Project Manager - Aircraft Operations

Date Posted: February 09, 2017 - Date Ends: March 31, 2017

  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Location: Coquitlam, BC
  • Company: BC Hydro
  • Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
BC Hydro: Project Manager (Aircraft Operations), British Columbia, Canada We're BC Hydro and we have a big job to do. Keeping the lights on for over 4 million people across the province takes a lot of talented people doing many different jobs. From working deep in a generating station, atop a power pole, or behind a desk, whatever it is that makes you tick we offer challenging careers to help you reach your potential. We're investing more than $2 billion per year in major capital infrastructure projects to help meet the growing demand for safe, reliable power. We're upgrading transmission lines, building new substations, and investing in our hydroelectric generation facilities. We aim to provide meaningful and challenging work, opportunities for growth and a healthy work/life balance. We've been recognized for excellence and been named one of B.C.'s Top Employers and one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for four years in a row. It's our vision to be the most trusted, innovative utility company in North America by being smart about power in all we do.

 Job Requirements

Provides aviation-related technical and safety advice to various internal and external sources, supporting the Aircraft Operations department strategic mandate to direct and oversee management of aircraft related risks across BC Hydro.

Provides support to key Aircraft Operations functions, consults with internal and external parties on aviation-related job planning considerations and BC Hydro Standard Operating Procedure requirements, and advises on Aircraft Operations processes.

Team work, collaboration across business lines and delivering results are essential elements to be successful in this role.

As part of a team, provides coverage of the Aircraft Operations 'Flight Desk' and supports BC Hydro's 'Flight Approval Process' for charter helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft use. Administers the pre-approval of flight bookings and performs flight hazard assessments, flight approvals and flight activity coordination for daily flight operations. This support requires candidate to be available for work on weekends and holidays, and for after-hours stand-by coverage. Candidate may also be required to be available for shift work.

Acts as a project manager for low risk, medium impact/ complexity projects or as a task manager for higher risk/ impact/ complexity projects to improve the effectiveness or efficiency of the department; coordinates the development and implementation of procedural and process changes.

Exercises independent judgment in analysis and problem solving on highly complex and medium scope problems; uses defensible approach in resolving problems where guidelines may not exist.

Coordinates work and provides instruction and technical guidance; reviews work in progress and assesses completed work for accuracy, required results and quality assurance.


5 to 7 years’ professional experience in commercial helicopter operations, including experience acting as Operations Manager, Base Manager, Quality Assurance Manager, Chief Pilot, Training Pilot, Safety Management System (SMS) Manager or Safety officer.

Commercial Rotary Wing Pilot's License with 5 years' general aviation experience flying for a commercial helicopter service provider certified under 702 'Aerial Work' or 703 'Air Taxi' will be considered an asset in the selection process. Electric utility flight operations experience is strongly preferred.

In-depth technical knowledge of rotary-wing aircraft, fixed-wing aircraft, Canadian Aviation regulations, Aviation SMS, WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (related to aircraft operations), and Utility Aviation industry best practices.

Formal training, accreditation and/ or experience in relevant supporting areas such as aviation accident and incident investigation, the implementation and audit of Aviation SMS, quality systems audit (i.e. ISO 9001:2015 Internal Audit/ Lead Audit), etc. will be considered an asset in the selection process.

Knowledge of physical and electrical hazards associated with performing utility flight operations in and around the Power System and its associated infrastructure. This knowledge to include a basic understanding of the identification of circuit voltages and various system componentry.

Proven project management knowledge, experience and skills.

Project Management certification (or equivalent) and/or courses in project management will be considered an asset in the selection process.

Demonstrated leadership ability.

Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills as well as good planning, organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.

Must have a valid Class 5: Driver's License.

Please be advised that this role has been assessed as safety sensitive and pre-qualification alcohol and drug testing will be required as a pre-condition to employment.

Additional Information:

We're always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It's an exciting time to be a part of our team as we invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Our values guide our work. Want to join us?

We are safe.

We are here for our customers.

We are one team.

We act with integrity.

We respect our province.

We are forward thinking.

To Apply Contact: 

Interested candidates should submit their applications online at by March 7th, 2017.

Don't forget to update your Candidate Profile with your current resume and copies of your certifications. If applicable, include your Trades Qualification. This will ensure we have all the necessary information to assess your application without any delays.



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