Senior Engineer, Operations Planning

Company: BC Hydro
Location: Langley, British Columbia

Source: BC Hydro
Job Title: Sr. Engineer - Operations Planning
Job Number: BCH-R-9529-190311E1
Job Location: Fraser Valley Office, 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


The TDSO Operations Planning department is focused on the support of Real Time Operations, planning for the day to day operations of the integrated electric system.

This role is focused on preparing operations planning assessments, coordinating outage and operations requirements to mitigate any potential or actual adverse system impacts. The team coordinates activities across Transmission, Generation, Distribution, Independent Power Producers, Transmission Voltage Customers, neighbor utility entities in interconnection. The TDSO Operations Planners are technical experts on the reliable operation of the bulk electric system, encompassing the wide area view of BC, and also neighbouring electric systems.

  • Prepare outage and system-based operating plans including Daily Operating Plan for the Bulk Electric System, and local transmission and station asset outage plans.
  • Develop base-cases and perform study analyses and next-day assessments.
  • Perform longer term study analyses that support Annual Outage Plans and TTC forecasting for Transmission Service provisions.
  • Conduct operational planning analyses and communicate the results to impacted entities within BC, neighbouring electric systems and Reliability Coordinators. Additionally, coordinates outages and operating plans with other entities in the near term and next-day time frame.
  • Provide engineering support for Real Time Operations staff for outage plans, operating plans, and operating orders (as a subject matter expert).
  • Develop and revise System Operating Orders prescribing rules for the operation of the integrated electric system.
  • Interface and liaise with external entities to coordinate outages and operating plans.
  • Contribute to reporting and presentations to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the preparation of Disturbance Analysis Reports and presentation of the results.
  • Support the gathering of compliance evidence and participate in annual certification, self-audits, and regular BCUC sanctioned audits, to ensure on-going compliance with applicable NERC/BCUC MRS standards.
  • Interact and engage relevant groups in Integrated Planning, Generation System Operations, and Capital Infrastructure Project Delivery, Stations, and Line Operations in implementing processes, requirements, criteria, standards, and policies dealing with power system operations.
  • Develop and maintain effective professional relationship with internal and external customers in addressing service requests for performing specialized engineering studies (e.g., load interconnections, generation interconnections, capital plan, short- and long-range transmission planning, annual NERC TPL studies, etc.). This includes understanding operational requirements, defining the scope of the work, implementing, testing, and delivering on-time support for projects and programs.


  • Bachelor or higher academic degree in electrical power systems engineering from a qualified university.
  • Registered, or eligible for immediate registration, as a professional engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia.
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience, working performing specialized electrical power system studies or direct experience in a Transmission System Operations position.
  • Candidate should have experience performing Power System studies which include Powerflow assessments, Contingency Analysis, Transient and Voltage Stability assessments. Work experience with power application software should include: EMS Advanced Applications, Powertech DSA Tools, PSS/E or PowerWorld.
  • A valid Class 5 BC driver’s licence or ability to obtain same in BC.

Additional Information

  • This role will be directly supporting the T&D System Operations in our Operations Planning Team.

In addition, the following are desired skill sets:

  • Make decisions in tight time frames and under pressure, while working with an extensive array of decision support models.
  • Able to apply creative and critical problem solving to emerging issues. Able to demonstrate experience with multi-tasking and setting priorities.
  • Effectively interface within a team and across other lines of business within BC Hydro and external stakeholders including neighbor utilities, registered entities, and the public.
  • Provide guidance to technical support and managerial staff.
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate various technical studies and data.
  • Engaging interpersonal, oral, and written technical, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of fundamental engineering concepts applied to power system reliability evaluation and with particular emphasis on generation and transmission reliability assessment and the use of Remedial Actions Schemes (RAS). Experience with NERC/BCUC Mandatory Reliability Standards is an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, technical writing, and organizational skills and ability to work in a team environment is essential.
  • Ability to provide direct or indirect work leadership to engineers, other technical stakeholders, and operations staff.
  • Applied programming background, particularly in Excel. Experience in application development in an objected-oriented programming language (e.g., C#, Java, an asset, as would experience working with PI process book.
  • This position is headquartered at our Fraser Valley Office in Langley, BC, and travel to other BC Hydro facilities within the province is required.
  • Successful applicants will be offered positions commensurate with their level of experience.

Therefore, applicants with lesser qualifications may be considered and this position may be filled at a lower level.

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 March 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.

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.

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