Project Engineer/Senior Project Engineer (Tunneling) - 2 Positions

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Position Status: Full-Time Regular

Department: Project Delivery

Employee Group: Exempt

Location: 4730 Kingsway, Burnaby


Our Project Delivery Department is seeking a Project Engineer/Senior Project Engineer who will manage the design and construction of large, complex tunnel and other heavy civil engineering projects within the Major Projects group.  The successful candidate will have experience in designing and managing large capital projects, including establishing budgets, forecasting and tracking costs, retaining and managing consultants and contractors, and developing and monitoring schedules for various phases through project completion.  


The Project Engineer/Senior Project Engineer will be part of a team working on a variety of tunneling projects including, for example, the Second Narrows Water Supply Tunnel, the Annacis Water Supply Tunnel, the Stanley Park Water Supply Tunnel, and the Cambie Richmond Water Supply Tunnel.


You are a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia who is:


  • A self-starter, capable of working independently with limited direct supervision;
  • Organized and proficient in developing and executing work plans to deliver large, complex capital projects;
  • Competent in developing cost-effective solutions to complex, technical issues;
  • Capable and comfortable working in a team environment working with multiple stakeholders;
  • Accustomed to managing consultants and contractors to obtain results and deliver quality work; and
  • Effective in communicating complex issues, both oral and written, to internal staff, senior management, member municipalities, and external stakeholders.


The Project Engineer/Senior Project Engineer reports to the Project Manager - Major Projects and falls within our Professional / Technical, Level 3A job family.


This role:

  • Performs complex and varied engineering and project management work that may involve project design and management for large projects. Applies principles and practices of profession to ensure results are achieved in a sound and practical manner.
  • Analyzes and assesses requirements and recommends optimal methods for achieving objectives.
  • Responsible for overall project budgets and monitors and controls costs ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds. Participates in short and long range planning.
  • Makes decisions and provides recommendations on a variety of issues with broad policies and mandates as guidelines. Uses ingenuity to devise original, practical and economical solutions.
  • Prepares and reviews project designs, technical reports and contract specifications for consulting services, equipment and construction. Acts as Metro Vancouver’s appointed representative in assigned matters of project and contract obligations including project initiatives, site inspections, and determination of regulatory requirements. May be required to negotiate significant technical or financial interest on behalf of Metro Vancouver.
  • Directs the actions of consultants recommending changes to scope and negotiating new terms as required. Deals with full range of project dimensions that may include legal, property, public contact, and liaising with various levels of government, and other regulatory bodies.
  • Explains difficult concepts and persuades others to adopt a point of view, supports position with evidence, research or experience gained in similar situations. Typically acts as a project leader and actively works to encourage teamwork, collaboration and efficiency.
  • May supervise professional engineers and/or technical staff engaged in complex technical work. Peer reviews the work of colleagues and provides guidance to consulting engineers and technical staff. Acts as a resource to staff members for advice and guidance on potential approaches and problem situations. May be a resource for presentations and questions to the Metro Vancouver board, committees and municipal councils.
  • May work as a technical/specialist resource, collaborating with senior engineers, management and/or government officials in the development of regulatory or government policy initiatives affecting Metro Vancouver.
  • Participates in the design, preparation and approval of engineering standards in area of specialty.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


To be successful, you have:

  • A Bachelor of Applied Science degree in a relevant engineering discipline. 4-6 years recent related experience following professional registration; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Membership or eligibility for immediate membership as a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC).
  • Demonstrated experience in tunnel design and/or construction.  Clear understanding of the use of technical review boards, dispute resolution boards, geotechnical baseline reports, risk registers and risk analyses.  Ability to interpret, apply, and advise others on engineering and related guidelines such as technical manuals, codes and regulations, and contracting policies safety regulations and corporate and board policies. Contract administration and project management skills.
  • Sound technical knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and their application in relevant discipline. Ability to act as a resource to staff and provide sound and practical guidance for unusual or problem situations.
  • Ability to interpret and apply engineering and technical guidelines and principles related to area of specialization such as technical manuals, codes and regulations, contracting policies, safety regulations and corporate and board policies. Ability to adapt or adjust guidelines and procedures for unique or difficult situations.
  • Proven contract administration and project management skills. Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize a complex series of project components for large complex projects to meet multiple time based deliverables requiring a high level of detail and accuracy. Ability to resolve problems within established guidelines and procedures; ability to use judgment to determine which methods are applicable in any given situation.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing including letter, report writing and presentation skills. Ability to explain difficult concepts and persuades others to adopt a point of view or way of doing things.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain respectful working relationships with internal and external contacts under circumstances that are considerably complex and time sensitive. Skill in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations including dealings with the public, member municipalities, government agencies and contractors. Demonstrated ability to work in a team oriented work environment and deal effectively with disagreements and prevent the escalation of conflict.
  • Ability to work under broad direction and use significant independent judgment to problem solve when more than one option is possible. Ability to identify opportunities to address emerging needs. Proven ability to take initiative, work with minimal supervision and effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines. Ability to meet timelines and objectives requiring persistence to overcome obstacles.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the organizational culture, processes and mechanisms necessary to attain work objectives; upholds Metro Vancouver’s reputation through positive and forthright dealings with other organizations and members of the public.
  • Ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness. Ability to mentor and foster the development junior engineer, technical staff and direct reports as required.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft office programs, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Project.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s license.


*Candidates with lesser experience may be considered at the Project Engineer level, along with the applicable rate of pay.


Our Vision: 

Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.


Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by June 30, 2021.