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SCADA Engineer, Wind Operations

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Date: Dec 4, 2020

Location: Calgary, AB, CA

Company: TransAlta

Powering Possibilities …for Today & Tomorrow!

A leader in sustainable energy, TransAlta has over 100 years of experience generating power and is one of Canada’s top 50 Socially Responsible Companies since 2009, recognized as a global leader for sustainability and corporate responsibility standards. TransAlta operates 75 facilities in three countries; Australia, Canada, and United States. TransAlta is committed to fostering a dynamic, productive and safe work environment. Our employees contribute to a diverse, open, and transparent culture with clear accountability, strong leadership and challenging opportunities for personal career growth.



The SCADA Engineer position exists to provide specialized and disciplined first point of contact for controls engineering services and technical oversight to the wind and solar operations.  Their duties are focused on providing system diagnostic and troubleshooting support for safe, reliable operations. They are responsible for understanding the equipment/control system condition and risks, developing solutions for resolving issues and supporting the implementation of those solutions.  This role is for a permanent term assignment. The successful candidate could be based at our Pincher Creek, AB facility or Calgary head office and will be required to travel to our facilities in Canada and the US as required. 



  • Provide diagnostic and troubleshooting support for operational issues concerning SCADA, controls and network connectivity
  • Respond to equipment/hardware issues and provide emergency support for forced outages, failures and other operational issues that may arise
  • Install SCADA computers, including the design and installation of HMI software, operating systems, updates, control programming
  • Support software & hardware development assists in maintenance and upgrades on the SCADA system, which includes substation RTU’s, GE & SEL relays, field devices, and various forms of serial & IP based communication.
  • Knowledge of data communications protocols such as DNP3, Modbus & OPC
  • Troubleshoot substation networking equipment, physical servers, virtual machines and supporting OT infrastructure
  • Complete timely Root Cause Failure Analysis, as well as recommending corrective actions to eliminate recurrence
  • Provide support for various control systems for wind turbines and substations
  • Work with OEM vendors for third party support
  • Manage long term planning for equipment maintenance and capital projects
  • Provide scope development and engineering support for capital projects that meet the asset goals
  • Review and update operating procedures and operating limits
  • Support management of changes process
  • Establish a collaborative work environment with team, peers, stakeholders and support groups to ensure issues may be resolved in a professional and productive manner
  • Identify and implement innovative solutions to improve current processes and improve equipment performance/reliability
  • Evaluate and validate performance upgrades
  • Bring industry best practices, innovations/new technology to be evaluated by the business


Skills & Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, software engineering, computer science and/ or IT background is required. 
  • Professional engineering status in jurisdiction of practicing
  • Eligible for professional registration in Alberta, Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick
  • Minimum 5 year’s relevant experience.
  • Ability to travel 20-30% of time to facilities in Canada and US
  • Certifications from MS, Cisco, Security vendors
  • Programming knowledge in (but not limited to) C#, Python, VB, JAVA, C/C++, SQL, XML, batch file scripting, Perl and assembly language
  • Often have specialized training and certifications in discipline related areas (i.e. Turbine OEM Training, substation operation, vibration analysis, generator protection, power plant performance, SCADA Vendor training and certs etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience with industry standard communication protocols.
  • Strong experience and knowledge in own discipline with a general knowledge of other disciplines.
  • Strong awareness of the technical aspects of the operation under accountability 
  • Change management theory and practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in a power generation facility with specific experience desirable.
  • Understand and apply the policies, procedures, standards, regulatory and legal requirements that apply to the power generation business in the jurisdictions that we operate
  • Field experience is not essential but preferred


Our comprehensive and flexible benefits, competitive compensation, incentive and rewards programs form the foundation of TransAlta’s excellent employment proposition.

Come on board!


Our commitment is to attract and retain the best talent. This position requires the successful completion of medical and alcohol & drug checks.