Transmission Planning Engineer
Affiliation: Management & Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time Regular
Workplace Flexibility: No
Posting End Date: 31 January 2023
We’re a Canadian-owned and BC-based energy company taking steps toward a lower-carbon energy future by providing renewable energy, natural gas and electricity to more than 1.2 million customers.
We’re looking for new talent to join us as we transform BC’s energy future. Our diverse team of more than 2,600 employees is committed to a safe and inclusive culture where each of us can connect, belong and grow. Join us and let’s work together for a better BC.
In this role, you’ll develop FortisBC’s short- and long-term transmission system plans to meet our future business needs of providing reliable, affordable and cost-effective electric supply to our customers. You’ll also ensure Mandatory Reliability Standard (MRS) compliance with NERC Transmission Planning Standards and WECC planning criteria and provide technical support to Operations.
Your years of experience in electrical utilities and transmission means you know how to manage the reliability of the network and plan for future system capacity needs. You know regulatory requirements and planning standards like the back of your hand and how to connect the dots between internal and external stakeholders when delivering the short- and long-term system plans you create.
In year 1, you will:
- Establish effective working relationships with peers and business units, particularly Operations, System Control Centre, MRS, and Resource Planning.
- Develop an understanding of winter and summer peak demand system readiness requirements and annual capacity planning milestones.
- Gain familiarity with supporting the Regulatory activities, such as Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) project applications and short- and long-term transmission plan submissions, by developing the annual assessment and responding to information requests.
In year 2, you will:
- Develop a fuller understanding of system capacity, system reliability, and system resilience and stakeholder needs for modelling support.
- Represent FortisBC in the periodic meetings of various sub-committees, such as the System Review Subcommittee, Studies Subcommittee, and Data Subcommittee of the Reliability Assessment Committee.
- Participate in the monthly meetings of the Planning and Modelling Practices group of the North American Transmission Forum.
- Produce clear and concise communications to both internal and external stakeholders to drive project direction on annual rate filings, CPCN applications, responding to information requests and more.
What it takes:
- A bachelor’s degree in engineering with a minimum of six years of relevant experience in power flow analysis software, plus a Professional Engineering certification or eligibility to obtain one.
- A high proficiency in power system simulation tools, such as PSS/E and GE-PSLF. Experience with LoadSEER would be an asset.
- Excellent technical knowledge and problem-solving skills when addressing our complex electric transmission systems, regulatory requirements and codes that govern them.
- Good organizational skills with the ability to prioritize projects and drive results within a portfolio of multiple tasks and projects.
- Effective communication skills to give presentations and engage with partners and stakeholders with written and verbal communication.
What you need to know:
Our engaging workplace offers a wide range of challenging opportunities, while being safe, inclusive and diverse. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, while supporting life-long career development. We also encourage volunteerism and nourish the need to give back to your community.
To learn more about the recruitment process with FortisBC, please visit the You’re Applying. What now? page for additional information.
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