Transmission Operations Engineer



Kelowna, BC, Canada
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Branch: Gas
Affiliation: Management & Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time Regular
Workplace Flexibility: No
Posting End Date:

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.

Position Overview

You’re a confident and seasoned engineer in the gas utilities sector who’s a mastermind in design, operations, asset management, and a passionate champion of safety. You’re incredibly organized and excel in a dynamic environment involving multiple stakeholders, providing your strategic expertise and engaging your teams and partners to leverage diverse perspectives and incorporate all angles to achieve the best results. We need someone like you to be our Transmission Operations Engineer.

In this role, you’ll work in collaboration with Transmission Operations and System Integrity groups to manage the lifecycle of our gas transmission pipelines, providing engineering oversight and acting as the engineer of record for repairs, rehabilitation, and resiliency work.

In year 1, you will:

  • Act as Engineer of Record for tasks such as integrity digs that involve repairs like pipeline replacements, cutouts, type A or type B sleeve installs, etc
  • Assist Transmission Operations with inline inspection activities.
  • Develop and review work procedures impacting Transmission Operations and ensure compliance with regulations, codes, standards, guidelines and industry best practices as they apply to the design, environment, safety, regulatory, construction, operation and maintenance.
  • Review and validate engineering documentations (MTR’s, pressure test specifications, etc.) and designs for planned upgrades on the existing interior pipeline system.
  • Travel within FortisBC Interior region to support Transmission Operations with various activities, such as integrity digs, inline inspections, and pipeline repairs and replacements.
  • Act as a Transmission representative to Major Projects, Capital Projects, and Sustainment Projects to provide the operational perspective and incorporate that into FEED, detailed engineering, and IFC stages for new and existing pipelines and related infrastructure construction
  • Act as a Transmission representative to review pipeline crossing assessments and property development applications from an engineering and operational perspective ensuring the safety of our assets, crews, public and the environment
  • Coordinate pipeline operational activities with planned outages and maintenance windows and represent the operational interests and requirements within the Integrated Resource Plan.
  • Work with internal FortisBC stakeholders (e.g., Gas Control, Project Management Office, Asset Management, System Capacity Planning) to ensure the Interior Transmission pipeline system is safely operated and maintained.
  • Attend various conferences, workshops and courses (i.e. IPC, Banff Workshop, etc.) to ensure continuous learning and ensure Transmission is following industry best practices, lessons learned, etc.

What it takes:

  • A bachelor’s degree in mechanical, civil, or chemical engineering from an accredited post-secondary academic institution with a minimum of four to seven years of related experience.
  • Registration or eligibility for registration as a Professional Engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.
  • Recent experience working within a regulated utility environment and operational field experience would be considered an asset.
  • An advanced engineering skillset grounded in design, construction and operations of natural gas pipeline systems with a demonstrated safety mentality.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with a driven approach to working proactively and effectively with little direction in an operational and field environment.
  • Great organizational skills to deliver complex tasks while managing multiple competing priorities.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills to bring out the best in your teams and execute projects collaboratively with diverse internal and external groups.
  • Ability and openness to work in different environments, such as remote, office and field.
  • Resilient and dedicated to solving new challenges and problems each day.
  • Good interpersonal skills to build strong relationships with Operations, Project Management Office, Engineering, and other stakeholders

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.