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Principal Test Specialist, Electrical


Victoria, British Columbia, CA, V8Z 0B9

Onsite or Hybrid: 

Principal Test Specialist, Electrical – Permanent Full-Time (37.5 hours) - Band 4.2

(NOC: 2241)

Victoria, British Columbia

Babcock Canada Inc.


One (1) Position


Date Posted: 19 October 2022


Underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, asset management, and specialist training, Babcock International works with customers around the world to improve the capability, reliability, and availability of their most critical assets within the key market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear.


In Canada, Babcock works in the Marine sector, where our teams provide critical and complex support to Canada’s submarine fleet. Our Canadian team is proud to be trusted to deliver key naval in-service support for the Royal Canadian Navy. We also operate in the Aviation sector, where Babcock ensures that the aircrew trainees of our partner nations receive the world’s best flying training. We deliver vital aerial emergency services and are proud to have been selected by the Government of Manitoba to deliver their wildfire suppression services, as well as key components of their critical air ambulance services. As well, we have expanded into the Canadian Nuclear Energy Industry. Cavendish Nuclear, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group, is a leading nuclear services company with a growing national and global presence. Drawing on over 60 years of nuclear experience, Cavendish Nuclear provides specialized service solutions in Canada, with global capabilities across the entire nuclear life cycle.


Whether it is providing technical training instruction, developing training materials or maintaining critical training assets, Babcock is trusted by its customers to deliver world-class training solutions.


Babcock’s Purpose is to create a safe and secure world, together. Our Principles create the foundation for how we will do this. They keep us on the right course, unify the way we work and guide us towards success. By thinking, connecting, and acting in line with these Principles, we’ll deliver better outcomes for our Culture, Customers and Communities. Collectively at Babcock, our employees embody the Principles that help make us great at what we do:

  • Challenge the status quo, Be Curious, and ask, ‘how might we?’

  • Whenever measuring success, Think: Outcomes and positive impacts.

  • Be Kind to ourselves, each other, and our planet.

  • Babcock employees Collaborate – we are greater than the sum of our parts,

  • Be Courageous – be brave, ambitious, and determined.

  • Everyone has a part to play - Own and Deliver to be successful.


We encourage you to explore our Babcock Canada website to learn more about us at



In this role, you will:

  • Create and define requirements for testing and verification activities for Victoria Class Submarine electrical systems and equipment.

  • Ensure safe completion of complex submarine overhaul periods with a focus on safety case and regulatory control practices.

  • Provide electrical systems management and maintenance for naval nuclear reactors, propulsion systems, and ancillary equipment.

  • Be the subject matter expert on naval electrical systems associated with platform systems, hydraulics, pressurized water reactors, firefighting, air purification and safety related systems, equipment, and components.

  • Oversee the approval of documentation to control testing of submarine systems and equipment to verify design performance has been restored following equipment and system maintenance.

  • Manage submarine atmosphere controls maintenance and operations during routine and emergency situations.

  • Be a key contact for personnel requiring instruction and guidance in such fields as environmental controls, nuclear procedures, risk management, and military contracts.

  • Develop and implement authorised nuclear procedures, technical administrative instructions, health and safety, and risk management

  • Develop and review verification specifications to align with industry standards for complex test and acceptance activities for electrical systems

  • Conduct equipment troubleshooting, fault diagnosis and corrective maintenance

  • Record defects using Babcock Canada IT applications

  • Verify testing defects are resolved using Babcock Canada IT applications and that full designed performance is restored to submarine systems

  • Coordinate and lead meetings of the electrical Test Group to ensure test documentation is available to support the testing schedule and verification of results to support the delivery schedule of the submarine projects.

  • Be responsive to the Joint Test Group Chairman for dynamic program delivery requirements in a shipyard waterfront environment

  • Identify risks and opportunities during testing and maintenance



The ideal candidate brings:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience testing or commissioning electrical systems

  • A post-secondary education equivalent to a college diploma, bachelors, or comparable education in a relevant field, preference for a technical Marine engineering discipline

  • Strong communication skills; written, verbal and interpersonal

  • Mandatory formal training and experience in the field of Marine Engineering or naval environment

  • Knowledge of project management, maintenance management, operation and commissioning of submarine systems

  • Expert level knowledge of one of the following marine systems as well as strong working knowledge in a variety of other related technologies:

    • Alternating Current systems and power distribution control systems

    • Direct Current control systems / motor control / generator testing

    • Control and monitoring system testing experience

    • Lead acid or lithium-ion battery systems

    • Naval mission system equipment experience including sonar, navigation, tactical, communication, weapon discharge and handling systems

    • Fibre optic applications, cable characteristics, connectors, termination, inspection and testing

    • Uninterrupted power supplies and switching

    • Functional and non-functional system performance testing in new construction or retro-commissioning, an asset

    • Measurement and analysis activities

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite

  • Marine, offshore oil and gas drilling or naval vessel experience, or submarine experience would be considered a strong asset

  • Proof of fully vaccinated status against COVID-19, meaning receipt of the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Government of Canada with the final dose at least 14 days prior to the expected start date

  • Eligible for a Canadian Secret Security Clearance, NATO, ITAR and Controlled Goods clearance also required 


Applicants, please apply online at

Questions can be directed to Cas Harbord at


Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements. Please ensure that you meet all qualifications before applying.


Babcock Canada supports the safety and wellbeing of our employees through the following programs:

  • Contributions towards an employee’s physical and mental health

  • Wellness days

  • Supportive work life balance: flexible work schedule and competitive annual vacation time off

  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits

  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave top-up available

  • Employer matching of employee retirement contribution

  • Employee recognition and bonus programs

  • Support of professional development and reimbursement of membership dues

  • Relocation assistance for individuals and families

Babcock is committed to promoting a workforce without boundaries. One that welcomes everyone to contribute to our success regardless of race, nationality, colour, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, or age. If you require accommodation during any stage of our recruitment process, please let us know how we can assist you.





  • Candidates must be eligible for a Canadian Federal Government Security Clearance to the Secret level; ITAR, NATO and Controlled Goods clearance will also be required



Compensation and Benefits


  • Salary from $102,000 - $116,000 per annum and participation in Babcock Canada’s discretionary bonus plan per company policy

  • Coverage of fees to register as a AScT through ASTTBC

  • Extended health, medical, dental and life Insurance

  • RRSP/DPSP benefits available

  • 4 weeks’ vacation per fiscal year

  • Relocation assistance for individuals and families per Babcock company policy

  • Eligible for discretionary bonus, benefits, allowances and/or increase in salary, the whole in accordance with Babcock Canada’s policies and guidelines and individual circumstances



Company Information


Work Location Addresses



825 Admirals Road
Victoria, British Columbia

V9A 2P1


3551 Uptown Boulevard, Suite 301

Victoria, British Columbia

B8Z 0B9


Head Office:



800-75 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario

K1P 5E7




Tel: 613-567-2764
Fax: 613-567-9083



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