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Senior Structural Engineer - Hydropower & Dams - Niagara Falls

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Date: Nov 7, 2022

Location: Niagara Falls, ON, CA

Company: Hatch

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 Senior Structural Engineer 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:

  • Assist the Engineering Manager/Lead Structural 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 structural documentation
  • Maintain structural engineering work procedures, specifications and computer aided design programs
  • Prepare engineering calculations
  • Prepare technical specifications for a variety of structural engineering tasks involving construction and/or rehabilitation of concrete and steel structures for hydroelectric generating stations, substations, and dams
  • Prepare and contribute to technical memos and reports, within areas of expertise
  • Provide input to engineering, operating and capital cost estimates
  • Prepare and/or review project standard specifications and design criteria
  • Perform dam safety reviews
  • Stamp documents and drawings as required and if appropriately registered
  • Manage small capital and maintenance projects
  • Perform site visit to various client site for review, inspection and assessment of existing structures
  • Assist in preparing proposals


You bring to the role:

  • A recognized degree in civil/structural engineering from an accredited college or university
  • A Master’s degree in structural engineering will be considered an asset
  • Registration as a professional engineer. Alternatively, registration as a candidate professional engineer actively working towards professional registration or regional equivalent
  • 10+ years project engineering experience
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience working on hydropower projects, involving the analysis and design features of hydropower projects, such as:
    • Stability analyses of dams and other related structures
    • The analysis and design of hoist supporting structures and hoist towers
    • Seismic analysis of structural steel hoist tower structures, and concrete dam structures, involving Response Spectrum and Time History Analyses
    • Design of powerhouse structures, involving turbine foundations, substructure and superstructure
    • Design of penstocks (buried penstocks, above ground penstocks and liners) 
    • Design of gate structures including Vertical gates, Radial gates, Bulkheads, Stoplogs etc
    • Balance of Plant design for hydroelectric facilities including design of concrete and steel structures, platforms, cranes and monorails etc
  • Sound understanding of design engineering codes and technical standards
  • Experience with MathCad, Staad Pro, SAP 2000 or similar structural analysis software
  • Sound knowledge of 3D data-centric design systems
  • Experience in the use of procedures and workflows in the execution of projects


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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