Reporting to the Director, Asset Management, the Dam Safety Engineer will be responsible for providing technical direction, quality assurance, and expertise for matters concerning Brookfield Renewable’s Northeast dams and related civil infrastructure including performing inspections, developing strategies, and implementing programs to ensure that dams and structures are safe and reliable.
Conduct inspections according to schedule and oversee the surveillance and monitoring program in order to maintain dam safety;
Manage the timely review, and any necessary follow-up action as required, of all surveillance and monitoring data to assure the safety of the dams.
Provide technical oversight and review analyses and design by third party consultants and internal engineering that relate to dam safety, including;
Overseeing the preparation of routine dam safety technical studies and reports by engineering staff and consultants such as: Annual Surveillance data reports, 5-year survey data reports, and other monitoring reports (DSSMP & DSSMR), Part 12d inspection report, Dam Safety Assessments, and other periodic technical reports as required.
Overseeing preparation of non-routine dam safety technical studies and reports by engineering staff and consultants, such as: stability analyses, Seismic analyses, structural analyses, dam breach and inundation studies, GIS inundation mapping initiatives, hydrology and hydraulics studies, etc.
Review and approve of any modification to Brookfield Renewable’s dams or appurtenant facilities which might impact their safety.
Identify and recommend improvements to existing civil infrastructure to ensure public safety and extend the useful life of the facilities including participating in periodic reviews of the Dam Safety Action Plan;
Direct changes to project operations if necessary to ensure the safety of Brookfield Renewable’s dams and appurtenant facilities under emergency circumstances.
Provides regular reporting to the Director, Asset management, VP North American Operations, Regional COO North American Operations, and the Chief Dam Safety Engineer on the status of the dam safety program implementation including identification of key areas of dam safety risk and actions being taken to mitigate the risk.
Manage a variety of contract technical personnel to perform facility safety assessments, studies, and evaluations to ensure safe and reliable performance of Brookfield Renewable’s dams.
Interface with federal (FERC), state, and provincial dam safety regulatory authorities as required.
Conduct periodic dam safety training;
Review and approval of Emergency Actions Plans;
Participate in dam safety inspection by regulatory authorities;
Participate in periodic dam safety audits conducted by the Chief Dam Safety Engineer
Broad knowledge and experience with civil/structural engineering and design codes, standards and practices to perform complex projects on both concrete and steel construction (experience in dam repair and rehabilitation is an asset)
Knowledge of hydrology and hydraulics related to water-retaining structures, including dam stabilization analysis, dam instrumentation, flow control structures
Be knowledgeable of best practices, codes, and government regulations related to the design, construction, analysis and maintenance of dams and other hydraulic and conveyance structures;
Strong engineering process skills, as well as strong communication skills
Excellent problem solving skills and capable of leading a team of external consultants and contractors;
Strong analytical skills and capable of solving problems and using sound judgment;
Effective and developed organizational skills, including the ability to independently prioritize and plan work and manage competing deadlines;
Be innovative, self-directed and able to work and contribute in a team environment;
Possess strong conviction as it relates to their expertise;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering;
Working towards, or possessing Professional Engineer (PE) License in a state where Company has operating assets preferred
Relevant experience in the civil-structural design of hydroelectric project facilities or structures is an asset
Knowledge of and experience with Dam Safety Programs, including FERC Part 12 Dam Safety requirements, DSSMPs, FERC Engineering Guidelines, FERC Security requirements is an asset
Excellent computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office products
We own and operate one of the world’s largest renewable power portfolios, anchored by more than 215 hydroelectric facilities. With strong regional operating platforms in our core markets, we are able to leverage our local expertise to grow the business organically and through acquisition. Our portfolio includes more than 250 renewable power facilities in North America, Latin America and Europe with a combined installed capacity exceeding 10,000 megawatts.