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Project Engineer - Mechanical (Hydro)

We better the lives of our customers and communities.

Purpose

 

This position is responsible for Mechanical Engineering within the multi-disciplined Operations Engineering group. The role will provide expertise based on education and experience for hydroelectric generation assets, as part of the Operations Engineering group to ensure the long term reliable operation, profitability and safety of the assets. This position will also manage engineering / maintenance capital projects for Liberty Power as needed, as well as provide support to Wind, Solar, and Thermal assets.

Accountabilities

 

Engineering support

  • Provide mechanical engineering knowledge and expertise for safe and reliable operation and maintenance of the hydroelectric, wind, solar, and thermal generation portfolio of Liberty Power
  • Provide mechanical engineering technical guidance and assistance to project managers within the Operations Engineering team.
  • Participate, conduct, and/or coordinate analysis related to mechanical equipment wear and failures.
  • Develop and communicate technical opinions with respect to root cause of hydroelectric turbine and related equipment component failures.
  • Perform technical evaluation and analysis of emerging technology for improvements in safety, energy performance, equipment inspection and reliability, and lifecycle assessment.    

Techncial/Operational Support

  • Troubleshooting and resolving technical issues associated with the operation, maintenance, and overhaul of various hydroelectric turbine technology and mechanical sub systems (Francis and Kaplan turbines, intake and wicket gates, hydraulic power unit, trash rack cleaning machines, hoists, cooling systems, bolted connections, etc.)
  • Lead troubleshooting exercises and support of Field Operations staff during unplanned outages
  • Obtaining all the necessary data for problem solving, including reports on condition of equipment, defining and/or executing site investigations, 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, identify opportunities for performance improvement as well as identify concerns including conducting or coordinating consequential root cause reviews.
  • Review inspection reports, equipment test results, commissioning documents, quality assurance documentation, as-built drawings, etc.

Project Planning & Execution

  • Provide project management services for technology based projects including preparing; (1) scope of work definition, (2) budget estimating, and (3) project scheduling for the purpose of project justification and obtaining project approval.
  • Execute small to intermediate projects related to hydroelectric power generation equipment operation, maintenance, repair, overhaul and/or retrofit
  • Effectively communicate project status, risks and opportunities, and cost / schedule performance to stakeholders.

Miscellaneous

  • Interface and manage external contractors, service providers, consultants, and original equipment manufacturers 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

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and years of experience.
  • Professional Engineer in Ontario or Quebec preferred.
  • Project management certification (CAPM or PMP), or formal training, preferred.
  • Experienced in renewable power generation with preference in the hydroelectric industry
  • Technical understanding of rotating equipment, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, fluidpower, and/or materials with specialist-level knowledge in one or more of these topics.
  • Experience with the design, application, service and operation of hydroelectric power generation mechanical systems and their failure modes.
  • 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 Liberty Power 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 technical, analytical and 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 Liberty Power 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.
  • Bilingual French / English preferred.

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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