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Electrical Engineering Discipline Lead - Niagara Falls

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Date: May 19, 2023

Location: Niagara Falls, ON, CA

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 79358 

Job Category: Engineering 

Location: Niagara Falls, ON, Canada 


With nearly 100 years of business and technical excellence in the hydropower and dams industry and over six decades in the energy, mining, and infrastructure sectors, Hatch offers a vibrant, multicultural, employee owned engineering firm briming with technical excellence and involved in some of the worlds most exciting hydropower and dam projects. The projects that we are doing in North America and overseas for our long-term clients involve innovative technical solutions with a focus on green renewable energy.

Our Niagara Falls office is a centre of excellence and uses state of the art tools and techniques to help clients with world-class project delivery from studies to building and operating assets. Our engineering, project management and construction disciplines ensure safe, efficient, and sustainable delivery of projects globally and across Canada. 



We are seeking a talented Electrical Engineering Discipline Lead to become part of our Hydropower and Dams team in our Niagara Falls office.  This is a position for which your focus will be to support and execute hydro and dam related projects and ensure technical excellence within the existing team.  You will be part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team providing engineering services to large and small hydropower and dams owners in Ontario, across Canada, and globally.


In the Niagara Falls office you will have the opportunity to be involved in some of the most exciting hydropower and dam projects worldwide. You will be part of a Hydropower team that includes experts that are respected and recognized across the industry, and you can spend your out of office life in a beautiful small city, rich with activities that draw millions of visitors every year to the falls and to the local theatre, music festivals, concerts and fine dining. Niagara Falls is just a quick drive to Ontario’s wine country and the Toronto/Mississauga area and allows easy access to the state of New York in the US.



As the successful candidate, you will:

  • Provide leadership and mentoring/coaching to the electrical team
  • Proactively manage resource forecasts and work assignments for the team
  • Ensure quality control on inter and intra-discipline deliverables
  • Work closely with other discipline leads and leadership team
  • Contribute to long-term vision for the growth and succession planning for the Niagara Falls office
  • Inspire the next generation of young engineers
  • Support or lead client engagement activities, and proposal preparation
  • On projects, serve as Lead Electrical Engineer, or support the Engineering Manager/Lead Electrical Engineer with the delivery of project requirements as they relate to scope, cost and schedule
  • Work to ensure the implementation of safety and integrity principles in electrical documentation
  • Maintain electrical engineering work procedures, specifications, and computer aided design programs
  • Perform electrical engineering system design, studies, investigations and analysis, technical evaluations, cost estimates, and options analysis for new equipment or modifications to existing equipment and systems
  • Perform design calculations and documenting findings and recommendations in a report
  • Prepare technical specifications for a variety of electrical equipment involving construction and/or rehabilitation of electrical systems
  • Prepare single line diagrams, schematics, wiring diagrams, cable schedules, and equipment layouts
  • Prepare equipment operating manuals, test procedures, and training material
  • Define the system requirements to achieve the project results and monitor effectiveness
  • Review and execute the electrical and layout design criteria documents
  • Review electrical technical deliverables (specifications, datasheets, drawings, etc.)
  • Assist in the preparation and development of project specific procedures
  • Prepare and contribute to technical memos and reports, within areas of expertise
  • Provide input to engineering, operating and capital cost estimates on projects
  • Participate in project design reviews
  • Ensure coordination, between the electrical team and other disciplines, of all activities being performed as the design evolves
  • Ensure that quality audits of engineering work are carried out in accordance with project procedures and the quality assurance plan
  • Promote and maintain the application of ethical and professional practices in the execution of engineering work
  • Ensure that all work designed, manufactured and supplied in the electrical engineering discipline complies with the relevant sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
  • Participation in the compilation of the client Project Safety Management Plan with specific reference to switching, isolation and lockout procedures.
  • Stamp documents and drawings as required and if appropriately registered
  • Manage small capital and maintenance design projects
  • Perform site visits to various client sites for inspection and assessment of existing electrical systems and client meetings
  • Lead and support development standard design tools and specifications as well as other department initiatives


You bring to the role:

  • A recognized degree in electrical engineering from an accredited college or university
  • A Master’s degree in electrical engineering will be considered an asset
  • Registered (or eligible to do so) as a Professional Engineer, in Ontario or elsewhere in Canada
  • At least 10+ years project engineering experience
  • At least, 8-10 years’ of relevant experience in design of electrical systems within hydropower, mining, steel, municipality, utility, or transportation projects. Experience working overall ideally within an EPCM, in heavy industry environment, is preferred
  • Experience with design of electrical equipment including low/medium/high voltage switchgear, transformers, motors and motor control centers, diesel generators, lighting, cables and cable raceway systems, and grounding
  • Knowledge on specification of large motor/generator sets and associated equipment, including high-voltage switchgear, transformers, starters and related protection systems
  • Experience with building electrical systems, such as fire alarms, security, lighting, & communications, fibre network, and data network will be an asset
  • Working knowledge of generators, exciters, governors, PLC, process controls and instrumentation will be considered an asset
  • Experienced on electrical calculations (short circuit, load flow, arc flash and harmonics)
  • Strong deliverable focus and ability to plan the work
  • A high degree of understanding of interdisciplinary dependencies related to the discipline
  • Strong understanding of procurement, contracting and commissioning methodologies
  • Excellent understanding of industry/regulatory codes and standards (CSA, NEC, NFPA and IEEE standards). Familiarity with international standards will be a plus
  • Proficiency with other Computer Design Tools (Mathcad, AutoCAD, MicroStation) will be considered an asset
  • Experience on electrical design tools / power system study software such as SPEL ETAP, SKM, and Easy Power are a plus
  • Sound knowledge of 3D data-centric design systems
  • Site construction and commissioning experience and working direct with the client will be considered an asset
  • Strong client focus and a desire to achieve results including the ability to manage multiple priorities and time lines
  • Experienced and proficient in the preparation of reports and specifications
  • Experience in the use of procedures and workflows in the execution of projects
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to convey project technical information to project managers, clients and peers
  • Organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task, prioritize, take direction, and provide direction to others ensuring the quality of deliverables


Why join us?

What we offer you?


  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally


Don't meet every single requirement? You don't need to. At Hatch, we are building a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters innovation. If you're interested in this role, we encourage you to apply even if your past experiences don't perfectly align with the skills we've listed.


We're committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and serve. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected status. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know. We'll do our best to meet your needs in accordance with applicable local legislation.

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