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Electrical Engineer for Grid Modernization

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Powertech Labs Inc, BC Hydro's subsidiary that specializes in energy research, consulting, testing, and systems integration, has been serving power utilities, oil and gas companies, automotive, and electrical utility equipment manufacturers since 1989. We operate as a separate, unregulated, for profit, commercial company. In addition to providing innovative R&D, consulting and testing services to BC Hydro, Powertech provides the majority of its services to a large and diverse array of clients across North America, and around the world. Powertech is located on an 11-acre campus in Surrey, British Columbia and has 200+ employees. Our reach and reputation are global, and we are recognized as a leader in technology, testing, and power systems software. Our location places us close to BC Hydro, 25 kilometers from the US border, and at a gateway between Asian and North American markets. Finally, we are located in one of the most desirable locations on the globe, with all the natural beauty of British Columbia on our doorstep. We call this home.

Powertech’s brand and reputation command a dominant position in the power industry. To better serve our clients, we group our services under six market-orientated sectors: Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Substations, Power Systems, Grid Modernization and Advanced Transportation. Powertech’s competitive advantage is enhanced through close collaboration between all sectors.

The company's staff consists of professional engineers, scientists, technologists and technicians from a wide range of disciplines. These highly skilled individuals have access to 21 well-equipped, specialized laboratories. Together, the resources allow us to offer a range of forward-looking technology services to help clients advance technology, solve complex problems, and maximize asset performance.

Finally, we are customer-focused: To ensure our customers have high confidence in our services, we attract the best resources, are highly responsive and constantly strive to improve the quality and value of our services.  

Powertech has an exciting and challenging opportunity for two Electrical Engineers to join a team of professionals based at Powertech Labs in Surrey, B.C.

Department Overview

The Distribution Grid Management Department offers a broad range of technology and engineering solutions through SCADA engineering, protection and control development and distribution automation.  The department carries out a variety of value added projects for electric utilities, manufacturers and R&D organizations.

Position Overview

As a member of the Grid Modernization Team, the selected candidate will assist with technical work as well as project management and coordination of tasks across the projects (grid impact, demand management, DER, distribution automation, NERC CIP and Communication Technology). This is a hands-on client focused role that will appeal to those who enjoy hands on engineering work as well as taking ownership of delivering a project from start to finish.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in the planning, preparation and execution of projects, tests and deliverables according to international standards and customer requirements in the laboratory and the field.
  • Participate in design of test methods and put them into practice
  • Coordinate projects or components of projects including scheduling work and tracking costs in accordance with company’s quality controls and leveraging company resources and processes
  • Prepare detailed technical reports
  • Maintain detailed documentation throughout all phases of testing
  • Promote Powertech services to existing and potential clients in order to provide a flow of projects and work for the group and Powertech
  • Respond to requests for quotations and requests for proposals from clients, and provide detailed technical proposals, cost estimates, and work schedules.
  • Develop innovative engineering techniques and apply theoretical and practical knowledge in testing, analysis and problem resolution
  • Maintain professional relationships and communication with other departments, outside consultants, contractors and suppliers in order to effectively and efficiently gather and relay information and resolve issues of concern
  • Participate in maintenance and improvements of laboratory equipment and operations with emphasis on achieving high quality and cost-effectiveness
  • Attract new business opportunities


  • An electrical engineering degree from a qualified University.  An advanced degree in Power Engineering or related area is preferred.
  • Registered or eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer or Engineer in Training with Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Required technical experience and knowledge

  • Strong knowledge of transmission and distribution systems, equipment and processes.
  • Minimum of 4 years project or on-site experience as an electrical engineer.
  • Experience with one more of the following areas in Grid Modernization (industrial experience preferred, academic project work may be considered if applicable)
    • Commissioning, testing and validation of medium voltage electric grid equipment.
    • Distribution automation
    • Grid impact management of end use devices (electric vehicles, load management devices and commercial building management systems)
    • Wireless Tele Communications and RF
    • Distributed energy resource (DER) modeling and distribution system planning using PSCAD, SKM or other similar tools
  • 2-4 years of Project Management experience
  • Technical knowledge in Electric Utility Engineering
  • Project management accreditation or formal training will be an asset
  • Proficiency with MS office suite including MS Project

Performance Competencies (Non-Technical Skills)

  • Demonstrated rigor in modeling safety behaviours and safety awareness for working in laboratories and the field.
  • Excellent customer service skills with ability to envision “walking in the customers’ shoes.”
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent decision making capabilities.
  • Excellent detail-oriented, problem solving skills.
  • Good aptitude for engaging and developing relationships with clients.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to lead and motivate team members.
  • Ability to complete complex engineering tasks independently.
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply new concepts, principles and solutions.
  • Demonstrates dependability and commitment to projects/tasks.
  • Initiative and aptitude/adaptability to solve complex and varying challenges with minimal direction.
  • Focus on consistency and quality in all work activities.
  • Ability to optimally adapt to a constrained schedule and perform under pressure.
  • Strong multitasking and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to solve complex challenges with minimal direction

Location:                                           Surrey B.C.

Job ID:                                               GENG2018.52

Job Status:                                        Full-Time Regular

Compensation & Benefits:              Powertech Labs Inc. offers a very comprehensive total rewards package based on a healthy work/life balance.

Close Date:                                       December 16, 2018

Please be advised that this role has been assessed as safety sensitive and pre-qualification alcohol and drug testing will be required as a pre-condition to employment. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

To apply and to obtain more information on Powertech Labs Inc. visit our website at

Posted: November 30, 2018
Closes: January 1, 2019