Engineering Co-op, Electric Maintenance Planning & Reliability

Posted 5 months ago
$24.28 to $28.56 per hour
Full Time,

Job Description

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

This assignment will provide opportunities for engagement with engineers, managers, and others in different departments within the organization, and provide an understanding of some of the workings within the operating and engineering groups at FortisBC.

The co-op student may have the opportunity to gain experience with the following electrical apparatuses: Power transformer, load tap-changers, ground grids, medium and high voltage circuit breakers, voltage regulators, outdoor isolating switches, equipment monitoring systems, and auxiliary substation power systems.

Maintenance planning and reliability work that the co-op student may be involved with will include (but is not limited to):

  • Substation equipment commissioning
  • Substation equipment maintenance
  • Equipment Auditing
  • Equipment Condition Assessments
  • Field visits and on-site diagnostic testing


Under the direction and supervision of a Professional Engineer, the co-op student will be responsible for:

  • Reviewing tests results for low, medium, and high voltage electrical and providing data interpretation and diagnosis on equipment condition and health.
  • Delivering condition assessment reports indicating equipment health, probability of failure, and risk/liabilities.
  • Communicating opportunities for equipment replacement, upgrades, or refurbishment.
  • Developing equipment testing practice and/or work procedures.
  • Performing site visits related to the transmission and distribution equipment operation, condition, and performance.
  • Researching new utility equipment, maintenance practices, and test gear.
  • Assess alternative approaches to sustaining or improving equipment or system reliability.
  • Networking with other FBC departments, vendors, and utilities; collaborate and share information.


  • Bachelor of Engineering Student (Electrical or Mechanical) – Third or Fourth year preferred.
  • Enrolled in a Co-op program.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Other Qualifications

  • Interested in learning about the Electrical Utility Industry.
  • Proven competence in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience or knowledge with AutoCAD Drawing Viewer and Revu Bluebeam.
  • Experience or courses in electrical power systems considered an asset.
  • Experience with VBA/C++ programming is be preferred.
  • Competent public speaker and strong written communicator.

Additional Information

  • This is a full-time temporary student co-op opportunity with an 8-month term starting in May 2024.
  • This position will not have remote working capabilities and will require the co-op student to be on-site.
  • Qualifying successful candidates will be provided a relocation allowance.

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.

Additional Info

Branch: Electric
Affiliation: Management & Exempt
Employment Status: Co-op Student
Salary Min: $24.28 Hourly
Salary Max: $28.56 Hourly
Short-term Incentive Eligible: No
Workplace Flexibility: No
Temp Duration: 8 Months
Posting End Date: Open until filled

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