Project Engineer

Job Title: Project Engineer
Location: Edmonton
Reports to: Manager, Design Build (Northern Alberta)
Job Posting#: 42-2024
Application Deadline: Until filled

We currently have an opening for a Project Engineer at our Edmonton office.


  • Responsible for the overall execution of underground/overhead electrical distribution and street lighting turnkey design build projects (4kV to 25kV).
  • Collect and review pertinent background information to inform design.
  • Create alignment plans, survey plans, easement plans and other preliminary deliverables for review.
  • Compile specifications and issue requests for third party services including survey, geotechnical review, grounding studies, brushing requests, constructability reviews, environmental assessments, and easement applications.
  • Perform detailed overhead line design calculations and modelling of various structures.
  • Perform detailed underground distribution design calculations and modelling.
  • Draft, or oversee drafting, of required construction prints per customer requirements.
  • Provide exceptional customer service in the form of prompt responses, courteous discourse, honest interaction, and proactive communication.
  • Coordinate designs with customers, landowners, approving bodies, and other stakeholders.
  • Compile and submit permitting and approvals packages.
  • Accountable for the on-budget and on-schedule delivery of concurrent turnkey projects from client engagement through design and construction to energization while maintaining a high degree of quality.
  • Preparation of takeoffs, estimates and proposals inclusive of engineering, materials procurement, and construction for turnkey projects.
  • Management of materials inventory.
  • Occasional off-site meetings, site visits and field inspections.
  • Coordination with customers, municipal authorities, other utilities and various projects stakeholders for project execution.
  • Project schedule, cost and communication management and reporting.
  • Proactively consult and develop solutions for clients to suit their business needs.
  • Clearly communicate with clients and project stakeholders to mitigate project risks and expectations.
  • Project acquisition, sales and customer relationship building.
  • Peer mentoring and training with other team members.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Electrical Engineering Technology Diploma or Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from a recognized college or university or equivalent education/experience.
  • PMP designation through PMI Institute are considered an asset.
  • Experience with FortisAlberta, ATCO, ENMAX, EPCOR or other utility a preferred asset.
  • Experience with AutoCAD, Microstation, PLS-CADD, ArcFM or AGI32 software packages are considered an asset.

A few qualifications that will help you succeed:

  • Electrical distribution, substation, transmission, or street lighting design experience (both underground and overhead).
  • Strong attention to detail, problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage competing priorities with schedule and budget constraints.
  • Client focused interpersonal skills with the ability to develop strong business relationships.
  • Proficient verbal and written English language skills.
  • Confident collaborative skills and willingness to liaise with other disciplines.
  • Commitment to safety and ethical practices.

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.

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.