Civil Engineer II – Senior Mechanical Engineer

Company: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Requisition ID: 21210 


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

The Senior Mechanical Engineer is a management position that provides technical, management, leadership, and financial expertise and oversight to the reporting unit. The position is responsible for comprehensive asset management of the City’s 4,500 unit vehicle and equipment fleet, ranging from small equipment, automobiles, light and heavy duty trucks, to heavy equipment. The Senior Mechanical Engineer is responsible for overseeing engineering works, fleet investment decisions and budgeting, preventative maintenance program development, leading the development of strategic initiatives and fleet innovation, and development and execution of the City’s green fleet plan. The position also provides fleet related technical expertise to internal departments and to senior management across the City.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead analysis of operating costs, downtime and minimum service levels to determine optimum financial lifecycles for fleet and equipment;
  • Provide oversight and guidance for development of capital replacement and maintenance programs for fleet and equipment;
  • Provide oversight and guidance for development of technical requirements for replacement of fleet and equipment;
  • Develop and present to senior staff fleet asset management key metrics and gap analysis;
  • Provide oversight and guidance to team members and stakeholders for mechanical design and failure analysis;
  • Oversee approval and coordination of requested fleet/equipment modifications and upgrades;
  • Oversee the execution of engineering/design work for City trades staff, contractors, and consultants;
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance for stakeholders’ warranty/rework claims and vendor engagement;
  • Supervision of junior engineers, engineering assistants, and technologists in the asset management support team;
  • Delegate and prioritize requests for engineering support to asset management support staff;
  • Plan team members performance objectives and identify necessary resources, training, and development;
  • Assess team members performance against performance objectives and identify opportunities for continuous improvement;
  • Ensure excellent customer service is provided to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Lead the development and continuous improvement of processes/strategies for asset management of fleet and equipment;
  • Management procedures/policies;
  • Recommend strategies to senior staff and stakeholders for development of asset management strategic goals and levels of service;
  • Develop comprehensive asset condition assessments and management strategies/tools and present to senior staff;
  • Provide oversight and guidance for analysis of financial history of assets to determine optimum economic lifecycles;
  • Lead development of business case cost benefits/impacts analysis to ensure best value and alignment with City corporate objectives; and
  • Lead analysis of fleet repair history and provide recommendations for replacement, repair, or refit as required.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering;
  • Registration as a professional engineer in BC;
  • A minimum 5 years current experience with truck/equipment and/or the equipment industry is required;
  • A current and valid Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence or higher and a satisfactory driving record; and
  • Supervisory experience is a strong asset.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of engineering and fleet related principles, practices, and regulations, including Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, the National Safety Code, and Worksafe BC regulations, and other such legislation concerning the management of a commercial fleet of vehicles and equipment;
  • Extensive knowledge of fleet and equipment maintenance programs and asset management;
  • Working knowledge of mechanical systems associated with heavy duty trucks and equipment;
  • Working knowledge of organizational quality management system practices and procedures;
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with MS Excel and MS Office, enterprise software such as SAP, and fleet management systems;
  • Working knowledge of supervising staff and directing work in a unionized environment;
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills;
  • Proven ability to incorporate business vision, priorities, strategies, goals, emerging issues into decision making;
  • Proven ability to provide exceptional customer service; and
  • Proven ability to write reports and create/deliver presentations to all levels of colleagues and peer groups in ways that support problem solving and planning.

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services
Affiliation: Exempt
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Position Start Date: October 2020 
Application Close: October 7, 2020
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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.