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Project Engineer - Protection & Controls

Location: Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada
Job ID: R0035313
Date Posted: Oct 31, 2023
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Energy
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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At Hitachi Energy, our purpose is advancing a sustainable​ energy future for all. We bring power to our homes, schools, hospitals and factories. Join us and work with fantastic people, while learning and developing yourself on projects that have a real impact to our communities and society. Bring your passion, bring your energy, and be part of a global team that appreciates a simple truth: Diversity + Collaboration = Great Innovation

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Planning, design and technical coordination of the P&CM systems for Substations & Industrial projects. Detail electrical design for interface engineering of P&CM & Automation Systems with HV apparatus, MV & LV switchgears, communication architecture, Telecommunication, Instrumentation, SCADA Systems and AC/DC Auxiliary Systems. As a member of the engineering team, the candidate will produce engineering deliverables such as AC/DC schematics, cable list, wiring diagrams, specifications and interact with the other project team members, the customer, and suppliers of goods and engineering services.


The primary responsibilities of this position are to understand, analyze and interpret projects’ requirements, develop and design advanced protection systems, communication and control systems for large industrial and utility applications.

  • Prepare list / schedule of technical deliverables;

  • Prepare technical specifications and conceptual design reports;

  • Preparation and/or review of single (three) line diagrams, protection, metering and control schematics & wiring/interconnection diagrams and cable lists, AC/DC auxiliary services design and physical arrangement of substation layouts.

  • Produce detailed architectures for communications networks/topologies, equipment I/O lists, specifications, construction and commissioning specifications for substation automation systems;

  • Auxiliary system design including load calculations and equipment sizing; including AC/DC panels, auxiliary transformers, transfer switches, DC battery sizing and parameters specifications.

  • Perform, load flow, shot circuit, protection coordination studies, relay setting list and arc flash assessments as per applicable Canadian standards;

  • HV and LV Cable type selection/sizing and trays loads calculations & cable routing;

  • Prepare drawing packages for installation and commissioning.

  • Participate in installation supervision and commissioning in remote sites.

  • Participate in the preparation of RFQ’s and bid evaluations & analysis.

  • Participate in Design reviews; involving electrical, civil, structural, mechanical & control engineering

  • Technical follow-up and support during engineering, procurement & construction.

  • Participate in progress meetings (Internal, with Customer and with Sub-suppliers);

  • Quality planning, monitoring and follow-up during engineering, procurement & construction.

  • Control and manage change related to P&C system during project execution;

  • Interface with other project team members in related electrical, mechanical and civil disciplines and as well PM, Finance, Scheduling, Documentation, EH&S, Construction etc.


  • Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (preferably in Power Systems);

  • 5+ years of related experience in the field of substations and industrial electrification projects;

  • Good knowledge of Disconnect switches, Circuit breaker, GIS, power transformers schematics, and AC/Dc auxiliary systems;

  • Knowledge of IEEE, NEMA, NEC, IEC electrical standards.

  • Good soft skills in communication, leadership, initiative and negotiation to interface directly with clients;

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills;

  • Must be precise, organized, flexible, autonomous  & self-starter able to work on several projects simultaneously;

  • Knowledge of computer engineering tools and software like ETAP, SKM, PSCAD, CYME and, AutoCAD electrical);

  • Travel is required; up to 20% both domestic and international.

  • Familiarity with the following would be considered a key asset:

  • Utility and industrial protection design concepts and hardware/software of the major IED vendors such as ABB, SEL, GE, Siemens, Schneider/Alstom, Beckwith and Basler
  • Common utility and industrial communication protocols such as: DNP3, Modbus, IEC 60870-5-101/103/104, ICCP, IEC61850, IRIG-B, AB Data Highway+
  • Utility and industrial communication concepts including: Ethernet, EIA-232, EIA-485, single and multi-mode fiber optics, OPGW and wireless implementation
  • Experience with short circuit calculation, protection setting and coordination using software such as SKM, ETAP, CYME and Aspen Oneliner
  • PLC (Power Line Carrier) system design and programming
  • Design experience with integration platform hardware/software including ABB (COM600/RTU560), GE Harris (D20/D200 ConfigPro), Subnet Solutions, Open Systems International, Rockwell AB PLC/RTU products
  • Commissioning and troubleshooting experience with industrial and utility protection, control and communication systems.

More about us:

Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 38,000 people in 90 countries. In fiscal year 2020 we generated business volumes of around $10 billion USD as reported by Hitachi.

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