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Chief Power Engineer, Central Heating & Cooling Plant, Facilities

Job ID: 24860

Updated: May 4, 2022

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Department of Central Heating & Cooling Plant in Facilities is currently seeking a Full-time Chief Power Engineer.

The Central Heating & Cooling Plant (CHCP) is part of the Energy and Utilities department within Facilities Management that provides the institution with the safe, reliable and cost effective utilities including electrical power, natural gas, high temperature hot water, chilled water, domestic water, and treated feed water.

 The Central Heating and Cooling plant (CHCP) is a First Class power plant (40 Megawatt thermal and 13 MW electrical), operated under the Alberta Boilers Safety Codes Act.  The CHCP operates and is staffed 24-hours per day, on a year round basis.  The Chief Engineer, or designate, must be available on-call at all times.  The choice of operating philosophies could significantly impact energy consumption affecting $8 million in utility usage and are critical in order to avoid possible outages that could lead to damage or loss of campus assets, and relatively high financial and public relations losses to the institution.  The ability to maintain good judgment under emergency and potentially dangerous conditions is critical to this position.  The Chief Engineer is accountable for a $2.88 million budget and directly supervises a staff of 11 power engineers.  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.  

Position Description

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

  • Legislated requirement of the Alberta Boiler Safety Association (Safety Codes Act) for the safe operation, maintenance, alteration and inspection of the boilers and pressure vessels assigned to this First Class power Engineer position.
  • Planning to ensure adequate capacity is in place for all major utility services to meet the needs of short and long term growth of the campus.
  • *Accountable to the University for the safe reliable and efficient day to day operation of the CHCP and Bow river pumping station, and for inspection, maintenance, repair and replacement of the equipment in these facilities.
  • Develop and document specifications and standards for the maintenance, renewal, replacement and expansion of the equipment.  Ensure these requirements are input into the Campus Community Plan.
  • Develop and control a budget for staffing, operations and maintenance of the plant and associated equipment
  • Remain current with leading edge technology.
  • Staffing recruitment, shift scheduling, payroll input following AUPE collective agreement.
  • Provide training to staff in areas of operation and maintenance of equipment.
  • Takes command of the CHCP operation in an emergency where staff and public safety become issues of importance.
  • Ensures staff is aware of and follow all pertinent regulatory codes, policies and procedures.  Ensures that copies of these documents are available and accessible to the staff.
  • Mandatory reporting to Alberta Boilers Safety Association on legislated pressure vessel inspections for vessels that are assigned to this position.
  • Ensures continued operation of the 13 MWe cogeneration system and regular scheduled maintenance from the turbine supplier under a maintenance contract.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Must hold a First Class power engineers certificate of competency recognized by the Alberta Boiler Safety Association. 
  • Possess a minimum of 10 years in an operating position in a power/heating plant, preferably in a large institutional setting, coupled with proven, progressive experience in a supervisory or management position. 
  • A high level of competence in the design, operation and maintenance of mechanical, instrument and electrical systems is considered an asset.
  • Computer knowledge is necessary for modifying boiler control and maintaining asset management using Facitlites Archibus system and to carry out information gathering and analysis as well as completing required administrative activities. 
  • Training in facilities management would also be an asset. 
  • Completion of a post secondary engineering technology program would also be an asset.

Application Deadline:  June 10, 2022

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 Career Band, Level 4 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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