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Assistant Foreperson, Mechanical

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Position Title Assistant Foreperson, Mechanical
Who We Are
At BCIT, putting people at the core of everything we do is paramount. This idea is the foundation of BCIT’s People Vision, which describes the Institute’s goals and priorities in respect to our people. In a complex and uncertain world, it’s vital our people feel valued, supported and connected. BCIT champions a culture of innovation and global progress through people’s imagination and creativity. With a competitive compensation package, great work-life balance, and career advancement opportunities, see why we’ve earned the title of one of BC’s Top Employers for over ten years running.
Position Summary
BCIT’s Campus Planning and Facilities department is seeking a regular, full-time (1.0 FTE) Assistant Foreperson, Mechanical. The Assistant Mechanical Foreperson assists the Mechanical Foreperson with overseeing day-to-day operations including scheduling and supervision of shift engineers, building maintenance staff, and service contractors. The Assistant Mechanical Foreman assists in creating, assigning and monitoring the completion of Deferred Maintenance (DM) and Preventative Maintenance (PM) work orders while ensuring compliance with all safety measures and regulations.
This position is often an emergency first responder, required to troubleshoot, innovate solutions and make quick, critical decisions in consultation with others, which potentially impacts public safety, legal regulatory obligations, and BCIT business operations. This position is required to be fully conversant with Internet of Things (IoT), current web-hosted building automation Direct Digital Control (DDC) and energy management technologies.
Duties & Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Foreperson, manages the day-to-day operations by determining the allocation of work; coordinates logistics with stakeholders and arranging for contractors to complete work when required.
  • Ensures that all work done is in compliance with regulatory requirements including the Electrical Code, the Pressure Vessels Act, the National Fire Code, the B.C. Building Code, the Plumbing Code, the Gas Act, the Workers Compensation Act and BCIT policies and procedures. This includes ensuring that proper practices are in place, initiating required training as necessary.
  • In coordination with the Foreperson, plans and coordinates future work and projects, including preparing estimates for funding proposals, identifying major projects required both for the department items that have an Institute-wide impact and planning for ministry Annual Capital Allocation, ensuring that plans are aligned with the Campus Master Plan.
  • In coordination with the Foreperson, compiles and manages the line budget including cross-checking and authorizing invoices, making responsible spending decisions, monitoring spending monthly etc. and defining materials, labour, risk and need assessments, and soliciting feedback from other employees.
  • Provides assessment and input into all major construction projects including making project budget estimates and assisting to create specific documentations for tender process, including verifying the quality of contractor work and creating deficiencies list at the end of projects.
  • Supervises and coaches employees; provides them with clear directions including mediating interpersonal and work-related conflict issues, up to (but not including) discipline. This may include documenting issues, monitoring productivity, delivering feedback and coaching the employee to improve performance.
  • Liaises with BCIT internal customers and a variety of internal/external stakeholders including contractors and regulators to identify and address needs. Informs the Foreman of any identified concerns, conflicting priorities, resource gaps, customer service and staff performance issues that may arise.
  • Manages multiple projects and work requests simultaneously by establishing priorities and delegating work to maximize efficiency and customer service. Work is coordinated in a variety of locations including remote campus locations across British Columbia.
  • In coordination with the Foreperson, develops, coordinates and establishes emergency and preventative maintenance schedules including planning for emergency response issues related to area including planning for disaster management issues.
  • In coordination with the Foreperson, develops and implements an energy conservation plan including devising means of conserving energy and evaluating the effectiveness of methods used.
  • Coordinates and carries out planned and emergency maintenance, repair and installation of Institute water, gas, drainage, air, heating systems and backflow prevention assemblies on an as-needed basis to maintain Institute operations and safeguard business continuity.
  • Maintains appropriate records, charts, logs and manuals as required by the Power Engineers and Boiler and Pressure Vessel Act.
  • Recommends arrangements for contracting out required work to the Foreperson.
  • Recommends modifications and new standard operating procedures to the Foreman.
  • Orders and maintains inventories of supplies, parts and critical spares.
  • Provides short-notice, short-term absence coverage for shift engineers as needed.
  • Collaborates with the Foreperson to maintain a 24/7/365 engineering staff presence on campus.
  • In the absence of the Mechanical Foreperson, acts as the Chief Power Engineer and primary contact with the regulating authority, Technical Safety BC, to ensure that all systems, equipment and related maintenance and inspection activities are in full compliance at all times.
  • Maintains professional and technical currency in the industry through formal training and on-the-job learning.
  • Participates in Records Custodian training and remains current with record keeping practices, policies and procedures (both BCIT and FOIPOP).
  • Undertakes related duties as assigned, consistent with the job grade of this position.

The qualifications section for this position was developed using the approved job evaluation plan, agreed to between the BCGEU and BCIT. The qualifications represent the minimum qualifications required in the future (i.e. to be reflected in job postings) and do not reflect the incumbent’s existing qualifications.

  • A valid Third Class Interprovincial Power Engineering certificate (Journeyperson status) plus technical education and certifications in relevant mechanical building trades.

  • Two years general trades experience plus up to ten years current relevant experience in the mechanical building trades industry.

Software/Computer Application(s) and Expertise:
  • Computer training and experience is required, as well as familiarity with DDC building automation technology.

Communication/Interpersonal Skills:
  • Strong leadership, coaching, mentoring and problem solving skills.
  • Good organizational skills and high degree of self-motivation and business acumen.
  • Ability to use tact, discretion and sensitivity when interacting with a diverse range of contacts and sensitive issues.

Administrative Skills (e.g. prioritizing, minute taking, wp speed, etc.):
  • Must be able to work independently and the proven ability to trouble shoot and resolve related issues in conjunction with the assigned level of skill, ability and education.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

Other Skills/Abilities:
  • Willingness to maintain currency in the field and learn on the job is essential.
  • Ability to assess blueprints and make recommendations for specific trade requirements is an asset.
Additional Information
Benefits – Why you’d love working with us

  • Competitive pay
  • Minimum of fifteen days of vacation
  • Competitive employer-paid extended health and dental plan – take a look at our benefit plans!
  • Defined benefit pension plan with employer contributions
  • Professional Development funds and resources
  • Access to most BCIT Flexible Learning courses free of charge
  • Wellness and Employee Assistance programs
  • Complimentary membership with free access to the Fitness Centre, Gymnasium, and more

BCIT values diverse experiences, ideas, cultures and perspectives and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from members of all groups experiencing barriers to equity. If you require accessibility accommodations during any part of the application or hiring process, please contact so we can best support you. Please note that all applications must be submitted via the careers page portal, email applications will not be accepted.

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh).
Salary Range Salary Grade 11: $71,819 - $77,648 per annum.
Additional Salary Information
External hires are initially placed at the minimum of the salary range with set progressions to the maximum as per the Collective Agreement. Salary prorated based on percentage and term of appointment.
Position Details

Posting Category Facilities / Trades
School/Service Area Administrative Services-Facilities
Campus Location Burnaby campus
Bargaining Unit BCGEU Support Staff
Job Status Regular
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time
Number of Vacancies 1
Anticipated Start Date 03/04/2024
Anticipated End Date
Competition Information

Competition Number 24B375
Competition Open Date 01/31/2024
Competition Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Quicklink for Posting

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is the highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Certificate
    • Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • PHD
  2. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-2
    • 3-5
    • 6-9
    • 10+
  3. * New employees to BCIT are initially placed at the minimum of the salary range with set progressions to the maximum as per the Collective Agreement. The salary is prorated based on percentage and term of appointment. Please select which statement best describes your situation:
    • I am a current BCIT employee, this is not applicable to my situation.
    • I am not a current BCIT employee and would be satisfied with placing at the minimum of the indicated salary range.
    • I am not a current BCIT employee and would not be satisfied with placing at the minimum of the indicated salary range.
  4. * All positions at BCIT require on campus presence at the applicable campus location(s). This means the successful candidate must be able to and willing to relocate to the Lower Mainland. Please select from the following that best describes your situation:
    • I currently reside in the Lower Mainland
    • I do not currently reside in the Lower Mainland, however I am willing and able to relocate if found to be the successful candidate
    • I do not currently reside in the Lower Mainland and I am unwilling to relocate

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents