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Substation Commissioning Technologist

Apply Job ID JR-2783 Date posted 09/14/2022
Substation Commissioning 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 Substation Commissioning Technologist is responsible to commission and test primary and secondary power equipment in the field. Under this role the Substation Commissioning Technologist is also responsible to commission, test and maintain medium to high-voltage substation power delivery equipment including breakers, switch gears, circuit breakers, relays and transformers.

The Substation Commissioning Technologist will also mentor and educate Apprentices including reading and interpreting blueprints, Risk Management and industry best practices. The Substation Commissioning Technologist also plays a leading role in setting up and operating standard, and specialized test equipment, to diagnose and analyze the performance of power delivery equipment on the job site.


  • Work safely alongside all members of the construction crew.

  • Acceptance and maintenance testing of outdoor apparatus.

  • Utility protection and control equipment that are to be installed, commissioned and operated in transmission substations.

  • Commissioning of protection and control schemes.

  • Analyze test reports and recommend corrective actions.

  • Work with high voltage equipment such as Circuit breakers, transformers, switches and control circuits for protection, indication and monitoring systems.

  • Able to supervise, mentor and train junior technicians.

  • Calibrate electronic equipment and instruments, when needed.

What We Are Looking For

  • Diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology from an accredited post-secondary institution or Degree in Electrical Engineering

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Field Testing and Commissioning

  • Required project experience:

  • Commissioning: 5 years

  • High Voltage: Minimum 5 years’ experience required

  • Field Testing: 5 years

  • Substations: 5 years

  • Past supervisory experience would be an asset

  • Experience in substations preferred (i.e., 13.8kV and 240kV)

  • Experience with relay testing with various equipment; Omicron, GE, Manta, Meggar

  • Familiar with all apparatus’ found in a HV substation

  • Past experience with testing software will be beneficial

  • Competent and comfortable working with computers and spreadsheets

  • Dedicated team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills with the ability to work within strict deadlines

  • Demonstrate a willingness to work safely and show concern for environmental, health and safety issues in the workplace

  • Must have the ability to work in adverse weather conditions and have a valid Class 5 driver’s license

  • Able to work comfortably at heights

  • Able to work alone or with minimal supervision

  • Willing to work out of town and on rotation

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.