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Req ID: 95809
Location: Central Zone, Victoria Building - QEII
Company: NSHA
Department: 3002674 FMS Maintenance & Operations CZ
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT  (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Management/Non Union 
Bargaining Unit - Management/ Non-Union 
Posting Closing Date: 26-Oct-20

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


The Chief Power Engineer reports to the Manager, Maintenance & Operations. Is responsible for the safe, efficient and reliable operation/maintenance of all equipment in the central heating plant, three central refrigeration units and auxiliary equipment at the Victoria General Hospital site, also for the supply of steam to APSEA and the IWK Children’s hospital. 

Responsibility for assigned building mechanical systems such as chilled and hydronic systems, chemical treatment programs, steam distribution and condensate collection, steam traps and monitoring the heating and air conditioning equipment via the building management control system. 

The Chief Power Engineer must also liaise, communicate and work with the other trades onsite supervisors to complete repairs, equipment replacement and upgrades, problem solving and mutual assistance as required. 

Due to the nature of this position the Chief Power Engineer is responsible under the Technical Safety Act of Nova Scotia, Power Engineers Act and Regulations to respond 24/7 to any critical operational issues in the Power plant. Therefore this puts the Chief Power Engineer in a position where he needs to be on call 24/7.

This position consistently requires the Chief Power Engineer to balance the needs and wants of the NS Health authority with the legal requirements under the Boiler & Pressure equipment  regulations regarding the operation, maintenance & repair of boilers, pressure vessels, high pressure piping systems and refrigeration plants.


• Mandatory Certification:

  Licensed Inter -Provincial 1st Class Power Engineer having followed the Power Engineering Certification and Licensed in  progression 4th, 3rd, 2nd & 1st class with a minimum of 5 years’ experience as chief engineer in a first or second class boiler plant

• Operation, maintenance and repairs of boilers, turbines, generators, pumps, controls and other auxiliary equipment. Staff scheduling, supervisor     skills, project planning and supervision of equipment repairs and projects. Experience in budgeting, safety and dealing with Provincial and National     regulatory requirements for Power Engineers and pressure equipment. Knowledge of collective agreements and working in a unionized environment.

• Knowledge in use of data collection and reporting systems and other related Preventive Maintenance software   programs. Must have well developed   computer skills and be proficient in Microsoft word and excel programs.

• Strong interpersonal skills required when dealing with different and sometimes conflicting personalities of plant staff as well as dealing with staff   disciplinary issues and clients upset over level of service provided.

• The ability to identify equipment faults and find or develop solutions that maintain the safe and continuous operation of critical hospital systems.

• Must be prepared to describe power plant procedures and collection of data used in the steam billing process for external customers to consultants,   finance, customer representatives and senior management.

• Planning annual steam plant shutdowns, requires coordination of work to be done using in house tradespeople, contractors, consultants, labor   inspectors, equipment suppliers and stake holders.

• Dealing with customers i.e. clinical staff etc. Explaining to customers how critical hospital systems work and why they occasionally break down, and   how long to fix those systems and what contingency plans can be put in place while repairs are completed.

• Maintaining the Legionella program involves many other programs such as aerobic and anaerobic control of bacteria in the cooling system. This requires   constant analyzing and interpretation of results and any required corrections needed to maintain a safe environment for patients, staff and the   general public.

Hours of Work

Permanent Full-Time position; 75 hours bi-weekly. 

Salary Information

$83, 044 (Annual Salary  -BAND9) + an annual market adjustment of $20,000 + Incentive: $10,000 signing bonus. 


Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Management/Non Union bargaining unit - Management/ Non-Union position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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