UNIFOR - Assistant Engineer

Revision Date: October 2001
Classification: Assistant Engineer
Hay Point Range: N/A


The Physical Plant Department is responsible for the entire physical operation of the University including construction, renovations, provision of utility services and the care and maintenance of all properties.

Under general supervision, the Assistant Engineer will work rotating shifts or maintenance as required. The Assistant Engineer will cover other classifications as required. This includes coverage for vacation relief, sick relief, personal reasons, bereavement, injury, long term absences, etc.

The Assistant Engineer is required to carry out repairs and maintenance to all mechanical equipment within the Powerhouse and Guarded Status Plants. The Assistant Engineer may be required to perform emergency repairs. The Assistant Engineer is required to analyse equipment problems and take corrective action as required. The Assistant Engineer must be able to commission, operate and maintain any of the campus water treatment and cooling tower systems. The Assistant Engineer will undertake or assist in completing any fire extinguisher, cathodic protection, fire pump or generator tests and take utility readings. The Assistant Engineer will respond to any fire alarm or trouble calls on Campus including but not limited to building or system leaks, refrigeration malfunctions, climate control or operational deficiencies and take the appropriate action. The Assistant Engineer will maintain a direct line of communication with campus personnel, the Work Order Desk and Shift Charge Engineer. The Assistant Engineer will assist the Shift Charge Engineer as required. The Assistant Engineer will provide accurate logs for all calls received and generate work orders as required. The Assistant Engineer will be required to ensure that all mechanical equipment and services under the jurisdiction of the Physical Plant Department are operated efficiently and will perform scheduled and unscheduled inspections during each shift to the various locations.


  • Perform rotating shifts or maintenance duties as required.
  • Respond to all emergencies other than security matters.
  • Assist in repair work in the Powerhouse as well as emergency repair work throughout the University Complex to ensure satisfactory operation (temperature, pressure, environmental conditions, etc.)
  • Logs structural and mechanical malfunctions, including lights that are burnt out.
  • Responsible for call out of trades people or contractors in cases of emergency during off hours.
  • Responds to and resets fire alarms (assists Fire Department and Safety Technicians).
  • Responds to elevator trouble calls after regular campus hours.
  • Assists the Shift Charge Engineer as required.
  • Assists on-campus personnel and the various trade shops as required.
  • Check for the proper operation of the emergency stand-by power generators.
  • Maintains and operates the treated fish water supply for the Zoology Department.
  • Participates in a preventive maintenance program, which includes maintenance and repair of various Powerhouse related equipment, such as chilled water, condensate and heating systems, etc.
  • Maintains Guarded Status Plants and Mechanical Room in tidy and orderly fashion.
  • Monitors and operates the various building systems, chillers/refrigeration systems on campus.
  • Completes all fire extinguishers, fire pumps, cathodic protection and generator inspection and tests as required.
  • Obtains water samples from condensate lines, cooling towers, chiller, etc., and carries out water tests as directed.
  • Carries out repair work on a variety of valves, including control valves and pressure regulator valves.
  • Checks, tests and repairs steam traps.
  • May be required to work as a Shift Charge Engineer.
  • May be required to work as a Water Treatment Technician.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • Must hold a valid 3rd Class or higher Manitoba Power Engineer's Certificate.
  • Must hold (at least) a Class 5 Driver's Licence valid in Manitoba.


  • Significant related experience of an acceptable level.
  • Extensive knowledge in the operation and repair of mechanical systems.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work alone without direct supervision.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to read blue prints, understand technical language and manuals.
  • Alertness and ability to react quickly in emergencies.
  • Knowledge and ability to safely and properly repair various mechanical, heating, ventilation and control equipment.
  • Skilled in the safe operation of boilers, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, water treatment, water softeners, diesel generators, pumps, fans and control systems.

Physical Requirements

  • Physically capable of performing all duties assigned including climbing, bending, working in close quarters, under dirty and/or noisy conditions.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.

"In accordance with the University's Health and Safety Policy, and in support of the Workplace Safety and Health Act, Physical Plant is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all staff and students. 

Physical Plant will instruct all employees to complete an Orientation Workshop, normally during the first day on the job, and the Health and Safety Orientation Module, normally during the probation period.  Employees will also be instructed to complete various workshops, such as Asbestos Awareness, etc. during the first year of employment depending upon an individual's classification."