our daily routines are never the same. – less