Specialist Engineer (Stations Strategy and Standards)

Company: BC Hydro
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia
Website: https://app.bchydro.com/careers/current_opp.html

Source: BC Hydro
Job Title: Specialist Engineer (Stations Strategy & Standards)
Job Number: BCH-R-6913-190206E1
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


This is a position in the Stations Strategy and Standards team in Stations Asset Planning. Responsibilities include creating strategic plans for the replacement/refurbishment/maintenance of the substation switchgear equipment in a way that maximizes the life cycle value of the assets. Maintenance costs and capital investments must be optimized while achieving targeted performance levels and managing risks to acceptable levels. Maintenance and capital investment decisions are made that align with the health of the entire BC Hydro fleet of assets, the role of the particular facility within the fleet, and capital and resource availability.

The successful candidate will draw on a wide breadth of utility experience with specialized knowledge and experience with substation and switchgear equipment to make strategic recommendations regarding the best value investment decisions for substation assets over the long term. To do this, working collaboratively with Field Operations, Engineering, Environmental, Safety, etc. staff is necessary.

Duties include:

  • Development and/or facilitate the development of fleet-wide Assets Plans and associated long-term OMA and capital plans.
  • Development/facilitation of equipment strategies relating to maintenance and/or replacement.
  • Serving as planner, asset manager, and initiator delegate for specific capital projects.
  • Identify, develop, and implement fleet-wide opportunities for maintenance and reliability improvements via programs and projects.
  • Manage the relationship with groups outside of Stations Asset Planning, including Operations, Engineering, and Project Delivery to accomplish objectives and address maintenance risks.
  • Maintain and evolve asset management philosophies such as: (1) maintenance and reliability programs and NERC Maintenance Reliability Standards. (2) maintenance and reliability practices, root cause analysis, maintenance standards, spare parts strategies, and sustainment of maintenance and reliability programs.
  • Contributing to the overall development and implementation of asset management strategies and policies


  • Registered, or eligible for registration, as a P.Eng. with Engineers and Geoscientists BC, in electrical engineering.
  • 10 years’ experience is desired—preferably with substation switchgear equipment experience working in transmission for an electric utility.
  • Demonstrated experience with the planning, design, maintenance, and testing and commissioning of switchgear equipment in substations.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple programs/projects and to plan and manage project resources is essential. PMP Certification is an asset.
  • Proven experience in managing equipment maintenance, repair, and modification activities in a large electric utility and project management experience is an asset.
  • Proven ability to implement sustainable changes that add clear value to the business.
  • Strong analytical, planning, and business management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, communications, and negotiation skills are an asset.
  • Self-motivation, strong desire to learn.
  • Preference given to those candidates that possess experience and working knowledge with Substation Switchgear equipment and Asset Management.

Additional Information

  • Work will require limited amounts of travel throughout the BC Hydro system.
  • The successful candidate will be working within a team of other specialist engineers in the Stations Growth and Sustain group and responsibilities for individual maintenance and reliability focus areas will be shared/divided amongst team members.

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 app.bchydro.com/careers/current_opp.html by February 27, 2019.

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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.

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