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Electrical Utilities System Technician, Facilities Management

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Job ID: 13886

Updated: November 2, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

Facilities Management is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Electrical Utilities System Technician.

The Electrical Utilities System Technician will work with the Electrical Utilities and Distribution group to operate and maintain the University of Calgary power systems. This individual will assist the Electrical Utilities and Distribution Supervisor to ensure that the power system infrastructure is maintained and tested as per industry standards and that all protection, control, and monitoring systems are in proper working order to provide long term reliable operation.

Position Description

Position Description
Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Perform NETA standardized maintenance and acceptance level testing procedures for the following;
  1. 15 KV & 5 KV Cable.
  2. High Voltage switchgear and vacuum breakers.
  3. High Voltage oil filled and dry core distribution transformers.
  4. Low Voltage switchboards and air circuit breakers.
  5. High and low voltage protection and control relays.
  6. High and low voltage power factor correction capacitor banks.
  7. DC control power battery banks and AC UPS systems.


  • Maintain, troubleshoot and modify the following;
  1. Powerlogic energy metering and network systems.
  2. SCADA control and network systems.
  3. Standby and Emergency
  4. Power quality and disturbance analysis.
  • Safely complete utility switching operations and equipment maintenance, including detailed testing reports, record keeping, switchgear schematic and control drawing updates.
  • Provide support to other utility employees and share expertise in maintenance and testing procedures as well as the areas of SCADA operations, control and selective coordination.
  • Review fault, coordination and arc flash studies and maintain records of system modifications and data updates.
  • Make recommendations for protection, control and SCADA upgrades.
  • Review proposed designs and modifications to existing power system infrastructure including retrofit and renewal of existing assets.
  • Supervise contractors during any construction, alterations or maintenance tasks performed on the Electrical Utility Infrastructure.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Minimum one of the following qualifications is required;
  • 10 years as a Power System Electrician with in the field of utility power, control and protection systems including operation, testing and retrofitting.
  • 5 years as an Electrical Engineering Technologist with an Electrical Journeyman Certificate in the field of utility power, control and protection systems including operation, testing and retrofitting.
  • 5 years as an Electrical Engineer with an Electrical Journeyman Certificate in the field of utility power, control and protection systems including operation, testing and retrofitting.
  • Must be proficient with power systems testing procedures (NETA maintenance and acceptance, IEEE testing guidelines) and required testing equipment.
  • Must have and maintain a valid Class 5 Alberta driver’s license with less than 7 demerits (graduated and probationary licenses are not permitted).
  • Must be able to qualify as an Electrical Utility Employee as specified in the Alberta Electrical Code and be authorized to work on energized equipment over 750 volts.
  • Strong coordination and communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with various stakeholders.
  • Must have good hearing and color vision and be able to perform physically demanding work in all types of weather conditions.
  • Strong working knowledge of current Standards and Codes (CEC, AUC, OHS, OHS part 40, CSA Z462, CSA Z463) is required.
  • Strong computer skills, Microsoft Office and Adobe proficiency, and the desire to learn new software and programs.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to excel in a team environment.

Skills and Experience in the following areas would be an asset:

  • NETA Level III certification.
  • High voltage cable splicing, termination and testing.
  • Infrared Thermography.
  • Experience with power system upgrade projects in the areas of design, specification, estimating, implementation and commissioning.
  • Standby generation, battery banks, emergency power systems and energy metering.
  • Familiarity with industry standard software for electrical coordination, load flow, short circuit and arc fault calculations.
  • Familiarity using relevant computer applications pertaining to the electrical power systems.
  • Proven record of continuous upgrading of technical expertise.
  • Experience working with other utilities and facilities.

Application Deadline:  October 12, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase III.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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