Senior Planning Technician

Date: Sep 15, 2023

Location: Woodstock, ON, CA

Company: Hydro One Networks Inc

48089 - Woodstock - Regular -  


Hydro One is proud to be the largest electricity transmission and distribution provider in Ontario, serving nearly 1.4 million customers. We have a long history in the industry with our roots dating back over 110 years to 1906. Since then, we have worked to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of our customers and communities across Ontario. Today, we’re focused on providing exceptional customer service and ensuring we are building safe communities where we live, work and play.

It’s an exciting time to join the team at Hydro One!


General Accountabilities:

  • Supervise assigned clerical and technical support staff and administer the work of the function. 
  • Plan schedule and assign work to accommodate targets. 
  • Provide advice and guidance to staff and be responsible for developing methods, procedures and standards for performing the work. 
  • Assist the Manager in the assessment of performance of staff and on other personnel matters.
  • Review, plan and prioritize all Project and Program work within the unit/zone via the Work Execution business systems, schedule for completion and dispatch to the appropriate work centres, or assign to the appropriate Supervisor. 
  • Organize monitor and control ongoing workload, skill capabilities required and time requirements for completion of work and ensure appropriate resources are allocated to complete work as scheduled.
  • Monitor and deploy T&WE within the unit/zone to ensure the optimum utilization of equipment in conjunction with the Fleet Maintenance Program. 
  • Ensure the appropriate equipment is available to perform the work. 
  • Coordinate additional equipment requirements with Fleet Services.
  • Work with UTS’s and/or FLM's within the unit/zone to monitor upcoming or potential workload (Order Book) to ensure adequate resources are available. 
  • Identify resource shortfalls and make recommendations to Business Manager and Zone Superintendent.
  • Prepare, monitor, evaluate, update and construction schedules for Program and Project work in accordance with Customer Operations Policies and Procedures. 
  • Propose schedule or resource changes which will benefit the execution of Planned Work. 
  • Gather data, seek opinions and discuss ways of achieving project objectives. 
  • Monitor and report on a database of outstanding work activities. 
  • Communicate with clients in order to effectively carry out these duties. 
  • Work with Supervisor and others to seek new and improved methods for scheduling and monitoring project work.
  • Work with contractors to coordinate the work regarding controversial issues related to excavation and digging holes requiring the negotiation of price and service level agreements.
  • Evaluate reports received from other work groups, assess impacts on schedules and make the necessary recommendations and adjustment s to the work schedules and resource.
  • Update information and close work orders upon completion. 
  • Ensure timely and accurate information is received from the work centers as well as completed work orders. 
  • Screen completed and in progress work reports received from the field crews and obtain appropriate data as required. 
  • Monitor and process work order variances. 
  • Participate as appropriate with other groups with respect to all planned and unplanned outages during regular business hours. 
  • Assist with Emergency Response Center activities within work group in the event of a Major Storm.
  • Coordinate all the necessary activities to complete work i.e. electricians, police, Forestry, ADET’s, CFT etc. and communicate to work centers.
  • Schedule all required training activities, meetings, vacations, T&WE tests and inspections, etc. for work group.
  • Identify material requirements before work is scheduled and availability within zone stores. 
  • Release material requisitions through Inventory System as required in order to meet scheduled start date of job.
  • Ensure all work within unit/zone is completed and reported as per the current Commercial Contract or Customer Operations business processes. 
  • Identify discrepancies to the Business Manager/Zone Superintendent.
  • Participate in the Zone Project and Program targets and construction budget process. 
  • Analyze data to provide unit cost and man hour estimates. 
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on the construction costs. 
  • Maintain and monitor a database of cost information. 
  • Communicate with clients to gather data and discuss ways of achieving cost objectives.
  • Read drawings and technical documents, extract information, as required. 
  • Perform calculations for quantity take-offs, financial evaluations, estimates, reviews of variance, etc. 
  • Make field observations and measurements as necessary. 
  • Submit completed work for appropriate review and approval.
  • Prepare and report status of contract schedule progress and cost flows. 
  • Prepare data to evaluate if work should be done by Hydro One trades or by contract.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Selection Criteria:

  • Requires a knowledge of electricity/electronics, computer technology and operating techniques to perform software applications related to project management systems.
  • Requires a knowledge of mathematics necessary to perform statistical calculations for technical reports.
  • Requires good communication skills, both oral and written, to communicate effectively with staff.
  • Requires a knowledge of computer technology in order to operate work and project management systems.
  • This knowledge is considered to be normally acquired in and equivalent to a Grade XII education in a secondary school plus intermediate related courses.


Essential Experience:

  • Requires experience in distribution and transmission operations, projects, work methods, practices and maintenance procedures.
  • Requires an understanding TWE equipment and materials related to contracted services, locates and outages.
  • Requires experience in work sequences to develop logical work packages.
  • Requires experience in estimating, planning, organizing, scheduling of work to assist in the preparation of plans and work programs.
  • Requires experience with  Electrical Maintenance and Mechanical Maintenance to be familiar with technical work requirements in the field. 
  • Requires experience with load forecasts to prepare data on work program accomplishments.
  • Requires experience in the operation of computerized systems to prepare plans and schedules.
  • Requires experience to be familiar with the inter-relationship with other sections within the department and supporting departments which includes IBUs.
  • Requires experience in a supervisory capacity.
  • A period of up to six years is considered necessary to gain this experience.

At Hydro One we understand that the success and strength of our business rests with our people. When we develop their skills, we are investing in both their success and ours. To secure the best talent, we seek to create a workforce that reflects the diverse populations of the communities where we live and work and to create a culture based on safety, innovation and inclusiveness.


We are honoured to be recognized by Forbes in its list of Canada’s Best Employers for 2023.


Thank you for considering a career with Hydro One, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. If you are having difficulty using our online application system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, please email Hydro One will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in the job application process.


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Deadline: October 2, 2023


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