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Protection and Control System Support

  • LocationBurnaby, BC V3N 4X8 - Canada
  • Work TypeContract/Temp
  • Positions1 Position


  • Job no: 1202165941
  • Categories: Operations

Our BC based energy client has an immediate need for Protection and Control Support Services - System Support Engineer for a six (6) month contract opportunity. This would be based out of their Burnaby office.

The Assistant Project Engineer performs supervised engineering tasks for assignments of limited scope and complexity using standard procedures and techniques to support projects and/or operations at BC Hydro safely, with quality, within budget, and on time.

Additional Experience and Role Accountabilities

• This role requires experience with the design of electrical utility substations with operating voltages from 12kV to 500kV and demonstrated experience working with utility design solutions a in an electric utility environment.

• This position is needed to help with an increasing work load in capital project, emergency replacement and restoration work, asset management strategic OMA work programs and Owners Engineer review work.

• Prepare project documentation and deliverables in accordance with BC Hydro project and Engineering Design Practices (i.e. evaluation reports, specifications, proposals, estimates, design basis', calculations, hazard logs, test plans).

• Prepare design work packages including scope, duration, and level of effort estimates.

• Prepare signed/sealed engineering deliverables as a Professional of Record (PoR) in accordance with EGBC

• Provide technical assistance and construction support in the field, and undertake field reviews as required by EGBC.

• Design for the following Electrical Systems related to Transmission Stations:

o Ground Grid

o Site Layout and equipment clearances

o Control, feeder and compressor buildings

o Electrical equipment supports

• Perform various engineering calculations: short-circuit forces, ampacity, cable design, lightning protection, voltage drop, indoor and outdoor lighting, etc.


Additional Education and Skills

• Ability to provide technical directions to junior engineers

• Ability to manage design tasks including scope, schedule and cost

• Ability to find engineering solutions that add value and to reach consensus

• Ability to communicate efficiently including verbal and technical writing in the English language, analytical, interpersonal communications and presentation skills

• Experience in project management including estimating, cost control and project administration


Protection and Control Support Services (PCSS) - System Support Team requires an individual with an electrical engineering or technology background to act in a System Support Role.

PCSS supports the real time operation of the power system through protection system analysis and helps ensure BC Hydro's compliance with NERC - PRC suite of reliability standards. As a support group, our focus is typically on emergent work, with some larger project work. The successful candidate will have day to day tasks and minor project work assigned but will also need to be flexible enough to respond to high priority incidents as they occur.

The successful candidate will assist the team by:

- Performing power system disturbance analysis, monitoring and reliability tracking

- Downloading & Analyzing protection relay event records

- Performing other data retrieval activities (digital fault recorders, power quality meters, EMS logs) to facilitate power system and protection system analysis

- Identifying protection relay misoperation, 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

- Supporting real time operations of the power system by preparing contingency plans, recommendations and short term operating plans for abnormal conditions

- Contributing to NERC compliance efforts for mandatory reliability standards (PRC-002, PRC-004, PRC-012, PRC-016)

- Supporting, troubleshooting and maintaining protection and control and power quality measurements tools and systems

- Authoring and editing engineering standards and maintenance standards

- Providing direction to field staff for troubleshooting

- Facilitating or participating in multi-disciplinary teams as a protection and control representative

- Evaluating protection relay emergency spare stock and processing spare requests

- Other work in the protection and control field as assigned


The individual must have the following:

- An electrical engineering or technology background with utility protection and control experience

- Demonstrably strong communication and organizational skills

- Flexibility in responding to emergent work

- Strong prioritization skills

There is a strong preference the individual has the following:

- Registration with EGBC as a P.Eng or Eng. L.

- Familiarity with protection and control device interrogation, record retrieval and analysis

- Familiarity with Schweitzer Engineering SEL products and tools

- Familiarity with Schneider Electric Power Quality Meter products and tools

- Familiarity with relevant NERC PRC standards (PRC-002-2, PRC-004-5, PRC-004-WECC, PRC-012, PRC-016)

- Experience in a field support capacity

- Familiarity with North American electric power system practices and standards in common use

Experience and Role Accountabilities

• A minimum two (2) years of in a relevant engineering field or equivalent.

• Contribute to the development of safe engineering solutions by performing activities such as studies of limited scope and applying prescribed methods and techniques in solving problems for projects and/or operations.

• Assist with specific aspects of more complex engineering activities adhering to prescribed analysis, design, or computation methods by following established practices working under close supervision of a senior professional engineer who reviews work for accuracy, adequacy, and conformance with prescribed procedures.

• Participate in the client's engineering practice using initiative and judgement in making