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Senior Systems Engineer

  1. Richmond
  1. Transportation

Senior Systems Engineer

The Senior Systems Engineer is responsible to provide innovative engineering solutions, technical support services and enhancements to the operation and maintenance of Canada Line via the automation and control systems.  Additionally, support will be provided for the maintenance and replacement as required of such systems as the Automatic Train Control system, communications systems, SCADA, intrusion detection systems, the passenger counting system, Guideway Systems (such as Switch Machines, Sump Pumps and Frog Remote Monitoring Systems) and the asset management system.  The Senior Systems Engineer will act as a professional internal resource to the Manager, HSQE and Innovation supporting the maintenance and operation in providing technical support for operating and maintaining these systems. In addition, the position will be responsible for fostering innovation programs specific to technological enhancements and coordinate all aspects of the protection of Protrans BC Operations Ltd. intellectual property.


  • Champion, develop and implement new solutions that facilitate the operation and maintenance of the railway.
  • Lead the innovation projects and implement the suggested enhancements to ensure the successful day-to-day and long term operation and maintenance of Canada Line operating systems.  These support activities will include such duties as inspection, analysis, troubleshooting, making recommendations, providing innovative solutions, stakeholder involvement, defining the scope, project management, reporting, and implementing appropriate engineering changes where necessary. 
  • Perform practical and theoretical analysis to identify solutions to system technical problems. Working with internal maintenance staff, Operation managers and system suppliers, undertake technical investigations of system failures, the need assessment, produce reports, and make recommendations to rectify issues.
  • Investigate and review industry developments and recommend application to the Canada Line system as appropriate. Support business case development and manage the implementation of best practice and new technology.
  • Support the Canada Line expansion projects by synchronizing the developed systems with the systems provided by the suppliers, making proper enhancements and expansion of the current applications.
  • Develop software and hardware appliances and applications with consideration of handover capabilities to the end users, the required manual and documentation, delivery of required training both in class and hands on to the end users and technical support of the designed systems. Contribute to the formulation of Engineering Standards and monitor compliance, recommend changes to ensure the required performance at minimum whole life cost, ensuring that all aspects of reliability, availability, maintainability and safety are addressed.
  • Manage the project life cycle from idea generation (feasibility) through review, approval, design and development, stakeholder involvement and final delivery of the product. This will include justifying and prioritizing the work, cost analysis, planning the project, cost management, time and resources management.  It also includes the development of any software and systems work to implement a final solution with full documentation and associated training.
  • Provide support with the annual Scientific Research and Experimental (SR&ED) documentation and submission.
  • Continue developing and finalizing the current open projects and enhancements.
  • Work with the Systems Technician closely, provide on-the-job training, coaching and provide support with enhancing the required skills.
  • Organize, review, and make accessible engineering documentation.
  • Lead training sessions on systems and any new solutions developed.
  • Ensure any inventions unique to the Company are patented or reviewed for same.


  • Engineering Degree focused on software, control or computer systems.
  • Registration as a professional engineer licensed to practice in the Province of British Columbia.
  • At least 5 years experience developing systems, software and/or other experience in a development environment.
  • Working knowledge of various operating systems, computer languages and evolving technologies.
  • Working knowledge of railway operation and maintenance practices, including configuration control processes.
  • Working knowledge within Thales Rail Control System, Invensys SCADA system and subsystems making up the integrated control of the railway.
  • Experience and knowledge in software and system development, validation, testing and implementation processes.
  • Ability to produce technical reports, standards, procedures, specifications, method statements, risk assessments, FMECA and basic drawings as required.
  • Current BC driving license would be an asset.
  • A combination of education and experience will also be considered.

At SNC-Lavalin, you will enjoy competitive compensation, a safe and healthy work environment, and a full range of benefits (ie.: group insurance, retirement savings plan, share purchase plan, continuing education program, etc.).

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