Project Engingeer – The Transition Accelerator

Position Description: Project Engineer

 

Overview

The Transition Accelerator (the Accelerator) is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to creating positive, transformational system changes while moving Canada down viable pathways to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. To achieve this, the Accelerator harnesses existing economic, social, and technological disruptions already affecting multiple industry sectors and regions. Using momentum underway in these sectors, it acts as a catalyst and convenes innovators, progressive industry, researchers, and key stakeholders into collaborative teams that advance Canada down credible and compelling pathways to a stronger future.  The Accelerator’s four-step ‘transition pathways’ methodology provides the intellectual foundation for our work and was developed with input from experts and practitioners across Canada and from around the globe.

The Accelerator works in two ways to build out credible, capable, and compelling pathways to realize transformative change in key sectors and regions. First, we mobilize knowledge, develop tools, and build collaborative relationships with government and other stakeholders to enhance understanding of a pathways approach, allowing these groups to make better decisions about the transition to net zero, and helping them apply the methodology and tools in their own sectoral or regional contexts. Second, we directly initiate pathway projects in strategically significant systems/ sectors. The Accelerator engages with innovators, progressive industry, and other stakeholders, to apply our 4-stage methodology to develop and advance net zero pathways.

By combining both approaches we can focus our core efforts, gain experience in pathway development across a range of contexts, while accelerating diffusion and scale up of the overall effort.

Background

On behalf of the Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) recently published the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada. The strategy noted that Canada has the potential to be one of the world’s lowest cost producers of low carbon (clean) hydrogen, thereby creating new domestic and export opportunities for fuel hydrogen and helping to advance market opportunities for the nation’s already robust fuel cell sector. In doing so, hydrogen could help Canada accelerate the transition to a net-zero emission energy system while attracting foreign investment, creating economic opportunities, jobs, and an improved quality of life for Canadians.

As noted in the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada, regional hydrogen HUBS can provide the environment to achieve this objective. To quote from the Strategy: “Early deployment HUBs will set Canada on a path for widespread deployment in the mid- / long- term where hydrogen’s decarbonization potential can be fully realized.”

The Accelerator is seeking a full-time Project Engineer to support our Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB. As a Project Engineer working on multiple cross-disciplinary technoeconomic hydrogen projects, a successful candidate will deliver on project work, analysis, data management, and project deliverables, including taking full ownership and leadership of some projects.

Main Responsibilities

As a Project Engineer, you are responsible for effective and timely completion of project deliverables and performing project work as assigned. Main responsibilities include:

  • Co-ordinate, facilitate and drive project scoping, planning, execution, and completion;
  • Work on project deliverables from multiple projects (led by you or others);
  • Track and monitor project progress, anticipating and overcoming issues to meet deadlines;
  • Lead projects;
  • Perform data gathering and analysis (e.g. energy, mass, asset, and economic flows);
  • Perform technical, environmental, operational, and economic modelling (Excel based) and analysis of existing and possible new energy systems
  • Conduct greenhouse gas accounting, measurement, monitoring and verification planning;
  • Perform ad-hoc research and analysis of technical literature as required to support projects and HUB initiatives;
  • Prepare well documented proposals, memos, presentations, and other information briefings to support projects and HUB initiatives;
  • Liaise with team members to support various projects and overall objectives of the HUB.

Experience, Qualifications and Personal Traits

An ideal candidate is a detailed, capable, curious, open-minded engineer with a grasp of the fundamentals of energy conversions who embraces the Accelerator’s values and who has the following qualifications, experience, and traits:

  • Sc. or M.Sc. degree in engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Chemical);
  • Minimum 4 years of relevant experience or a combination of relevant experience and education;
  • Demonstrated project experience with producing technical deliverables within project deadlines;
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills including demonstrated ability to prepare impactful proposals, memos, data visualizations, and information briefings;
  • A well-organized individual, comfortable with multiple work streams, and following up on details;
  • Ability to operate and thrive in an environment where information may be incomplete and ambiguous;
  • Ability to create a project plan and implement it;
  • Ability to learn, understand, communicate and work with a broad suite of energy systems and energy carriers (electricity, diesel, hydrogen, methane, etc);
  • Proficiency with the Office suite of computer software;
  • Proficiency in English;
  • Comfortable with working remotely;
  • Bonus: Designations in Project Management (PMP, CAPM, etc.) or Energy Management (CEM, CEA, etc.);
  • Preferred: Experience with energy/carbon/environmental management and/or transportation/vehicles.

Values

Candidates for this position must reflect the values of The Accelerator. These values include:

  • Embracing a positive, forward-thinking attitude in an often-unstructured environment with multiple unknown variables;
  • Working collaboratively with diverse, and sometimes opposed views;
  • Grounding all work in evidence-based analyses;
  • Embracing a multi-disciplinary and system-level approach;
  • Focusing on innovation over the status-quo;
  • A commitment to help drive change.

Location and Travel 

Work will be conducted in a virtual environment.  The successful candidate preferably resides in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The successful candidate is expected to be available for work during normal business hours 8 am to 4:30 pm MT.

Application

The Transition Accelerator is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants interested in this position are invited to forward their resume and a short cover letter to info@transitionaccelerator.ca.  The competition will remain open until the position is filled, with the first round of applicants to be reviewed by January 7, 2022. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The position has a compensation package benchmarked to sector standards.   Come join our team!