Position Title:
Protection & Control Engineer
Employment Status: Full Time Permanent
Category: Non-Union
Location: Calgary Alberta
Closing Date: 8/30/2019 12:00:00 AM


Headquartered in Calgary, with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, AltaLink is Alberta's largest electricity transmission provider. Owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, AltaLink is part of a global group of companies that delivers sustainable electricity and utility services to customers worldwide. At AltaLink, we do everything in our power to attract and keep top-notch professionals. We are proud of our collaborative culture, expertise and world-class safety record. We offer work with meaning, incredible opportunities for development, work life balance and opportunities to contribute to your community. Join our team! An opportunity currently exists for Protection & Control (P&C) Engineer in the Operational Engineering team within the Asset Management department at AltaLink. Reporting to the Manager, Operational Engineering, the successful candidate will be part of a multi-disciplinary engineering team responsible for the direction, analysis, records and resolution of operational issues on AltaLink’s transmission facilities in Alberta, which range from 69kV to 500kV. This position will appeal to individuals with a utility Protection and Control background who are looking for an opportunity to develop their engineering and leadership talents in a dynamic utility environment.


  • Perform root cause failure analysis (RCFA) investigation, analysis and reporting on protection system failures;
  • Develop and update P&C and Remedial Action Scheme (RAS) settings and designs. Review and approve the P&C settings and designs;
  • Provide real-time engineering support to AltaLink’s P&C field technicians;
  • Review and approve field mark-up drawings related to P&C design;
  • Address P&C performance issues identified by internal teams through protection coordination studies, disturbance analysis and real-time operations;
  • Respond to questions from internal and external parties related to P&C settings, designs, fault levels and fault clearing times;
  • Assess the protection performance of outages planned on AltaLink’s facilities. Propose temporary protection setting changes as necessary;
  • Support compliance to a number of Alberta Reliability Standards, including but not limited to PRC-001, PRC-018, PRC-023;
  • Work with distribution facility owners (DFOs) to coordinate transformer and feeder protection;
  • Work with other transmission facility owners (TFOs) to coordinate transmission protection settings as per PRC-001 Protection System Coordination;
  • Review protection loadability against facility ratings and ensure compliance to PRC-023 Transmission Reliability Loadability;
  • Support the completeness of P&C return data and the accuracy and completeness of AltaLink’s P&C settings database Powerbase;
  • Support AltaLink’s safety culture and Near Miss/Hazard Reporting Program.

  • Qualifications

    The minimum qualifications for this position are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering;
  • Must be registered or eligible to register as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Engineers & Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA);
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience with P&C and the ability to design, review and approve P&C settings;
  • Proven ability/experience in the above noted responsibilities;
  • Excellent knowledge of modern digital protective relays in utility applications and experience calculating relay settings;
  • Technical knowledge and understanding of electric transmission system operation, maintenance, performance, power equipment and substation design;
  • Knowledge of applicable standards such as CSA, ANSI, IEC and IEEE standards;
  • Working knowledge of MathCAD, Cape and/or Aspen Oneliner;
  • Familiarity with Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) rules;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, risk assessment and problem solving skills;
  • Familiarity with local area networks, communication schemes, platforms and protocols used to provide local and remote interrogation with substation relays, meters, fault recorders and other intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) would be an asset;
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written (reporting, graphical) communication skills with ability to work in a team environment, positively influence others, and develop strong internal and external relationships;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage a wide variety of issues simultaneously;
  • Proven track record of good performance and attendance. Notes: AltaLink employees should be aware that we may contact your manager during the selection process. Please note, some positions may require job specific assessments, regular criminal record checks, additional AltaLink training, medical assessments, annual drivers abstracts, and drug tests. Please contact the Hiring Manager or Recruiter for further clarification if required. We thank all candidates for their interest in a career with AltaLink, however, only candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.

  • Only the candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.