Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic



Competition # : 43554 

Department: Public Works

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: ​24-Jul-24 ​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Building and maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job.


The Building Services Group at the Department of Public Works supports Nova Scotia’s 2,400 buildings and infrastructure assets across a wide range of clients. We maintain and support various government buildings and other built assets, including museums, core buildings and office buildings supporting the work of government, correctional centres, and justice centres.


Without our Building Services staff’s proactive measures, equipment issues or failures could lead to an interruption of services provided. Sprinkler system installers support the overall safety and efficiency of our provincial building infrastructure.

About Our Opportunity


Under the general supervision of the Mechanical Trades Coordinator, the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic will install, maintain, service, repair, inspect and decommission industrial, commercial and residential heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC & R) units and systems in provincially owned and leased buildings serviced by the Department.

Primary Accountabilities


The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic is responsible for connecting to and servicing air delivery systems, installing and servicing hydronic and secondary refrigerant systems and associated controls. This may include, but is not limited to, district heating and cooling systems. The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic is responsible for ensuring that all work is completed in compliance with the National Building Code of Canada, National Energy Code, National Fire Code of Canada, and departmental requirements and standards.

Qualifications and Experience


High school diploma and Red Seal qualification - Certificate of Qualification as a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic must have a minimum of two (2) years experience as a Red Seal certified technician.  


A valid Nova Scotia driver’s license is required.


Safety training in the following is considered assets: Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act, Safety Orientation, First Aid Certification and CPR, WHMIS, Scaffolding Safety, Fall Protection (Basic and Scaffolding Practical), Confined Space Awareness, Elevating Work-Platforms.


You can analyze information, identify relationships, and have ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing. The ability to efficiently and effectively obtain information and to exercise sound judgment, collaborate in a team environment, and demonstrate an understanding of cultural differences is essential. You must have good public relations skills and have ability to respond with tact and diplomacy when working with various government clients, contractors, public, and staff.

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.



Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as a Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Health, Dental, Life Insurance, General illness, Short and Long Term Disability, Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.  For information on all our Benefit program offerings, click here: Benefits for government employees.

Working Conditions


Most of your work is completed indoors, but also occasionally outside where normal hazards of a construction site are present. Your safety is important to us, and we count on you to follow all safe work practices when handling machinery, tools, and materials. Some of your duties will require you to climb, work at heights, or within confined spaces.

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:  TR 14  

Salary Range:  $32.00 - $33.90 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 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