Intermediate/Senior Engineer, Protection & Control Engineering

Company: BC Hydro
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia

Source: BC Hydro
Job Title: Intermediate/Senior Engineer - Protection & Control Engineering
Job Number: BCH-T-5682-201014E1
Job Location: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

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 BC’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 4 years in a row.

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

Job Description


  • As an experienced professional engineer, engages in the engineering of electrical utility Protection and Control systems and develops specialized expertise in design engineering.
  • Act in the role of Professional of Record, Owners Engineer, and Work Package Manager.
  • Manage medium to larger sized projects and work packages, write specifications, technical reports and standards, estimate capital costs, make sound business decision, lead and mentor technical staff, manage project resources and provide technical and site support during the installation and commissioning of protection and control equipment.
  • Provide work leadership and technical direction to engineers, consultants, and technical support staff, coordinate projects and manage project resources, and develop innovative methods of design for complex P&C problems, review work of the project team and of consultants and contractors to ensure accuracy, achievement of required results, and adherence to accepted engineering practice.
  • Recommend solutions that go beyond accepted practice and precedent in order to improve results and control impacts.
  • Analyze and resolve challenging and unusual engineering problems with considerable independence.
  • Engage in the detailed design of electrical utility generation protection systems, automated unit control schemes, digital relays and PLC programing, electrical and non-electrical protection, governor and exciter control systems, water flow and spillway control systems, air gap and unit vibration monitoring, shear pin monitoring, spill gate controls, reservoir level monitoring, penstock protection, unit auxiliary controls, control room design and public warning systems, etc.
  • Develop and maintain effective professional relationships with internal colleagues in order to determine relative priorities, assess the impact of work on others and facilitate the resolution of issues, and manages stakeholder, supplier


  • Bachelor degree in electrical engineering recognized by Canadian universities.
  • Registered, or eligible for immediate registration, as a professional engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience in a relevant engineering field, with minimum four (4) years of experience in designing, maintaining, installing and testing hydro-electric or thermal generation Protection and Control system and equipment. Persons with lesser qualifications and relevant experience (4+ years) are welcome to apply and may be considered for an intermediate level position.
  • Ability to work in a team environment is essential.
  • Preference will be given to candidates which have extensive experience and strong academic knowledge on one or more of the following:
    • Governors specification and integration design.
    • Exciter specification and integration design.
    • Rotating equipment and reactive equipment detailed protection design.
    • Automation control detailed design and programming using Schneider PLCs, HMIs and Software and technical support for installation and commissioning.

Additional Information:

  • BC Hydro has a strong safety culture and the candidate will be expected to be a role model in practising and integrating safety into all aspects of their work.
  • These are Full Time Temporary Positions for approximately 24 months.
  • A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain a Class 5 Driver's Licence in good standing.
  • The successful candidate must be willing to occasionally travel and work at various job sites across the province.

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.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their applications online at by November 4, 2020.

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We're always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking, and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in BC. 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.
  • We act with integrity.
  • We respect our province.
  • We are forward thinking.

BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.