Regulatory Engineer

The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) is an independent regulatory agency of the Provincial Government that operates under and administers the Utilities Commission Act. The Commission's primary responsibility is the regulation of British Columbia's natural gas and electricity utilities. We also regulate intra-provincial pipelines, thermal energy utilities and universal compulsory automobile insurance.

The BCUC is currently looking for a number of Regulatory Engineers to join the Organization. Reporting to the Director of Facilities and Planning, the Regulatory Engineers are responsible for providing professional engineering expertise in the analysis and regulation of BC public utilities and other entities and to facilitate the decision making process for relevant applications.

Responsibilities:

  • Applications
    • Review and perform critical analyses, identify information gaps and/ or substantiating data requirements;
    • Prepare information requests;
    • Assess needs/ justification, results of alternative solution investigations, preferred solution and public interest;
    • Compile all critical materials and provides assurance that the record is cohesive, there are no material omissions, materials are logical, all connecting factors and implications have been explored, the need is justified and the rationale is clearly delineated;
    • Source expert opinions as required; drafts and/ or provides advice on Commissioners’ reasons for decision as required;
  • Regulatory Hearings:
    • Establishment of draft and final regulatory timetables covering options, information requests, responses, issues lists, all correspondence;
    • Draft orders; advising on time constraints related to delay requests, etc. ;
    • Compile records and prepare initial and cross examination questions for the Commission’s legal representation to ensure the inclusiveness of all evidence; drafts Participant¬† Assistance/ Cost Awards (PACA) orders;
    • Draft and/ or validate technical details of final draft for commissioners ; manage participant involvement in hearings and other proceedings;
  • Monitor existing and proposed regulatory conditions and policies in other jurisdictions; perform critical analyses on the potential impacts of change; drafts reports for submission to government;
  • Establish and maintain currency with BC’s Energy Plan, provincial policies, Ministerial orders, relevant special directions, regulations and court decisions associated with BCUC mandate;
  • Develop and maintain currency with existing and evolving North American utility practice, supported by consultant technical experts as required;
  • Perform other related duties (e.g. investigates customer complaints involving technical issues or project construction issues)

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor and /or Master’s Degree in Engineering;
  • Member in good standing as a Professional Engineer in BC or eligible for BC P.Eng. registration;
  • 7-10 years post-graduation engineering experience;
  • Experience working in progressively responsible roles providing engineering analysis/design and project management expertise;
  • Experience in a utility/energy sector or related business environment;
  • Knowledge of the principles for the regulation of energy utilities in area of expertise;
  • Knowledge of fundamental engineering principles associated with natural gas and electricity transmission & generation;
  • Experience preparing or analyzing applications for a regulatory body and experience working with Energy commodities and/or supply contracts would be an asset but are not a requirement;
  • Excellent written and oral communication, presentation/ facilitation and inter-personal skills;
  • Analytical, judgment, persuasion and consensus building abilities where there are competing interests;
  • Ability to work well in a non-hierarchical, matrix team structure;
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with colleagues and stakeholders in a quasi-judicial/ regulatory environment;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects ¬†and produce results;
  • Ability to link long-range visions and concepts to daily work;
  • Strong office software skills (Excel/Word/PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Supplemental Business, Commerce, legal or economics training would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of North American natural gas and electricity commodity markets, and of the principles and practices of regulatory hearings and procedural fairness would be advantageous;

Based out of downtown Vancouver, BCUC offers a healthy work-life balance, an environment of continual learning, interesting and meaningful work, as well as an engaging team environment.