Lead Protection & Control Technician

Oakville Hydro
Oakville, Ontario

Last Day to Apply: August 15, 2019


Oakville Hydro, part of the OEC Family of Companies, delivers reliable and safe electricity to more than 70,000 individuals, families and businesses in Oakville.  The company maintains an active commitment to conservation, safety, and is strongly invested in the social and economic well-being of the Oakville community.  Oakville Hydro is a two-time past recipient of the Local Distribution Company Performance Excellence Award from the Electricity Distributors Association and a Canada’s Safest Employers Silver Award recipient, recognizing the organization as an exceptional leader in the industry.

At Oakville Hydro, we believe that our continued success as an industry leader is due to our innovative, customer focused, team-oriented employees who continually strive to exceed customer expectations and take pride in all areas of our businesses.

Successful Oakville Hydro employees:

  • Customer-centric – you understand and embrace the role of delivering exemplary service
  • Leadership – you lead by example through your actions and attitudes
  • Innovation - you look for opportunities to improve, do things differently, and add value for our customers and business
  • Commitment to Excellence - in all that you do 

We promote a culture that is diverse, inclusive, innovative, and performance driven in an environment that is fun and exciting. Individuals who choose to be a part of our organization are offered:

  • Potential to lead innovative projects and initiatives
  • Career path exploration and development opportunities
  • Opportunities to get involved with teams and charitable events that support the community
  • Comprehensive total reward package 

About the Role

We are looking for a dynamic individual with exceptional customer service and technical skills. Working in a non-routine and very complex environment, the Lead Protection & Control Technician is accountable for the installation and maintenance of Oakville Hydro’s state-of-the-art systems that protect and control the distribution of electrical power. 

Duties include:

  • Be part of our team utilizing grid intelligence to manage our state-of-the-art distribution system with over 215 automated field devices
  • Manage P&C job sites, including ensuring a safe work environment
  • Proper management of job documentation and gathering required resources to maintain job deadlines
  • Delegate assignments within the work crew to ensure safe and timely completion of work
  • Install and maintain supervisory control systems [SCADA], substation batteries, switchgear, transformers and breaker protection relays
  • Perform necessary tasks to ensure all devices in the substations are reliable, accurate and safe (inspect, install, clean, calibrate, test, maintain, troubleshoot and upgrade)
  • Install/set up/program equipment to automate devices in the field
  • Repair and maintain mobile radios
  • Install and maintain supervisory controlled motor operated line switches
  • Hands on repairs of electronic equipment and testing
  • Install and maintain equipment that allows the remote control of high voltage field switches
  • Program, develop and monitor new systems relating to database, displays and tests
  • Maintain accurate records for installation, maintenance and repair of equipment 

Required Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technologist Diploma (specialized in Power Systems or equivalent)
  • MEARIE Trades Training – Substation
  • 2 years’ experience as a Journeyman
  • CET eligible
  • Journeyperson Substation, P&C Technician
  • Valid Class ‘G’ Ontario Driver’s Licence and an excellent driving record
  • Extensive electrical and electronic knowledge and some mechanical knowledge
  • Ability to read and interpret schematic and logic diagrams
  • Skills in operating instruments and interpret instrument reading
  • Good working knowledge of personal computers including DOS, telnet, Windows 10 and PowerShell
  • Good working knowledge of Windows based software such as MS Excel, Word, Outlook, Access, Power Point, etc.
  • Good understanding and debugging skills on serial and Ethernet networks/communications
  • Basic understanding of wireless communication
  • Ability to work effectively with hand tools
  • Ability to do physical work in various outdoor conditions
  • Good verbal, listening and written communication skills
  • Strong safety awareness
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that builds relationships with both internal and external customers
  • Demonstrate ability to work well on own without supervision
  • Ability to problem solve and exercise good judgment 

Other Success Factors:

  • Brand ambassador - enable, engage, encourage and exemplify the behaviours and attitudes of the brand
  • Is customer centric and displays an attitude of commitment and excellence with service delivery
  • Stay a step ahead – make a priority to be in-tune with key industry disruptions, such as electrification of transportation, grid modernization and Smart Grid
  • Have a futuristic and proactive mindset with the ability to win outside of the box, foresee problems and take action as required
  • Be a self-starter who knows when to take the lead while using a collaborative approach to decision making
  • Be a creative thinker with strong planning, organization and execution skills
  • Demonstrates flexibility and projects a positive/professional demeanor
  • Be Technically savvy and have the ability understands or learn business requirements quickly 

Please send your resume with the position title in the subject line, to HR@oakvillehydro.com  

Oakville Hydro is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Oakville Hydro will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.



July 15, 2019






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