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GIS Drafter 2


Surrey, BC, CA

Affiliation: MoveUP
Employment Status: Full-Time Temporary
Salary: $31.60 Hourly
Temp Duration: 18 months
Posting End Date: Open until filled


We’re a Canadian-owned and BC-based energy company providing renewable and practical energy solutions to more than 1.2 million customers while also taking steps toward a lower carbon future. 


We’re looking for new talent to join us as we transform BC’s energy future. Our diverse team of more than 2,500 employees is committed to a safe and inclusive culture where each of us can connect, belong and grow. Join us, and let’s rethink energy together. 


  • Operates an Automated Mapping/Facilities Management/Geographic Information System (AM/FM/GIS) and Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) system.
  • Maintains data integrity and connectivity in the Smallworld GIS by:
    • inputting, processing, manipulating and presenting new and revising existing data in accordance with standards, procedures and system rules such as:
      • all legal and address updates;
      • Road Network System (RNS) centerline and street intersection objects;
      • all gas facilities (e.g. transmission, intermediate and distribution systems); 
      • foreign utility data and 
      • survey boundaries.
    • Importing data from multiple sources and entering this data using such methods as data transfer, digitizing and scanning.
    • interpreting and posting landbase and gas as built information from a variety of sources including legals, MCU, SHO, workorders, platemaps, field sketches and verbal instructions;
    • liaising with other FortisBC departments (e.g. records, planning, surveyors, field crews) and outside agencies (e.g. municipalities, utility companies, installation contractors and other companies that provide services to FortisBC) for clarification of work performed; and,
    • running QC connectivity tools.
  • Updates Landbase and Utility Information by means of:
    • Conflation
    • FME clean up
    • Realigning existing gas facilities
    • Warping 
  • Produces and revises a variety of drawings, using GIS, CAD/CAM and manual techniques, relating to gas transmission, intermediate and distribution system expansions, alterations and replacements, which include:
    • MCO and SHO drawings for construction from design layouts, engineering and architectural plans, sketches, rough notes and/or verbal instructions.  Includes the location of all gas facilities, foreign utilities and above/below ground structures;
    • regulator vault isometric drawings, regulator station site plans, valving maps, study area schematics, and related details;
    • miscellaneous profile drawings of gas system layouts and material requirements for railway crossings, pipeline crossings, waterway crossings, easements and other related gas orders.  Includes the location of all gas facilities, foreign utilities and above/below ground structures;
    • miscellaneous civil, mechanical, piping and architectural drawings; and,
    • miscellaneous maps and charts.

  • Recommends/Implements additions and/or revisions to procedures and standards to promote efficient use of the GIS by:
    • discussing, developing and implementing methods of resolving minor operational/procedural problems;
    • discussing methods of resolving major operational/procedural problems with manager, work leader, Operation Support, Install Coordinators, GIS Tech’s and/or computer support;
    • conducting specific tests and procedures;
    • evaluating and reporting on software system capabilities;
    • revises work procedures related to GIS and landbase related mapping and 
    • provides technical advice to staff in other departments related to GIS drafting processes.
  •  Initiates information transfers and file backups using scans, screen captures, floppy discs or CD’s/DVD’s.
  • Designs and Produces custom maps and reports as required.
  • Assists in producing system map books & plate map CD’s for all regions under FortisBC.
  • Operates and maintains reproduction equipment including a photocopier, plotter, scanner, microfilm viewer, and microfilm enlarger.
  • Performs clerical duties such as:
    • issuing drawings to the field (station books/SHO books);
    • gathering, correlating and preparing information for processing various project drawings;
    • maintaining record keeping systems associated with gas construction and planning;
    • forwarding work orders for microfilming, scanning, printing and distribution to in-house emergency crews and some outside agencies; and,
    • producing computer generated plans.
  • Occasionally performs field investigations into matters relating to drafting and field work assignments, including taking measurements and producing sketches.
  • May be required to visit Land Title, Municipal and Civic Web Sites to obtain legal plans and related material.
  • Performs duties of a minor nature related to the above duties, including driving a vehicle, which do not affect the rating of the job.


  • Completion of a recognized post-secondary technician certificate program in an appropriate architectural/civil/structural/GIS drafting program.
  • Eighteen (18) months directly related relevant work experience as a GIS drafter.
  • Working knowledge of computer systems operations, environment and peripherals.
  • Working knowledge of specialized software in use in the department, such as Smallworld GIS, Bentley Microstation, and MS Office.  Knowledge of other data processing, and engineering software (e.g. FME, Winzip, Autocad, Adaptec CD Creator, Spatial Intelligence, Digitized Construction Management System, Geographics, DCRS, Energy and AccXES).
  • Courteous, professional manner in dealing with internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure during peak workload situations.
  • Sound analytical and decision making skills, including the ability to interpret data from a variety of sources.
  • S​ound oral, written and presentation skills.
  • Intermediate level keyboarding skills, including the ability to format correspondence, reports and charts.
  • Valid British Columbia Driver’s License.​

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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