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Building Operator 4

Date: Jan 11, 2019

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 3Z8

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 1/25/2019  


Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal 


Building Operator 4, Permanent, HALIFAX 


Competition # 17739  



About Us


Building and maintain our provincial infrastructure is no small job.  


The Building Services Division of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 2,200 provincial buildings and structures across the Nova Scotia. We maintain various buildings including museums, political core buildings, office buildings, fishery centres, correctional centres, and justice centres. Daily, we are responsible for ensuring these buildings are best served; including all matters related to: building operations, building systems maintenance, renovations, and new construction. 


We’re recruiting for a Building Operator to support the overall operation and maintenance of our building infrastructure in the Halifax area. This is your opportunity to join an engaged and supportive team who operate in a challenging and fast-paced environment, where there is never a dull moment.


About Our Opportunity


As the Building Operator 4, you are pivotal in supporting the overall safety and efficiency of our provincial building infrastructure. You will be responsible to supervise one (1) or more Building Operators in the performance of operation, repair, maintenance and installation duties; ensuring work requirements are achieved in safe and timely manners, within budgets. You will prepare work schedules, evaluate work performance, and provide technical guidance to your supervised staff.


You are critical in ensuring that the daily operation and maintenance of building infrastructure in various government buildings are, safe, efficient, and that there are no interruptions to services provided by our government as a result of building equipment issues or failures.  


Using your various skills and expertise, you will complete minor carpentry, mechanical, and electrical repairs and develop solutions to inefficiencies. You will also assist with enhancing and administering a scheduled preventative maintenance program, all the while prioritizing work efficiently in order to minimize disruption to building tenants. Daily, you ensure all equipment performs and operates properly and provides a safe, secure, effective and efficient work environment.


You’ll have opportunity to work on:

·       special projects as assigned;

·       plumbing infrastructure;

·       mechanical equipment (such as boilers, chillers, pneumatic and electronic controls, diesel/electric generators, cooling towers, sprinkler pumps and air compressors);

·       electrical systems (such as electronic monitoring systems, security systems and computerized fire alarm systems)

·       automated control systems;

·       and much more.


This position provides opportunity to collaborate with various government Departments and staff, vendors, contractors and consultants to ensure all construction projects, equipment installations and system upgrades minimize building disruptions.


About You


High School completion plus a Power Engineer 3rd Class certificate and five (5) years related experience in the operation and maintenance of commercial or institutional buildings is required. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.


Previous experience supervising a team, along with demonstrated leadership qualities, is required. You must demonstrate the ability to effectively organize and plan, schedule, prioritize and assign work to ensure effective use resources and minimize building disruptions.


You demonstrate a sound knowledge of all aspects of building construction and operation, including:

  • architectural, plumbing, electrical, fire suppression and HVAC systems;
  • reading and interpreting various specifications and drawings;
  • working knowledge of the National Building Code and the National Fire Code;
  • familiarity with the Occupational Safety General Regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Act; and
  • familiarity in a computerized environment is necessary including spreadsheet, word processing, and email applications.


The following are considered assets, including experience with:

  • collective agreements and unionized work environments;
  • a computerized building maintenance management system
  • government procurement policy and tendering procedures. 


As the ideal candidate you build relationships and demonstrate leadership qualities which promote teamwork; communicating vision and fostering a safe work culture that encourages new ideas and innovative solutions.  You have proven and professional communication skills, both oral and written, for collaborating with your staff and clients. You have well developed planning and organizational skills, coupled with the ability multi-task and adapt in this fast-paced environment with competing priorities. Consistently, you maintain a courteous disposition and hold a high standard for client and customer service.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Other Considerations


As travel is a component of this position, you must have a valid driver’s license and access to reliable motor vehicle.


This is a labor-intensive opportunity requiring physical strength and dexterity. At times, you are subject various environmental and temperature extremes. Overtime is often necessary when installations and maintenance requires disruption or shutting down of power supply and other services that would disrupt building activities.


The successful incumbent must be available to respond to emergency calls, at any time, when building systems fail or building security is compromised.



Pay Grade:  MOS 18  


Salary Range:  $2,042.09 - $2,107.20 Bi-Weekly


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.


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 Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact


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