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Protection and Control Technologist

Apply Job ID JR-2785 Date posted 09/14/2022
Protection and Control Technologist

Where Greatness Grows

The greatest achievements in history are borne from the greatness within people – where human potential meets vision, and passion fuels evolution. Unlocking this potential is the most important thing we do at Bird.

As a leader in Canadian construction for over 100 years, the impact of our team is etched deeply within the core of our legacy. Beyond Bird, this impact is felt in the fundamental aspects of our everyday lives. From the critical infrastructure we depend on, to the energy and resources that keep us moving - we are powering our communities and shaping Canada’s skylines coast-to-coast. Entrenched in the foundation of a culture built more than a century ago is an enduring quest to reimagine what is possible. Our impact is greater than ever, and we are looking for those who seek to redefine their story.

We are a dynamic team of over 5,000 with a range of professions, backgrounds, and areas of expertise. This breadth of diversity in people and opportunities is one of greatest aspects of building your career with Bird. Every trajectory looks different. At Bird, you hold the pen, and you write your story. As you unlock your potential, you are surrounded by a team that supports you every step of the way.

Be a part of our team, where we pride ourselves on the quality of our work and the way we treat each other and our partners. You will build a career and long-lasting relationships based on respect, collaboration, and a solution-focused mindset. Bird is a place where you will unlock your potential and achieve your goals.

Reporting to the Field Area Manager, the Protection and Control Technologist is responsible for installation, commissioning and testing of our protective relaying equipment.


  • Perform installation, commissioning, testing and maintenance of protective relaying equipment, relaying schemes, DFR equipment, SCADA systems, distribution automation systems and associated communication equipment.

  • Perform function testing of substation control circuits on relay panel, transformers & circuit breaker change outs.

  • Perform end-to-end relay testing using Omicron to verify carrier and fiber systems.

  • Assist in developing written standard commissioning, testing and maintenance procedures for protective relaying, DFR's, RTU's, IED's, Distribution Automation and associated communication systems.

  • Manage projects onsite throughout the duration and effectively interface and own the relationship with customers and their vendors.

What We Are Looking For

  • High School Diploma or equivalent; certificate from a technical school or utility training program desired; BSEE a plus

  • Must have a minimum of 3 years related experience in the areas of transmission line and substation protective relay control system and SCADA/Automation checkout, installation, testing and troubleshooting; an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

  • Demonstrated thorough proficiency regarding protective relay, substation communication, and/or SCADA/Automation theory and application, general electrical/electronic theory and computer hardware and software skills

  • Experience desired with the following:

    • RTUs: GE D20/400, SEL RTAC, RTU/IED Communications, 4 wire data and 2 wire RS 485/RS 232, RTU protocols

    • Experience with IEDs: SEL 2032, SEL 421, 311A, 311B, 311C, 311L, 734, Bitronics, ION 7350, Qualitrol TTL 1000

    • Experience with test sets and software: Doble 6150, ASE 2000 Test Kit, Arbiter, Protest, RTS, Megger MPRT & EZ CT 2000

    • Experience with relays: SEL, GE, MICOM, AREVA, ALSTOM: Line Differential, generator protection, transformer protection

  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and periodic, unannounced random drug tests, and a fit for duty physical exam

  • Must complete a satisfactory criminal background check

  • Must be available to work overtime and regularly travel out of town for extensive periods (up to 10 weeks)

  • Must be able to climb ladders, stand for extended periods, drive regularly, with or without reasonable accommodations

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, and currently have and be able to maintain a good driving record

We Put Safety First
A healthy and safe work environment is non-negotiable. We build a culture of operational and psychological safety through engagement, learning and leadership.

We Lead With Honesty
We speak and act with integrity, clarity and care so people can trust our word and our work. Being honest means we can deliver the best outcomes and consistent results.

We Are Stronger Together
Success is a team effort. Our inclusive workplace enables our combined expertise, humility and creativity to unlock our greater potential.

We Are Driven To Do Great Work
We built our name on quality. We have a passion for excellence in our work and relationships that honours our businesses and our industry.

We Create Opportunity
Rooted in a solid foundation, we adapt and grow to face the future. We are committed to elevating each other to chart the best path forward in an evolving world.