Mechanical Engineer – Fleet and Manufacturing Services (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada, V6A 4K6)

Requisition ID: 30419 


The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC’s Top Employers, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world’s most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

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

Main Purpose and Function

The Mechanical Engineer provides project management, fleet management and design expertise in the acquisition, modification, and outfitting of all City vehicles and equipment purchases, as well as major changes to existing vehicles and equipment. Duties also include maintenance program development and failure analysis and repair design.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide mechanical design and failure analysis expertise, along with safe design modifications to the existing fleet
  • Provide detailed designs for outfitting of new vehicles and equipment
  • Act as Engineer of record for fleet repair, outfitting, and modification designs
  • Act as Engineer of Record for small City infrastructure projects like guardrails, sidewalk hatches, signs, benches, decks, etc.
  • Act as Engineer of Record for upgrades and maintenance of various plant and field equipment (asphalt plant, concrete plant, cemetery, etc.)
  • Manage the modification request process which includes examining the internal customer requests for compliance to Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards among other regulations, coordinating the work between the various shops, and following up with vendors and other stakeholders
  • Construct and oversee preventative maintenance programs for new equipment entering service
  • Analyze annual maintenance costs to determine optimum financial lifecycles, and provide financial recommendations to operating groups regarding economic impacts of equipment alternatives, and overall fleet costs
  • Evaluate fleet emission profiles and determine appropriate actions to implement reduction strategies
  • Assess fleet utilization and provide recommendations/suggestions for improving operational efficiency
  • Coordinate with supply chain management during vendor selection recommendation 
  • Make fleet decisions that align with City goals and initiatives (i.e. Greenest City Action Plan)
  • Develop personal leadership skills to complement the Fleet Asset Management Team


Education and Experience:

  • A university degree in Mechanical Engineering or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant experience
  • Eligibility for registration as a Professional Engineer (P. Eng), or Engineering Licensee (Eng.L) with EGBC.
  • A valid Class 5 British Columbia Driver’s License, without limitations or restrictions and a clean driving record

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and experience with EGBC Practice Guidelines and the Organizational Quality Management (OQM) policies/procedures and the new Professional Governance Act (PGA)
  • Excellent report writing skills, along with verbal & written communication & the ability to communicate with internal/external stakeholders effectively
  • A genuine interest in working with vehicles and equipment
  • Well-developed computer skills
  • Mechanical design related to mobile equipment specifically truck body design, trailer design, and/or other small infrastructure design
  • Familiar with SQL data base coding
  • Steel and aluminum sheet-metal and structural member design, weld design, machine design, and wood design experience
  • Autodesk Inventor experience considered an asset

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: July, 20201

Application Close: June 18, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. 

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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