Substation Electrical Designer

Iconic Power Systems is experiencing steady growth as we continue to build long-term relationships with existing clients and foster relationships with new clients by providing them with consistently high-quality products and services. If you are motivated by innovation, growth, teamwork, and complete client satisfaction, we have a career for you.

We offer an attractive remuneration package including health and RRSP benefits.


The Substation Electrical Designer is responsible for designing multiple Substation design projects in a fast-paced environment. They will be responsible for the accuracy, quality and constructability of designs, calculations and estimates for electrical utility projects of all sizes. Effective collaboration and communication with multiple internal and external stakeholders are required by the Substation Designer to progress designs through all project stages. The Substation Electrical Designer contributes to Substation bid proposals, estimates and material calculations and is responsible for the accuracy of quoted work.  The Substation Electrical Designer is responsible for handover of high-quality design packages to the customer or project team, on schedule, and is responsible for resolving design related issues and field level questions while projects are underway. The Substation Electrical Designer needs to work closely with project management to ensure all design/build projects are profitable and delivered on time. Directly reports to the Engineering Manager.



  • A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a Technical Diploma in Engineering Technology.


  • 1-3 years’ experience working in an electrical engineering environment, with extensive experience in substation projects.
  • Understanding of utility standards and specifications would be an asset i.e., AltaLink, ATCO standards etc.
  • Familiarity with P&C, SCADA, maintenance and operational practices is considered an asset.


  • Ability to prepare engineering drawings from sketches and general engineering and design information according to established standards and procedures.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to visualize and evaluate equipment details, phase-to-ground, phase-to-phase clearances, and drawing relationships.
  • Ability to read and comprehend electrical and construction plans from utilities, customers, and consultants.
  • Growing level knowledge of industry specifications for high voltage electrical equipment
  • Ability to manage and deliver Physical Engineering deliverables as per project schedule and within budget.
  • Ability to work closely with Drafters, Engineers and Leads to meet with project timelines for engineering deliverables.
  • Ability to understand client specific requirements (standards & specifications) and applicable codes & regulations for preparing physical electrical packages.
  • Superior ability to meet tight deadlines and multi-task.
  • Able to develop project schedules based on proposal details.
  • Capacity to resolve complex issues in a timely manner.
  • Ability to build relationships with clients, consultants, approval authorities and utility representatives.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively lead, train and provide mentorship to other designers and drafting professionals.
  • Ability to maintain customer relationships while identifying and supporting and establishing new opportunities and business lines.
  • Ability to understand client specific requirements (standards and specifications) and applicable codes & regulations for preparing physical electrical packages.
  • Understanding of project financial accounting and controls including change management processes and the creation of change orders.
  • Experience with estimating, design, and project related software such as Bluebeam and MicroStation would be considered an asset.

Personal Characteristics

  • Safety – We go home safely every night.
  • Integrity – Around here our word means something.
  • Quality – Our quality stands on its own.
  • Accountability- We provide solutions, not problems.
  • Teamwork – Great people working together.
  • Not afraid to approach difficult situations and dig in to find a solution.
  • Self-motivated to make improvements and get tasks done on time.
  • You have a calm demeanor and thrive in high-stress situations. You possess a nimble mind – You can think on your feet and resolve issues quickly.
  • Capable of implementing a culture of winning. We win the projects we want to win.
  • You are someone people rely on. You are responsible and dependable


  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • This position is a mix of office and field work. A small portion of this position’s time will require fieldwork.


Estimating, Design and Project Management

  • As required, compile project BOM’s based on drawings, specifications, codes, and standards to be submitted to procurement for purchasing.
  • Analyze customer plans and utility documentation to develop Substation project proposals, preliminary designs, and schedules.
  • Utilize AutoCAD, MicroStation, Bluebeam or other design software to prepare designs from conceptual stage through to project completion.
  • Preparation of Electrical Physical design packages consisting of Single Line, Site Plan, Electrical Plan & Sections, Grounding Plan & Details, Conduit Plan & Details.
  • Interpret and incorporate vendor information into design deliverables.
  • Collaborate with design consultants and utilities. Facilitate or attend various external site and project related meetings.
  • Coordinate with designers and engineers of other disciplines to complete deliverables.
  • Facilitate or attend all internal project meetings such as project handoff, kick-offs, and reviews.
  • Monitor project budget, costs, and scope. Follow change control processes and issue change orders as required.
  • Collaborate with Project Management to prevent issues and ensure that design related issues are prioritized and resolved quickly to maintain schedules and prevent work stoppages or downtime for construction crews.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Ensuring every team member gets home safely.
  • Ensuring all Iconic designs are accurate and are delivered on time and have superior quality.
  • Maintaining relationships with customers, consultants, and design approvers.

Additional Information

  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All staff may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time.
  • You will work in an office environment and will spend time visiting work and proposal sites.

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