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Engineer – Power Systems

Reference number: ERG23J-022608-000101
Selection process number: 23-ERG-EA-0021A
Canada Energy Regulator
Calgary (Alberta)
EN-ENG-03, NB-09 - See “Other Information” #1
$88,853 to $108,098 (subject to revision)

For further information on the organization, please visit Canada Energy Regulator

Closing date: 30 April 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

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Important Messages

The Canada Energy Regulator works to keep energy moving safely across the country. We review energy development projects and share energy information, all while enforcing some of the strictest safety and environmental standards in the world. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta with regional offices in Montréal, Vancouver and Yellowknife, the CER has approximately 600 employees.

The Federal Public Service is stronger and most effective when we reflect the diversity of the Canadian population we serve. The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is dedicated to building and promoting a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce, representative of all Canadians regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, socio-economic background or lived experience.

Achieving a representative and diverse workforce has been identified as an organizational need for CER and may be applied at any time during this appointment process. If this criterion is used, only those who have indicated that they are members of the specified designated group(s) will be considered. As such, first consideration for an appointment may be given to candidates who self-declare as belonging to one of the four designated employment equity groups (Persons with a disability, Indigenous Peoples*, Members of a Visible Minority, or Women).

* Indigenous Peoples are people who are First Nation, Inuit or Métis.

In order to self-declare, please ensure to check off the appropriate box within the online application under the Employment Equity section. To learn more about self-declaring, we encourage you to consult the following two links to learn more about employment equity and self declaration:



The CER is recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in a national competition to determine which employers lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees.


Reporting to a Group Leader in the Pipeline Integrity Team of the Field Operations Business Unit, the Engineer will provide support on the CER’s regulatory oversight with respect to the authorization and operation of international power lines (IPL) and pipelines. The incumbent is expected to review complex applications for the construction and operation of IPLs; review electrical engineering aspects of the pipeline applications; carry out activities related to reliability matters of power systems in Canada and in the United States; provide expertise in electrical transmission and distribution systems, electrical faults and protection, arc flash and safety requirements and grounding of electrical facilities; participate in the planning and implementation of compliance verification activities; investigate incidents involving CER regulated facilities; maintain a current knowledge of relevant sections of the Canadian Standards Association standards applicable to electrical facilities, electrical power lines, pipeline integrity and The North American Electric Reliability Corporation electricity reliability standards, the CER Act and Regulations; give presentations and write reports, briefing notes following assessments, investigations, inspections, audits; support CER’s engagement in North American electricity reliability framework and represent the CER externally as required. The Engineer will be required to obtain Inspection Officer (IO) designation, conduct field inspections, audits, or site visits on a regular basis, which may be in remote areas.

Intent of the process

Qualified candidates may be used to staff other similar positions at an equivalent or lower level on a term, indeterminate or acting basis.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Graduation from a recognized university with a degree in electrical, electronics or any related engineering field having background in electrical power systems and or other engineering specialty areas related to the position.

Degree equivalency

Occupational Certification:
Eligibility for registration as a Professional Engineer in any Canadian province or territory.

E1 Comprehensive* and recent*engineering experience working on electrical transmission systems

E2 Knowledge of electrical distribution systems of oil and gas pipeline industry

E3 Experience working in a team environment or on project working groups.

* Comprehensive – technical involvement in all phases of the work at an intermediate level including scoping and detailed design, implementation, and operational and/or specialist expertise in key components of the work. Technical coach and resource to team members.

* Recent - approximately within the last five years.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

Organization-wide and Business Competencies:

OC1 Leadership & Teamwork - Proficiency level: Apply

OC2 Process & Project Management – Proficiency level: Apply

OC3 Written Communication - Proficiency level: Apply

OC4 Oral Communication - Proficiency level: Apply

OC5 CER’s Unique Regulatory Context - Proficiency level: Apply

Technical Competencies:

TC1 Application Assessment - Proficiency level: Apply

TC2 Investigative Methods - Proficiency level: Apply

Competency Level Definition

Apply is defined as demonstrating sound understanding of the competency and ability to apply and contribute.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Asset Qualifications

AQ1 Experience in investigation and analysis of electrical faults and recommending mitigation measures
AQ2 Experience inspecting electrical distribution systems for pipeline facilities and/or electrical transmission systems
AQ3 Specialized expertise or an advanced degree in an engineering field related to the duties of the position
AQ4 Experience in renewable power generation

The CER is committed to building a diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. Preference may be given to qualified candidates who self-identify from the following Employment Equity Groups: Indigenous Persons, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities and/or Women. We encourage you to indicate if you belong to one or more of the designated groups by completing the EE section in your application.

Conditions of employment

1. Willingness to undergo, successfully pass and maintain a reliability status security clearance.
2. Compliance with the CER’s Code of Conduct is required.
Note: It is strongly recommended that potential applicants read and consider the CER’s Code of Conduct prior to applying. This document is available on the CER Website http://www.cer-rec.gc.ca/code-of-conduct.
3. Must be willing and able to travel and to work overtime when required.
4. Must be willing to move within and between business units and teams, based on operational requirements and/or as individual development needs are identified.
5. Must be willing to obtain field Inspection Officer (IO) designation within three years of commencing employment and maintain IO designation based on operational requirements.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

1. The CER has a classification system that differs from the greater public service. This NEB 09 position is similar to an EN-ENG-03 in terms of salary range only. The benefits offered, including relocation assistance, may be significantly different than those offered in the greater public service. This position is subject to CER’s Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada Collective Agreement.

2. Salary: Effective 1 November 2021 NEB-09, $88,853 to $108,098 (subject to revision)

The CER has the following forms of additional compensation that are separate from base salary, the eligibility for which is determined, in accordance with the provisions in the collective agreement or terms and conditions of employment for the duration period specified:
• a Calgary Allowance in the amount of 4.95% of base salary may be paid on a bi-weekly payroll basis for employees who reside within the daily commuting distance of Calgary (150 km)
• annual performance pay which includes elements of individual performance (60% of payout) and corporate performance (40% of payout)
• annual market allowance which applies only to specified operational positions applies to this position; the allowance is paid in two semi-annualized payments

The Collective Agreement between the CER and PIPSC expired on 31 October 2022. Please note that all provisions – including the allowances remain in place until a new agreement is signed and implemented.

3. Application Requirements: Applicants must submit, by the closing date, a resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how they meet the essential qualifications of education and experience. Applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate how they also meet the asset qualifications. Asset qualification(s) may be used at any point in the selection process (screening and/or assessment). Failure to provide sufficient information will result in applicants being screened out.

Applicants must provide a valid e-mail address which is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users. Our intention is to communicate with applicants by e mail for assessment purposes including sending invitations for written tests, interviews and issuing selection process results.

Candidates will need to provide proof of their education prior to appointment. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at https://www.cicic.ca.

4. Job Development Ladder: This position is part of a job development ladder and future promotion may occur upon successful completion of the training and development requirements and provided they meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment for each level of the job development career ladder without an advertised staffing process.

5. Head Office Location – Calgary, AB: 210, 517 10th Avenue SW


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Human Resources Services

The CER requires applicants to submit their application online. Applications received via email will be rejected. Please submit your application by clicking “Apply Online”.

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