Engineering Assistant III – Survey Lead (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada, V6A 4K6)

Requisition ID: 30293 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function 
The Engineering Assistant III – Survey Lead supports the overall delivery of our capital program to renew and replace the aging water system infrastructure and development commercial connections. As part of the Capital Design & Construction functional group and commercial connection group, the position is responsible for performing survey work, supervising Survey Assistants, and conducting field adjustments to accommodate design change. This position reports to the Engineering Assistant IV, provides direction to junior staff.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Operates a total station with a data recorder as well as manual surveying instruments and follow standard surveying practices and procedures.
  • Performs survey work to lay out and collect field information, confined space entry procedures.
  • Supervises and provides direction to Survey Assistants and other junior technical staff in their daily work.
  • Prioritizes the construction schedule to support water operations construction/service crews and emergency concerns.
  • Prepares site instructions related to engineering filed survey changes.
  • Carries equipment, climbing ladders, and other heavy objects to work sites that are in close proximity to trench excavations and heavy duty equipment
  • Researches and provides technical and other information regarding water infrastructure to the public, city staff, or private companies.
  • Responds to inquiries from the public, private companies, outside agencies and other City branches.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12 supplemented by technical courses and/or experience related to water works, project management and supervision OR
  • Graduation from an Institute of Technology with a Diploma in Survey or Civil and Structural Technology, including or supplemented by courses in project management, plus considerable related experience preferably in a municipal setting or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Experience in the operation of total stations with data recorders and manual survey instruments is preferred
  • Minimum five years of supervising experience is preferred

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in the operation of total stations with data recorders and manual survey instruments
  • Working knowledge of engineering mathematics and familiarity with elementary engineering practices related to municipalities
  • Working knowledge of standard engineering concepts and terminology
  • Knowledge of survey methods and techniques
  • Skill in the use of survey instruments such as total stations and data collectors, including the proper care and maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations and prepare clear field sketches and notes
  • Ability to use and care for surveying tools and equipment
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering plans and understand specifications
  • Ability to supervise junior staff
  • Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a team environment with little supervision and under tight time lines
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proficient in the use of software applications, geographical information systems and databases such as POSSE, AutoCAD, and MS Office
  • Ability to arrange suitable transportation to various work locations. Transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of Engineering Services.

Driver’s License and Record Checks:

  • A current and valid BC Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: June, 2021 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-021: $32.25 to $37.97 per hour

Application Close: June 4, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

To be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity with a generous benefits package, please apply on our careers site.

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