Make Syncrude’s Project Falcon Turnaround your first choice

We’ll complete our 2019 Fall Maintenance Turnaround safely and effectively with the support of the Building Trades unions and professional skilled tradespeople.

For more than 50 years, Syncrude has been one of Canada’s most trusted, stable, reliable and respected oil sands operators.

Project Overview

Project Falcon is a Turnaround Event on a Syncrude Coker and associated process units. A large contingent of craft personnel will be required to execute this project of approximately 1.4 million work hours.Project Falcon is a Turnaround Event on a Syncrude Coker and associated process units. A large contingent of craft personnel will be required to execute this project of approximately 1.4 million work hours.

Pre-Turnaround work will commence early to mid-August for select trades; mechanical work is scheduled to start late-August.

Craft personnel supporting the Critical Path will be on 12-hour shifts; unless otherwise required.

Accommodation will be provided at the Athabasca and Beaver River Lodges – operated by Civeo, which are located close to Syncrude’s Mildred Lake site. Bus transportation between the Lodges and the Syncrude worksite will be provided. 

Travel assistance protocol will be available to secure specific craft.

Craft personnel will also enjoy complimentary coach transport and free passes to the amenities of MacDonald Island Park, including the fitness center, indoor running track, aquatic center, six ice/curling rinks, badminton courts, squash and racquetball courts, climbing wall, 18-hole golf course, driving range and restaurants.

Contractor Companies
Let’s Get Building!  Ask your union hall about opportunities to work on Syncrude’s 2019 Turnaround with the following Building Trades contractors.

Your #1 Choice for Safety.

When you join the Syncrude Turnaround team, you’re part of our family. That means your safety is our top priority. We pursue safety and well-being as an integral part of Syncrude’s culture. That’s why we use global best practices – a disciplined, systematic approach – to take us to our goal of zero injuries.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Badges

Syncrude will be using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) badges for the 2019 Falcon Turnaround. This initiative reinforces Syncrude’s commitment to the safety of everyone on site and our collective journey to achieving “Nobody Gets Hurt”. It will also improve project execution.

All contractors and Syncrude personnel explicitly identified as supporting the Falcon Turnaround will be required to wear an RFID badge as part of their mandatory PPE. Contractor personnel will receive their RFID badges as part of the ID badging process, which will be conducted at camp as they check in. Contractors already on site will be identified and receive their RFID badge through contractor leadership or by visiting the Location Services Team in the SPOC located in building 2050, adjacent to building 325 complex.

Pay & Benefits

Pay & Benefits
Syncrude upholds all Alberta Building Trades Collective Agreements, which offer highly competitive wages for Skilled Trades in Canada.   

Travel & Accommodations

Lodging and food are hosted by Syncrude at Civeo’s Athabasca and Beaver River Lodges for the duration of your contract. Bus transportation between the lodges and the Syncrude worksite is also complimentary and for Falcon 2019 Syncrude will provide uninterrupted transportation services from Athabasca and Beaver River camps to four designated work locations at Syncrude Mildred Lake Site. Pre-identified buses will service building 1055 (Conversion area), building 51 (Utilities and Offsite) 1294 complex (Hydroprocessing main) and MLV turnstiles (Hydroprocessing 9-4 and 17-2 plants). Confirm your work location with your employer prior to boarding, as buses only stop at one of the four designated site locations. Syncrude ID card swipes will be conducted at camps bus terminals for Site Access, as well busing schedules will be posted and available at the lodges and on for your convenience as these schedules are subject to frequent changes.

  • All rooms have cable TV and internet available
  • All rooms are equipped with TVs, desks, lockable storage and dresser and telephones for internal use and local calls
  • Towels provided; changed every 6-7 days
  • 24-hour fitness rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Athabasca and Beaver River Lodge are conveniently equipped with vending machines stocked with your everyday essentials

Travel to Fort McMurray and back to your home destination is your responsibility. In some instances, the Travel Protocol will be reviewed if needed to secure specific craft.

The Syncrude Mildred Lake site is about 50 km north of Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM).

The site is also immediately adjacent to Highway 63, which is now twinned.

The Syncrude-affiliated Civeo Athabasca and Beaver River Lodges are conveniently located close to our work site.

There’s lots to do when you’re off shift

Miskanaw Golf Course at MacDonald Island Park

Enjoy outdoor pursuits such as hiking, biking, kayaking, snowmobiling, quadding, boating, river tubing and ice fishing. And, because your lodge is only 40 minutes from Fort McMurray, you can check out the city’s restaurants, pubs, Vista Ridge All Seasons Park and Snye Park & Boat Launch.

Also enjoy complimentary coach transport and free passes to MacDonald Island Park, the largest community recreation facility in Canada. It’s home to the Miskanaw Golf Club, which features a challenging 18-hole course, golf simulator and driving range; and a fully-licensed patio and grill.

MacDonald Island also is home to the Syncrude Aquatic Centre, featuring an Olympic-size swimming pool, diving boards, water park and lazy river.  The Fitness Centre includes workout areas & equipment, a running track, fitness classes and personal training. There’s also a Climbing Wall, Community Art Gallery, and a Public Library.


What your colleagues say

“I’ve been coming to Syncrude since 1983 keep coming back because it is a leader in the industry, has a good work environment and good people working there. Syncrude also has the best scaffolding.”

– Grant, Journeyman Boilermaker

“Syncrude’s safety standards are better than other sites I’ve worked on and their operating systems for shutdowns are very effective — I like that.  Syncrude also has excellent relationships with the Building Trades unions and it values the quality craftsmanship that our members offer.”

– Mark, Journeyman Boilermaker

“The people at Syncrude are welcoming, my job in the Turnaround Logistics group allows me to interact with many different folks, and the safety intervention program is great.”

– Holly, Labourer

I like that I work with people and not for people — at Syncrude, you’re a team member.  The atmosphere, the commitment to safety and the people make Syncrude a great place to work.


Operating Engineer

”Syncrude is recognized as a leader in the way it treats tradespeople, by offering a safe jobsite with good working conditions and accommodations.”

– Warren Fraleigh, Executive Director, Building Trades of Alberta

“Syncrude has been the single best customer for the Building Trades unions since I first worked on the initial construction of the Syncrude plant in the 1970s.”

– Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer, Canada’s Building Trades Unions

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