Design Technologist

Alectra Utilities - Hamilton
Hamilton, Ontario

Posted On: July 21, 2021
Last Day to Apply: August 05, 2021


The Opportunity

Job Posting Number:



Design Technologist


Hamilton (John St.)

Reports to:

Supervisor, Design – ICI & Layouts

Business Unit:

Network Services


ICI & Layouts

Hours per Week:


Rate of Pay:

As per the Collective Agreement

Number of Openings:





July 21, 2021


August 4, 2021

Position Purpose:

The Design Technologist reports to a Distribution Design Supervisor. This position will be part of Alectra’s Design team and is accountable to support the department needs in the creation of design estimates and design drawings.

The incumbent will communicate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure clarity of project scope, desired schedule and cost for each project design while addressing customer needs. 


  • Create detailed designs of overhead and underground systems including customer services that incorporate best utility practices in accordance with applicable standards, laws, codes and regulations to deliver power in a safe, cost effective and reliable manner. The incumbent will be required to perform their designs within CADD software.
  • Responsible for scope, budget and material requirements for the duration of all assigned projects. Perform required calculations and prepare detailed schematics for proposed projects involving system expansion and rebuilds.
  • To liaise with the City, Region, other Utilities, Customers, Developers and Contractors related to the design and construction of projects. Interdepartmental liaison and project co-ordination with other utilities and authorities to process/secure permits, agreements, etc.
  • Communicates and provides technical support and guidance to municipalities, developers, contractors, electrical/civil consultants, architects, field supervisors, government agencies and customers to ensure work co-ordination and compliance with specifications, policies, standards, procedures and practices.
  • Assesses and resolves customer complaints and advises customers and their representatives of Alectra Utilities’ standards and associated fees.
  • Monitoring construction on all projects by regularly scheduled job site reviews. Administer the Joint use transfer list and coordinate with external agencies.
  • Review easement documents and provide comments in regards to expansion and rebuild projects
  • Prepares Offer’s to Connect and Draft Plan Comments for specific sites, outlining financial, construction, compliance and legal obligations of the customer and Alectra.
  • Determines customer and electrical load requirements from attending site meetings and/or service applications for new, temporary and upgraded electrical services. Integrated co-ordination of system schematics with design technicians, Control Room operators and with other applicable workgroups.
  • Perform field line staking as required.
  • Provides training, mentoring and assistance to other Design Technologists, including Co-Op students.
  • Ensure designs meet all regulatory and applicable standards such as ESA Regulation 22/04, CSA standards as well as adhere to Alectra’s own policies, procedures and standards.
  • Responsible for a working knowledge and understanding of and make all efforts reasonable to work in accordance with and ensuring work is done in compliance with the appropriate safety legislation, EUSR rules, Alectra policies and procedures and safe work practices that apply to the work while adhering to the internal responsibility system. Reports any unsafe conditions or observed unsafe work practices using Alectra procedures. 

Skills & Qualifications:

Education & Specialized Knowledge

  • Completion of a 3 year Engineering Technology program, with preference given to Electrical (Power Option) and/or Civil (Structural Option)
  • Eligible for OCETT registration 


  • Minimum 5 years of related experience.


  • Requires advanced skills in the use of computer software programs for CAD, GIS, document management system, work order management system, customer information system, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a strong commitment to providing customer service.
  • Flexible attitude toward work assignment.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve moderately complex problems.
  • Valid class G driver’s license
  • Familiarity with design of overhead, underground distribution systems up to 44kV level
  • In-depth knowledge of design criteria such as tension and guying calculations, conductor load, etc.
  • Familiarity with materials and construction standards
  • Knowledge of materials, construction standards, approval process, PUCC’s, permits, etc.
  • Familiarity with Ontario Energy Board Distribution System Code, and other requirements by Provincial and Federal regulated agencies
  • Knowledgeable of Civil infrastructure such as water main, sewers, road construction, soil conditions and able to interpret plan and profile drawings 

How to Apply

**FOR INTERNAL CANDIDATES ONLY: First consideration will be given to permanent employees in the PWU bargaining unit.

If you would like to be considered for this position and meet the qualifications, please submit your resume by visiting our Careers page at

Should you have any questions regarding this opportunity, or need assistance in applying for the posting, please send your inquiry to 

Alectra is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a recruitment process that respects the dignity and independence of all candidates. Should you require accommodation at any stage in the recruitment, assessment and selection process please consult with Alectra’s People Team.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career with Alectra.

July 21, 2021


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