Syncrude 2020 Critical Maintenance Event

Opportunities for the Skilled Trades

Make Syncrude your #1 choice.


We’ll complete our 2020 Critical Maintenance scope safely and effectively with the support of the Building Trades unions and professional skilled tradespeople like you. For more than 50 years, Syncrude has been one of Canada’s most trusted, stable and reliable companies, and North America’s most respected oil sands operator.

Accommodation will be provided and operated by Civeo Lodges, which are located close to Syncrude’s Mildred Lake site. Bus transportation will be provided between the Lodges and the Syncrude worksite. These camps will be exclusive to Syncrude workforce only.

For your protection, new COVID-19 safeguards and practices are now in place at Syncrude worksites and the Civeo Lodges that Syncrude has secured exclusively for our Critical Maintenance workforce. These measures include:

  • Temperature monitoring at the Syncrude sites
  • Physical Distancing protocols
  • Wearing of Masks and/or use of other personal barriers in all scenarios where Physical Distancing protocols cannot be maintained.
  • Additional COVID-19 guidelines and established self- isolation protocols.

Contractor Companies

Let’s Get Building! Ask your union hall about opportunities to work on Syncrude’s 2020 Critical Maintenance Event with the following Building Trades contractors.

Your #1 Choice for Safety

As we prepare to welcome teams to execute Syncrude’s 2020 Critical Maintenance Event, focus and commitment from all workers will be required in order to carry out the plan safely. Safety has always been at the forefront of the way we work. Therefore, in order to create an environment where Nobody Gets Hurt it is important for us to all work together to adhere to the workplace health and safety processes across the Syncrude sites and commit to following all procedures and guidelines. Our number one priority is always the health and safety of workers.

This year, we are dealing with many unprecedented events, including the new risk of the COVID-19 pandemic and this is having an impact on how we onboard workers to site. We remain committed to protecting our people, contractors and staff, and providing you with access to the necessary site information needed to do your job safely.

Syncrude has developed protocols to keep people safe against COVID-19. It is important for everyone to understand that these measures are for your safety and the safety of your co-workers. Our first and foremost priority is ensuring the safety of our people, including those who work for our contractor companies. In an effort to help stop the spread and flatten the infection curve, Syncrude requires all workers to keep informed about our ongoing response to COVID-19 as we work together to protect all of our workers and their families.

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 Lodges for the duration of your contract. Bus transportation between the Lodges and the Syncrude worksite is also complimentary and we will be providing uninterrupted transportation services from the Civeo Lodges to four designated work locations at Syncrude Mildred Lake Site. These buses will service building 1055 (Conversion area), building 51 (Utilities and Offsites), 1294 complex (Hydroprocessing main), and MLV turnstiles. Syncrude ID card swipes will be conducted prior to boarding the bus for Site Access, and busing schedules will be posted and available at the lodges and on for your convenience; please note these schedules are subject to frequent changes.

  • All rooms have Cable TV and High Speed Internet (available for purchase)
  • All rooms are equipped with TVs, Desks, lockable storage & dresser and telephones for internal use and local calls.
  • Laundry Facilities

Travel to Fort McMurray and back to your home destination is your responsibility. 

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 Lodges are conveniently located close to our work site.

Working at Syncrude: 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

Journey 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

Journey 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


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.

– Anthony

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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