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Engineering Co-op, Conservation & Energy Management

Location: 

Kelowna, BC, CA

Branch: Electric
Affiliation: Management & Exempt
Employment Status: Co-op Student
Salary: $23.32
Temp Duration: 8-months

We’re looking for new talent to join us as we reinvent the future of energy. Across BC, we have a diverse team of more than 2,500 employees we can’t do without, yet we’re growing as fast as ever.

You may think we’re your standard utility that delivers natural gas and electricity, but we’re also into cool, innovative energy solutions. Think carbon capture, renewable energies and lower-carbon transportation for a start. We believe in creating a cleaner, healthier tomorrow.

If you like meaningful work, a dynamic environment and forward-thinking colleagues, build your career with us. You’ll get opportunities to grow, lead, solve, and create. So what are you waiting for? Let’s rethink energy together.

Position Overview

FortisBC is looking for a qualified engineering co-op student to complete an 8 month work term. In this position, you will be part of the Conservation and Energy Management department that helps our customers save energy and deliver the energy savings targets laid out in our energy efficiency plans. These plans are a key component of the CleanBC Plan to pursue energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in BC.


The planning and evaluation group is responsible for: identifying new and innovative energy saving technologies; evaluating and reviewing energy savings measures in existing programs; developing tools and plans to support Conservation and Energy Management programs; and working on codes and standards for energy saving measures.


FortisBC Inc. is an electric utility in the Southern Interior of British Columbia that has provided energy efficiency programs to customers since 1989. The position will be located at the corporate office in Kelowna, BC starting in September 2022.

Responsibilities

  • Perform technical reviews of energy savings and costs of energy saving projects including lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, compressed air, and industrial processes.
  • Develop engineering spreadsheet calculations for energy saving measures.
  • Perform Measurement and Verification for energy savings measures using data collected in the field, advanced meter interval data, or energy modeling using RETScreen or other software.
  • Perform site visits to measure and verify the energy savings of energy saving measures.
  • Review literature from energy efficiency organizations, communicate with equipment manufacturers, and work with consultants and other experts to identify new and innovative energy saving technologies.
  • Review and summarize codes and standards for energy efficient equipment that are applicable in British Columbia and assist in identifying and managing opportunities for FortisBC to support codes and standards.

Requirements

  • Engineering student: Mechanical or Electrical Engineering are recommended; third or fourth year preferred.
  • Valid BC driver’s license (or other provincial equivalent).

Other Qualifications

This opportunity is best suited for candidates in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering students, 3rd year or higher or those in the Masters of Clean Energy Program with a background in Mechanical Engineering.
 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Knowledge of technologies, systems of technologies, building design, or industrial processes that can reduce energy use (energy savings measures).
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • Experience with report and memo writing in a corporate environment is an asset.
  • Programming skills and data analytics experience are an asset

Our engaging workplace offers a wide range of challenging opportunities, while being safe, inclusive and diverse. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, while supporting life-long career development. We also encourage volunteerism and nourish the need to give back to your community.

 

Safety is our number one priority, and to maintain the health and safety of our employees and broader communities, we have a number of COVID-19 safety measures in place. This includes a requirement for all new employees to provide proof of full vaccination, prior to their first day of work or the start of their employment. And of course, we will consider an accommodation for anyone who’s unable to be vaccinated due to a protected ground as defined by the Human Rights Code.

 

To learn more about the recruitment process with FortisBC, please visit the You’re Applying. What now? page for additional information. 

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