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Senior Engineer - System Modelling & Planning Support

Reference ID: BCH-R-3003-190211E1

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NB 50823003 - NC 50825473

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Senior Engineer - System Modelling & Planning Support Positions Available: 1

Full-time (37.5 hrs/wk)Status: Edmonds A03Job Location: Permanent Lower MainlandRegion:

We're BC Hydro and we have a big job to do.

Keeping the lights on for over 4 million people across the province takes a lot of talented people doing many different jobs. From working deep in a generating station, atop a power pole, or behind a desk, whatever it is that makes you tick we offer challenging careers to help you reach your potential.

We're investing more than $2 billion per year in major capital infrastructure projects to help meet the growing demand for safe, reliable power. We're upgrading transmission lines, building new substations, and investing in our hydroelectric generation facilities.

We aim to provide meaningful and challenging work, opportunities for growth and a healthy work/life balance. We've been recognized for excellence and been named one of B.C.'s Top Employers and one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for four years in a row.

It's our vision to be the most trusted, innovative utility company in North America by being smart about power in all we do.


The successful candidate will join the System Modelling & Planning Support (SM&PS) group as a Senior Engineer. The core function of the SP&PS group is to implement the data models and software tools in order to support all the transmission planning processes in BC Hydro (growth capital planning, interconnection planning, transmission operation services, network integration transmission services and integrated resource planning) and to address compliance with WECC and NERC MRS requirements concerning data models for transmission planning and reliability assessment.

Specific Duties: * Provide subject-matter-expertise in power system modelling by conducting data modelling, review, validation and quality assurance in the data models of transmission circuits, station equipment and generation facilities. This also includes implementation of load forecasts, base resource plans, interconnection queue, as-built data for capital and sustain projects, external system models, system operating order updates, etc. * Provide work experience, leadership and technical direction to engineers and technical staff in setting up, testing, tuning, benchmarking and building steady state and dynamic models (base cases). This includes knowledge transfer and training on analytical methods and techniques implemented in specialized power systems application software used for the planning, design and operation of electrical power systems. * Work experience to ensure on-going compliance with NERC MRS standards applicable to steady-state and dynamic data models used for transmission planning (MOD-025, MOD-026, MOD-027, MOD-031, MOD-032 and MOD-033 standards) * Work experience to deal with on-going WECC data requests (power flow and dynamic base cases, generating unit model validation, Remedial Action Schemes in standardized WECC format, Composite Load Model, Relay Models, Sequence Data, Load & Resource Information, Geomagnetic Induced Current data). This includes interaction and coordination with other utilities such as: FBC, AESO and BPA.

BCH-R-3003-190211E1 - Senior Engineer - System Modelling & Planning Support

NB 50823003 - NC 50825473

* Active participation representing BC Hydro in relevant working groups of the Data and Model Subcommittees under WECC's Reliability Assessment Committee dealing with steady-state and dynamic data used for transmission reliability assessment. * Interact with relevant groups in Integrated Planning, Operations and Capital Infrastructure Project Delivery in implementing processes, requirements, criteria, standards and policies dealing with power system models for transmission planning. * Develop and maintain effective professional relationship with internal and external customers in addressing service requests for performing specialized engineering studies (e.g., load interconnections, generation interconnections, capital plan, short and long range transmission planning, annual NERC TPL studies, etc.). This includes understanding the requirements, defining the scope of the work, implementing, testing and delivering on time data models for planning studies based on customer specifications.


* Bachelor or higher academic degree in electrical power systems engineering from a qualified university. * Registered, or eligible for immediate registration, as a Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC). * A minimum of 8 years experience working in data modelling and performing specialized electrical power system studies such as: power flows, dynamic stability simulations, voltage stability, short-circuit calculations, reactive var planning and optimization, fast transients and electromagnetics simulations, frequency response analysis. * Work experience with power application software such as: PSS/E, GE-PSLF, DSA Tools, PowerWorld, ASPEN, PSCAD/EMTDC, EMTP-RV, PI, PPPD, LMDT. * Ability to review and verify plant record information for transmission circuits and station equipment and extract data models as needed by power application software used for transmission planning. * Knowledge of fundamental engineering concepts applied to power system reliability evaluation and with particular emphasis on composite generation and transmission reliability assessment. * Strong interpersonal, communication, technical writing and organizational skills and ability to work in a team environment is essential.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION * Preference will be given to candidates with strong academic background and expertise in the planning and operation of electrical power systems. * Preference will be given to candidates with software development skills in electrical power systems using specialized programming languages such as: FORTRAN, C++, C#, Python, Perl, Awk, HTML/XML, Java, etc., and industry standard databases (Oracle, SQL server). * Knowledge and exposure to the latest developments in the CIM (Common Information Model), a standard developed by the electricity industry for data modelling and exchange would be an asset but not a requirement. * This position is advertised internally/externally concurrently. 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.

We're always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It's an exciting time to be a part of our team as we invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Our values guide our work. Want to join us?

We are safe. We are here for our customers. We are one team.

BCH-R-3003-190211E1 - Senior Engineer - System Modelling & Planning Support

NB 50823003 - NC 50825473

We act with integrity. We respect our province. We are forward thinking.

BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

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Date Posted: 2019-02-11 Closing Date: 2019-02-28

Posted: February 12, 2019
Closes: April 13, 2019
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BC Hydro is one of the largest energy suppliers in Canada. We generate and deliver electricity to 95% of the population of British Columbia and over four million people. It’s our vision is to be ...