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Engineer-in-Training program

​Our future success depends on developing the skills and abilities of our young talent. FortisBC’s Engineer-in-Training program helps recent engineering graduates gain practical experience through exposure to a variety of development opportunities in our natural gas and electricity businesses.

Technical and business experience

The Engineer-in-Training program is designed to help you build connections and develop a technical, operational and financial understanding of our business through a series of rotational placements. These will help you complete your experience requirements to register as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC), which includes experience in the key competency areas reviewed by APEGBC:

  • application of theory
  • practical experience
  • management of engineering
  • communication skills
  • social implications
  • sustainability

There is a well-established progression plan for graduates to go on to technical and business leadership roles at FortisBC.

Rotations

You’ll work in several different departments during the four-year program, and you may have a mentor to support your development of technical skills and provide career advice and coaching. You’re encouraged to attend regular site visits to gain an understanding of operational challenges. You may also have opportunities for further classroom development.

You’ll be based at one location but your rotations may take you throughout BC, including the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Kootenays. The duration of the placement depends on your previous work experience and includes rotations in: 

Engineering

​An engineering rotation will expose you to the technical aspects of capital and maintenance projects. You will be involved in analyzing specific issues and be required to complete feasibility and economic assessments.

System planning

​A system planning rotation will require researching, investigating and planning improvements to the FortisBC transmission and distribution system. You will be involved in preparing and running models of the system in your research for future projects and system growth.

Generation

​During a generation rotation, you will be working at one of FortisBC’s hydroelectric generation facilities. This will give you practical experience in a plant setting and you will be involved in day-to-day operations and development of capital projects to optimize plant utilization.

System control centre

​In a rotation in the system control centre, you will provide technical support for operation issues, outage coordination, water management and protection schemes. You will also review risk assessments for planned system outages and edit programming of control centre software systems.

Project management

​In the Project Management Office, you will be responsible for planning, executing and closing out phases of capital and maintenance projects at FortisBC. You will coordinate all aspects of a project and ensure cost and timeline deliverables are met.

Operations

​This rotation will get you into the field and give you hands-on experience working in and around distribution and transmission assets. You will plan, coordinate and execute field work to deliver safe, reliable energy to our customers.

Other

​You may also gain experience in non-technical areas such as:

  • business development
  • finance (information technology, budgeting, accounting, purchasing, warehousing and billing)
  • customer service (energy efficiency, human resources, environment and safety)

Requirements

Available Engineer-in-Training opportunities are posted on our online career site. Recent graduates with the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:
  • completion of a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited university
  • eligible for registration as an Engineer-in-Training with APEGBC
  • hold a valid BC class 5 driver’s licence (or Canadian provincial equivalent) with a clean driving record

Rewards

As an Engineer-in-Training at FortisBC, you’ll help us deliver innovative energy solutions for the province. We provide competitive compensation, challenging work and an enviroment that supports your growth and success, as well as opportunities to give back to the communities where we live and work.
Salary and benefits

​FortisBC’s competitive salary and flexible benefits package includes:

  • medical, dental, extended health, disability and group life insurance for you and your family
  • pension plan
  • group RRSP (optional)
  • share purchase plan (optional) 
  • three weeks annual paid vacation

Fully equipped on-site gyms with fitness programs are available at many locations.

Lifelong learning

​Developing employees is an integral part of our culture of continuous improvement. As an Engineer-in-Training, your rotations will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of our business. You’ll also have access to a range of training opportunities to support your career growth, including online courses and leadership development.

Giving back to communities

​We support employees to achieve work-life balance and give back to the communities where we live and work. Employees contribute in a variety of ways, from volunteering with Warm Hearts, our employee-run charitable foundation, to fundraising for local organizations through our Give Where You Live program.

Sponsoring events in communities we serve supports good causes and helps co-workers get to know each other better and build teamwork. Examples include participating in CANstruction, Community Giving Days and our Public Safety Ambassador program.

Living and working in beautiful British Columbia

​FortisBC serves approximately 1.1 million gas and electricity customers in 135 communities across BC. You’ll be hired at a permanent location during the Engineer-in-Training program, but your rotational assignments may give you the chance to travel to different areas of the province.

No matter where you live and work in BC, you’ll have an endless choice of year-round outdoor recreation opportunities in spectacular natural settings.

Learn more about the rewards of working with us.

 

 Interested in applying?

 
​Look for Engineer-in-Training openings posted on our current job opportunities.
 

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