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Hydroelectric Operating Technician Trainee (Northeast)


Timmins, ON, CA, P0N 1C0

Req ID:  40039

Status: Regular Full Time 

Working Conditions: On-Site     

Education Level: Grade 12 and two year diploma in related study such as 2 year Power Engineering, Instrumentation, or Electrical Diploma.

Location: Timmins, ON

Number of Position(s): 2

Shifts(s): Days and/or Rotating Shift including nights, weekends and holidays

Travel: Yes- 10%

Deadline to Apply: October 4, 2022


BE THE GENERATION to help build a brighter tomorrow.


OPG continues to set the bar for environmental protection, community involvement and economic impact—all while safely keeping the lights on.

Now we’ve set our sights on being a net-zero carbon company by 2040 and a catalyst to help the economies where we operate achieve net-zero by 2050.

OPG operates a diverse portfolio of generation assets including nuclear, hydroelectric, biomass and solar. We are also a cleantech leader and innovator, offering challenging and unique work opportunities. Help us use our power to change the world. 


NEW CAMPUS In 2025 Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is establishing a new corporate headquarters on a campus setting in the Municipality of Clarington located within the Durham Region. The new campus will include the existing Darlington Energy Complex located just south of Highway 401 and a new building to be constructed on adjacent land presently owned by OPG.




Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is looking for results-driven professionals that are looking to take the next step in their career, to join our team in the role of Hydroelectric Operating Technician Trainee located in Timmins.


The Hydroelectric Operating Technician Trainee, once qualified as a Hydroelectric Operating Technician, will have the opportunity to contribute to Ontario Power Generation by carrying out and overseeing operating activities to ensure the safe and reliable operation of equipment, generators and control dams. The Hydroelectric Operating Technician Trainee is trained to recognize abnormalities, inefficiencies and hazards; and to analyze, troubleshoot and take corrective action.


The Hydroelectric Operating Technician Trainee Program is two years in length and requires the selected candidates to complete both classroom and field training activities and gain on-the-job experience working in a control centre and inside the generating station. The Hydroelectric Operating Technician Trainee will be required to pass multiple classroom training assessment exams plus a final exam in order to become a Hydroelectric Operating Technician. 


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.




  • Working on a rotating shift or day shift basis; Carry out operating and monitoring activities to ensure the safe and reliable operation of all assigned equipment, generators, control dams, related storage and other facilities and structures, auxiliary equipment and systems.  Recognize abnormalities, inefficiencies and hazards.  Analyze, troubleshoot, and take corrective action.
  • Accountable for the health, safety and well-being of self and others, in accordance with technical/operating procedures and standards, and includes the development of technical/operating solutions to problems.
  • As required, communicate and coordinate with both internal and external organizations to comply with all policy, procedural and regulatory requirements.
  • Carry out good housekeeping, emergency preparedness, and fire prevention practices.
  • Participate in processing, coordinating, and scheduling outages to equipment affecting facility operations.
  • Recommend solutions to planning and scheduling issues created by emerging and unplanned events.
  • Participate in the control of various watersheds by meeting legal, regulatory, social and environmental limits and constraints.
  • Perform all aspects of work protection code (WPC) activities up to level trained. Act as a controlling/issuing authority of assigned equipment as required.
  • Prepare reports and retain appropriate documentation for audit/reference purposes.
  • Take appropriate actions during periods of electricity system or plant contingencies.



      •    Grade 12 and two year diploma in related study such as 2 year Power Engineering, Instrumentation, or Electrical Diploma.
      •    Candidates must provide proof of meeting minimum education qualifications by providing transcript.
      •    Candidates will be required to successfully complete aptitude testing in order to proceed in the selection process. 




  • Experience of a practical nature, preferably associated with operating, electrical, or, mechanical trades.
  • Solid written/oral communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills and able to work in a team environment with other trades and operators
  • Able and willing to work in a Control Room environment and react/respond to multiple demands at a time.
  • Ability to understand and follow governance, procedures and guidelines with a questioning and analytical attitude/approach.
  • Ability to work variable shifts including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to travel during the two year trainee program
  • Experience in an electrical utility control room environment is an asset
  • Experience with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems is an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience of hydroelectric generators, generator protection systems, or governor control systems 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, OPG offers an exciting combination of challenging opportunities and career diversity in a fast-paced work environment. 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 the province’s wellbeing.


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 and OPG’s clean electricity is helping decarbonize other sectors.


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.
  • Offer different ways for you to give back to communities where we operate.
  • Partner with Indigenous communities and support local businesses.
  • We support employment equity, diversity and inclusion.


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.



Please submit your application online at by 11:59 PM E.S.T., October 4 2022.  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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