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Assistant Chief Engineer, Central Heating & Cooling Plant, Facilities Management

Job ID: 17080

Updated: December 6, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Central Heating & Cooling Plant in Facilities Management is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Assistant Chief Engineer .

Facilities Management is comprised of a wide variety of highly skilled professionals, technicians, tradespersons, custodians, labour, finance and administrative personnel who strive to keep the University's facilities and infrastructure in 'like new' condition. Our team includes Operations & Maintenance, Energy & Utilities, Infrastructure Maintenance Program, Real Estate & Leasing departments, as well as our Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology business units.

The Central Power Plant is a First Class Power Plant (15 MW Electrical/50 MW thermal), operated under the Alberta Labour Safety Codes Act. The Plant operates and is staffed 24-hours per day, on a year round basis. The unit is responsible to supervise and maintain the primary central heating, and cooling equipment, the utility tunnel system, and the Bow River Pumping Station and associated piping, to provide a continuous, uninterrupted supply of utilities to all buildings on campus. The basic function of the Assistant chief engineer is to provide the supervision necessary for the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the day-to-day functioning of the CHCP.

The Assistant Chief engineer reports to the Chief Engineer, Central Power Plant and is responsible for the supervision of AUPE staff in the Central Power Plant. The work involves exposure to high noise levels, high temperatures, dust, grease, hazardous chemicals and unpleasant odours. Safety precautions and procedures must be observed to reduce the risk of injury. Riding a bicycle is required to manoeuvre around the tunnel system. The hours of work are set at 35.0 hours per week; however staff at this level is expected to effectively manage their time to achieve the results required. From time to time, work outside the normal hours of work may be expected.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):


  • Liaises with Alberta Boiler Safety Codes officer in dealing with Legislated preventative maintenance of pressure vessels on campus.
  • Due to the nature of the mechanical equipment and the operational system, changes in operations are made regularly and the incumbent must be able to execute operational changes in a safe and efficient manner. Full and complete knowledge of all systems and equipment is a high priority to ensure an uninterrupted supply of services.
  • Ensures the plant is operated to standards and requirements of the Alberta Boilers Safety Association.
  • Allocates funds according to short and long term priorities.
  • Participates in shift rotation on an as needed basis to maintain legislated power plant operational coverage.
  • Plans and directs maintenance tasks of the power plant and related facilities.


  • Ensures that daily log entries are made in the Plant Operating Logbook in accordance with the requirements of the Alberta Boilers Safety Association.
  • On a yearly basis ensure that all performance evaluations are entered and staff have met with Chief and Assistant chief. Partake in bi annual one on one meetings with staff to ensure all issues are dealt with on a timely manner.
  • Monthly reporting creation and submitting to Alberta Environment and Water use reporting system.
  • Yearly reporting required for Annual stack testing on the Cogeneration system and waste handling data needs to be submitted.


  • Directs the Shift and Assistant Shift Engineer(s) in shift scheduling, overseeing operations and maintenance of the plant and associated equipment and carrying out preventive, routine or emergency maintenance tasks.
  • Supervise the CCP staff including ongoing hiring, development, training and performance management of all team members and for building and sustaining a positive, effective, engaged and accountable workforce. Provides training to the Shift or Assistant Shift Engineer(s) on operating and maintenance procedures.
  • Handle human resource functions involving direct reports including discipline and termination of staff, ensuring adherence to employment conditions specified under the Collective Agreement.
  • Promotes operating philosophies that have been developed to ensure the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the Central Power Plant.
  • Pleasantly and respectfully interacts with co-workers, and other members of the University community.
  • Ensures that equipment, vehicles, workspace, tools and systems supplied by the University are used for the purposes supplied, are maintained in good order and that costs of use are controlled.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the responsibilities of the Chief Engineer, being able to assume those responsibilities when called upon to in the absence of the Chief Engineer and in accordance with ABSA regulations. Authorize, approve, delegate and speak on behalf of the Chief Engineer when required to do so.
  • Developing short, medium and long term planning objective documents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Must hold a valid Second Class Certificate of Competency in Power Engineering issued by the Alberta Boilers Safety Association.
  • Must be qualified to obtain 1st Class Temporary Power Engineer Certificate in absence of Chief Engineer as per ABSA.
  • Minimum requirements should be valid first class power engineer certificate, or second class power engineer certificate with at least 4 tests passed towards obtaining your first class ticket within 2 years.

  • Completion of a power engineering technologist diploma is essential to achieve the high results demanded by this position.
  • Minimum of 5 years in an operating position in a power/heating plant, preferably in a large institutional setting.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of equipment operating principles including Gas Turbines, gas compressor and High Temp hot water boilers.
  • Must be proficient in the maintenance and repairs of all plant equipment, steam and gas fitting skills necessary in the care and operation of gas-fired boilers, high temperature hot water generators, pumps and related equipment.
  • A high level of competence in the operation and maintenance of mechanical, instrument and electrical systems and equipment is required.
  • Must possess supervisory experience in power boiler operation and maintenance.
  • Thorough knowledge of computer based operating systems.
  • Must demonstrate leadership ability and be able to achieve results directing the work of others.
  • Must possess good communication skills, both in person and in writing.
  • Must be able to pass on instructions clearly and concisely.
  • Must demonstrate good organizational and decision-making skills.
  • Must be able to produce reports and documentation on the operation of the plant.
  • Must be able to analyze information, and solve complex problems.
  • Must be able to understand and interpret the various codes, policies, procedures and guidelines required to be followed and be able to interpret these for others.
  • Hold a valid minimum Class 5 Alberta driver’s license with less than 7 demerit points. Learner's, probationary, GDL graduated license, or motorcycle/moped only license will not be acceptable. A driver’s abstract will be requested.

Application Deadline: December 28, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Technical Professional Career Band, Level 3 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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