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Job Description

Engineer/Technical Officer - Market Facilitation

Job Location


Type of Position

Temporary - up to 15 months

General Accountabilities

As an Engineer/Technical Officer - Market Facilitation, you will be part of a team involved in:

  • Assessing long-term transmission plans against Ontario's needs and industry standards.
  • Performing feasibility studies and system impact assessments for new or modified facilities and providing a conditional advance approval for connection.
  • Managing and administering market participant authorization, market entry and exit.
  • Validating the performance of new facilities against market rule requirements, and registering facilities for the market.
  • Performing studies to assess the technical feasibility of future standards.
  • Formulating IESO internal reliability-related policies and procedure.
Vacancies currently exist in the Grid Assessments section.


Specific Accountabilities

As an Engineer/Technical Officer - Market Facilitation you will carry out, as directed, specific phases of work in the field of power system planning and operation, the development and application of specialized technology and the provision of analytical and technical support as needed. This includes: Grid Assessments section;

  • Assessing the performance of new or modified connections to the IESO-controlled grid, recommending project enhancements to satisfy standards and requirements, and issuing advance approvals to connect to the grid.
  • Assessing the future adequacy of the IESO-controlled grid, and evaluating the technical merits, and operability of proposed transmission reinforcement and expansion plans.
  • Developing plans and operating requirements for the reliable operation of the IESO-controlled grid.
  • Participating in industry forums and working groups, and collaborating with suppliers, developers, neighbouring systems and reliability organizations to develop standards and practices and promote the reliable operation of the bulk power system
  • Working with applicants to facilitate and complete their requests to the IESO’s Connection Assessments and Approval (CAA) process.
  • Preparing power system models and performing power system simulations.
  • Analyzing the performance of dynamic control systems, power system facilities, and the interconnected grid.
  • Assessing bulk power system planning and operating problems, developing solutions and proposing recommendations.
  • Assessing requests for exemptions to market participant requirements, and assisting in monitoring compliance.

General duties:

  • Completing ad-hoc assignments within specific timelines from Team Leader(s) and/or Section Head.
  • Obtaining necessary data for problem solution and developing solutions to problems, producing necessary documentation to substantiate proposed recommendations.
  • Preparing reports, making presentations, and making recommendations.
  • Developing material for and participating in industry forums, committees and working groups, and collaborating with participants, consultants, suppliers, developers and reliability organizations.
  • Providing analysis and subject matter expertise for the development, revision and application of market rules, policies and procedures.
  • Establishing and maintaining documentation such as market manuals, policies, procedures, instruction manuals and protocols.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Selection Criteria

Requires advanced engineering knowledge of electrical theory, power system analysis and control, and associated mathematics to undertake engineering, economic or analytical studies related to the planning and operation of the bulk power system. Requires a good understanding of technical writing to prepare effective reports. These qualifications are normally acquired in a 4-year university degree program in electrical engineering or equivalent, with an emphasis on power system analysis, electrical machines, and control theory.

Professional engineering status in Ontario is considered an asset.


Requires experience, such as might be gained in the energy industry, to become familiar with the general concepts of power system planning and operation. Requires experience to become familiar with the nature of investigations carried out by the different sections and groups of the organization. Requires further on-the-job experience to become familiar with methods and practices associated with the work functions.

A period of 8 to 10 years is considered necessary to gain this experience.

Experience in any of the following areas would be an asset:

  • Familiarity with the Ontario bulk power system and the IESO-controlled grid.
  • Electrical engineering design and operation power system components, facilities and the grid.
  • Knowledge of analytical study techniques to solve power system problems, and in particular simulation software such as PTI/PSSE and Power Tech DSA is considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with North American power system planning and operation standards, and criteria.
  • Familiarity with the operation of electricity markets in general and the IESO-administered markets and programs in particular.
  • Familiarity with the relationships between market participants and the IESO.

Core Competencies:

  • Good analytical and communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Deadline oriented individual.
  • Proven excellent customer service skills.
  • A strong personal commitment to customer needs.
  • Demonstrates organizational skills.
  • A strong commitment to corporate objectives.
  • Ability to influence peers and others in the organization.

What the IESO Offers

  • Competitive market wages
  • Comprehensive benefit programs
  • Programs and policies to support a balanced lifestyle
  • A challenging fast paced team environment
  • Opportunity to work with some of the brightest people in the industry.

If you have the experience and qualifications for this position, please apply on-line.

We thank all candidates for their interest in opportunities with the IESO. While we appreciate your submissions, we regret that we can only contact those candidates selected for interviews. The IESO is an equal opportunity employer.

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