Project Designer

Electrical / Électrique Toronto, Ontario


Position at Ainsworth

If you thrive in a team-oriented workplace that challenges your skills, to drive your career development, embraces diversity and rewards innovation, with competitive pay and great employee programs, join the Ainsworth, a subsidiary of GDI, team today!


Position Summary:     

As the Project Designer  selected candidate will be working within an engineering and design team towards the design and execution of utility projects ranging in size and complexity, with a focus on high voltage distribution lines (both OH and UG) and substations for utilities and commercial/industrial operations.     


  • Create detailed Electrical and Civil designs of overhead and underground systems for local utility construction projects per applicable standards
  • Review engineering designs and technical drawings
  • Prepare both budgetary and detailed cost estimates, including labour, material, and equipment.
  • Perform voltage drop calculations, cable pulling calculations, transformer and feeder loading checks and other analysis as required.
  • Review construction in the field to ensure compliance with designs
  • Review unit pricing projects to maximize project revenue
  • Work with third parties to design make ready work and to facilitate the transfer of joint use attachments.
  • Work with Legal to obtain easements and other access agreements.
  • Field verification of existing site/electrical plant conditions.
  • Prepare cost estimates, bills of material, work orders.
  • Develop and review cost estimation templates, maintain cost database
  • Co-ordinate work with stakeholders (customers, utilities, property managers, and internal groups)
  • Respond to escalated customer complaints to ensure all concerns are addressed
  • Adhere to all company policies and procedures.
  • Perform all job functions in a safe and healthy manner, abiding by and in accordance with all applicable Health, Safety and Environmental company policies and government legislation/regulations.
  • Adhere to the Company’s Quality System operating procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Management.


  • Certified Technician (C.Tech) certification or working towards CET is required
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in Utility Design
  • Prior Toronto Hydro or Hydro One distribution design experience is considered an asset.
  • Field experience is considered an asset.
  • Experience involving the distribution design of overhead and underground systems, substation layouts, pole line design and the preparation of design packages.
  • Proficient in MicroStation. Knowledge of AutoCAD is considered an asset.
  • Adept in generating and interpreting electrical documents and technical reports.
  • Knowledge of relevant electrical safety standards, legislation, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of SAP and GEAR technology is considered an asset.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Ability to manage complex and time-sensitive projects.
  • Excellent sense of professionalism including strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work accurately, effectively under pressure and be adaptable to flexible work schedule when required to meet deadlines.
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle is required

Why work at Ainsworth?

Ainsworth is growing at an unprecedented rate and to help attract and retain top talent, we provide benefits on your first day with us. We offer a wide variety of benefits including the following:      

Benefits: Comprehensive health, dental and medical benefits, including wellness supports, RRSP matching and generous vacation     

Rewards: Service milestones and peer recognition plus Employee Discounts and Incentives     

Flexibility: Hybrid working models, where applicable     

Diversity: An inclusive organization that embraces diversity and belonging; work in a great team atmosphere with future potential for promotion within company     

While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Ainsworth, a subsidiary of GDI, is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Qualified designated group members are encouraged to apply as any reasonable accommodation of qualifications will be considered as per our Accommodation Policy, available upon request.

Ainsworth, a subsidiary of GDI, is an integrated multi-trade company, offering an end-to-end services and solutions for all asset maintenance and refurbishment requirements of our customers. We are continually striving to create better and more advanced products as well as provide the highest quality service. We are rapidly growing and need talented professionals to help drive our vision at becoming the best multi-trade company in the country! Join us…. Make a difference.