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Columbia Power

Mechanical Reliability Engineer


Supervisor Title
Manager, Engineering

Date Last Rated
February 12, 2019

Reporting to the Manager, Engineering, the Mechanical Reliability Engineer provides technical support for Columbia Power’s hydroelectric generating facilities, contributing to their continued reliable, cost-effective, and compliant operations. This position maintains expert knowledge of equipment and systems in the facilities, and contributes to the development of planned maintenance programs and to forced outage management.  This position provides technical support in the execution of maintenance programs, troubleshooting and capital improvement projects.  This position also provides project management for reliability-focused initiatives and maintains professional relationships with other departments, consultants, contractors and partners.

  • Work as a member of the Engineering team driving high performance reliability of equipment and systems in the hydroelectric generation facilities, through the development and implementation of proactive maintenance programs that identify, assess and manage emerging risks using FMECA and RCM strategies.
  • Support continuous improvement of equipment inspection and maintenance programs performed by Operations & Maintenance (O&M) contractors, working closely with field trades during execution, results interpretation, and resulting investigations.
  • Under the Condition Assessment Program for assets in the facilities, utilize inspection, test and maintenance results to determine equipment health and drive prioritization under the Capital Replacement Program to optimize full life cycle value.
  • Undertake the project management of various reliability-focused initiatives.
  • Develop and manage contracts for engaging contractors, consultants and specialists in support of maintaining effective and reliable equipment and systems in the facilities.
  • Support the Forced Outage Management Program to ensure that forced outages are restored effectively and efficiently. Undertake root cause analysis of forced outages to prevent reoccurrence.  Ensure that prudent corrective actions are investigated, developed, approved and implemented.
  • Provide technical leadership, with respect to the reliability of equipment and systems, in support of annual and long-range planning and budgeting for maintenance and capital improvements to the facilities.
  • Provide the Owner’s perspective and support during critical equipment situations at the facilities.
  • Create and update Engineering drawings and documents, either as the Professional Engineer or in support of the Professional Engineer of Record as an Engineer in Training.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of Engineering standards and our technical library.
  • Represent Columbia Power, as assigned, on various projects, committees, industry workshops and/or conferences in relation to the Engineering and technical aspects of our operations.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related Engineering discipline.
  • Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) designation with Engineers and Geoscientists of BC is preferred. Strong candidates registered as an Engineer in Training (EIT) would be considered.

  • Three to five years of demonstrated experience in a related engineering field, preferably involving hydroelectric facilities.

Skills & Abilities
  • Familiarity with reliability management tools, such as FMECA (Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis), RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance) and RCA (Root Cause Analysis).
  • Excellent computer applications skills for a variety of systems related to engineering programs and the ability to operate the related software for specific engineering needs.
  • Ability to interpret, prepare, and present engineering technical plans and specifications.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret technical data, develop technical reports, and prepare letters and reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, motivate and lead or contribute to multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with partners, government agencies, and local and regional authorities.
  • Awareness of current and future trends in the operations and maintenance of major plants and facilities, to ensure best practices are considered.
  • Ability to think strategically and incorporate goals into operational objectives.
  • Demonstrated judgment, initiative and creativity in problem solving.
  • Excellent analytical, cost estimating and scheduling skills.

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Location: Castlegar, BC
Region: East Kootenay / Rocky Mountain
Professional Categories: Engineering
Posted: May 21, 2019, 3:23 pm
Expires: June 17, 2019, 4:30 pm