The Regional Engineer creates value for our customers, employees and shareholders through two key aspects of this role:
- by planning, preparing, communicating and justifying projects and programs that contribute to the long-term capital plan for all FortisBC gas assets within a designated geographic zone; and
- by providing technical support to Operations (including Regional Managers and their teams) within a designated geographic zone. Regional engineers are expected to provide justifications for recommended work that aligns with FortisBC’s vision of providing safe, reliable energy delivery at the lowest reasonable cost to our customers.
The primary focus of the Regional Engineer is to create a prudent and defensible plan for sustainment and growth capital work as required in their respective zone. Successful creation and execution of this plan is heavily dependent upon effective collaboration and discussion with key internal customers such as Operations, as well as Asset Management, Engineering, Project Management, Business Development, System Capacity Planning, Regulatory and other groups. These discussions, technical reviews and alignment with corporate direction help to define needs and opportunities which are then prioritized according to risk reduction and value creation. Key accountabilities are listed below but other duties may be included as part of the role.
Identify: Identify and document needs for all distribution and transmission assets within assigned zones. Collaborate with different FortisBC groups to define and prioritize needs according to risk and benefits to the business.
Analyze: Collate identified needs into programs, projects and other types of work. Carry out option analysis to determine specific options that can be executed. Provide an informed, factual, and logic-based assessment for recommendation of optimal solution. Develop required class level of scopes, schedules, and cost estimates and provide feedback to stakeholders.
Prioritize: Through discussions with management and with input from other stakeholder groups, prioritize projects, and programs for incorporation into the capital plan. Provide support for the justification of business cases for identified projects and programs. Conduct financial analysis of alternative solutions identified.
Update and Maintain: Based on the prioritization of project and programs, update and maintain capital plans. Review and communicate this plan with stakeholders and follow up with execution of projects to ensure that work is being performed efficiently (e.g. within scoped budgets), timely and satisfactorily (complies with company standards, general accepted work standards, etc.). Reallocate projects and program content to ensure adherence to approved budgets as laid out for the capital plan and within approval limits.
Support: Build and maintain strong working relationships by providing technical support to Operations groups within a designated zone, including Regional Managers, Area Managers and their teams. Represent the company through participation in technical societies or groups. Assist in external communications with municipalities and other regional organizations as technical resource. Support internal approval process and regulatory rate applications.
Document and Justification: It is incumbent upon the Regional Engineer to provide satisfactory definition of scope, cost and business justification for identified projects and programs. This is critical for the defensibility of planned work and budgets.
Bachelor's degree in engineering from a recognized program plus 4–7 years of relevant experience in a gas distribution or transmission planning or design environment. It is preferred that candidates hold a P.Eng. designation. However, exceptional candidates with significant experience who do not have a P.Eng. designation must be eligible for registration as a professional engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
- Competent in software tools for modelling, forecasting, and asset management;
- Proven project management skills;
- Strong technical knowledge of gas distribution and transmission systems, and the regulatory requirements and codes that govern them;
- Working knowledge of business tools such as SAP, MS Office and MS Project;
- Demonstrated ability to analyze, determine course of action and lead change;
- Demonstrated ability to provide technical mentoring to others;
- Demonstrated ability to conduct elementary research;
- Demonstrated ability to analyze information and make sound judgements; and
- Demonstrated presentation, written and verbal communication skills