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What does a Smart Energy Systems Specialist do?

If advanced technology is your passion and you like to keep on top of the latest advances, you’d fit right in as a Smart Energy System Specialist. BC’s electrical sector is committed to continually modernizing all parts of the power grid and Engineers, Technologists and Technicians who specialize in making these upgrades are in strong demand. Smart power systems use advances in hardware and software to boost the computing power of the electrical grid’s many components. Smart meters record power usage and energy flows in real-time and feed information back to central computers for analysis. All this new information is a powerful tool that allows energy providers to gear up their operations for maximum performance. Running things more efficiently and minimizing waste is not only less expensive, it’s also a big bonus for the environment!
Better control of mission-critical information allows power workers to make more informed decisions in a shorter time. Smart Energy Systems make calculations automatically, intelligent alarms warn of potential problems and signals are sent to automated switching devices. Re-routing power and trading electricity with neighbouring provinces or states becomes easier. Computer modelling of ‘what if’ situations allows you to try new approaches without risk.
All this sophisticated equipment requires top-notch people to set it up. Engineers often design the systems while technologists and technicians install, maintain configure and test them. It’s important to keep on track of new innovations and changing standards in the way information is sent, analysed and stored. When part of a system is upgraded, you have to ensure that older and newer equipment can link up together and that backup systems will still function. Working with the very latest technology can be a complicated challenge, but it’s a big reward to know that you’re a key part of building a sustainable energy future.


What’s the commitment?

Depending on how far you go into your area of specialisation a college diploma as a technologist or technician could take two to three years whereas a university degree could take four to five years or more. Familiarity with the latest power technology is a must and specialized training courses will get you there faster than on-the-job training alone. Smart Energy System Specialists also make a long-term commitment to continuous learning in order to stay ahead of the curve.


What do I need to apply?

A university degree in engineering or a college degree as a technologist or technician.
Good knowledge of advanced power generation, transmission and distribution systems.
An ability to work your way up and gain knowledge of the industry as well as a proven track record in implementing technology solutions.

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