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Engineer 4 (Electrical Engineer)

Date: Feb 16, 2021

Location: DARTMOUTH, NS, CA, B3B 0K5

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 28786 

Department: Labour and Advanced Education


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/2/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


At the Safety Branch of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, we are responsible for delivering effective and efficient regulatory management for the protection of the public and workers’ safety through education, outreach, inspection and enforcement, equipment registration, permits, and licenses.  Our staff of over 115 employees, located throughout Nova Scotia, do this by using the Pathways to Compliance to enhance compliance of provincially regulated employees, employers and contractors through setting, promoting, verifying and enforcing requirements under various pieces of legislation.

About Our Opportunity


The OHS Electrical Engineer is responsible for providing general engineering support for the Safety Branch.  The position also serves as a technical authority on electrical installations in surface and underground mines.


The OHS Electrical Engineer works both independently and as a member of a team of OHS specialists to provide advice on engineering and technical issues.  The Electrical Engineer is a member of a professional team including other engineers, Occupational Hygienists, OHS Inspectors and Investigators involved in the evaluation and enforcement of activities regulated by the department, to ensure the proposed activity meets minimum standards set for health and safety of all workplaces under Nova Scotia jurisdiction. 


The OHS Electrical Engineer reviews and makes recommendations on applications for approval of equipment to be used in mining operations, as well as electrical plans and Codes of Practice submitted to the Director for consideration.  This involves familiarity with national and international electrical standards, as well as hazard identification and risk analysis so that a recommendation can be made to the Director for informed decision making. 


As an technical specialist, you also serve as a subject matter expert providing advice, direction, and interpretation of Acts, regulations, guidelines and policies on electrical safety matters to departmental staff, other government departments, external professionals/consultants and the public sector. 


This position reports to the Manager of Technical Services.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Provide reviews, assessments, and recommendations on specific electrical safety questions. 
  • Provide expert technical advice and guidance to senior staff on engineering requirements in strategies, policy, projects, programs, legislation, and regulations.
  • Deliver training, information/consultation sessions and various committee work.  
  • Participate as an OHS regulator representative on several committees, including CSA Standards technical committees.
  • Will be a Special Constable, trained and authorized to conduct regulatory inspections and will be required to attend a wide range of physical workplaces. 

Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role you have a Bachelors’ degree in Electrical Engineering and extensive work-related engineer experience (minimum 6 years) including work with occupational health and safety practices and standards.  You must have current membership or be eligible to register as a Professional Engineer with Engineers Nova Scotia.


You have knowledge of emerging trends, particularly in heavy industry and impact of technology and equipment on workplace health and safety are required.  You also have detailed knowledge of the NS OHS Act and regulations with a demonstrated ability to apply and interpret legislation and policy. You have experience relaying and interpreting technical information and advice to industry stakeholders, senior officials, in government and/or the public in an effective manner.


This work requires strong consultation, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills with the ability to interact effectively with clients, partners, other government departments and external agencies.  You must have the ability to establish and maintain effective stakeholder relationships, and at times may be required to work independently, and in team environments applying the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion to all areas of your work and will support your colleagues to do the same.  Considerable judgment, tact and diplomacy are required in the role to provide solutions and recommendations because of independent analyses that can be relied upon to be sound, authoritative, technically accurate and feasible.


You have excellent communication skills (oral, written, electronic) to effectively convey information to wide audiences ranging from industrial sector experts, academic experts, and the public.  In addition, must have technical and presentation skills to deliver training modules to departmental staff, stakeholders, and special interest groups. 


Assets considered for this position:


  • Experience reviewing electrical design plans
  • A professional safety designation, including CRSP


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using on or more of the following tools: 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.

Working Conditions


  • Some travel, both within the province and outside will be required. 
  • Must have a valid drivers’ license.

Additional Information


  • Preference will be given to applicants that have a background or experience in industrial operations, such as mining. 


Candidates should clearly illustrate in their cover letter how they meet the above qualifications.

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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules. 


Pay Grade:  PR 18  

Salary Range:  $3,015.17 - $3,545.93 Bi-Weekly


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 civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 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. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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