Mechanic I (Year Round) (Bedford)



Competition # : 39339 

Department: Public Works

Location: BEDFORD

Zone: 12, 13, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23 (Central District)

Type of Employment: Year Round 

Union Status: CUPE - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/9/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)


Under Article 13 of the Collective Agreement between the Nova Scotia Department of Public Works and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1867, the following opportunity is being posted.


Please quote the competition number and the Zone you are applying for as noted above on your application.

About Us


At the Department of Public Works we are responsible for building and maintaining a sustainable provincial infrastructure for Nova Scotians. From highways and bridges to government buildings and registration of vehicles, safety and quality of life are top of mind. We support Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways, 4,100 bridges, and 9 provincial ferries.

Our Fleet Services Division is pivotal in ensuring Public Work's Fleet is running smoothly; ensuring the safety of our provincial road network.

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Fleet Service Coordinator, the Mechanic 1 performs maintenance and repairs on departmental mechanical equipment following the Operator Servicing and Repair Policy (PR-5044) and assists licensed mechanics to complete repairs in the shop or in the field.


Under the general supervision of the Fleet Service Coordinator, the Mechanic 1 may perform any one or a combination of the following or other related duties as required to complete equipment servicing, repairs, and preventative maintenance. 

Primary Accountabilities


Under the direction of the Fleet Service Coordinator, Mobile Service Mechanic or Mechanic II, the Mechanic 1 will be required to perform routine preventative maintenance on department machinery as required under fleet policies and procedures.


Typical daily duties may include:


  • Assist Mobile Service Mechanics/Shop Mechanics with diagnosis and repair of department equipment to determine problems, identify needed parts, and repair work. Work includes repairs, rebuilds and replacements, removal of power train components from equipment and complete required repairs, such as installing new seals, valves, bearing shells and gears and shafts, repairs to cooling systems, heaters, electrical systems, wiring, suspension systems, shocks, hydraulic systems, repairs and replacement of pins and bushings, etc.


  • Performs hourly Preventative Maintenance services (oil changes) and inspection of equipment following department Out of Service Criteria.



  • Service equipment as per Operator Servicing Policy PR-5044, following Preventative Maintenance and Weekly Service guidelines, ex. greasing, fluid top up, minor mechanical repairs, undercoating, equipment washing and cleaning, etc.


  • Delivers or drives departmental equipment, parts, or tooling to bases or outside vendors.



  • Operate any one or several pieces of machinery as required for the purposes of assisting with the department’s preventative maintenance program (testing and servicing purposes).


  • Completes daily paperwork. This includes equipment Weekly Service Sheets, logbook sheets, pre-trips, timecards, and Preventative Maintenance documentation.



  • Tracks, schedules, and performs equipment servicing and undercoating in conjunction with the Fleet Service Coordinator, Maintenance Planner, Mobile Service Mechanic, and Operations staff.


  • Removal of buckets, snowplow assemblies, spreader bodies and other implement attachments.


  • Training/mentoring Equipment Operators when requested to perform preventative maintenance, scheduled, or selected.

Qualifications and Experience


Some high school education and a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the basics of equipment and a minimum of four (4) years diversified mechanical and servicing experience or equivalent training and experience.


Minimum of Class III license with air brake endorsement or Class 1.


Requires knowledge of online or disc access to repair service manuals. Must be able to carry out repairs on most mechanical equipment, uses general mechanic tools.


A program in motor or diesel mechanics from a recognized community college would be considered an asset.

Knowledge of hydraulic systems and experience operating snow & ice control trucks and heavy equipment would also be considered an asset.


Demonstrated oral and basic written communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment.

Successful completion of training and knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, First Aid and WHMIS are further assets to be considered.

You consistently demonstrate initiative in your role; remaining up to date in changes to equipment, methods and technology within the mechanical field. Your exceptional communication skills will assist you when working with staff to help diagnose and resolve equipment issues. You are a self-motivated individual who works both independently with minimal supervision and participates fully as an effective team player. You consistently maintain a professional and courteous disposition and hold a high standard for clients.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, skill-testing of basic math/literacy assessment, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


Work is performed in a mechanical repair environment occasioned by noise, smoke and gas fumes and at times adverse weather conditions while operating in a field environment. Considerable standing, lifting, carrying and moving about is a requirement of this position.

Additional Information


 There are four (4) opportunities available.


This opportunity is for a 52-week Year-Round position – the duties of which are full time and continuous in nature.


Most of your work will be located at Bedford, but you will be required to travel and work in other mechanic shops throughout the Central Fleet Service Area (Zones 12, 13, 17, 18, 21, 22 and 23) as required.


What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths.


Pay Grade:  MECHANIC  

Salary Range:  $24.24 Hourly


Employment Equity Statement: 

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current CUPE local 1867 employees with a date of seniority.  The successful candidate(s) will be expected to perform duties as necessary within their zone. Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.  PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Current employees may apply to this position through the following link:



Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to