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Mechanical Engineer - Operations & Maintenance

  • BWSC
  • Gent
  • Permanent, Full-time
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Mechanical Engineer - Operations & Maintenance

Do you want to be part of a new biomass power plant in Ghent, Belgium? Do you have extensive knowledge and experience of biomass or thermal power plant processes?

BWSC is an engineering and contracting company originating from the Danish B&W organisation. We are project-oriented, specialising in the development, design, construction and operation of turnkey power plants and energy systems with ambitious goals within biomass-to-energy, waste-to-energy and hybrid solutions worldwide.
We deliver operation, maintenance and service of power plants. We have 700 dedicated employees, of which 400 are based at our headquarters in Allerød, Denmark.
Currently, we are constructing power plants in Belgium (Ghent), the Faroe Islands, the UK and the Caribbean. Furthermore, we service and operate power plants in the UK, Panama, Kenya, Sri Lanka, several islands in the Caribbean and a number of West African countries.

Job description

Would you like to take on the role as Mechanical Engineer - Operations & Maintenance where safety and quality is of highest importance? Then this could be an exciting opportunity for you.
BWSC who is the operator of Ghent Biomass CHP plant, is seeking qualified and experienced Mechanical and Operations Technicians.

Mechanical Technicians Responsibilities
  • Maintain the plant against Original Equipment Manufacturer guidance, applicable legislation and industry best practice in line with the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), to ensure the availability of the plant is maximised.
  • Undertake and support the daily planned maintenance activities in line with the agreed CMMS plan, liaising with QHSE and operations colleagues and submitting the required CMMS/Safety System documents and Risk Assessment/Method Statement (RAMS) within the locally agreed timeframes.
  • Undertake practical application and timely diagnosis, fault finding and repair of the plant, in liaison with operations team, with or without 3rd party contract support.
  • Undertake proactive measures to improve plant reliability, efficiency and performance, whilst maintaining overall plant integrity in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
  • Provide supervisory support to 3rd party service providers whilst on site, and associated acceptance of RAMS.
  • Ensure the sites CMMS is maintained and proactively used to record all historical works undertaken.
  • Own or provide contract ownership to a number of 3rd party contract providers to assist in the delivery of all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities.
  • Undertake specific engineering integrity assessments.
  • Provide engineering technical support as required to the fuel handling and operations team for plant technical issue resolution.
  • Ensure the mechanical spares including strategic spares are controlled, replenished in line with agreed levels and secured at all times.
  • Support in maintaining and updating the sites long-term engineering integrity strategy and short/mid-term maintenance strategy for all mechanical assets.
  • Support the participation, implementation and completion of all plant modifications.
  • Support the delivery of all sites quality requirements as per local QHSE guidance.
  • Budgetary responsibility as per delegated authority.
  • Support outage works, including general planning, scheduling, in-house delivery and 3rd party service provider co-ordination.
  • Carrying out responsibilities as authorised and as defined within the companies safety rules and associated procedures.
  • Adhere to health, safety and environmental management policies and assist in the creation/development of all site operations & maintenance procedures, so they remain accurate, suitable and sufficient.

Operations Technicians Responsibilities
  • Ensure the plant is operated with respect to safety, environmental and operational limits at all times, whilst maximising availability, reliability and efficiency. This will be applied during all steady state, start up, shutdown and emergency situations, working from either the Control Room and/or plant as required.
  • Operate the plant to allow it to be dispatched in line with requirements.
  • Ensure through correct operation and monitoring, compliance with all aspects of the Environmental Permit; reporting any potential and actual incidents to the Shift Team Leader.
  • Undertake routine plant inspections, operational routines, adjustments and testing alongside the collecting and recording of plant data.
  • Undertake general defect rectification, planned and first line reactive maintenance and fault finding, to achieve availability and reliability targets required.
  • Monitor plant performance, identifying and taking proactive measures to improve performance shortfalls.
  • Adopting and enacting role(s) within the site safety rules, including the isolation of mechanical plant and electrical apparatus and associated HV switching up to 66kV, as per site designated authorisations.
  • Support the Shift Team Leader (STL) with the testing of the site emergency/abnormal condition plans and undertaking associated identified role(s), to manage all site emergencies safely and in line with local procedures.
  • Provide operational support for the maintenance and fuel handling teams to maximise plant performance and safety, particularly during fuel delivery and by-product removal periods.
  • Provide support for the receipt of all plant operational chemicals onto site.
  • Assist STL in maintaining an accurate and comprehensive shift log and ensuring all defects/works are recorded within the sites CMMS.
  • Adhere to health, safety and environmental management policies and assist in the creation/development of all site operations procedures, so they remain accurate, suitable and sufficient.
  • Provide operational support for all planned outages as required, which may require periods of ‘Day working’.


  • Applicants must have experience in power plant or power plant related operations ie boiler, combustion systems, high pressure steam and water systems, steam turbines, water treatment etc.
  • Knowledge of biomass handling or waste to energy is also very relevant. Applications from ex-merchant marine engineering and operating staff are welcome.
  • Knowledge and experience of Safe Systems of Work is also important as the E, C & I Engineer will have responsibility for Permit for Work procedures.
  • Applications are particularly welcome from people living within a 50 km radius of the plant or alternatively from those who are willing to relocate to the locality.


An exciting position with professional challenges for at least 15 years.

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If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact, HR Manager, Claus Berner at or Project Manager, Bo Sørensen at
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    • Master (University or Higher Education Long Type)
    • At least 5 years experience
    • English


    • Permanent
    • Full-time

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