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Engineering Team Lead – Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

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Powertech Labs Inc, BC Hydro's subsidiary that specializes in energy research, consulting, testing, and systems integration, has been serving power utilities, oil and gas companies, automotive, and electrical utility equipment manufacturers since 1989. We operate as a separate, unregulated, for profit, commercial company. In addition to providing innovative R&D, consulting and testing services to BC Hydro, Powertech provides the majority of its services to a large and diverse array of clients across North America, and around the world. Powertech is located on an 11-acre campus in Surrey, British Columbia and has 200+ employees. Our reach and reputation are global, and we are recognized as a leader in technology, testing, and power systems software. Our location places us close to BC Hydro, 25 kilometers from the US border, and at a gateway between Asian and North American markets. Finally, we are located in one of the most desirable locations on the globe, with all the natural beauty of British Columbia on our doorstep. We call this home.

Powertech’s brand and reputation command a dominant position in the power industry. To better serve our clients, we group our services under six market-orientated sectors: Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Substations, Power Systems, Grid Modernization and Advanced Transportation. Powertech’s competitive advantage is enhanced through close collaboration between all sectors.

The company's staff consists of professional engineers, scientists, technologists and technicians from a wide range of disciplines. These highly skilled individuals have access to 21 well-equipped, specialized laboratories. Together, the resources allow us to offer a range of forward-looking technology services to help clients advance technology, solve complex problems, and maximize asset performance.

Finally, we are customer-focused: To ensure our customers have high confidence in our services, we attract the best resources, are highly responsive and constantly strive to improve the quality and value of our services.  

Powertech has an exciting and challenging opportunity for an Engineering Team Lead to join a team of professionals based at Powertech Labs in Surrey B.C.


Business Overview

The Advanced Transportation business unit supports the reduction of carbon emissions from transportation systems through three teams consisting of the Gas Systems Testing group, Hydrogen Infrastructure group, and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure group.

The Gas Systems Testing group is a global leader in design verification, performance, and certification testing of high-pressure gas components and systems, primarily for the hydrogen and compressed natural gas industries. We offer standardized, customized, and destructive testing services to component manufacturers, Tier 1 & 2 integrators and suppliers, automotive OEMs, regulatory authorities, and aerospace companies around the world.

The Hydrogen Infrastructure group is a technical leader in the design, construction, and operation of compressed hydrogen fueling infrastructure solutions – these include stationary, semi-permanent, and mobile refueling stations, light-weight tube trailers, and station testing and certification equipment. We pioneered the design of turnkey, containerized hydrogen fueling station packages. Other firsts include the world’s first 700 bar “fast-fill” hydrogen refueling station, the first hydrogen station capable of fueling four fuel cell vehicles simultaneously, and the first retail-style dispenser.

The Electric Vehicles group is involved in the research, analysis, planning, and advising of charging infrastructure and technologies for battery electric vehicles (EVs). Powertech offers a range of services, including deployment planning and project management, EV charging technology assessment and suitability testing, procurement, fleet conversion planning, grid impact assessment and mitigation, and network management services.  


Role Overview

As an Engineering Team Lead, under the direction of the manager, you will work with the EV Infrastructure team toward project execution that is accurate, on-time, and on-budget. The types of projects will include deployment of DC Fast Chargers throughout BC, operation and maintenance technical expertise of DCFC chargers, evaluation/assessment/ testing of new charging hardware for performance/reliability and connectivity/interoperability. This is a hands-on, client and end-user focused role that will appeal to those passionate about EVs, highly technical, detailed, demanding, and determined.


Major Responsibilities

  • Prepare formal project proposals including budgets and schedules
  • Prepare equipment procurement specifications: technical and commercial; detailed review of responses
  • Prepare or review design and installation documentation: technical and commercial
  • Lead project execution and manage client relationships, expectations and deliverables
  • Provide input and recommendations on budget, work planning and resource allocations for the Sector
  • Assist in managing the technical and operational performance of the team to meet objectives and client servicing needs
  • Lead in business development activities by seeking out opportunities in areas of expertise, contacting prospective clients, preparing proposals and conducting client follow-up
  • Assist the sector director in staff selection, training and recommending promotions
  • Manage project quality and coordinate with project team members
  • Act as a lead decision maker in day to day operations and maintenance oversight of the DCFC network
  • Analyze third-party study (such as power quality, acceptance test, or forensic) results and recommend solutions to engineering problems of high level complexity 
  • Assist in marketing established services and developing new business, including sales and marketing presentations
  • Detailed, critical, research of evolving EV charging technologies
  • Deliver training and marketing presentations at a subject matter expert level



  • Minimum 8 years of electrical project engineering experience
  • Prior experience/knowledge with power electronics specification, preferably DC Electric Vehicle charging
  • Prior experience/knowledge with AC and DC power quality
  • Prior experience with public and private sector electrical installation design, tendering, construction review
  • Degree in Electrical Engineering (Power distribution preferred)
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists BC
  • Engineer of Record experience with municipal/electrical/transportation projects


Performance Competencies

  • Excellent understanding and experience with the Canadian Electrical Code (Pt. 1, Pt.2 & Pt.3), IEEE guides / color books, BC Hydro design guides, Municipal design guides and specifications
  • Demonstrated rigor in modeling awareness and behaviours for working safely in laboratories and the field
  • Strong customer service skills including expectation management
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong decision-making capabilities
  • Detail-oriented, strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and collaborative team environment both internally and externally
  • Demonstrates dependability and commitment to projects/tasks
  • Good initiative and aptitude/adaptability to solve complex and varying challenges
  • Focus on consistency and quality in all work activities
  • Ability to perform under high pressure
  • Strong multitasking and organizational skills
  • Excellent leadership, team building and project management skills
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about electric vehicles and other alternate powertrain technologies
  • Knowledgeable about energy storage systems, renewable energy and utility demand side management
  • Proficiency with MS office suite including MS Project


Location:  Surrey B.C.

Job ID:  TLEV2019.13

Job Status:  Full-Time Regular

Compensation & Benefits:  Powertech Labs Inc. offers a very comprehensive total rewards package based on a healthy work/life balance.

Close Date: March 5, 2019


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. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

To apply and to learn more about Powertech Labs Inc., visit our website at

Posted: March 5, 2019
Closes: May 4, 2019