Position Profile

Job Title:  Industrial Approvals Engineer

Work Unit:  Operations Division, Peace Region

Ministry:   Alberta Environment and Parks

Competition Number:  1041254

Date:  March 2017



The Industrial Approvals Engineer is responsible for the technical review and preparation of approvals to confirm/assess the environmental impact of proposed industrial operations/facilities within the region and to establish the limits and monitoring requirements for the control and management of industrial substance releases into the environment. The position also represents the region/department at public hearings and appeals and on internal committees and provides consultation/information and advice to assist and expedite approval processes and abatement activities. The work is performed within the terms of reference provided by the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and associated regulations and provincial and national standards/guidelines for the protection of the environment and human health.

Responsibilities and Activities


Ensures effective management and control of industrial substance releases into the environment through the review of applications and preparation of approvals and the review of registrations for the industries within the region. The approvals and registrations set the terms and conditions for industry compliance with legislated requirements.


  • Provides technical review of Environmental Impact Assessments, approval application and registration submissions, and Statements of Concern to assess/confirm the environmental impact/potential impact of materials generated by the industrial activity and industry proposed actions to address substance releases.
  • Coordinates input from departmental specialists in air, water, land, or external specialists to determine impacts on various environmental media. Meets with industry officials to clarify the proposed industrial activity, to review and consult on outstanding issues, types of information needed, and to discuss acceptable terms and conditions.
  • Review scientific literature and practices within other jurisdictions to develop approval standards for releases for which there are no Alberta standards/guidelines in place.
  • Liaise with applicants, statement of concern filers and public interest groups to facilitate issue discussion and resolution.
  • Writes effective and enforceable approvals reflecting the requirements based on the assessment of all relevant environmental issues and with consideration of related social and economic issues.

Supports continuous improvement initiatives for abatement issues (i.e. activities/actions in situations where problems have occurred or are occurring and where enforcement action is not considered appropriate).


  • Reviews summary reports on monitoring data required by approvals, conducts facility inspections to ensure that any air, land and/or water quality/release problems are identified and addressed in a timely, consistent and economic manner.
  • Meets with industry officials to discuss strategies for industries to improve their environmental performance.
  • Works with industry to develop innovative, environmentally acceptable and cost effective options for resolution of identified problems.
  • Provides assistance to industry to expedite approval/regulatory process.

Represents regional interests and issues through participation on internal and external review teams/committees and provides technical expertise and input to public hearing and appeal processes.


  • Manages or participates in environmental impact assessments including joint process for energy related development as part of the AER approval process.
  • Represents the region/department at Alberta Energy Regulator, Natural Resources Conservation Board and Environmental Appeal Board hearings to provide technical expertise and regional perspective.
  • Liaises with industry and the general public to provide information and to develop and maintain awareness of regional issues related to assigned industry activities.
  • Participates on internal standards/policy development committees and provides technical input and regional perspective to ensure the proposed policy/program development guidelines meet regional needs and interests.
  • Participates on external standards/policy development committees and provides technical input and ESRD's perspective to ensure the proposed policy/guideline document meets the need and interest of the department.
  • Works effectively with other regional colleagues to assist each other and to deliver an effective and consistent regional program.
  • Referrals to Compliance staff for inspection or investigation of issues for possible enforcement action as required.
Participate in the development of regional/departmental expertise on specific industries by designing and delivering training programs.


  • Participates in the development and delivery of industry specific training programs.



  • Approvals directly impact industry operations/activities by establishing terms and conditions for the release of industrial substances into the environment.
  • Approvals establish terms and conditions that address potential impacts on human health and environmental pollution.
  • Impact of the work can have considerable financial consequences to the industry involved by providing cost effective emission control alternatives.
  • The work also impacts stakeholders including other departments, environmental/community groups and the general public.
  • Work is performed within accepted scientific principles, legislation, regulations, policies and applicable guidelines.
  • Work requires the coordination of input/resources from a wide range of technical and professional resources to address specific issues.
  • Work involves considerable interaction with industry officials to establish release management strategies, clarify requirements and provide advice to improve environmental performance; position also has frequent interaction with headquarters specialists, management to seek specialized input or to provide regional perspective, with other agencies (e.g. Infrastructure, Environment Canada and the AER).
  • Work requires the ability to apply scientific principles/theories to varied situations with consideration for policy, economic, legal and social impact of actions taken (i.e. big picture perspective).
  • Reviews are coordinated with specialists to ensure consistent program delivery within the region and for specialized technical assistance (e.g. Air Specialist reviews regional emission figures).
  • Participates in problem solving that includes the research and development of pollution control strategies for industrial releases for which there are no existing Alberta standards/guidelines.
  • Provides recommendations to Approvals Manager in the review of approvals for issues of concern, compliance with existing policy or precedent setting/policy setting criteria.
  • Provides briefings and recommendations to Senior Management and the Minister.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge about a variety of issues related to overall environmental quality, i.e. human health, land conservation, land management, air and water quality, aboriginal priorities and energy resource conservation.
  • Knowledge of air pollution control technology and principles.
  • Knowledge of water pollution control technology and principles.
  • Knowledge of industrial process operations and equipment.
  • Knowledge of plume dispersion modeling.
  • Knowledge of source and ambient air monitoring.
  • Knowledge of Environmental Protection and Enhancement legislation and regulations.
  • Ability to interpret technical information/concepts including standards and requirements.
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge to providing creative approaches for resolution of environmental issues, recommending appropriate EPEA approval conditions, and for providing input into environmental issues management documents, abatement strategies and regulatory reform.
  • Ability to communication technical information/concepts including standards and requirements to both technical and non-technical people.
  • Knowledge and understanding of other provincial and federal department legislation and processes (Water Act, Public Lands Act, Oil Sands Conservation Act, Energy Resources Conservation Act, Health Act, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Government Organization Act) is required to manage ESRD’s integrated application approach to industrial developments.
  • Effective interpersonal and conflict resolution skills to resolve and negotiate with government agencies, industry and the public to develop policy, procedures and specific project Approvals to ensure the highest possible level of environmental compliance.
  • Personal computer skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of personal safety and hazards/risks.
  • Must have a B.Sc. in engineering or equivalent.
  • Eligible for membership in APEGA.


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