Senior Renewable Energy Engineer (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 26681 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function 
This position manages the operations of the False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility (“FC NEU”), which provides thermal energy services to 4.4 million sq ft of buildings (and forecast to grow to 8 million by 2022).  This includes management of the ongoing optimization of operations at the False Creek Energy Centre and within the distribution system network, as well as the customer development and care program for the NEU to maintain customer satisfaction. The position will also lead the development and implementation of an asset management plan for the Utility and manage actions related to the Climate Action Response Plan.

This position reports to the Neighbourhood Energy Branch Manager, and supervises the Senior Energy Facility Operator and Energy Facility Operator positions.  This position also works closely with Senior Engineers across the Engineering Department, Sustainability Group, Financial Services, Planning and Legal Services. 

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manages Operations and Maintenance for the FC NEU
  • Provide technical oversight for a system that has a significantly high degree of technical complexity relative to other municipal infrastructure.  Directs operations staff as needed to ensure that the NEU is functioning well and in accordance with its environmental, economic and customer service objectives.  Responsible for ensuring the NEU system is optimized for safety, efficiency and performance, using industrial analysis tools
  • Responds to technical issues that arise in day-to-day operations
  • Prescribes changes to equipment, control systems, operating protocols to ensure reliable, safe and efficient services
  • Liaise with Technical Safety BC, to ensure that the NEU facilities, staffing and operating procedures meets legislative requirements for safety and quality
  • Manage the Ongoing optimization of operations at the False Creek Energy Centre and within the distribution system network, and develop an asset management plan
  • The role will establish and implement programs and initiatives to manage Utility assets. The position will contribute to the adoption of the Engineering Department’s Asset Management Initiatives and project management framework and will develop, shape, and advance an asset management plan for the FC NEU
  • Leads the development and implementation of operational improvements and optimization initiatives 
  • Provides senior project management function with respect to projects at the Energy Centre and within the NEU distribution system
  • Manage customer development and care program for the FC NEU
  • Relationship management with stratas, businesses, property managers and others to keep them informed and identify/address issues that may impact customer satisfaction
  • Responds to customer issues that may arise, ranging from general inquiries regarding the system to issues impacting reliability of heating and hot water in buildings
  • Business development activities to promote the NEU service to building owners and determine the viability through business case analysis of connecting new buildings to the NEU
  • Liaise with building developers to ensure that building systems integrate well with the NEU to achieve performance, service and cost objectives
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelors of Applied Science in Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical or Process)
  • A Masters in a related discipline is considered an asset
  • Registration or ability to register as a P.Eng with EGBC
  • A minimum of 5 years engineering experience, with a minimum 2 years combined experience related to district energy and/or building HVAC systems design, including working knowledge of BC Building Codes, ASHRAE and industry standards.  Includes well developed expertise in sustainable building systems design and hydronic heating/cooling systems
  • Asset management experience related to district energy or similar renewable energy systems considered an asset

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Well-developed interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are required for this position, as it will be necessary for the incumbent to write Council reports, technical NEU performance reports, supervision and training of operations staff, customer outreach, presentations to large groups, and provide tours of SEFC NEU facilities
  • Experience preparing commissioning plans, safety and operating documentation to meet current regulatory and best-practice standards for complex multi-process industrial facilities an asset
  • Experience in managing operations staff, preferably in a unionized environment
  • Experience in utilization of SCADA systems and analytical tools to evaluate and optimize plant efficiency and performance considered an asset
  • Experience with energy modeling software to evaluate operating scenarios an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to take on a leadership role and be proactive at resolving project conflicts in a timely and effective manner
  • Proven experience in dealing with multiple tasks, and setting and meeting competing deadlines
  • Proven experience and expertise in the management of professional and construction contract services

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: May 2021 

Position End Date: May 2023 

Application Close: April 5, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

To be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity with a generous benefits package, please apply on our careers site.

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