Systems Engineer

Oshawa Puc Networks Inc.
Oshawa, Ontario

Last Day to Apply: May 30, 2021

Systems Engineer

Metering & Operational Technology


Oshawa Power, a subsidiary of Oshawa Power & Utilities Corporation, and affiliate of fiber optic, district energy and renewable generation businesses, is the local hydro-electric distribution company that supplies electricity to more than 58,000 customers in the city of Oshawa. Located just 45 minutes east of Toronto off the shores of Lake Ontario, Oshawa serves as the economic engine for the Durham Region. Home to Lakeridge Health, Durham College and Ontario Tech University, Oshawa boasts a diversified economy ranging from advanced manufacturing and power generation to information technology and transportation.

Oshawa Power maintains 1000 km of overhead and underground distribution lines within a 150 km2 service territory, operated at 44 and 13.8 kV, supplied by 9 distribution and 3 transmission substations. The organization is committed to the safe, reliable and efficient delivery of electricity through responsible financial management, strategic reinvestment and continuous innovation.


Reporting to the Vice President, Engineering & Operations will provide technical expertise to oversee critical operational systems, ensuring service continuity, systems integration and data availability. With a predominate focus on maintaining and improving next generation smart meter and wholesale revenue metering infrastructure, the Systems Engineer will also help support integrated GIS, OMS and SCADA platforms; the development of process automation solutions; facilitation of data analytics; power quality monitoring systems; associated communication networks; OT cyber security; various operational databases, aggregators and mobile workforce solutions.



  • Provide technical oversight of the operation, maintenance, management, upgrade, renewal, and security of advanced metering infrastructure and operational technology
  • Prepare and signoff on engineering assessments, reports, studies, plans, specifications, designs, drawings, maps, calculations, policies, procedures and work instructions
  • Develop project plans, justifications, cost-benefit analyses and estimates
  • Act as a project manager for assigned projects and initiatives; define scopes of work, track budgets, manage timelines, change orders, work quality and deliverables; keep detailed project records
  • Review and approve designs; enforce code, regulatory and contract compliance
  • Obtain various permits, approvals and registrations
  • Establish, evaluate or manage vendor relationships, service contracts and warranties
  • Represent the organization as an engineering subject matter expert and technical authority 

Metering Infrastructure

  • Provide engineering oversight of AMI and wholesale revenue metering systems architecture
  • Help develop and oversee execution of annual capital and maintenance programs, including meter check (cross phase & accuracy analysis), meter replacement and meter reverification programs
  • Monitor daily operations; flag and escalate emerging issues; coordinate corrective actions
  • Develop, review and approve metering construction standards and installation designs
  • Investigate, specify and approve equipment
  • Help direct metering work; provide technical support to AMI operators and field staff; assist troubleshooting customer metering complaints and power quality issues as required
  • Champion suite metering solutions and service offerings; ensure developer requirements and construction timelines are met

Data Analytics & Process Automation

  • Oversee various operational databases and information systems;
  • Monitor, manage and enhance systems integration, data acquisition, data validation and information processing
  • Facilitate data analysis by implementing systems and processes to improve data mining, data cleansing, advanced computation, simulation and predictive modeling
  • Investigate, identify and develop process automation solutions

Operational Technology Support

  • Collaborate with IT, GIS technicians and other engineering professionals to maintain critical SCADA, GIS and OMS systems
  • Optimize and leverage the AMI network to enable field device connectivity, power quality monitoring systems, distribution automation and IoT deployments
  • Champion mobile workforce solutions; research, select and rollout new technology; engage a broad range of cross-functional stakeholders; implement change management practices

Cyber Security

  • Implement operational technology cyber security controls required for compliance with the Ontario Cyber Security Framework and evolving industry best practice
  • Maintain detailed asset inventory lists, network diagrams, process maps and data flow charts
  • Help facilitate system audits and testing to identify and address vulnerabilities
  • Implement business continuity and disaster recovery plans
  • Collaborate with IT to identify and manage appropriate security appliances

Safety & Reliability

  • Ensure adherence to OHSA, EUSR, UWPC, OESC, DSC, RSC and Ontario Regulation 22/04, including Measurement Canada and IESO metering requirements
  • Manage auditing, reporting and compliance with various regulatory agencies
  • Assess design problems, equipment failures, asset obsolescence, and adherence to changing regulatory requirements
  • Conduct root cause analysis
  • Research, develop and recommend upgrades, renewals and design improvements to enhance safety, reliability and operational efficiency
  • Report system deficiencies and safety concerns; assess, recommend, prioritize and implement corrective actions


  • Other duties as assigned


To be considered for this position, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario or ability to obtain within 12 months
  • PMP and CCNP designations considered an asset
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, CAD and GIS
  • Advanced understanding of metering theory, design and applications
  • Experience maintaining operational technology in a utility environment
  • Knowledge of Connexo and MV90 systems
  • Ability to script, program and automate
  • Proficient with VBScript, C#, .NET, SQL, ASP, PHP and HTML
  • Basic knowledge and experience maintaining networks
  • Awareness of OEB Cyber Security Framework and industry best practice
  • Strong project management, organization and time management skills
  • Knowledge of OHSA and its regulations, Safe Work Practices, Electrical Utility Safety Rules, Utility Work Protection Code and Ontario Electrical Safety Code
  • Strong leadership aptitude; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; able to listen to and motivate others
  • Analytical with excellent reasoning & decision making skills; ability to conduct research to support decisions and recommendations
  • Organizational savvy and political acuity; ability to recognize and deal with sensitive issues in a discreet and professional manner
  • Valid Class G Driver's License in good standing


Interested and qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume including work experience, education and references to Human Resources at: 

Thank you for considering a career with us. We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If you need an accommodation due to a disability, please email We will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in the job application process.

April 30, 2021

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