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Engineer in Training At AESO

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Job Description

The Alberta Electric System Operator is responsible for the safe, reliable, and economic planning and operation of the Alberta Interconnected Electric System. We provide open and non-discriminatory access to Alberta’s interconnected power grid and also facilitate Alberta’s competitive wholesale electricity market which, in 2018, had 201 pool participants and approximately $6.6 Billion in annual energy transactions.

We are looking for an Engineer in Training (EIT) to join our team. Our EIT New Grad program provides 4 six month rotations through different business units involved in the engineering aspects of the AESO’s work which offers a unique full spectrum view from mandate to meter. Assignments are technical in nature, varied, and will include opportunities to work with experienced engineering professionals and other AESO staff in a variety of cross-functional assignments.

Possible assignments include

  • Assisting with the preparation of power system models
  • Preparing power system modelling base cases
  • Conducting power system power flow, stability and short circuit studies for transmission planning and system operations departments
  • Assisting in carrying out power system outage analysis
  • Assisting with determination of alternative solutions for identified power system problems
  • Assisting in the development of applications for power system real-time operations
  • Assisting with the creation of engineering reports to document study results
  • Assisting with compliance processes relating to reliability standards and ISO rules
  • Assisting with the preparation of information for stakeholder meetings
  • Providing technical support to various departments
  • Preparing single-line drawings and documentation for estimate requests
  • Assisting with preparation of project functional specifications


Upon completion of the rotations, final placement will be made to an engineering role and department.

Signs you will enjoy working at the AESO.

  • You thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment and are looking for an opportunity to embark on transformative change.
  • You enjoy working in a team of bright professionals and participating in lively discussions. You revel in working and learning in a diverse atmosphere - our team and colleagues have varied backgrounds, experiences and perspectives
  • You have high personal leadership and find it intuitive to place attention on priorities and value-add items
  • You embrace change and pivot and adapt with ease.

Signs you will enjoy this work:

  • You have a curious mind and enjoy digging in deep to learn how things work
  • You have demonstrated advanced problem solving skills that integrate critical thinking and sound judgement in high pressure real time scenarios
  • You adopt new and advanced applications quickly and your technical acumen is envious
  • You work well in routine day-to-day and project-based work. You are comfortable navigating between fast-paced, high activity and moderate periods
  • You have the gift of translating complex technical problems into meaningful information across different audiences
  • You take pride in thorough documentation and detailed event logs


You bring:

  • An electrical engineering degree from a recognized, accredited University completed in 2019 or to be completed in spring 2020
  • Ideas, positive energy and creative solutions


Application deadline: January 24, 2020, at 11:59pm MDT via AESO Careers

The Alberta Electric System Operator is unable to accept unsolicited agency resumes.

The Alberta Electric System Operator, and its members, officers, employees and agents (collectively, the "AESO") is committed to protecting personal information provided to it. By submitting your personal information to the AESO for the purpose of pursuing employment with the AESO, you hereby consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information by the AESO, in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of Alberta, as amended from time to time.