Distribution Engineer

Job Title: Distribution Engineer
Location: Burnaby, BC
Reports to: Manager, Lower Mainland Operations
Job Posting#: 22-2024
Application Deadline: Ongoing

We have an opening for a Distribution Engineer in our Burnaby office.


  • Technical review of electric utility distribution design packages, including drawings, material take-offs, and calculations.
  • Sealing of electric utility distribution design drawings.
  • Technical mentorship of engineers and technologists.
  • Electrical and civil design of underground and overhead electric utility infrastructure.
  • Material take-offs and project estimating.
  • Voltage drop and transformer loading calculations.
  • Cable pull calculations using Pull Planner.
  • Pole modeling calculations using SPIDAcalc and PLS-CADD.
  • Reviewing engineering consultant drawings such as civil, buildings electrical, landscape, and architectural to coordinate and eliminate design conflicts.
  • Project schedule management and tracking.
  • Research and application of engineering standards and codes.
  • Collaboration with the project team (project managers, designers, drafters, engineers of record, and field inspectors) to ensure projects are executed successfully.
  • Design coordination with external clients, engineering consultants, utility approval teams, municipalities, material and construction suppliers, and other stakeholders.
  • Creating design redlines in Bluebeam.
  • Leading continuous improvement initiatives and updating tools, processes, documentation, and automation.
  • Periodic off-site meetings, site visits, and field inspections.
  • Other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Engineering / Applied Science degree or diploma from a recognized university or college (electrical or civil preferred).
  • P.Eng. or P.L.Eng. designation through EGBC.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in the design of electrical utility distribution projects.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to develop business relationships conducted in a professional manner.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and manage multiple competing responsibilities concurrently.
  • Strong attention to detail, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated self-motivation and drive for improvement.
  • Class 5 driver’s license.

Additional Assets:

  • Familiarity with BC Hydro and/or Fortis Electric design and construction standards and tools.
  • Exposure to SPIDAcalc, PLS-CADD, Pull Planner, AutoCAD, or AGi32 software.
  • Project management experience (including PMP designation).
  • Experience working in the shallow utility and/or land development industries.
  • Exposure to electrical distribution, transmission, substations, telecommunications, natural gas, street lighting, traffic signals, civil, buildings electrical, landscape, and/or architectural design.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian Electrical Code.
  • Experience creating Visual Basic Application (VBA) macros in Microsoft Excel.

Primary offers a highly competitive compensation package including, competitive salaries, bonuses, Health & Dental benefits, Health Care Spending Account, flexible work schedules, paid vacation, Company Matching RRSP, flex days, and several career and professional development opportunities.

Salary Range: $43.26 to $55.29 per hour.

If you are ready for a new challenge and want to make a difference in the industry, please fill in the form below:

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Primary Engineering and Construction Corporation (Primary) is a growth-oriented industry leader providing professional electrical engineering and construction services and specializing in emerging marketplaces in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

We offer design and design/build services for all types of electric utility distribution infrastructure to a wide variety of clients including electric utility companies, developers, builders, commercial and industrial businesses, oil companies, government, and private contractors. Our devotion to excellence has attracted some of the best young professional minds to our company.

GOOD PEOPLE committed to progress

Primary is committed to growing the careers of our people. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to determine their career path and fulfill their ambitions. Our people are genuine, honest, accountable and full of entrepreneurial spirit.

We work hard, see the big picture, are always ready and willing to adapt, and always strive to be better than we were yesterday. We take pride and ownership in everything we do, and most of all, we do it as a team.


The safety and well-being of our people, our clients, and our communities is our top priority in any work we do and is never comprised. Safety is one of the core values that every member of our team understands and lives by, and we ensure this through communication, education and participation. Our safety goal has always been zero incidents, and we work together through every project to achieve that goal.

Safety is ingrained in every project and each task our employees and contractors complete, whether in the office or onsite. Primary has developed effective workplace health and safety management programs designed to reduce and eliminate the number of work-related injuries, leading to a safety track record well above industry average. We are also diligent in selecting the companies we work with, choosing only those with a safety standard as high as our own.