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Project Overview

Make Syncrude’s Project Wolverine your #1 choice. 

We’ll complete our 2016 Spring Maintenance Turnaround 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.

Project Wolverine is a Turnaround Event on one of Syncrude’s Coker and other process units. 

Pre-Turnaround work will commence Mid-Q1 for select trades; Feed-out is scheduled for April 1st, 2016.

Craft personnel supporting the Critical Path will be on 12-hour shifts; all other workforce will be on 10-hour shifts.

Accommodation will be provided at the Athabasca Lodge, which is located close to Syncrude’s Mildred Lake site. Coach transportation between the Lodge and the Syncrude worksite will be provided.

Travel assistance protocol will be available to secure specific craft.


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.



Contractor Companies

Let’s Get Building! 

Ask your union hall about opportunities to work on Syncrude’s 2016 Spring Maintenance Turnaround with the following Building Trades contractors.



Pay & Benefits

Syncrude upholds all Alberta Building Trades Collective Agreements, which offer highly competitive wages for Skilled Trades in Canada and the U.S.                                         

Travel & Accommodations

Lodging and food are hosted by Syncrude at Athabasca Lodge for the duration of your contract.  Coach transportation between the lodge and the Syncrude worksite is also complimentary.

The Athabasca Lodge offers:

  • Private rooms with semi-private washrooms
  • Regular housekeeping
  • Superior Chef-prepared meals
  • High-speed internet
  • Satellite TV
  • Laundry facilities
  • Fitness & recreation facilities
  • Outdoor activities
  • Convenience store
  • Parking with plug-ins
  • Licensed lounge
  • Alcohol is permitted on property 

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 70% twinned.

The Syncrude-affiliated Athabasca Lodge is conveniently located close to our work site.

 YMM Airport s

The new Fort McMurray International Airport is served by several airlines that operate flights to a growing list of destinations across Canada and the U.S.


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

Syncrude’s operation is located in the heart of Canada’s Boreal forest – the breathtaking Wood Buffalo region of Alberta.  Enjoy outdoor pursuits such as hiking, biking, kayaking, snowmobiling, quadding or ice fishing.

And, because your lodge is only 40 minutes from Fort McMurray, you can check out the city’s restaurants, pubs, ski area and MacDonald Island Park, the largest community recreation facility in Canada. Or catch an Oil Barons hockey game at the Casman Arena.