Mechanical Engineer II (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 22373 


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 Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top 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
This position reports to the Manager of Facilities Sustainment within Facilities Strategic Operations Planning and Program Management . This position works closely with numerous directors, managers, supervisors, superintendents and asset/maintenance planners to establish condition awareness and plan and prioritize actions, and requires effective working relationships with subject matter experts and stakeholders within groups across the City. This position is responsible for the following:

  • Conducting asset inspections to establish and validate mechanical system component inventory and condition, and supporting the on-going Building Condition Assessment program; 
  • Supporting the scoping and prioritizing mechanical system maintenance and replacement requirements, and the review and development of asset preventative maintenance programs;  
  • Acting as project manager on smaller-scale system upgrade projects and special initiatives delivered through external contractors aimed at improving asset condition awareness (e.g. detailed building system audits, systems inspection and testing);
  • Providing technical support including establishing mechanical technical standards and specifications, reviewing and recommending design and maintenance standards, and advising on code requirements pertaining to mechanical systems;
  • Improving operational processes by applying labour management, business, process and change management expertise informed by stakeholder engagement, continuous improvement and benchmarking; 
  • Acting as a technical subject matter expert on departmental initiatives and supporting the design review process and handover process related to major capital projects, capital maintenance projects. 
  • Supervising staff and other duties as assigned

This position is primarily based out of Evans Service Yard and requires travel between various sites with the city.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

System Inspections 

  • Conduct detailed facility inspections on mechanical system components to establish and update asset inventory and condition for use in maintenance and replacement planning (e.g. conveyance, HVAC, plumbing, aquatic, ice rink, utility, and life safety-related equipment, distribution, controls and instrumentation)
  • Using observations of indicators of failure, advise on optimal system component renewal intervals
  • Undertake failure mode analysis and root cause analysis to mitigate future risks of unacceptable system component failure events

Maintenance & Replacement Scoping & Prioritization

  • In collaboration with REFM Trade Shops, Facilities Planning and Development, and other stakeholders, lead/support the prioritization of maintenance and replacement requirements for mechanical system components, including communicating mechanical risks in a manner that allows for prioritization across multiple systems and building components 
  • Provide input into, and validate, the prioritization of planned capital upgrades for existing mechanical assets within the capital plan
  • Support the development of updated and standardized maintenance specifications and standard and or custom preventative maintenance programs
  • Recommend adjustments to the planned maintenance of mechanical assets based on Building Condition Assessment findings, detailed audit findings, and changes in regulatory requirements
  • Support the use and sustainment of corporate IT systems to manage asset information

Project Management

  • Serve as project manager on smaller-scale system upgrade projects and initiatives aimed at improving asset condition awareness including developing Request for Proposals, Request for Quotations and/or Invitations to Tender, reviewing proposals, quotations, and tenders, defining specifications and guidelines, overseeing the work of vendors and consultants, and managing of scope, schedule and budget
  • Coordinate the collection and collation of building-specific data and input into externally-delivered assessments such as ongoing high-level Building Condition Assessments at a frequency of 75-100 sites per year
  • Review technical findings from externally-delivered reports, such as Building Condition Assessments, regulatory audits, and specific building system assessments, validate findings pertaining to mechanical assets and assist with coordination of follow-up studies as required
  • Summarize and present findings and recommendations from both internal and externally-delivered initiatives to internal stakeholders
  • In collaboration with the REFM Mechanical Shop, identify, escalate and manage risks and issues pertaining to mechanical assets as they arise, including leading internal audits and/or the procurement of specialized studies as necessary

Technical Advisory, Strategic & Continuous Improvement

  • Lead the development of new strategies, operating procedures, guidelines, check-sheets, reference tools, and/or specifications to support and advance the standardization of data collection, cross-team collaboration, document management, equipment design, and internally-led facility inspections/audits
  • Establish and maintain technical design standards and specifications, and review and advise on commissioning standards for new construction and major renovations of City-buildings
  • Advise on regulatory requirements (e.g. VBBL, NCARB, BCBC, TSBC, VCH, WSBC, etc.) and industry best practices pertaining to the inspection, testing, maintenance and replacement of mechanical assets
  • Support facility stakeholders, in a technical capacity, in developing and implementing strategies to upgrade assets to comply with new regulations
  • Advise on the acceptability of potential variances and approve variances to code requirements where necessary and warranted
  • Analyze annual maintenance activities and costs to determine optimal financial lifecycles for city assets and provide expert and financial guidance regarding economic impacts on component/equipment alternatives and overall mechanical system costs
  • Provide additional technical and strategic support pertaining to mechanical assets within facilities as required, including design review supporting major capital construction and the capital maintenance programs, and the testing, commissioning and balancing of systems 
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Completion of a university degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Registration (or immediate eligibility for registration) as a Professional Engineer in the practice of Mechanical Engineering with Engineers & Geoscientist of British Columbia (EGBC)
  • Minimum of 7 years of current and relevant professional experience pertaining to asset management, project management, and building mechanical system lifecycle management
  • Experience with native BACnet communication protocol based Building Direct Digital Control (DDC) Systems is an asset
  • Experience in designing and troubleshooting detailed sequences of operations for DDC Systems  and Experience related to on-site system startup and commissioning of DDC Systems for heating and air conditioning systems is considered an asset
  • A current and valid Class 5 BC driver’s license with a clean driving abstract

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of mechanical engineering principles, standards, and specifications, as they relate to facilities in a municipal environment
  • Experience in the principles of effective asset management including conducting mechanical system condition assessments, establishing accurate asset inventory, establishing maintenance and replacement standards, strategies and plans meeting regulatory requirements and best practice standards, and conducting audits on assets, procedures, documentation and maintenance records
  • Experience preparing technical design specifications, commissioning plans, safety and operations and maintenance documentation for complex facilities
  • Working knowledge of local Building Codes, WSBC, ASHRAE, CSA and other industry standards and requirements pertaining to mechanical systems and safety
  • Working knowledge of quality management systems such as EGBC’s Organizational Quality Management system
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, familiarity with SAP considered an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to take on a leadership role and be proactive in resolving project conflicts and inefficiencies in a timely and effective manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills in a high volume and high stress environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking
  • Demonstrated ability to work and think strategically, including experience with business case composition and evaluation, lifecycle cost analysis, strategic planning and development and implementation of Key Performance Indicators
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Experience leading in a unionized environment considered an asset
  • Experience with building systems testing and commissioning as well and system testing and balancing is considered and asset
  • Experience in the development of preventative maintenance programs is considered and asset

Business Unit/Department: Real Estate & Facilities Mgmt (1100) 
Affiliation: Exempt
Position Start Date: December 2020

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Application Close: November 13, 2020
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. The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply on our careers site.

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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