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BC Hydro and Power Authority

Engineer 1 - Transmission Planning

Burnaby, BC
Full Time
5 days ago

NB 50868092 - NC 50869502

BCH-R-8092-190611E1Employment Posting ID:

Engineer 1 - Transmission Planning Positions Available: 1

Full-time (37.5 hrs/wk)Status: Edmonds A03Job Location: Permanent Lower MainlandRegion:

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 B.C.'s Top Employers and one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for four 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.


The successful candidate will join the Transmission Planning group as a transmission planning engineer. The core function of Transmission Planning is to develop BC Hydro near-term and long- term transmission system plans to meet BC Hydro's future business need of providing reliable, affordable and cost-effective electric supply services to the customers in BC as well as ensure Mandatory Reliability Standard (MRS) compliance with NERC Transmission Planning Standards (TPL-001-4) and WECC Planning Criteria.

Specific Duties: * Perform power system analysis including load flow study and transient stability simulation for a regional transmission system to identify potential system constraints, develop viable system reinforcement alternatives, and verify system performance of the recommended solutions. * Responsible for an assigned regional transmission system and develop both near-term (up to 5 years) and long-term (greater than 5 years) transmission reinforcement plans. * Prepare annual TPL assessment report for an assigned regional transmission system to demonstrate BC Hydro's compliance to MRS or NERC Standards from transmission planning perspective. * Conduct transmission voltage customer (TVC) load interconnection system impact study (SIS), initiate transmission reinforcement project scope to accommodate new load supplies, and draft load interconnection SIS reports including all technical inputs from various disciplines including Station Planning, Transmission Line Design, Analytical Studies, Protection and Controls Planning, Telecom Planning, etc. * Initiate transmission reinforcement projects by providing justification, option comparison, probabilistic reliability study, economic analysis, and risk assessment. Prepare project investment summary to support BC Hydro Capital Planning process and capital project development process. * As delegate of project initiator, support a project through the BC Hydro capital infrastructure project delivery process, including Needs Identification, Conceptual Design, Feasibility Design and Project Definition Phase.

BCH-R-8092-190611E1 - Engineer 1 - Transmission Planning

NB 50868092 - NC 50869502

* Respond to information inquiries from the public, provincial government, BC Utility Commission, etc. to fulfill BC Hydro's commitments specified in Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT), regulatory process and Revenue Requirement Application (RRA), as well as from public consultation process for capital investment justification and project development. * Play the role as subject matter expert in system planning to support various BC Hydro business processes, including power system modelling, system operations, distribution planning, Integrated Resource Planning, load interconnections, transmission asset sustaining (both lines and stations), economic development, key account customer services, etc. * Develop and maintain effective professional relationship with internal and external stakeholders in addressing service requests for performing specialized studies, such as load forecast, load interconnections, generation interconnections, integrated resource planning, capital planning, economic business development, etc. * Provide leadership and chair meetings for any technical discussion related to transmission system planning with internal and external stakeholders.


The following qualifications are required: * Bachelor or higher academic degree in Electrical Engineering recognized by Canadian Universities with experience in Electric Power System. * Registered, or eligible for registration, as an EIT with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC). * A minimum of 2 years of demonstrated experience in electric power system studies specifically related to load flow, voltage stability, transient stability, etc. * Hands-on skills on transmission system analysis using power system simulation tools: PSS/E, GE-PSLF, DSATools, Power World or other equivalent professional programs. * Solid understanding of engineering concepts applied to power system operations, transmission designs, substation designs, and system protections and controls. * Strong interpersonal, communication, technical writing and organizational skills; ability to work in a team environment is essential.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION * Preference will be given to candidates with strong academic background on power system, expertise in planning and operation of transmission systems, and knowledge of power utility business, transmission services and public utility regulation. * Knowledge on electromagnetics simulation is an asset. 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 B.C. 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.

BCH-R-8092-190611E1 - Engineer 1 - Transmission Planning

NB 50868092 - NC 50869502

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Date Posted: 2019-06-11 Closing Date: 2019-07-03