Project Engineer – Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

Project Engineer

Position Status: Full-Time Temporary (This position to last not later than December 31, 2021)
Department: Water Services
Employee Group: Exempt
Location: 4730 Kingsway, Burnaby

Our Water Services Department is seeking a Project Engineer within Policy, Planning and Analysis that will work on projects related to long-term water supply and planning within the Metro Vancouver region. 

You are: A registered professional engineer, or have the ability to become a registered professional engineer, with strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to flourish in a team oriented work environment.

The Project Engineer reports to the Program Manager, Policy, Research, Planning, Strategy & Innovation and falls within our Professional / Technical, Level 2A job family.

This role:

  • Performs a range of engineering and project management work including; document preparation; specifications; contract administration; budgetary oversight; cost estimates; scheduling; and report writing.
  • Work may include supporting the update to the Water Services Drinking Water Management Plan, various conservation projects and initiatives, and water licensing and/or water rights processes. Will need to liaise and coordinate with external agencies including other orders of government, industry, and business associations. May also need to manage various water related projects or initiatives and help with tasks related to water conservation, water efficiency, research, and innovation. Policy work may include research and analysis of information, supporting consultation with stakeholders, government officials and internal staff, the development of options, and preparation of recommendations on a wide range of water related policy projects. Responsibilities will include the coordination and development of operational policies, programs and strategies necessary to support the organization’s overall plans and objectives.
  • Prepares and tracks financial aspects of projects and provides project management oversight for multiple projects including contract administration. Sets and monitors project schedules. Monitors and controls costs within own work ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds making recommendations to senior engineers.
  • Works on routine engineering projects and substantial components of complex engineering initiatives. Works to defined scope, schedule and budget and consults senior staff on deviations. May lead projects with well defined outcomes and acts as a resource to junior engineers and technical staff on routine operational issues.
  • Handles problems of some complexity. Assesses, evaluates and incorporates technical requirements including input from external agencies and other Metro Vancouver departments. Explains difficult issues and works to establish consensus and compliance.
  • Works with engineering staff and consultants and liaises with internal departments and external contacts including member municipalities, regulatory agencies and the general public; works on multiple simultaneous projects in various stages of completion.
  • Researches, analyzes, interprets, and studies technical information. Makes conclusions and diagnoses problems based on a sound understanding and application of engineering principles. Ensures quality standards are upheld in field of specialization and establishes project plans based on priorities of the unit or team.
  • Identifies non-standard conditions and makes recommendations for remedy. Uses judgment to adapt and apply procedures to address and resolve unusual or problem situations. Consults on difficult, complex or highly unusual matters or decisions and provides progress and technical updates to senior staff.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

To be successful, you have:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science degree in a relevant engineering discipline. Completion of a relevant 4 year engineer-in-training program; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Membership or eligibility for immediate membership as a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC).
  • Sound technical knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and their application in relevant discipline.
  • Ability to interpret and apply standard engineering and related guidelines to area of specialty such as technical manuals, codes and regulations, contracting policies, safety regulations and corporate and board policies.
  • Demonstrated contract administration and project management skills. Ability to organize and prioritize a complex series of project components to meet multiple time based deliverables requiring a high level of detail and accuracy. Demonstrates persistence to overcome obstacles.
  • Sound written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing including letter, report writing, and presentation skills. Ability to explain difficult issues and works to establish consensus and compliance.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain effective and respectful working relationships with internal and external contacts. Skill in dealing tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations including contact with the public, member municipalities, government agencies and contractors.
  • Ability to work under general direction and use sound independent judgment in adapting and applying procedures to address and resolve unusual or problem situations. Uses judgment to determine which methods are applicable in any given situation. Sound problem solving skills; ability to analyze business needs and provide strategic input.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team oriented work environment; contributes to the team with constructive ideas, information and experiences.
  • Strong analytical and research skills and ability to present recommendations clearly. Displays a high degree of integrity and professionalism.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft office programs, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Project.
  • Experience in an environmental field is an asset.
  • Experience with policy or planning related to water services is an asset.
  • Valid B.C. Class 5 Driver’s license.

*Candidates with lesser experience may be considered at the Assistant Project Engineer level, along with the applicable rate of pay.

Our Vision: 
Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.

Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by February 16, 2021.


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