FORCE Job Posting: Director of Marine Engineering
The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) is Canada’s lead test centre for tidal energy technology. FORCE works with industry, government, and researchers to study the interaction between tidal turbines and the Bay of Fundy environment.
FORCE acts as a host to turbine developers, providing a shared observation facility, submarine cables and grid connection at its pre-?approved test site. FORCE has built considerable electrical infrastructure assets both onshore and offshore, installing approximately 11 kilometres of submarine power cable, an electrical substation, and underground cabling. Marine operations have steadily increased over the last 24 months; the next 24 months are expected to be equally active with the anticipated deployment of tidal turbines and their cable interconnections. As well, in response to Nova Scotia’s allocation of approximately 20 megawatts to four developers at the FORCE site, FORCE is upgrading its electrical equipment to allow for greater transmission capacity.
FORCE also conducts baseline studies and environmental effects monitoring – providing reliable data is essential to our mandate, and acquiring this data in high-?flow sites like the Minas Passage. Additionally, FORCE conducts applied research, with a focus on site data to better understand the environment and characteristics of the test area. Both these activities are being enhanced by Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology (FAST) program. FAST is building and instrumenting two underwater, recoverable platforms designed to capture a clearer picture of subsea conditions from the high flows of the Minas Passage.
To assist in the areas above – including subsea interconnections, electrical interconnection upgrades, FAST platform deployments, and marine operating procedures – FORCE seeks a person knowledgeable in both marine and electrical engineering.
The new Director of Marine Engineering will advise senior staff of FORCE on marine operations and equipment, and will conduct or oversee all of FORCE’s marine activities, projects, and responsibilities, as well as manage upgrades and changes to the FORCE onshore electrical infrastructure.
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