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Controls Engineer – (Hybrid)

The Company

Headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario, H2O operates 8 hydroelectric generating stations located in Ontario.  In Ontario H2O Power is the third largest provider of hydroelectric power in the province. H2O is majority-owned by PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers.

LOCATIONOshawa, ON (Hybrid)

The Position

Reporting to Director, Asset Management, the Controls Engineer is responsible for the planning, engineering and execution of upgrades and improvements of control systems that allow the Company’s hydroelectric generating station to remotely and/or automatically operate plant equipment and peripherals. The control systems also collect and store plant data for review and analysis.  Additionally, the Controls Engineer will support both Information Systems and trades maintenance personnel in the ongoing operation of these systems.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Prepare specifications and technical standards, drawings for H2O Power controls systems projects.
  • Prepare cost estimates and project timelines for new installations and proposed changes to existing control systems.
  • Visit the generating station and transformer station facilities to maintain familiarity with site conditions, Maintenance and Operating staff to document site specific conditions and new identify change requirements
  • Prepare detailed drawings & programming logic. Prepare control logic scenarios to be programmed in house or for larger projects to be programming by others.
  • Manage all controls related Projects: establish project schedules, technical requirements, and external stakeholder requirements (IESO, HONI, etc.), review technical & commercial proposals, review outside consultant and/or contractor submittals for compliance, actively manage the field implementation including equipment outage requirements, field quality control, commissioning and operator training.
  • Supervise installation and construction of control systems projects, including actively participating in periodic site inspections and quality reviews.
  • Ensure adherence to the H2O power Safety requirement for all outside consultants and contractors, both in design and during field installations.
  • Lead field commissioning efforts including acceptance of new systems by H2O.
  • Verify/validate completeness of as-built drawings & programming work performed by outsourced provider
  • Act as H2O Power’s resident expert on generating station operation as it relates to design and maintenance of safe and reliable automation and data collection systems
  • In conjunction with the Information Systems team:
    • manage and maintain all source code data and participate in the change to control systems request, review, and approval process.
    • interface to SCADA systems, network and communications systems.
    • development of screen layout, data tagging, reports, alarming requirements.
  • In conjunction with Projects managed by others:
    • Detailed design and programming of automation and controls systems required to support a Capex or Opex project.
    • Participate in project scoping, field investigations, optimization of the project and mitigation of risks associated with changes in the controls system environment.
    • Commissioning support as it relates to the Project control systems.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Working conditions/Travel Requirements

  • Frequent periods are spent standing or sitting in the same location with some opportunity to move about. Occasionally required to stoop or lift light material or equipment. Climbing stairs is a common task.
  • Occasional exposure to factors such as temperature extremes, moving machinery and noise which cause noticeable discomfort.
  • Regular travel to outlying facilities (Average one visit a month). Travel may be short term (days) for field reconnaissance, and small projects or long term (weeks) for Construction support and Commissioning.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.
  • Professional Engineer registered in the Province of Ontario (P.Eng) or another Province that is readily transferable, with minimum of 5 years experience post-graduation. Candidates who can demonstrate they are actively working towards P.Eng licensure with PEO will also be given consideration.
  • Full awareness of Ontario Health and Safety requirements and demonstrated experience in Construction site safety.
  • Fully conversant in Automation and Control of generating station and power transmission equipment including but not limited to integration of “black box” controller systems, open architecture PLC based systems, governor controller systems, excitation (static and rotational) controllers, voltage regulators; automation systems for station auxiliaries (gates, HPUs, oil/water/air systems, building services and safety/security systems); and associated interface equipment used to control and monitor the generation facilities.
  • Experience with the design, implementation, and maintenance of instrumentation and control systems in a production environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to ascertain present and future customer needs, write system documentation, and train staff regarding industrial control systems.
  • Problem Solving – Knowledge of system and software debugging methods to minimize troubleshooting time to return plant control systems to full service when problems occur. Must have experience in coordinating vendor support.
  • Initiative and Independence – A self-starter having strong analytical skills and problem-solving skills who can work independently with little direction.
  • Excellent PLC software and hardware knowledge, experience with support of real-time systems in a multi-user operating system.
  • Knowledge of IESO & North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) reliability standards as they pertain to control systems is considered an asset.
  • Strong working knowledge of other relevant programming languages, operating systems and relational databases.
  • Demonstrated skills in the areas of planning, organizing, and project management.
  • Strong commitment toward adherence to high standards and best work practices.
  • Working knowledge of electrical wiring techniques, and cable terminations.
  • Working knowledge of electrical and communications test equipment.
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD drafting software.
  • Ability to quickly respond to changes in generation station operating requirements with appropriate system hardware and software modifications.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs including Excel.
  • Must possess a valid G driver’s license and have a good driving record

As a condition of employment, all new employees must be fully vaccinated and provide satisfactory proof, unless approved for an exemption based on a protected ground in the Ontario Human Rights Code (“the Code”).

Applicants are invited to submit a detailed resume outlining your interests and qualifications via our Talent Portal.

H2O Power is an Equal Opportunity Employer; promoting accessibility and inclusivity at work and offering accommodation for applicants as required and requested.