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Mechanical Utilities System Engineer

Are you an experienced civil or mechanical engineer looking to grow your career with a world-class institution? If so, we would love to hear from you. Consistently ranked as one of B.C.’s top employers, The University of British Columbia offers an exceptional work environment, career progression opportunities, and a competitive compensation package. UBC Building Operations supports an outstanding university experience for our students and faculty by delivering maintenance, operation, and renovation services for lands, buildings, and fleets owned by UBC. We are dedicated to creating the best possible environment for learning and research in the safest, simplest, and most sustainable and efficient way.

Take the first step towards a rewarding career by applying to the Mechanical Utilities System Engineer position today.  

The Mechanical Utilities Systems Engineer (MUSE), is a senior engineering role within the Energy and Water Services (EWS) Engineering and & Utilities department. The MUSE is responsible for managing the uninterrupted operation and maintenance of the University's five underground mechanical utility systems including: Sanitary Sewer, Storm Sewer, Potable Water distribution, Natural Gas distribution and District Energy Systems, with an asset value of $350m. The MUSE is the lead Professional Engineer creating and implementing cyclical and preventative maintenance programs, including the development of business models. The position manages professional staff and consultants.

In addition, the MUSE works very closely with the Mechanical Utilities Engineer (MUE) (including coverage in their absences), as well as Assistant Civil Engineer, Utilities System Specialist (USS), Senior Thermal Manager, Engineering Assistant to ensure all E&W records are current.

  • Provides senior engineering leadership and management for technical staff, including: Engineers, consultants, and mechanical utility trades regarding engineering direction, scheduling, estimating, customer service initiatives, site quality control, performance goals & objectives, strategic business planning milestones and measurement.
  • Participates and provides engineering direction into strategic planning sessions with the department and within own division; developing, implementing and monitoring procedures and policies; directs consultants and reviews their work.
  • Creates and provides engineering direction to the annual capital/cyclical renewal and deferred maintenance (CRDM) plan for all potable water, sanitary sewer, storm water, district energy and natural gas utility services and systems.
  • Provides engineering direction for all work in the CRDM plan involving Utilities Mechanical Trades.
  • Creates, develops and prepares the mechanical utility systems operating budget and assists the Senior Manager in the overall Mechanical utility budget planning process. Continually monitors expenses of the Mechanical Utilities department to control expenditures within budget.
  • Creates, updates and provides engineering advice for the development and routine updating of the mechanical utility systems management plans (UMP).
  • Creates and manages policies, procedures, and standards of practice for Emergency Response Plans for all mechanical utility distribution systems.
  • Ensures a high standard of quality control and appropriate codes, regulations, and safety standards are adhered to for all existing mechanical utility systems.
  • Creates, and is responsible for (including reviews) the engineering direction/solutions for annual maintenance programs.
  • Responsible for the engineering direction and input to the Mechanical Utilities Trades crews regarding any mechanical infrastructure breakages and engineering repair solutions. This includes site inspections and direction to crews at site.
  • Creates and develops specifications and tender for contract work and administers such contracts, including both service and construction types.
  • Ensure University Mechanical technical requirements are known and understood. Creates and updates UBC Technical Guidelines as necessary.
  • Works with and liaises with representatives of FortisBC, Corix, UBCPT, UNA, UEL and other Mechanical utility suppliers/contractors in dealing with service and supply problems.
  • Liaises with municipal, regional, provincial and federal authorities on Code matters that affect Campus mechanical systems and services.
  • Develops business models/ cases, including financial feasibility, financial and operation system's requirements, cash flow projections, return on investment, market studies, organization, resource and strategic plans for mechanical utility systems.
  • Ensures all Mechanical standards, policies and procedures relating to the University's mechanical utility system will be established and/or agreed to by this position in lieu of by-laws.

  • Undergraduate degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering discipline. Master's degree in Mechanical or Civil Engineering would be an asset. Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), member of Engineers & Geoscientists of BC (EGBC) or has eligibility for membership. PACP certification (Pipeline Assessment Certification Program).
  • Knowledge of ASME Power Piping code B31.1, BC Gas Safety Code, BC Boiler Safety Act, and BC Master Municipal specifications and Drinking Water Safety. 
    • Minimum of 9 years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Experience in municipal engineering of water, sanitary and storm drainage systems as well as with natural gas piping, pressure control devices, and metering including experience in related technical fields, project coordination, asset management and cost control or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Ability to produce construction-quality drawings using AutoCAD. 
  • Knowledge of BC safety regulations for excavations and confined space. Experience with Hot Water (EN253 code) piping. Experience with natural gas piping, pressure control devices, and metering. Experience in computer modeling of fluid flow. 
  • 3 years performing pipe stress analysis and/or general finite element stress analysis. Recent experience with sanitary and storm sewers maintenance. Basic Sanitary and Storm Modeling experience. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, report writing and presentation skills. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain respectful working relationships with internal and external contacts. Proven ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness. 
  • Ability to work under broad direction and use significant independent judgement to problem solve. Ability to identify opportunities to address emerging needs. Proven ability to take initiative, work with minimal supervision and effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines. Proven contract administration and project management skills. 
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Outlook and Access or other relational database, as well as some knowledge of hydraulic modeling software (Bentley SewerGEM preferred) and GIS (ESRI ArcGIS). Valid BC driver's license.

To view the complete job description and salary, and to apply for the Mechanical Utilities System Engineer position, please visit Applications will be accepted until February 21st, 2019.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Engineering
Posted: January 22, 2019, 3:16 pm
Expires: February 21, 2019, 4:30 pm