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Project Engineer - Electrical (Solar)

 

We provide safe, secure, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable energy and water solutions.

Purpose

This position is responsible for Electrical Engineering within the multi-disciplined Engineering group. The position will provide expertise based on education and experience for Solar PV generation and Storage assets as part of the Engineering group to ensure the long term profitability and safety of the assets. This position will also manage engineering / maintenance capital projects for Liberty Power as needed.

Accountabilities

Engineering support 

  • Provide Electrical engineering knowledge and expertise for operating and maintenance of Solar PV and BESS strorage portfolio of Liberty Power
  • Responsibility for engineering studies and all regulatory filings related to FERC and NERC compliance for the Liberty generation or Storage fleet in Canada and the United States.
  • Provide electrical engineering technical guidance and assistance to project managers within the Engineering team
  • Perform power system studies including load flow/Reactive compensation, fault levels, reviewing trips/faults, arc-flash, power quality (Harmonics, Flicker), Transient Stability Studies (Load Rejection, Voltage & Frequency Control, etc.)                                                        

Techncial/Operational Support    

  • Troubleshooting electrical hardware and system control issues related to various substation elements (Transformers, Lines, Load break switches, Instrument transformers, Circuit Breakers, Switchgears, Fuses and VAR compensation devices)
  • Resolving technical issues associated with the installation and operation of different Photovoltaic sub systems (Inverters, Solar panels, Trackers, Combiner boxes, DC cabling, PV strings, ground faults, weather station sensors and control systems, etc.)
  • Lead trouble-shooting exercises and supporting Field Ops during unplanned outages
  • Obtaining all the necessary data for problem solving, including reports on condition of equipment, and carrying out site investigation, reviewing design features of equipment, evaluation of maintenance repair and rehabilitation methods, availability of equipment and materials
  • Analyze operating data on an as needed basis (at the request of stakeholders or based on production variances) to determine trends and identify concerns including conducting or coordinating consequential root cause reviews.
  • Review test results, commissioning results, as-built drawings, etc.
  • Initiating, generating and maintaining files and documentation related to the EMS, protective relays, communication/SCADA RTUs, networking and energy metering instrumentation including drawings, specifications, software configuration & reports

Project Planning & Execution    
    

  • Provide project planning services for technology based projects including preparing;
  1. Scope of work definition
  2. Budget estimating,
  3. Project scheduling for the purpose of project justification and obtaining project approval, including revisions as required.
  • Execute small to intermediate projects related to equipment repair, replacement or retrofits                                 

Miscellaneous    

  • Manage external contrators, service providers and consultants including the preparation of scope of work and request for proposal documents, evaluating proposals, executing commercial paperwork, and managing the work.
  • React to changes in work assignments and priority and undertake all other tasks as assigned.
  • Perform all work treating worker and public safety as paramount and in compliance with all environmental and other regulatory requirements.

Education and Experience

  • Must be a Professional Engineer - Electrical Engineer
  • Experienced in power renewables generation and storage operations with preference in Solar PV & BESS Storage
  • Technical understanding of PV solar generation and energy storage; Familiarity with computerized DAS/SCADA/Monitoring systems, EAM – Energy Management System, BMS – Battery Management system and interconnection agreements
  • Must have working knowledge of PV/Storage Inverters, Power System equipment including medium to high voltage and Protection & Control: protective relaying, device coordination, metering and electrical testing
  • Experience in power system studies including load flow/Reactive compensation, fault levels, reviewing trips/faults, arc-flash, power quality (Harmonics, Flicker), Transient Stability Studies (Load Rejection, Voltage & Frequency Control, etc.)
  • Must have a high aptitude for technical learning and information assimilation noting there is not an expectation that the individual will be an expert in all areas of power generation utilized by Algonquin but that they will be able to develop the expertise as, and when required including acknowledging when outside expertise resources should be engaged, and identifying and procuring those resources as need.
  • Must have strong communication skills for the purpose of sharing and transferring critical developed expertise to others as needed, as well as communicating and defending technology based opinions, recommendations, and decisions.
  • Strong analytical and technical as well as problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of renewable energy operations, best practices and industry safety standards
  • Must be disciplined, as often the role is self-guided and self-managing with challenging performance expectations and measures.
  • Must have a basic understanding of worker and public safety issues and environmental regulations.
  • Must have the ability to succeed in Algonquin provided safety training including practical and table top training.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and the ability to rent vehicles on the corporate account.
  • Must be able and flexible to travel within Canada and the United States as needed.

Who we are

We know that the services we provide directly affect and are essential to our customers’ quality of life and wellbeing. From homes to hospitals, elder-care facilities to elementary schools, our customers depend on our ability to continue to provide safe and reliable energy and water services. For more than 30 years, Liberty has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering clean energy and water solutions. Our rapid growth has led both our renewable energy and regulated utility services into different geographies and commodities, but our purpose remains unchanged – Sustaining Energy and Water for Life.

Today, Liberty provides regulated water, electricity, and natural gas utility services to over 807,000 customers in the United States and Canada. And, our growing portfolio of clean, renewable wind, solar, hydro and thermal power generation facilities represents over 2 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity and more than 1.6 GW of renewable energy projects under construction.

Through embedding sustainability in our day-to-day business decisions and putting our customers first in all that we do, we know that we can do well by doing good. We recognize that we have a role to play in leading the energy transition towards greener solutions for our customers and communities. And, our recent recognition in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and as one of the Top 10 of Corporate Knights Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World ranking are testaments to our work in sustainability.

About Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp:

Liberty is a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (“Algonquin”). Algonquin is a North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility with $11 billion of total assets. Common shares, preferred shares, and installment receipts are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols AQN, AQN.PR.A, AQN.PR.D, and AQN.IR.  APUC's common shares are also listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AQN. 

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What we offer

  • Collaborative environment with a genuine flexible working policy

  • Share purchase/match plan

  • Pension Plan

  • Free refreshments

  • Top Talent Program

  • Volunteer paid days off

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Achievement fund

  • Free parking, including free electrical charging

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role, and are not certain you meet the all the qualification requirements, we encourage you to apply to further investigate the opportunity.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value each person’s unique background, diversity, experiences, perspectives and talents. Full participation of all employees in a safe, healthy and respectful environment is key to individual and company success. We are committed to fully utilizing the abilities of all of our employees and expect each of our employees to honor this commitment in their daily responsibilities.

As part of our commitment, we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify the Talent Acquisition Team.

 

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