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 BC Hydro Engineering Team provides engineering expertise and support to hydroelectric facilities, high voltage transmission, substations and distribution facilities. Engineering also provides project management, design, contract and construction management as well as maintenance and emergency response services to the company and select external clients.
We currently have a challenging and exciting opportunity for a Senior Structural Engineer in the Transmission Lines Division. The Senior Structural Engineer is required to work within a multi- discipline team to design efficient and reliable electrical transmission line supporting structures. Assignments may also involve the design of antenna supporting structures for telecommunications projects. The Engineer will coordinate his/her design activities to maintain project schedules and ensure successful project completion.
Analyzes and resolves a variety of challenging and unusual structural engineering problems with high level of independence.
Manages medium to large sized structural engineering design work packages, including planning, managing resources and coordinating work to ensure that commitments are met.
Maintains appropriate commitments to project teams, and coordinates design activities with multi-disciplined project team members.
Assigns work and provides instructions, advice and technical guidance to other in-house engineers and technical support staff.
Develops innovative engineering techniques, devises new approaches and applies existing criteria in novel ways for new and existing transmission line supporting structures.
Delivers accurate and reliable designs for 69 kV to 500 kV overhead transmission line supporting structures and telecommunication antenna supporting structures that will meet BC Hydro standards and specifications as well as constructability requirements. This will include modeling, analysis and design of structures as well as preparation of all required design deliverables.
Acts as Professional of Record (POR) for various transmission projects.
Prepares technical and project specifications, cost estimates, request for proposal (RFP) documents for material supply and structure installation.
Implements BC Hydro Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Design Practices in all work assignments, including Safety by Design Procedure, Checking and Reviewing Procedure and Field Review Procedure.
Resolves site queries, attends site meetings and performs field reviews during the construction phase of projects.
Maintains complete project documentation with respect to transmission structural design and construction, including design basis, design plan, calculations, drawings, design reports, safety by design process documents, checking and reviewing records, field inspection/review records, design completion reports, record drawings, and other related information.
Reviews work of the team and of consultants and contractors to ensure accuracy, achievement of required results, and adherence to accepted engineering practices.
As "Owner's Engineer", reviews external service providers’ designs to ensure technical compliance to BC Hydro standards, good design practices and constructability criteria.
Develops and maintains effective professional relationships with internal and external colleagues. Works in collaboration with project and design teams, as well as with other business groups within the organization. Assesses the impact of work on others and resolves issues of concern.
Degree in Civil/Structural Engineering recognized by Canadian Universities and EGBC.
Registered or eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (EGBC).
Minimum of 10 years of proven working experience and demonstrated performance in civil/ structural engineering field relevant to overhead electrical transmission lines at voltage up to 500 kV.
Excellent technical knowledge in structural engineering design of transmission line supporting structures.
Ability to investigate, analyze and solve a variety of engineering problems, many of which are medium to high complexity and unusual in nature.
Proven ability to communicate effectively and clearly in oral and written formats on complex technical matters, both to technical and non-technical audiences.
Ability to coordinate multiple engineering design projects and to plan and manage project resources is desirable.
Knowledge of Canadian codes and standards, including Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and CSA standards, as well as North American transmission structure design standards.
Excellent working knowledge of PLS-Tower and PLS-Pole design software, and experience with other structural design software would be an asset.
Familiarity and experience with PLS-CADD transmission line design software would be an asset.
Proactive in ongoing professional and personal development activities such as self-study, attendance at technical and administrative courses, and participation in technical and professional societies.
Excellent leadership, communication, technical writing, interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills are required.
This role will be based in Burnaby, British Columbia.
A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain your Driver's License: Class 5 In Good Standing.
Applicants who do not meet full qualifications or those with lesser work experience are encouraged to apply, and may be considered for a lower level position.
This position will be advertised internally and externally concurrently.
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.
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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 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.
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BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.
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About BC Hydro
BC Hydro is the largest electric utility in BC, Canada and one of North America’s leading providers of clean, renewable energy. Our company’s business activities focus on the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.
At BC Hydro, we provide our employees with challenging roles, opportunities for advancement and a healthy work-life balance. Opportunities for students and graduates include Co-op roles, Engineers-in-Training, Trades and Apprenticeships and Technologist Trainee programs.