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Summer Student - Project Engineer

Date: Feb 8, 2019

Location: SYDNEY, NS, CA, B1S 1P4

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 2/22/2019  


Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal 


Summer Student - Project Engineer, SYDNEY  


Competition # 18072 



About Us


Building and maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job. We’re recruiting for summer engineering students to help our province achieve big things!


At the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR), we manage 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways and 4100 bridges across Nova Scotia. Our District Highway Operations Division plays a critical role in managing snow and ice control services, road maintenance and repair services throughout the province.


About Our Opportunity


As the Engineering Student, you will gain practical experience, and receive training and mentorship from highly qualified Engineering professionals. This is the perfect opportunity to jump start your career, gain an understanding of bridge and highway construction, and watch your contributions come to life as you make exciting impacts to the Provincial road network of Nova Scotia.


You will assist the Project Engineer in a wide range of duties and have the opportunity to:


  • Complete project estimates and contract administration for various capital projects through the area;
  • Be involved with bridge assessments along with highway and road evaluations;
  • Conduct safety and traffic related investigations and assessments;
  • Provide oversite for contracted work while ensuring quality, safety, environmental, standards are met and in accordance with Department standards, Acts and Regulations;
  • Assist the Project Engineer in supervising construction staff;
  • Process permits and participate in the road and budget inventory database; and
  • Participate in and collaborate with various staff on special projects which will further enhance and develop your skills.


We offer opportunities to participate in training courses for Standard First Aid, Traffic Control Person, Temporary Workplace Signer, along with other safety courses. We will provide you with all the required technical and protective equipment you need, and as a bonus, you get to keep the boots we provide you when your summer work ends.


There is lots of opportunity for overtime, and mileage and meals will be provided where work site distance from the assigned base supports the claim.


About You


You are a Bachelor of Engineering student, enrolled in a Civil or Geotechnical discipline and returning to school in the fall (or in the next applicable semester for the education program).


Travel throughout your assigned area is required, as such, you must have a valid drivers license and access to a reliable motor vehicle. Please include a copy of your driver’s abstract with your application.


As the ideal candidate you demonstrate a keen interest in highway and bridge construction and maintenance activities. You must also be:


  • Proficient in mathematics and drafting;
  • Familiar with computer software packages used in an engineering environment;
  • Organized and able to prioritize your work; and
  • An excellent communicator who provides professional customer service.


The following are considered assets including:


  • Familiarity with construction sites, as well as bridge and highway construction design standards;
  • Familiarity with contract specifications;
  • Exposure to heavy equipment; and
  • Training in First Aid, Traffic Control Person, or Temporary Workplace Signer


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


About half of your work is outdoors in various weather conditions, with considerable travel throughout your assigned area.



Pay Grade:  HOURLY 


Salary Range:  $15.86 - $25.85 Hourly   


All current employees who wish to be considered an internal candidate, please click here.


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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