BC Local Government Job Posting Service


Engineering Assistant III - Geometric Designer

Requisition ID: 12690

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 City of Vancouver has been recognized throughout North America as a leader in transportation planning and design. The Geometric Designers will be part of a high-functioning team that prepares geometric designs and sign and paint plans for the City of Vancouver’s transportation projects with a focus on cycling and walking infrastructure. The successful candidates will also undertake a variety of other planning and design, research, technical, and administrative duties in the Transportation Design Branch.

Reporting to the Senior Geometric Designer, the EAIII Geometric Designers work in close collaboration with engineers and other engineering assistants to create world-class transportation designs. The designers are responsible for both creation of new moderate to complex designs and review of designs by other designers.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Under supervision of a Design Engineer and the Senior Geometric Designer:
  • Develops conceptual geometric and sign/paint designs of moderate or higher complexity using AutoCAD, applying transportation engineering principles.
  • Communicates with stakeholders, engineers and senior staff to develop designs according to design standards and engineering principles.
  • Prepares research, technical studies, reports and presentations on topics of moderate complexity, including undertaking relevant field observations and notes and verifying accuracy of the content.
  • May act as a technical liaison to internal and external partner groups, such as Planning and Development Services, BIAs, and transit agencies.
  • Supports the development and enhancement of City design guidelines, drafting standards and overall design consistency; may take on specific assignments related to the research and development of detailed design guidelines and/or standards.
  • Identifies data needs and performs moderately complex data analysis to support project decision making. Data sources include cycling and pedestrian volumes and demographics, traffic volumes and speed, and ICBC incident records.
  • Creates maps, graphics, and presentations for public consultation, website content, and internal communication, including work with GIS software such as MapInfo or ArcGIS and graphic programs such as
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and PowerPoint.
  • Participates in project-specific public consultation processes, including as a branch representative at public events, answering questions specific to transportation policy and practice.
  • Responds to public enquiries about transportation policies and projects.
  • Organizes and sometimes leads meetings with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Performs general administrative duties including data entry, taking meeting minutes, taking and organizing photos.
  • May oversee junior staff for specific tasks and/or projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:
  • Completion of Grade 12 supplemented with post-secondary education in Civil Engineering technology, transportation or other relevant area of study, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Sound knowledge of current transportation engineering design principles and methods.
  • Strong working knowledge and experience using AutoCAD for transportation drafting and design.
  • An understanding of the components of urban street design, an awareness of concepts such as Complete Streets, and an ability to apply related principles to visioning exercises or conceptual designs.
  • Working knowledge and experience using Adobe Creative Suite and GIS software (MapInfo and/or ArcGIS) would be an asset.
  • Working knowledge of the City of Vancouver Transportation policy, community planning processes and land use policy would be an asset.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including confidently interacting with the public through phone, email and in person.
  • Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with internal and external stakeholder groups/partners, complemented by strong interpersonal skills to deal tactfully with staff, partner agencies, and the public.
  • Demonstrated research, mapping and analysis skills.
  • Ability to solve complex street geometric problems.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex engineering plans and specifications.
  • Ability to work with relevant design guidelines, including TAC Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads, Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, and other international guides.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral instructions.
  • Ability to read and interpret rezoning and development policies and by-laws.
  • Ability to prepare technical presentations and reports on complex technical, policy and planning issues.
  • Proven ability to work independently to produce quality materials and recommendations within tight timeframes.
  • Proven ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, with little or no supervision, under tight deadlines, and sometimes outdoors in inclement weather.

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services
Affiliation: CUPE 15
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time Position
Position Start Date: May 2019
Position End Date: October 2020
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-021: $32.25 to $37.97 per hour

Application Close: April 28, 2019

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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Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Engineering
Posted: April 12, 2019, 8:30 am
Expires: April 28, 2019, 11:59 pm