Engineering Assistant II - Transit Design

Requisition ID: 35001 


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.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose & Function 
Reporting to the Transit Design Engineer (CEI) and the Transit Design EA III, the Engineering Assistant II performs technical duties related to transit operations, including projects to improve bus operations and provide bus-priority. Under the supervision of senior staff, the position is responsible for conducting field investigations related to transit and traffic operations; preparing sign and traffic control plans; reviewing and interpreting designs; reviewing and analyzing data; maintaining databases and metrics; responding to citizen questions for concerns related to transit operations and infrastructure; and communicating with partners as necessary.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Uses AutoCAD to prepare designs and engineering plans of moderate complexity, including sign and traffic control plans, paint marking plans, and bus stop infrastructure.
  • Reviews and interprets technical designs.
  • Conducts research, field investigations, and analysis for bus operations, curbside and street regulations to make technical recommendations.
  • Prepares field reports, Form 1s, engineering analysis and other written documentation related to technical designs as necessary.
  • Consults with Transportation branches; Streets, Traffic, Electrical Operations & Design branches; other Engineering Services branches; the business community; and external stakeholders to identify solutions and make recommendations to the Transit Design Engineer for curbside regulations, paint markings, bus stop infrastructure and bus operations improvements.
  • Develops Form 1s for signage and paint markings
  • Analyzes CMBC and TransLink data, and maintains databases and metrics pertaining to transit operations and infrastructure.
  • Communicates to the public about bus operations and traffic management issues both verbally and in writing.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.



Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12, supplemented with some related courses in Civil Engineering, Transportation, or other equivalent area of study and experience in engineering or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience 


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in AutoCAD, Excel, and Word.
  • Knowledge in PowerPoint, and experience with GIS, Hansen, and POSSE is an asset.
  • Working knowledge of the City’s street system, transportation policies and regulations, the Street & Traffic By-Law, the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Traffic Control Manual for Work on Roadways, City of Vancouver Engineering Design Manual, and TransLink Bus Infrastructure Design Guidelines.
  • Sound knowledge of departmental procedures relating to various engineering projects
  • Skills in manual and computer drafting.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Skills in establishing and maintaining a cooperative and effective working relationship with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering plans and specifications and perform design drafting
  • Ability to problem solve with accuracy and detail in a technical environment.
  • Ability to be flexible and to accommodate the operational needs of the department.
  • Ability to work well in a team and business environment with little or no supervision under tight timelines.
  • Ability to meet tight timelines in a multi-task environment.
  • Ability to provide accurate and thorough information to the public.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with co-workers.
  • Ability to meet transportation requirements.


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: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: February 2022 

Position End Date: January 2024  

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-017: $29.13 to $34.23 per hour


Application Close: January 23, 2022


At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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