Civil Engineer 2, Generation Maintenance

Company: BC Hydro
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia

Job Title: Civil Engineer 2 - Generation Maintenance
Job Number: BCH-R-5685-190308E1
Job Location: Full-time Permanent, British Columbia, Canada
Job Status: Full-time Permanent

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


This is a challenging opportunity for an Intermediate Civil Engineer to provide engineering support for the inspection, assessment, and maintenance of the various generating facilities. Experience in design and minor modifications of existing wood, steel, and concrete structures and assessment of hydraulic structures and corrosion will be considered a valuable asset. The candidate will work both independently and in a team environment. The role will involve some travel to field sites and include climbing inspections (working at heights, on steep slopes, and using ropes occasionally) and work in confined spaces (e.g., inside and outside steep penstocks). The team provides civil maintenance support for the condition assessment, inspection, design, and repair of wood, concrete, and steel structures. Ongoing projects include: the inspection, assessment, refurbishment, and recoating of penstocks and gates; minor modifications of (concrete, wood or steel) structures; fall protection, public safety, and debris booms; updating Equipment Health Ratings (EHR) for Penstocks.

The successful candidate will have the following general responsibilities:

  • Carry out design work (minor modifications/ repair of existing structures), preparing drawings, writing specifications and maintenance standards, and providing P.O.R. (Professional of Record) services.
  • Carry out loading assessments of existing structures, often at short notice with quick turnaround required.
  • Manage simple and small multi-discipline projects (scope, schedule, and cost) including planning, resourcing, and coordinating work to ensure that commitments are met.
  • Organize and carry out inspections and assessments of hydraulic structures (concrete, wood, and steel). (e.g., penstocks, gates)
  • Ensure all work complies with WorkSafe BC, Occupational and Health regulations, and environmental requirements.
  • Investigate, analyze, and solve a variety of challenging and unique engineering problems.
  • Develops innovative engineering techniques, devises new approaches, and applies existing criteria in novel ways. Provide solutions that are practical and cost effective.
  • Manage client relationships to ensure their needs are met and to work closely with stakeholders to drive innovation, find engineering solutions that add value, address competing interests at least life cycle cost, and to reach consensus.
  • Review work of consultants and contractors to ensure accuracy, achievement of deliverables, and adherence to accepted engineering practice.


The successful candidate will have:

  • A degree in civil engineering recognized by Canadian universities with experience in assessment of existing structures and design of modifications to structures.
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant experience.
  • Registered, or eligible for immediate registration, as a professional engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
  • Solid understanding of related standards and codes used in the industry.
  • Ability to manage several small sized projects at the same time.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Strong report writing skills.
  • Strong computer application skills (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Strong leadership and analytical skills.
  • Broad field experience including construction inspection is desirable.
  • Direct experience in the hydroelectric industry would be an asset.

Additional Information

  • The successful candidate must be willing to travel and work at various job sites across the province.
  • A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain a Driver's Licence: Class 5 In Good Standing.
  • 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 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.

How to Apply

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Interested candidates should submit their applications online at by March 24, 2019.

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