Distribution Operator
Castlegar, BC, CA
3d ago

Affiliation : IBEW

Employment Status : Full-Time Regular

Salary Min : $52.55

We’re looking for new talent to join us as we reinvent the future of energy. Across BC, we have a diverse team of more than 2,400 employees we can’t do without, yet we’re growing as fast as ever.

You may think we’re your standard utility that delivers natural gas and electricity, but we’re also into cool, innovative energy solutions.

Think carbon capture, renewable energies and lower-carbon transportation for a start. We believe in creating a cleaner, healthier tomorrow.

If you like meaningful work, a dynamic environment and forward-thinking colleagues, build your career with us. You’ll get opportunities to grow, lead, solve, and create.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s rethink energy together.

Position Overview

A Distribution Operator (DO) is a member of the Control Centre Operating team, focused primarily on providing support for regular and emergency distribution work.

The DO’s primary responsibility is to monitor, control and support the work on FortisBC’s distribution system to ensure the safe and reliable supply of power to its customers.

The position requires shift work as per established shift schedules.

Distribution Operators report to a staff supervisor or delegate.


  • Monitor, control and operate the distribution system.
  • Serve as Operating Authority of the distribution system and ensure all work performed within their Operating Authority complies with applicable codes, and standards.
  • Coordinate duties in an expedient manner with the Control Centre Operating team to restore the distribution system when disturbances are experienced.
  • Respond to system trouble calls, advise and dispatch appropriate field standby personnel
  • Provide updated information related to distribution outages
  • Maintain a thorough familiarity with distribution system operating procedures, distribution field equipment and distribution contingency plans.
  • Assist in the training of other Distribution Operators.
  • Requirements

  • Must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a utility environment.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a control center.
  • Diploma in the Electrical Engineering Technology or related field.
  • Acceptable electrical trade experience working with distribution system operations preferred.
  • Experience as Dispatch Coordinator will be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and perform in a high stress environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal courteously with members of the public via telephone and work cooperatively with fellow employees.
  • Demonstrated proficient telephone, oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proficient computer skills and able to pass a related Company exam.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Our engaging workplace offers a wide range of challenging opportunities, while being safe, inclusive and diverse. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, while supporting life-long career development.

    We also encourage volunteerism and nourish the need to give back to your community.

    The safety of our customers and FortisBC family members is our number one priority. Depending on the responsibilities of the job, some employees continue to report to the office while others work remotely.

    To ensure the safety of our employees on our job sites, there is strict adherence to our worksite safety plans and social distancing practices.

    As an essential service provider, we’ll continue to follow the government COVID-19 guidelines and adjust our plans as necessary.

    As we welcome new employees, our commitment to safety remains for all of our FortisBC family.

    To learn more about the recruitment process with FortisBC, please visit the You’re Applying. What now? page for additional information.

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