July 2016 Excavator

Thursday, 21 July 2016 by
Midwest chuckwagon

The July edition of the Excavator is now available for your reading pleasure.

Message from the President

Hello All,

Rain, Rain, go away, we have had our fill for now! LOL

Well it is already mid-July, summer is half over unfortunately and I don’t think it has been over 25 degrees for more than 3 days in a row! Oh well, hopefully August is a heater and everyone gets to enjoy some family and friend time at their favorite camping or lake spot this year. The economy is terrible so we may as well enjoy some extra vacation time this year while a person can.

Looks like we finally have all 3 Enbridge pump stations kicked off in the Fort McMurray area. Delays due to fires, materials and operations troubles have set us back a couple of months but we are all glad to be finally going with 3 crews on those projects.

New tender opportunities continue to roll into the Red Deer office to be bid on which is keeping our estimating team busy, unfortunately our batting average isn’t very high this year in comparison to previous years. Hopefully things will turn around for fall work and we can find a couple larger projects to work on and keep some more people and equipment working.

I wish I had more positive news and could tell everyone we landed a huge job but unfortunately I can’t do that this month but I will try hard for next month! Stay safe, stay positive and be happy for the work we do have as I am sure there are others less fortunate out there.

Cheers to all!

Greg Schmidt


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May 2016 Newsletter

Friday, 27 May 2016 by

Travis May News

To view our newsletter, click May 2016 for PDF

From Greg’s Desk….

Hello All,

What a gorgeous spring we have been having; record temperatures, great working conditions, little to no mud and so far, not much for mosquitoes and bugs either. Thankfully, over the last week we have got some much needed rain and cooler temperatures to help with the fires that are raging across Alberta. Unfortunately, our crews had to be evacuated from the Lynton Station just south of Fort Mac but we look forward to getting the green light so we can return and get back to work.

Bitzy and crew are busy installing water and sewer lines for additional campsites at Hardisty Lake Park. Our Crushers are busy with some contracts to fill. Virden keeps finding odds and ends and some fairly steady maintenance and Eldon’s crew keeps busy around Hardisty with odd jobs on a regular basis.

I wish it was busier and we had twice as much work as we do, but these economic times have unfortunately hit us hard like everyone else in Alberta. In Red Deer, we will continue to bid and look for any work we can possibly find to keep us busy through the spring and summer months but right now it looks like this summer is going to be a slow one. I am hoping that the fall comes around with stronger oil prices and along with those stronger oil prices, some projects that finally get kicked off.

Enjoy the weather. Put your sunblock on. Drink LOTS of water. Do your task cards. Do your job safely and be happy you are working!

Greg Schmidt

An Update from Team Jones!

Friday, 13 May 2016 by
donations gcs energy

We are extremely proud to announce that we secured one of the two Olympic Trials Berths that were awarded this season, for the 2017 Olympic Trials to be held in Ottawa! The first berth went to the Canada Cup winner in December, which was Team Homan from Ottawa. The second spot was to go to the Scotties winner IF they medalled at the World Championship. Unfortunately this years Team Canada came in 4th at the Worlds, so that spot was awarded to the highest ranked team on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) ..and that was US!! We are so thrilled that our hard work paid off. We started the season out perhaps a little slower than some may have anticipated, but we were really taking the time to try new things and to challenge ourselves with some new technical skills. We all know that in business, life and sport that changes just don’t come over night! But, with those changes, Team Jones finished the second half of the season extremely strong! Starting in January, Winning the Skins game, and the Continental Cup propelled us to capturing a Bronze at the Nationals. We finished 2nd at the Players Championship earning us 2nd on the Rogers Cup points. Finally in our last Major Grand Slam of the season in a field of this seasons event champions, we claimed the title as the first Champions Cup Champions! 

It was a wonderful way to end our competition schedule.  

We are now looking forward to a summer of training in the gym, and on ice. 

Jennifer is also expecting her second child at the end of August! Perfect timing as we will most likely require a spare for just our first event of the season in September.  

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a major part of our journey to the 2018 Winter Olympics. We could not have earned our spot in the 2017 Olympic Trials this season with out you! 

We are looking forward to challenging ourselves this off season in the gym with our trainers and nutritionist, mentally with our sport psychologist, as well as tactically/technically on the ice with our coaches. We have big plans and preparations in store for the next year and a half leading up to the Olympics, and we would love to be able to continue our partnership with GCS Energy Services. 

Thank you again! 

Kaitlyn & Team Jones ( Jennifer, Jill & Dawn)

Sea Cans to Evacuees

Friday, 06 May 2016 by

Thanks to all employees involved in loading the sea cans GCS and Copp’s are sending to evacuees today!

GCS Fort Mac Fires

Construction Managers


The Construction Manager (CM) is responsible for the management of all construction projects as directed. The CM ensures that the entire RFX package, clarifications, post bid comments, safety/quality plans and contract documents are reviewed prior to mobilization to the jobsite and oversees the Project Management Team (PMT).


  • Interprets plans and contract terms to site supervision and other staff as required.
  • Provide and/or approve contractor estimates to clients for extra work. Coordinate/oversee/provide all client and/or contractor communications referring to billing and contractual needs.
  • Attend all internal project coordination meetings, client progress meetings and other meetings requiring senior management participation.
  • Assist in scheduling the project in logical steps and budget time required to meet deadlines.
  • Minimize company exposure and risk on project.
  • Keep project management team (PMT) well informed of changes within the organization / project.
  • Assist or conduct drawing takeoffs and estimate quantities.
  • Establish and maintain the relationship between the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and the Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS) for the entire project scope and apply change management as required.
  • Provide monthly cost reports, spend profiles, and other costs status reports to project stakeholders.
  • Implement and maintain a change management procedure on each project to monitor and track costs and schedule trends or changes along with appropriate documentation and approvals.


  • Must have civil project/construction management experience.
  • Project Management certification is an asset
  • Intermediate level experience with computer software including: Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, PDF

Get the .pdf here: Accepting Resumes – Construction Manager

Mo’ than a Feeling – Movember 2015

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 by

The Movember campaign at GCS Energy Services limited is a favorite in the field and offices. Every year we work hard to raise funds, awareness, and mustaches for this cause that affects so many Canadian men. Thank you to all our donors and participants.

2008 Caterpillar D6T LGP Angle/Winch

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 by

2008 CAT D6TLGP Angle/Winch, 7663 hours, 80% UC Remaining, All Workorder History on File, UC Report on File, $170,000

Project Manager

The Project Manager is responsible for the execution of one or more civil projects in accordance with a valid, executed contract, company policies & procedures and work instruction


  • Establishes and maintains the relationship between the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and the Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS) for the entire project and applies change management as required.
  • Provides cost reports, spend profiles and other costs status reports to project stakeholders and Project Management Team (PMT). Establishes and maintains a CBS to monitor budgets and other parameters forcomplete project scope based upon approved estimates.
  • Analyzes cost data, physical progress data and schedule data in order to calculate project cost forecasts.
  • Gathers timely and accurate incurred costs (value of work done) data from construction team, contractors and other associated groups in order to facilitate monthly accrual process.
  • Implements risk and contingency management procedures on the project and coordinates/reviews risk and contingency status with the PMT.
  • Assists in development of job function procedure with appropriate flow chart and work instructions and ensure stakeholders are aware of procedure.


  • Minimum CET designation with 3 years’ experience or Civil Engineering Degree.
  • Excellent English communication skills with good organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to maintain a high level of accuracy in preparing and entering information.
  • Uses good decision-making skills and a willingness to accept responsibility for decisions made.
  • Valid driver’s license Able to travel and adhere to work schedule for the project duration.                                  GCS offers great wages, benefits, and respect for every employee. Our progressive, team-focused company culture is something you will want to experience. Send your resume, applicable training tickets, and work references to or fax 780-888-2100. Visit for more job postings and information. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Find the .pdf here: Accepting Resumes – Project Manager Accepting Resumes – Site Supervisors

Gold Hand Mentorship Program

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 by
Dean Favell mentoring Brad Mwangi (3)

This is an employee based program to encourage employee involvement and ownership of the GCS Health and Safety program and to allow for growth and development within GCS.  This program gives GCS management an opportunity to recognize employees who want to succeed and show initiative within the company.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Experienced workers who agree to participate are given GCS Gold Mentor stickers to wear on their hard hats, making them immediately recognizable as individuals to whom new/green employees can turn to for guidance.

In order to obtain this ranking, these individuals should be thoroughly knowledgeable about the GCS’s safety program, have site experience, and be active mentors.

Field Administrator

GCS is accepting resumes for Field Administrators. Could this be you? If you think “yes” after reading each of these statements, then we may have the job you’re looking for … I like administrative work, and I have great organizational and computer skills. I enjoy working at a field office and my lifestyle lets me be away from home for extended periods.
 I have a valid license and a reliable vehicle and I am used to (or able to) work 10 to 12 hours per day.

Good so far? Great! Keep reading………………
Wage: $27.00 an hour to start with overtime paid per Labor Standards.
Work location: Jobsites may vary across the prairie provinces. For sites that are more than 100 kms from the worker’s permanent address, living out allowance (LOA) will be paid. Proof of permanent address is required at orientation.
Typical hours: This is a full-time position and overtime is paid at time and a half. Work hours may vary but it is expected that workdays usually are from 7 to 5 to match the schedule of our project workers.
Responsibilities: General administrative duties including: emails, phone, mail/courier, filing, meeting minutes and preparing/handing other correspondence. Collect/forward fleet mileage and fuel reports and assist in the set-up and close-out of the jobsite office. Enter daily labor hours, equipment and materials and ensure the office is provided information relative to any client/sub-contractor change orders or work extras.


  • 2 or more years’ office experience.
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills; able to work independently with minimal supervision and contribute to a team.
  • Remain organized while handling multiple priorities and work with frequent interruptions while staying focused on job tasks.
  • Intermediate user of MS Office and accurate data entry.
  • Basic safety tickets will be required prior to going to any jobsite including: H2S Alive, Standard First Aid, Ground Disturbance and CSTS-09.
  • Computer skills testing will be performed at the interview and all GCS workers are subject to drug and alcohol testing at orientation.

GCS offers great wages, benefits, and respect for every employee. Our progressive, team-focused company culture is something you will want to experience. Send your resume, applicable training tickets, and work references to or fax 780-888-2100. Visit for more job postings and information. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Get the .pdf here : Accepting Resumes – Field Admin