Senior Mechanical Designer - Hydropower, Dams & Hydraulic Structures


Oakville, ON, CA Laval, Quebec, CA

Requisition ID: 170028 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers 

Department: Drafting & Design 

Market: Water/Wastewater 

Employment Type: Full Time 


Position Overview

Kiewit is expanding its new design team specializing in Hydropower, Dams and Hydraulic Structures (HDH) and is seeking top performing contributors to support and sustain its growth over the coming years.


As such, we are currently seeking a Senior Mechanical Designer to support the activities of the group (e.g. proposals, ECI mandates, greenfield projects, refurbishments, etc.). The candidate will work closely with the team’s Engineers and Designers to provide various services to internal groups for the development of HDH projects.

District Overview

Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering's Design-Build team is driving clients to turn to Kiewit during all stages of design-build projects.  Through our integrated design and construction approach, our multi-disciplinary team works together to improve schedule, control costs and minimize risk.


Our construction-focused engineers work collaboratively with our estimators and builders to design solutions that are innovative, constructible, and designed with a focus on safety. Clients benefit from the proven processes and tools used by Kiewit to minimize project risk. We are an in-house resource that supports projects throughout the company. Our staff shares experiences gained, innovative concepts, and best practices for all projects that we support.


On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to see more, touch more, and do more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. We will train you, develop your skills, and allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America.


With top-notch health benefits, a wealth-building RRSP plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success.


This position will be based out of one of Kiewit's major hub locations across Canada (Laval, QC; Oakville, ON; Burnaby, BC) with travel as business necessitates to project sites and other offices.


Under the supervision of the HDH Mechanical Discipline Lead and Mechanical Engineers: 

  • Support the design and layout of mechanical equipment and systems for new and existing hydropower facilities, including:
    • Hydromechanical equipment (gates, stoplogs, trashracks) and embedded parts.
    • Heavy mechanical equipment including cranes and hoists.
    • Turbine generator equipment and auxiliaries.
    • Balance of plant systems including piping and HVAC.
  • Prepare designs and drawings in 2D and 3D environments such as AutoCAD, CADWorx, Revit, etc.
  • Prepare design deliverables (engineering drawings, P&ID’s, quantity take-offs, etc.) in accordance with industry standards, internal Kiewit standards and client standards.
  • Work closely with other disciplines (civil/structural, hydrotechnical, electrical, I&C, etc.) on the design and layout of hydropower facilities.
  • Support in the preparation and coordination of HDH mechanical design packages. 
  • Contribute to HDH technical proposals with scope definition and specification development while coordinating with other disciplines.
  • Support in the development of the HDH engineering team by building internal tools and processes.


  • Technical diploma in Mechanical Design
  • 8+ years of relevant experience in the design and layout of mechanical systems for hydropower projects. The ideal candidate will have exposure to mechanical equipment found in Hydropower facilities including gates, stoplogs, trashracks, embedded parts, cranes, hoists, turbine generator equipment, piping and HVAC.
  • Exposure to related Codes, Norms, Standards and guidelines, including ASHRAE, B31.1, NFPA, plumbing code, USACE, etc.
  • Experienced with design software such as AutoCAD, Revit, CADWorx, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and layout of mechanical systems considering the following:
    • Constructability and commissioning execution
    • Maintenance and operation
    • Safety by design
  • Efficiency, client focus, autonomy, initiative, ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong communication and organizational skills. 
  • Site experience is an asset.
  • Experience working with 3D scans is an asset.
  • Proficient with English, French is an asset. 
  • In Quebec: Functional knowledge of English (written and verbal) is considered as an asset since mobility across provinces in Canada is required. Lessons can be provided as needed. 


Other Requirements:

  • Regular, reliable attendance
  • Work productively and meet deadlines timely
  • Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment
  • Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
  • Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. 

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We believe in equal opportunity in employment practices without discrimination and comply with all laws regarding human rights in the provinces where we operate.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

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