UNIFOR - Physical Plant Engineer

Revision Date:  February 2013
Classification: Physical Plant 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 Physical Plant Engineer will be required to perform minor repairs, overhaul and/or alter heating and air conditioning throughout the Campus, and to work maintenance and/or rotating shifts as required. This requires the Physical Plant Engineer to analyze equipment problems and take corrective action. This may include changing pressure gauges, steam traps, control valves, etc., and/or making minor repairs to piping.

While on shift, the Physical Plant Engineer will be required to ensure that all mechanical equipment and services under the jurisdiction of the Physical Plant Department are operating efficiently. Scheduled and unscheduled visits must be carried out during each shift to various locations.


  • Checks and lubricates all operating equipment to ensure satisfactory functioning.
  • Routine inspection of equipment and logging of chiller operating conditions and related equipment to ensure satisfactory operation. (temperature, pressures, environmental conditions, etc.).  Makes necessary repairs, maintenance and adjustments to buildings and equipment as required.
  • Logs structural and mechanical malfunctions for repairs by maintenance crew, along with exterior building and street lighting.
  • Assists maintenance crews with repairs where required.
  • Assists Fire Department in emergencies by guiding them to the fire.
  • Responds to all emergencies including fire and burglar alarms and resets systems as necessary.
  • Responsible for security of buildings and campus during shifts and on holidays.
  • Opens and locks lecture rooms and theaters as requested by supervisor.
  • Performs maintenance functions as required.
  • Testing and maintaining the quality of the following systems:
    o reverse osmosis system
    o glycol systems
    o chilled water system
    o adding of chemicals to cooling towers
  • Maintains mechanical room and associated equipment in a clean/orderly condition.
  • Assists in Load Testing of emergency generator and conducts monthly tests.
  • Assists in the seasonal mechanical changes required to:
    o drain cooling coils
    o startup heating systems
    o startup cooling systems
  • Maintains inventory of air filters.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


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

Level of Formal Education

  • Must hold a valid Manitoba 4th Class Power Engineer's Certificate.
  • Must have a valid Manitoba Driver's License - Class 5.


  • Must have 4 years experience in the operation and maintenance of mechanical equipment in large buildings.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work alone without direct supervision.
  • Alertness and ability to react quickly in emergencies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English both in writing and verbally.

Physical Requirements

  • Capable of performing the duties as assigned.

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."