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Geotechnical Engineer (Niagara Falls, ON)


Niagara, ON, CA, ABC 123

Req ID:  22641

Status: Regular Full-time

Education Level: Minimum 4-year University Degree; P.Eng

Location(s): Niagara Falls

Shifts(s): Days

Travel: 30%

Deadline to Apply: December 6, 2020


BE THE GENERATION to challenge and change.

At 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 Inc. (OPG) is looking for a results-driven team players to join our Renewable Generation organization in the role of Geotechnical Engineer based at our Niagara Falls, ON facility. 


Reporting to the Plant Technical Support Manager, the Geotechnical Engineer will be responsible for technical support for the safe, efficient and economical commissioning and operation of hydroelectric and thermal generating station assets.


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.



The Geotechnical Engineer will contribute to the group by providing the following engineering services:


  • Plan, coordinate and conduct geotechnical engineering assessments, studies, inspections, investigations, designs, rehabilitations and evaluations for earth structures, dams, foundations, slopes, roads, shorelines, and other civil works associated with hydroelectric and other generating facilities and associated infrastructure.
  • Preparation of drawings, technical specifications, construction estimates, Request for Proposals, proposal evaluation, award, contract negotiations & administration & co-ordination, construction monitoring, resolution of contract disputes.
  • Provide input to business plans, work plans, budgets with respect to project priorities, schedules and resource requirements.
  • Collaborate with customers, stakeholders, consultants, contractors, and government agencies as required.
  • As a technical expert in geotechnical engineering, provide advice, guidance, consultation and services to engineering problems including:
    • civil/geotechnical engineering matters related to projects;
    • stability analysis of embankment structures associated with hydroelectric & thermal generation;
    • Rock blasting, grouting (structures and foundations), rock reinforcement, and seepage through hydraulic structures;
    • equipment, machine support, and building  foundation issues including, interpretation of monitoring results;
    • rock foundation/concrete dam interface issues;
    • seismology, earthquake engineering, soil dynamics, and blasting effects on existing structures
    • design of instrumentation for rock slopes and dams and provide quality control for field installation and testing.
  • Respond to emergency  situations, conduct field investigations, prepare reports, and recommend actions.
  • Develop plans, standards and technical procedures for inspection, maintenance and monitoring programs.
  • Participate in OPG Dam Safety Program by conducting dam Inspections, instrumentation monitoring, data evaluation, periodic reviews, site investigations and emergency preparedness/ response activities.
  • Serve on study, project teams or task groups.



  • Minimum of 4 year bachelor degree in Geotechnical Engineering or Civil Engineering with a focus in the area of Geotechnical Engineering.



  • Registered (in good standing), or eligible to be registered, and licensed to practice as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario
  • 5 to 8 years of relevant experience as a Geotechnical Engineer.
  • Demonstrated experience in geotechnical site investigations, condition assessment, risk assessment, soil engineering, rock mechanics, tunnel, canal, foundations, project management, design, construction, maintenance of hydroelectric and other generating facilities.
  • Engineering knowledge in particular to geotechnical engineering associated with design and rehabilitation of civil projects, including geotechnical analysis, design, finite element method, and hydrogeologic engineering.
  • Knowledgeable in rock mechanics, rock instrumentation, grouting, seismology, earthquake engineering, soil dynamic, blasting, and vibration monitoring and interpretation.
  • In-depth knowledge pertaining to the design and rehabilitation of embankments dams.   
  • Knowledge in dam performance monitoring and evaluation including assessment and design of required instrumentation systems, monitoring data review, and  assessment of potential remedial actions.
  • Demonstrated ability in planning and conducting geotechnical studies, inspections, investigations, and performing engineering designs and evaluations for rock foundations, slopes, tunnels and other civil works associated with hydroelectric and other generating facilities.
  • Ability to independently problem solve with methods and tools required for Geotechnical Engineering applications. Good working knowledge of Geotechnical software and modeling tools (such as GeoStudio Suite, RocScience etc).
  • Demonstrated ability in report preparation, and strong communication/ presentation and interpersonal skills; ability to work with people.
  • Understanding of OPG’s Dam Safety Program and associated Standards and Procedures.
  • Understanding and Experience with all Dam Safety Regulations applicable to OPG facilities.
  • Experience in Canadian Dam Association Dam Safety Guidelines, Practices, Bulletins and regulations.
  • G-class Drivers License in good standing
  • Ability to travel via road, air, boat, as required
  • Travel up to 30% of the time including overnight on occasion

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 (OPG) 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 province-wide\
  • Long-term career growth and development opportunities
  • Electricity is vital to the province


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,
  • 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 6, 2020.  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.

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