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Hydroelectric Operating Technician Trainee


Cornwall, ON, CA, K6H 5V1

Req ID:  3109

Status: Regular Full-time

Education Level: 2 Year Diploma in related studies - i.e. Power Engineering, Instrumentation, Electrical Diploma  

Location: Cornwall, ON

Travel: 25%

Deadline to Apply: December 12, 2019


BE THE GENERATION to challenge and change.

At Ontario Power Generation (OPG), our values are our strengths. They are fundamental truths about us that don’t change. Safety. Integrity. Excellence. People and Citizenship.  We operate a diverse portfolio of generation assets including nuclear, hydroelectric, biomass and solar, and offer challenging and unique work opportunities. BE THE GENERATION to power tomorrow.




Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is looking for a professional who are looking to take the next step in their career, to join our team in the role of Hydroelectric Operating Technician Trainee based at our Saunders Generating Station in Cornwall, ON.


Reporting to the Manager, Work Centre, Operations, the Hydroelectric Operating Technician Trainee is responsible for carrying out and overseeing operating activities to ensure the safe and reliable operation of equipment, units and control dams.  This role monitors the levels and flows of rivers, ensuring they are in compliance with environmental requirements.  The Hydroelectric Operating Technician Trainee is trained to recognize abnormalities, inefficiencies and hazards, analyze, troubleshoot and take corrective action. 


The Hydroelectric Operation Technician Trainee Program is two years in length and will require the selected candidates to complete six training sessions and gain on the job experience by working 8 and 12 hours rotating shifts.  Travel and occasional overnight stays at other OPG sites and remote locations is required.  The trainees will be required to pass a final exam in order to become Hydroelectric Operating Technicians. 


As part of the selection process, applicants will be required to successfully complete aptitude testing.


This is an exciting opportunity to work in an environment where you will contribute to Ontario Power Generation’s continued growth and success in generating safe, clean, reliable low-cost power in a sustainable manner.



  • On a shift or day basis, participate in planning and carry out operating activities for generating stations, control dams and related facilities and structures.
  • Ensure the safe and reliable operation of all assigned equipment, units, control dams, related storage and other facilities and structures, auxiliary equipment and systems.  Recognize abnormalities, inefficiencies and hazards.  Analyze, troubleshoot and take corrective action.
  • Perform all aspects of work protection code (WPC) activities up to level trained.  Act as a controlling/issuing authority of assigned equipment as required.
  • Participate in the control of various watersheds by meeting legal, regulatory, social and environmental limits and constraints.
  • Participate in prioritizing, processing, scheduling and coordinating all equipment outages affecting facility operations. Take lead role in assessing equipment outage applications to initiate further actions.
  • Recommend solutions to planning and scheduling issues created by emerging and unplanned events.



  • Grade 12 and two year diploma in related study such as 2 year Power Engineering, Instrumentation, or Electrical Diploma.
  • Candidates must provide proof of education




We are seeking to invest two years of very specific and highly sought out hydroelectric training in a professional with the following:

  • Experience of a practical nature, preferably associated with operating, electrical trades;
  • Knowledge of and willingness to use appropriate safety measures and equipment;
  • Demonstrated ability to explain practical technical knowledge relating to previous work experience and/or education;
  • Able and willing to work in a Control Room environment and react to multiple requirements at a time;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact and communicate with a broad range of people (verbal and in writing);
  • Flexible/adaptable regarding changes in work routine and travel to other work locations;
  • Ability to perform effective prioritization and ability/past experience with multitasking situations;
  • Can demonstrate project/team skills with ability to assume leadership role;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Ability to work variable shifts and under station working conditions;
  • Ability to travel; 
  • Valid Class G Drivers Licence;
  • Proven experience in a control room environment – electrical, utility, as a power engineer is an asset;
  • Knowledge and experience of hydroelectric generators, protection systems, governor systems, etc. is an asset.

The successful candidate will exhibit uncompromising integrity and commitment to upholding corporate values and the OPG Code of Business Conduct.



As Ontario’s largest clean energy generator, Ontario Power Generation offers an exciting combination of challenging opportunities and career diversity in a work environment where safety is a fundamental value. Being an OPG employee means you can apply your knowledge, broaden your skills and make a valuable contribution to an organization that is vital to Ontario's success. At OPG our values are our strengths.  They are fundamental truths about our organization that don’t change.  Safety. Integrity. Excellence. People and Citizenship.  


Here's why OPG might just be the ideal workplace for you:

  • Exceptional range of opportunities
  • Long-term career growth and development opportunities
  • Electricity is vital to our future

If you are looking to learn from others and be part of something important, and you are excited about the future of power generation, you will find the right fit at OPG.


Our promise to you

  • We care about the safety and the well-being of our employees. It is our utmost priority.
  • A supportive work environment where you can be your best every day.
  • Opportunities to stretch and develop in our diverse lines of business.
  • Provide spaces for innovative thinking and solutions, such as Launchpad or X-Lab.   
  • Offer different ways for you to give back to communities where we operate.
  • We support employment equity and diversity.



Please submit your application online at by 11:59 PM E.S.T., December 12, 2019. OPG thanks all those who apply; however, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.



OPG is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and supported. If you require accommodation during the application or interview process, please advise us as soon as possible so appropriate arrangements can be made.  If you require technical support in a format that is accessible to you, please contact





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