• Title
    Lead Mechanical Material Handling Engineer
    Requisition ID
    Work Location
    Department / Discipline
    Engineering - Mechanical
    Position Type
    Staff / Permanent
  • Overview / Responsibilities

    Wood is currently seeking a Lead Material Handling (Mechanical) Engineer to join our Mining & Minerals team in Oakville, Ontario who will apply extensive and comprehensive knowledge of mechanical engineering principles and practices to the organization’s products and services. The Lead Material Handling Engineer will plan, schedule and assign/supervise or conduct broad and/or technically complex engineering assignments requiring judgment, independent evaluation, selection and significant adaptation and deviation from standard techniques and procedures. 


    Key Responsibilities

    • Conceptual, preliminary and final design of bulk material handling systems including ship, barge, rail and truck loading and unloading systems comprised of belt conveyors, drag conveyors, bucket elevators, crushers, screens, apron feeders, agglomeration facilities and mobile conveying equipment, dust control systems and various specialty equipment components.
    • Select mechanical material handling equipment that will best meet specific process requirements and conditions.
    • Analyze designs for efficiency of construction, use of materials, functionality and practicality of design.
    • Reviewing or preparing data and running design programs such as ‘Sidewinder’ for conveyor design, and DEM software for transfer points, and dust collection systems.
    • Develop or alter standard project specifications to meet project specific design criteria.
    • Defining and recommending design methods, specifications and performance of functional requirements.
    • Establish project standards and assist in the development of the project design criteria.
    • Undertaking or supervising the preparation of feasibility studies, reports, and design layouts.
    • Support the equipment evaluation and procurement activities during project execution.
    • Monitor and guide design/drafting tasks and oversee the internal checking required on all project drawings.
    • Responsible to seal all drawings that have been prepared under their direction as required in jurisdiction where professional designation is recognized.
    • Engineering support to installation, construction and commissioning teams with the occasional deployment as a commissioning resource when required.
    • Be familiar with total project systems to include mechanical, structural, civil and electrical components to allow considerations of those aspects into a project or area design.
    • Review and approve vendor/fabricator shop drawings.
    • Collaborate with all other disciplines to interface large mechanical equipment packages and systems with civil works, structural steel, power supply, instrumentation and controls, and mechanical services.
    • Interfacing with Piping Designers, Plant Layout Designers, Process, Civil, Structural, Electrical and Instrumentation Engineers is also critical for the success of a project.
    • Lead material handling engineer on a project; planning, managing and coordinating the material handling engineering activities on large and/or technically complex portion of a project and/or serve in an individual contributor role as the material handling expert completing broadly defined and/or technically complex engineering assignments
    • Coordinate the activities of a team of engineers assigned to a project and provide technical supervision of the day-to-day activities of task assigned personnel
    • Supervise and/or prepares proposals, contract design drawings and calculations, contract information (CI) sheets, BEDD sheets, specifications and other engineering documentation using standards and/or new methods as required
    • Coordinate and interface with equipment suppliers
    • Give effective presentations to customers, suppliers and internally within the organization
    • Work with and communicate with project management team
    • Assure the technical quality of work performed by subordinates based upon organizational standards, codes and general knowledge of engineering principles and projects
    • Investigate client and/or project management grievances at assigned project to determine facts and recommends a solution
    • Consult with supervisor and other experts concerning unusual problems and develop and apply advanced techniques and methods as required
    • Assure that all work on assigned projects is timely, accurate and high quality
    • Perform other related duties as assigned by management
    • Organize, plans, and coordinate own work as well as the resources assigned on a specific project
    • Set expectations and monitor delegated activities for schedule and budget
    • Develop subordinates’ skills and encourage growth; takes responsibility for subordinates’ actions



    Skills / Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree or Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    • 10-15 years of increasing responsibility and experience in the design and construction of bulk material handling and industrial facilities including detailed design and drafting of material handling equipment.
    • Experience selecting mechanical equipment components for bulk material handling systems including drives, bearings, pulleys, shafts, scales, and dust collection and suppression systems.
    • Experience using design software such as ‘Sidewinder’ for conveyor design, and ‘Newton’ or ‘Rocky’ for discrete element modeling (DEM) of material flow.
    • Experience in preparation of bulk material handling and heavy plant equipment arrangement drawings using Computer Aided Drafting and Design software is required.
    • You will have experience leading and mentoring drafters, designers and junior Engineers and enjoy these responsibilities.
    • High degree of accuracy and able to manage multiple details under tight deadlines and pressure.
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills. Able to work as part of a team. Must not be overly sensitive to challenges or criticism.
    • Computer skills that include proficiency with Word, Excel, MathCad, and various analysis programs.
    • Experience as a Lead Material Handling Engineer in Mineral Mining projects will be an advantage


    In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and Accessibility of Ontarians with Disability Act, 2005, we are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities and will do so by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility in all parts of the hiring process. Reasonable accommodations will be provided when raised with the recruiter or by e-mailing.


    We thank all applicants and advise that only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls or agency solicitations will be accepted. By submitting your personal profile and resume, you consent to Wood sharing this information within its business units in order to identify other employment opportunities you may be suitable for.


    Company Overview

    Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. We operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people, with revenues of around $10 billion.  We provide performance driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear and general industrial sectors. We strive to be the best technical services company to work with, work for and invest in. www.woodplc.com

    Diversity Statement

    We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.


    Join the Talent Community

    Interested in working for Wood? Take the first step today by joining our talent community. By joining the community, your chances of matching to the right role are increased, as our recruiters search the community daily to match open positions with member profiles.

    If you can’t see the perfect role advertised online, the talent community is the best way to keep up to date with job opportunities and events relevant to you.

    Click here to join today!