Principal Design Engineer

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Reporting to the Department Manager, Inspection & Maintenance Systems the Principal Design Engineer will have the following general accountabilities:
  • Operate as the principal designer in complex design engineering projects for the nuclear power industry.
  • Lead an engineering team in the development of innovative, practical and high quality technical solutions to meet stringent Customer requirements.
  • Initiate, plan, organize and manage all aspects of engineering projects from feasibility studies to detailed design, manufacture, testing and commissioning. This includes changes, modifications & improvements to existing hardware.
  • Lead, mentor, coach and train less experienced multi-disciplinary staff in engineering design processes and documentation.
  • Manage the technical aspects of the projects to successfully deliver the product and services to the satisfaction of the Customer, within the agreed budget and timeline.
  • Carry out Customers projects and prepare reports with recommendations based on results achieved.
  • Ensure adherence to Kinectrics’ Project Management and Quality Assurance processes so that projects are managed effectively (e.g. managing scope, time, cost, performance, communication, human resources, contracts, materials, risks and quality).
  • Discuss with Customers, in conjunction with the Department Manager, the strategy or plans that are required to solve complex problems to support the Customer’s nuclear power plant operations.
  • Prepare high quality technical proposals for new tooling designs, including development of technical concepts, preparation of illustrative graphics, writing technical descriptions and specifications, cost estimation and schedule development.
  • Provide strong support to actively market/sell the technology/service to ensure product/service remains viable and competitive.
  • Act as a technical advisor to the Department Manager to identify capability development needs, process improvements and new business opportunities. 
  • Keep informed on the latest technical developments and techniques through various external contacts and associations, and prepare technical papers and articles for presentation at industry conferences.
  • Represent Kinectrics on external technical committees, panels, task groups and standard-making bodies, etc.

Selection Criteria

Essential Knowledge, Experience and Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop innovative designs to meet Customer requirements.
  • Experience in developing innovative tooling utilizing a variety of methods and technologies (e.g. remotely operated robotics, Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) technologies, radiation-tolerant equipment, miniaturized tools, I&C, control software, specialized materials).
  • Experience in design and development is essential, including familiarity with engineering design processes and documentation.
  • Ability to identify and initiate new business ideas in the field of nuclear power generation.
  • Knowledge and experience in project management methodologies.
  • Proficiency with variety of software programs including Microsoft Office, Solid Edge, Solid Works, AutoCAD.  Familiarity with Microsoft Project would be an asset.
  • Experience in optimizing the design of parts to ensure cost effective manufacturability.
  • High level of demonstrated ability to work in team situations and supervise/train staff to develop their own level of expertise in these areas.
  • Exceptionally strong oral and written communication skills.
  • A four year university education in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario.
  • Experience of at least 15 years is considered necessary for this position.

Preferred Knowledge, Experience and Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with CANDU nuclear power plant design/operation.
  • Experience with NDE technologies such as Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Eddy Current Testing (ECT) and/or Acoustic Emission Testing (AET).
  • Project Management qualifications such as Project Management Professional (PMP).
  • Practical knowledge of other engineering disciplines such as Instrumentation & Control (I&C) Engineering and Software Engineering.
  • Experience in implementing modifications, improvements and changes to existing engineered tools.
  • Practical working knowledge of the ASME Pressure Vessel Code.
  • Familiarity with Canadian Nuclear Quality Assurance standards and programs (standards such as CSA N285/N286, CSA Z299).
  • Practical working knowledge of machining and prototyping equipment, tooling and methods.
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Kinectrics Inc.
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Toronto, Ontario, M8Z 6C4


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