Engineer 2 - Protection & Control Maintenance

Company: BC Hydro
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia

Source: BC Hydro
Job Title: Engineer 2 - Protection and Control Maintenance
Job Number: BCH-R-1939-230201E1
Job Location: Edmonds, British Columbia, Canada

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Providing clean electricity to 4 million customers takes a diverse workforce and that’s where you come in. We need your talent to help us build major projects to meet growing demand. To help our customers find clean energy solutions for their homes and businesses and to be ready to respond during storms and outages to keep our system reliable.

Working for BC Hydro is meaningful. And now, the stakes have been raised as we work towards a solution to climate change while safely providing clean, affordable electricity to our customers.

We offer a healthy work life balance, training opportunities and career progression. We're proud to be ranked as one of BC's Top Employers and one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers. Join us as we build an even cleaner BC.

Job Description


The Protection and Control Maintenance team supports the real time operation of the power system by providing system disturbance analysis and help ensure BC Hydro's compliance with NERC - PRC suite of reliability standards. This team acts as the subject matter experts and professionals of record for P&C Maintenance standards and regularly supports stakeholders in Operations, Asset Management and Field Operations.

As a support group, our focus is typically on maintenance standards, field support and emergent work. The successful candidate will have day to day tasks and minor project work assigned but will need a high degree of flexibility and self-management to respond to high priority incidents as they occur.

The successful candidate will assist the team by:

  • Reviewing, revising, and authoring P&C Maintenance Standards.
  • Recommending and approving work practices.
  • Providing engineering support to field for maintenance activities.
  • Providing direction to field staff for troubleshooting.
  • Performing power system disturbance analysis, monitoring and reliability tracking.
  • Downloading and Analyzing protection relay event records.
  • Performing other data retrieval activities (digital fault recorders, power quality meters, EMS logs) to facilitate power system operation and protection system analysis.
  • Identifying protection relay mis-operations, creating corrective action plans and tracking implementation.
  • Providing end-user Protection and Control support to asset management, real time operations, field staff and other stakeholders.
  • Contributing to NERC compliance efforts for mandatory reliability standards (PRC-002, PRC-004, PRC-012).
  • Evaluating protection relay emergency spare stock and processing spare requests.
  • Supporting, troubleshooting and maintaining protection and control and power quality measurements tools and systems.
  • Facilitating or participating in multi-disciplinary teams as a protection and control representative.
  • Other work in the protection and control field, as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering recognized by Canadian Universities with experience in Electric Power System.
  • Registered, or eligible for immediate registration, as a professional engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. Candidates registered as a P.L.Eng. with Engineers and Geoscientists BC may be considered.
  • A minimum of 4 years of utility protection and control experience.
  • Demonstrably strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Flexibility in responding to emergent work.
  • Strong prioritization skills.

The following are considered strong assets:

  • Experience with the application and analysis of Protection Systems.
  • Familiarity with Remedial Action Schemes (RAS).
  • Experience analyzing Power System Disturbances and Protection System Records.
  • Familiarity with relevant NERC PRC standards.
  • Experience in a technical support capacity.
  • Familiarity with North American electric power system practices and standards in common use.
  • BC Hydro experience.

Additional Information:

  • A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain your Driver's Licence: Class 5 In Good Standing.
  • Applicants who do not meet the full qualifications or those with lesser work experience may be considered for a lower-level position.

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 Feb. 15, 2023.

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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 include everyone.
  • We act with integrity and respect.
  • We are forward thinking.

BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

We include everyone. We welcome applications from anyone, including members of visible minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

We are also happy to provide reasonable accommodations throughout the selection process and while working at BC Hydro. If you require support applying online because you are a person with a disability, please contact us at [email protected].

BC Hydro has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that requires employees to have a full series of COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of vaccination on request. This Policy is currently suspended but may resume at BC Hydro's discretion. While the Policy is suspended, all new employees are required to disclose their vaccination status to BC Hydro.

Flexible work model role definitions


Our four role types identify the degree of flexibility an employee could have to work from home based on the type of work they do. The flexibility for an individual job is up to the manager for each position and the operational requirements. Employees also have the right to work full-time from the office if they prefer. All of our roles require at least some in-person time.

  • IBEW/Field – No option to work from home.
  • Resident – Works primarily (4+ days per week) in the office.
  • Hybrid – May be able to work from home up to 3 days per week.
  • Remote – Works from home 4+ days per week.