Civil Engineer I - Structures

Requisition ID: 34649 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

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Main Purpose and Function

The Civil Engineer I works within the Structures Section in the Streets Design Branch, which manages the City’s 46 bridges, 9 km of seawall, over 500 retaining walls, and other miscellaneous structures and plans their maintenance, repairs, and upgrades.


This position is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the City’s Bridge Strategy, a priority action item identified in the Streets Division’s Strategic Plan, and also reviews operational procedures, maintenance plans, assesses operational capabilities, resourcing needs, and coordinates the procurement and management of external resources to support the Strategy.


This position directly reports to the Structures Section Head and works closely with all Engineers and support staff within the branch as well as Superintendents and other departments. The Civil Engineer I will also be in liaison with external organizations including the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Translink and other municipalities.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Development and management of the delivery of the Streets Division Bridge Strategy
  • Procurement and project management of contracted engineering, maintenance and construction services to support major and minor capital projects/initiatives, such as Cambie Seismic Upgrade, Granville Coating Renewal programs, Seawall Inspection Program, and many others
  • Asset management initiatives, such as structural inspection, rehabilitation prioritization & planning, and reporting for bridges, seawalls and retaining walls
  • Annual budget planning and capital planning, as well as budget tracking for individual projects and programs
  • Operations and maintenance improvement initiatives, such as creation of bridge-specific maintenance plans
  • Earthquake response (including training exercises, tool & document development), sea level rise and resilience planning initiatives
  • Transportation improvements (as part of Transportation 2040 Plan) where existing and/or contemplated bridge and seawall infrastructure is involved, such as Granville Bridge Connector or Dunsmuir Connector
  • Development and related processes through technical reviews of subdivision, rezoning, development, public art, and utility permit applications
  • Provides support in implementing program, quality management and other process and procedural initiatives within the branch
  • Procures, manages and oversees the work of professional services and other vendor contracts
  • Liaises with key City staff and external stakeholders throughout project/program delivery
  • Represents the Civil Engineer II and Section Head in their absence
  • Acts as the delegated field reviewer for the Engineer of Record to ensure construction activities are in general conformance with engineering designs  
  • Applies EGBC seal as required
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering with a Professional Engineer designation and minimum of five years’ related experience in structural consulting, construction management, and/or structural inspection of bridges and other heavy civil infrastructure, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Registration or eligibility to register as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of bridge/structures inspection, maintenance, and lifecycle planning practices would be an asset.
  • Working knowledge of bridge service level maintenance contracts would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of Organizational Quality Management processes and frameworks 
  • Knowledge of project management methodologies, practices, processes and policies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a variety of stakeholders, with experience writing technical reports
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills with the ability to effectively and efficiently prioritize actions in response to numerous and diverse demands
  • Demonstrated ability in construction and project management
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive, productive relationships at all levels in the organization and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to independently solve problems and to work in a dynamic team environment with little supervision
  • Proficient in the use of software applications such as MS Office and Bluebeam
  • Demonstrated knowledge of EGBCs Organizational Quality Management processes


All City of Vancouver employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process. 


Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: February 2022 

Position End Date: January 2024 


Application Close: January 30, 2022

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