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Senior Electrical Engineer Opportunities

Powertech Labs, Inc.

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We are accepting applications for multiple Senior Electrical Engineer roles at Powertech Labs.

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.  


Senior/Specialist Electrical Engineer – T&D Technology and Testing

As a senior or specialist Electrical Engineer reporting to the T&D Sector leadership, the selected candidate will be expected to lead tests in High Voltage Lab, perform failure analyses in the Lab and in the field, provide business direction to leadership and mentor junior team members.  Responsibilities include establishing an understanding of the global industry trends, developing a long-range strategy, and operationalizing this plan to ensure continued customer engagement and support, growth and day-to-day operational excellence. This role requires constant teamwork with corporate support functions and the other engineers and technologists across Powertech Labs. Further, the incumbent is expected to be or develop into a technical expert and to provide technical leadership to the team. The selected candidate will be expected to engage both OEM and utility customers from around the globe, identify and develop new service offerings to meet emerging and market needs and, collaborate with market participants to advance technology and the associated industry standards. With a relentless focus on quality, the incumbent is expected to pursue policies and activities that constantly raise the quality accreditation and performance of the sector. It is an asset if the candidate has a demonstrated history of participating in national and international forums on relevant technical areas. Authoring and presenting technical publications is seen as important to maintaining and growing this sectors profile.


Senior Electrical Engineer – Generation Technology and Testing

The Senior Power Systems Engineer is expected to lead and perform power system studies and generator testing/modelling for NERC/WECC compliance independently or in collaboration with the Power Systems Studies Group. Key responsibilities include:

  • Leading and carrying out consulting, research and development study projects
  • Performing power system studies, including but not limited to power flow and stability studies ranging from transmission planning, load and generation interconnection, integration of renewables, to distribution network optimization, etc.
  • Preparing simulation study cases for power flow and short-circuit analysis, transient and dynamic simulations as well as EMTP studies
  • Analyzing study results and recommend solutions to engineering problems of medium and high level of complexity 


For information on specific opportunities, and to apply, please visit the Powertech Labs website at

Location: Surrey B.C.

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:  October 22, 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. 

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

For information on specific opportunities, and to apply, please visit the Powertech Labs website at

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