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Source:    BC Hydro
Job Title:  Civil Surveillance Technologist
Job Number: BCH-R-8796-181107E1
Job Location: GM Shrum Generating Station, British Columbia, Canada
Job Status: Full-time Permanent

We’re BC Hydro and we have a big job to do.
Keeping the lights on for over 4 million people across the province takes a lot of talented people doing many different jobs. From working deep in a generating station, atop a power pole, or behind a desk, whatever it is that makes you tick we offer challenging careers to help you reach your potential.
We’re investing more than $2 billion per year in major capital infrastructure projects to help meet the growing demand for safe, reliable power. We’re upgrading transmission lines, building new substations, and investing in our hydroelectric generation facilities. We aim to provide meaningful and challenging work, opportunities for growth and a healthy work/life balance. We’ve been recognized for excellence and been named one of B.C.’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for four years in a row.
It’s our vision is to be the most trusted, innovative utility company in North America by being smart about power in all we do.
  • Performs a variety of precise technical first order and special field surveys and performs associated technical calculations, including the downloading of computerized survey data, to determine any structural movement at dams and/or ground movement at surrounding reservoir slopes.
  • Installs, records readings from, troubleshoots and maintains a variety of electronic, mechanical and hydraulic civil (geotechnical and structural) instrumentation in dams, underground areas and reservoir slopes; conducts special experiments and tests; analyzes a variety of malfunctioning or faulty behavioural measuring devices and recommends corrective action including the use of alternate equipment.
  • Performs a variety of technical. design and administrative support functions and prepares deficiency lists related to the maintenance of dams, underground areas, associated structures and reservoir areas; designs non-routine equipment to assist in testing.
  • May provide work leadership responsibilities to and perform all or some of the functions of the Civil Surveillance Technician and Survey Assistant jobs; provides technical advice and guidance to survey crews.
  • Provides technical advice and guidance to field staff related to resolving dams operational and maintenance problems and performs an inspection of the facilities for unusual movement or water flow activity.
  • Develops basic computer programs for use in survey computations; analyzes output of programs to determine validity of results.
  • Assists in developing maintenance standards for surveys and instrumentation required to determine structural movement and performance at dams and/or ground movement at surrounding reservoir slopes.
  • Performs hydrometric, topographic and hydrographic surveys.
  • Evaluates and tests new equipment or models of proposed equipment.
  • Performs duties of a minor nature related to the above duties which do not affect the rating of the job

Job Requirements:

  • Completion of a National Technologist Diploma in Civil, Instrumentation or Electronics.  
  • The successful candidate will have 2 years experience with geotechnical instruments, instrument calibration, weir and flume measurements, operation and maintenance of ADAS and familiarity with inclinometer systems.  
  • Satisfactory performance on the job requires approximately 1 year on the job to acquire the additional knowledge/skills necessary to perform the full scope of the job.
  • This position is affiliated with the Movement of United Professionals union (MoveUP/COPE). http://moveuptogether.ca
  • Majority of work is performed within the office environment. Some incumbents are exposed to all weather conditions while frequently working in the field.
  • Occasionally exposed to hazards from operating, testing and/or construction equipment when at field sites.
  • Occasional driving.
  • This is a busy position with tight deadlines. Previous experience in an engineering office would be an asset.
  • Experience with Campbell Scientific dataloggers, peripherals, instruments and programs seen as a major asset.
  • This location is eligible for a Remote Incentive of 20%. Remote Incentives are paid bi-weekly to Full-Time Regular employees working in eligible remote locations.
  • This location is eligible for Travel Incentive. The Travel Incentive is extended to Full-Time Regular employees who are working in eligible remote locations.
  • Please be advised that this role has been assessed as safety sensitive and pre-qualification alcohol and drug testing will be required as a pre-condition to employment.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their applications online at https://app.bchydro.com/careers/current_opp.html  by November 30th, 2018.
To access the job posting, visit the BC Hydro “Current Opportunities” Careers page to view and apply for jobs.
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On the BC Hydro Careers site, click on the Apply button in order to complete the steps to apply for this job. Please be sure to update your Candidate Profile with your current resume and include copies of your certifications, if applicable.
We're always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It's an exciting time to be a part of our team as we invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Our values guide our work. Want to join us?
We are safe.
We are here for our customers.
We are one team.
We act with integrity.
We respect our province.
We are forward thinking.
BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.

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