Position:                       Technologist (temporary up to 1 year)

Hours:                           40 hours per week

Business:                     Transmission & Distribution Technologies

Location:                      800 Kipling Ave., Toronto, M8Z 5G5

Representation:           PWU

General Overview

Participate within a team of technologists in the Overhead Conductors Lab (Lines Asset Management Department) to provide technical support and testing services. Focus shall be in areas such as test development, test construction, test operation and technical analysis in relation to Overhead Transmission/Distribution Conductor testing. Maintain test equipment, instrumentation and facilities needed for the laboratory. The initial assignment is within the Line Asset Management (LAM) Department.

General Duties

•   Conduct mechanical and electrical lab and field tests. Assist with installation of laboratory equipment and test fixtures.

•   Perform routine mechanical and electrical tests, investigations and technical studies for customers in one or more disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, chemical, non-destructive evaluation, and material science.

•   Perform sample preparations (e.g. fiber splicing, epoxy resins, conductor sectioning), job safety analysis, custom test setup, and execute tests.

•   Provide mechanical and electrical expertise for testing projects, for example selection of appropriate test equipment, safe and efficient test set-up, identification of appropriate tesstandards and methods etc.

•   Take responsibility for care and maintenance of the test labs and related LAM facilities

•   Adhere to Kinectrics quality assurance and safety protocols.

•   Ensure customer satisfaction by following good quality and safety practices in all aspects of the work performed.

•   Perform shipping, receiving, calibration, housekeeping and maintenance tasks.

•   Perform clerical duties, such as word processing, maintaining filing and record systems

•   Perform other duties as required.

Skill/Experience

•   Mechanical or Electrical Technician or Technologist diploma or equivalent

•   Minimum 3 years of related test laboratory experience or equivalent advanced education

•   Additional industrial certificates or licenses considered an asset (e.g. millwright, licensed electrician, etc)

•   Requires knowledge of mechanical theory, electrical theory and testing standards to understand the requirements for testing of transmission components.

•   Requires experience with mechanical and electrical practices, procedures, and safety standards. Experience working in R&D environment is considered an asset.

•   Ability to utilize computer software programs for data management; experience with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint

•   Familiarity with data acquisition systems (eg. NI DAQ, Labview).

•   Basic understanding of continuous improvement techniques; experience with workplace organization.

•   Requires experience in solving problems where solutions require considerable investigation to resolve and often require integration of technical fields.

•   Must have good mechanical aptitude with ability to troubleshoot

•   Requires experience operating hand tools, drill press, saw, grinder, soldering tools, wire crimpers etc.

•   Understanding of transmission line components and related tests is considered an asset (e.g. preparing epoxy resin dead-ends, heat cycling/rise tests, electrical measurements, compression dead-end installations, fiber optics etc.)

•   Experience maintaining and operating hydraulic equipment is considered an asset.

•   Craning and rigging experience is an asset

•   Motor vehicle skill: holding a valid drivers license that allows for operating motor vehicles independently; forklift license is preferred.

•   Physically fit: ability to move/lift/rearrange heavy items up to 50 lb; standing for extended period, crouching, kneeling etc.

•   Comfortable working at heights

•   Must be self-motivated, and have strong prioritizing and time management skills

•   Strong customer service orientation

•   Flexibility to meet tight deadlines

Kinectrics welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.