Date:  Feb 19, 2021

Bowmanville, ON, CA

Operating Sector:  Nuclear

Area Manager

At Aecon, we’re building the future and our people are at the heart of everything we do. We're always looking for exceptional talent to work on our exciting and ever-expanding project portfolios. We are focused on being the #1 Canadian Infrastructure Company and the first choice employer in our industry.



Position Overview
Since 1967, we have proudly served Ontario’s nuclear industry. Aecon Nuclear aims to be the partner-of-choice for key nuclear clients and our dedication to excellence is leading us there. Aecon Nuclear provides a full spectrum of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services, in addition to maintenance and manufacturing services tailored to meet the demanding requirements of the nuclear power industry.


The joint venture between SNC-Lavalin and Aecon has been awarded a contract with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to carry out the Darlington Retube and Feeder Replacement (RFR) and Turbine Generator Refurbishment (TGR) projects. The project involves refurbishment of all four reactors at the Darlington Generating Station and consists of two phases – a Definition Phase and an Execution Phase. The Definition Phase includes the construction of a full-scale reactor mock-up to simulate key elements of the refurbishment work, and the development, procurement and testing of specialized tooling required for the project. The Execution Phase involves refurbishment of the reactor cores using the tools and methods that were developed and tested during the Definition Phase.


Centralization of accountability is critical to the success of Darlington RFR. As such, the RFR Project Director is looking for ideal candidates to join the team as Area Managers., Area Managers will be accountable to lead a team responsible for delivering a specific, project critical scope area for the Retube and Feeder Replacement project. For clarity, the single point accountability to deliver the assigned project scope safely, on time, on budget and with quality rests with the Area Manager. It is a key role in the success of subsequent unit work for Darlington RFR.


Key Responsibilities

  • The scope of responsibilities will include significant scope of reactor face install (~300 days of CP) including Bellows Inspection, Calandria Tubesheet Bore Polishing, Calandria Tube Install, Fuel Channel Install and New Fuel Load.  To achieve this, the area manager will have several deputies reporting to him/her to execute this scope.
  • Lead a matrixed team of Construction, Engineering, Training, Tooling, Quality, Procurement and CWP development to prepare for and execute a defined portion of the project scope.
  • Interface with client and all involved CanAtom stakeholders to lead a team that develops an implementation plan for the assigned scope
  • Review and incorporate previous OPEX and lessons Learned associated with the assigned scope.
  • Lead the preparation for the work using the Canatom readiness process, to ensure that work is efficiently performed in support of the schedule. Issues are resolved, when necessary escalated and accountability for readiness is clearly driven to the matrixed support team.  Assure that planning is focused on safe workface production with an end goal.
  • Work with construction to assure that detailed constructability reviews are performed and implemented, and that construction supervision is well versed in the details of the CWP.
  • Review and improve the working schedule and resource plan and assure schedule qualit.y
  • Coordinate material and tooling delivery and all logistics including prefabrication, interim storage, transport, workface handling and storage.
  • Review and improve all processes and procedures that support the assigned scope, with a mind for continuous improvement over the execution of the work.
  • Lead the field execution of the assigned scope, driving accountability for performance to each of the support organizations (engineering, construction, procurement, tooling, training, QC).
  • Establish and monitor metrics for measuring cost, schedule, quality and safety performance associated with the assigned scope, with the support of the Project Controls organization.
  • Review and improve training plan associated with the assigned task and develop any required Playbooks or other tools/aides to improve work efficiency and reduce human performance errors.
  • Review and improve any related subcontracts supporting the assigned task.
  • Oversee tracking and resolution of emergent issues affecting task planning and/or implementation.
  • Serve as focal point for Canatom and Client for items/issues related to the assigned task.
  • Develop, monitor and mange budgets allocated to the assigned task.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum of five years project management experience in a related role.
  • Nuclear Construction Industry experience is an asset, however drive and ownership attributes are requisite for the position.
  • Demonstrated leadership of construction trades and professional project staff required.
  • Experience and skill at detailed work planning including scope definition, staffing, budget and schedule formation.
  • Experience with project management toolset including planning, staffing, scheduling, risk management, performance measurement, and cost controls.
  • Lean construction experience is an asset, especially that related to workface performance improvement (Gemba).
  • Highly self-motivated team player with a participative management style and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to identify planning and training gaps; generate effective solutions; and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, including Excel.
  • Results oriented individual with the ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and time lines.
  • People oriented with an ability to establish a high degree of credibility with staff and clients.
  • An excellent written and verbal communicator with superior interpersonal and relationship management skills.
  • Commitment to working in a team environment.
  • Working knowledge of construction safety programs, hazard identification and mitigation.


Aecon has every intention of fostering diversity within and across our organization. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


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