Powell Industries, Inc. Applications Engineer in Acheson, Alberta

Job Summary – Responsibilities:

Core Responsibilities:

  • Independently review customer supplied specifications to assess feasibility of Powell manufacture or supply.
  • Read and interpret electrical drawings to include: single-lines, three-lines, elevations, control schematics, site plans and electrical enclosure layouts.
  • Proactively anticipate highly complex application concerns prior to development of proposal.
  • Translate conceptual customer designs into a meaningful proposal.
  • Generate accurate proposals based on the review and interpretation of customer supplied documentation
  • Ensure that proposed solution is best optimized for Powell and the customer.
  • Utilizing independent judgement and decision making, creatively address customer application concerns at the proposal stage and communicate these concerns effectively to Powell Sales and/or customer.
  • Perform competitive evaluation of sub vendor proposals used to complete the overall Powell offering.
  • Act as an internal technical resource for Sales and Application engineering staff.
  • Interact with other Powell divisions to develop cross business solutions.
  • Assist in providing feedback for, and maintaining accuracy of various costing tools.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Secondary Responsibilities (performed but not regularly):

  • Perform analytical or competitive studies as required.

  • Participate in sales and marketing activities to include industry meetings and conferences.
  • Contribute to new and existing product specifications.
  • Assist in developing formal internal formal proposals including technical budget estimates and cost justification models for product line enhancements and/or cost out projects.
  • Participate in executing cost out initiatives in conjunction with Engineering and Operations.

Key Functions:

  • Prepare detailed, accurate and cost competitive proposals - 90%
  • Participating in external customer meetings and/or conferences – 10%

Job Requirements:

Knowledge / Skill:

  • Build and maintain a working knowledge of electrical theory and applicable industry standards including IEEE/ANSI, NEC, IBC and NFPA. Especially as related to low & medium voltage distribution equipment, and substation design.

  • Familiarity with low & medium voltage distribution equipment ratings and design

  • Ability to read and interpret electrical specifications
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical drawings to include single lines, three lines, schematics and wiring diagrams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Customer Oriented
  • Able to manage multiple priorities
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; develops realistic action plans in order to meet deadlines.
  • Problem Solving: Gathers and analyzes information using inquisitive mind, using strong logical, methodical and systematic skills
  • Work independently with little or no supervision
  • Ability to learn new skills and assume new responsibilities
  • Visio / Auto CAD / Inventor
  • Microsoft Office Suite


  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering or relevant discipline

  • 2+ years of experience in related field with BS in Electrical Engineering

  • Computer Skills: AutoCAD; ERP system Oracle; Microsoft Office Suite; previous experience utilizing Projects related software (ie. - Primavera, Microsoft Projects, Excel and Oracle) with the ability to learn new software programs
  • Satisfactory background check
  • Satisfactory drug test results.