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Senior Mechanical Engineer (Engineer 4)



Competition # : 35494 

Department: Public Works

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/9/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Infrastructure Management team at the Department of Public Works has exciting new opportunities. We have changed the way we do business - bringing in more private sector approaches to managing our 50 office buildings, plus museums, courthouses, and other provincial infrastructure. We are focusing on life cycle asset management, innovative design thinking, energy efficiency, accessible buildings, using new digital technologies for asset management, and leading the industry by example. If you want to be part of a forward-thinking, collaborative environment, this may be the right opportunity for you.


As part of this collective goal, we have established a new Technical Engineering and Design Services Team responsible for the design and specifications used in the construction and maintenance of our existing Provincial Buildings.


About Our Opportunity


As the Senior Mechanical Engineer, you will lead a group of 1 to 3 Drafting Technicians who will be responsible for the Mechanical Engineering designs to ensure that construction, repair or maintenance projects undertaken by this new Technical Engineering and Design Services Team are completed in a professional, safe and efficient manner.


Primary Accountabilities


Requirements of this position include a solid base and understanding of general Mechanical Engineering details and practices as well as good skills and judgement in this field. Our work environment is evolving and we need your Mechanical Engineering experience and leadership abilities to effectively design construction details and drawings to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for all staff.


You will be responsible for the design of projects for our Construction section as well as those performed by outside Contractors. You will be responsible for taking ownership of all mechanical design projects designed under your Supervision including Stamping and Sealing of the final mechanical drawings. You and your Team will be located in downtown Halifax and be responsible for a wide range of projects in every corner of the province.


Qualifications and Experience


A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering is required along with a minimum of six (6) years of related experience in designing and detailing of mechanical related construction projects. You must be (or meet the requirements to be) actively registered as a Full Member (P. Eng) with Engineers Nova Scotia (ENS).


You must:


  • be highly respected by those who you work with and adept at working with others to achieve results;
  • be a Certified Mechanical Engineer, member of a Canadian recognized Professional Association and qualify for certification by Engineers Nova Scotia;
  • accept responsibility to stamp and seal designs reviewed and approved by you for issuance to the site;
  • have significant experience working with skilled Trades People, Construction Supervisors, Architects, Design Consultants and other Mechanical Engineers;
  • be comfortable setting high standards and managing performance in a healthy work environment;
  • thrive in fast-paced conditions and quickly adapt to competing priorities, contentious issues, and challenging deadlines; and
  • be highly collaborative and energize your Design Team to strive towards achieving successful project outcomes while exemplifying the Department’s values in all aspects of your work.


As the ideal candidate, you have:


  • Superior skills in Mechanical Engineering Design with emphasis on building services designs;
  • An exceptional knowledge of the Nova Scotia and Canadian Building Codes as well as typical Mechanical Engineering design standards and details;
  • Advanced experience with supervising Staff using a Collaborative Team Approach;
  • A track record of responsibility for end-to-end management of designing construction projects;
  • Strong problem solving competencies; and
  • Superior communication skills.




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


This position has a combination of office and field work. Field work occurs in adverse weather conditions and normal hazards associated with construction sites and working with or near heavy equipment are present.


This position will require climbing, working at heights and/or working within confined spaces.


You must be able to work under adverse conditions in times of emergency and sometimes overtime may be required.


Additional Information


Frequent travel across the Province of Nova Scotia is a requirement of this position (a valid Driver’s License with a clean driving record is 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:  PR 18  

Salary Range:  $3,030.25 - $3,563.66 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