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Laboratory Technical Assistant 2 – T&D Technology and Testing

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Surrey, BC
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Full Time
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Oil, Gas and Utilities
Maintenance and Technicians

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.  


Role Overview

Performs a variety of testing procedures using various electrical equipment and materials in the laboratory or field.



  • Performs and oversees the testing and examination of specific items within the electrical  discipline by recording measurements, operating specialized test instruments, determining parameters, locating failure points and reporting causes of test equipment malfunctions and preparing related reports
  • Reviews project test protocols, inspects products and advises technologists of conformity to established standards, specifications and procedures; advises clients of approved procedures and recommends corrective measures or advises project /laboratory leader of unusual problems
  • Discusses and provides cost and time required for testing to project leaders
  • Provides routine technical assistance in the field on matters as these relate to testing and requirements.
  • Operates a variety of equipment used in the testing set up
  • Provides janitorial and cleanup services for the lab
  • Performs duties of a minor nature related to the above duties that do not affect the rating of the job; this includes the performance of duties across disciplines in a job of the same or lower job group


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Required

  • Working knowledge of how to prepare  electrical,  equipment and materials for testing
  • Working knowledge of electrical procedures, testing standards and quality assurance principles
  • Working knowledge of how to calibrate and troubleshoot the related instrumentation
  • Basic analytical skills
  • Knowledge of related testing standards and procedures
  • Written and verbal communications skills
  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Basic report writing skills
  • Working knowledge of related safety and WHMIS regulations
  • Basic knowledge of MS Office applications


Experience, Training and Education

  • Completion of a Certificate of Technology in Electrical or Power disciplines required for this role in Asset Management
  • Up to two (2) years of related experience working in a lab setting up and performing tests on a variety of equipment, materials and components would be an asset


Additional Information

  • Experience in testing transmission and distribution equipment highly desirable
  • Experience in field dielectric testing is highly desirable
  • This role could involve work in the lab (20%) and in the field (80%) testing high voltage electrical equipment
  • Could involve frequent travel across various locations in BC during summer for up to two weeks at a time as required
  • Experience in NDT and mechanical testing is an asset
  • Must be able to work in confined space
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to work at heights > 10 feet
  • Must have a valid class 5 driver’s license
  • Must be able to perform all physical requirements of the role


Status:  Full-Time Regular

Location:  Surrey, B.C.

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

Job ID:  LTAAM2017.37

Close Date:  October 29, 2017


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. 


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

Posted: October 12, 2017
Closes:October 29, 2017