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Engineering Assistant At University of British Columbia

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Job Description

UBC Energy and Water Services oversees the overall management of energy and water at the UBC Vancouver Campus, working within a mandate of fiscal efficiency, operational excellence, environmental sustainability and innovative demonstrations. Under direction from the Geospatial Information Manager, the Engineering Assistant provides support to engineering staff by maintaining hydraulic modeling data, checking as-built drawings, researching records and drafting designs. Prepares, maintains and distributes digital maps of the underground services for the University and consultants.

Organizational Status

Reports to Geospatial Information Manager, with direction from the Mechanical Utilities Engineer. Works in conjunction with UBC Energy and Water staff, other UBC departments, contractors and consultants as required. Works from oral or written instructions, guidelines and departmental procedures and standards.

Work Performed

1. Reviews and site-checks As-built drawings to confirm they meet UBC Technical Guidelines and Engineers' requirements, recommends approval for the remittance of holdback monies.

2. Researches, compiles, analyzes and enters geographic and associated non-graphic data from engineering as-built record drawings, tradesperson input and site observations and related documentation into a digital campus base using a graphics workstation and related equipment; produces computerized base, utility servicing drawings and hydraulic modeling maps and related material as required.

3. Prepares sketches, custom maps and other graphic material to Building OperationsTrades people and Engineers for excavation works, maintenance, design and reports.

4. Researches and provides factual information on the location of utilities, as-built drawings, assets and procedures to a variety of internal and external contacts such as engineers, trades people, contractors and consultants.

5. Maintains the Geographic Information database using manual and various automated routines to enter, update and convert spatial and attribute data; carries out implementation of quality control procedures and protocols for new and existing data.

6. Analyses user requests for information; consults with users on information requirements and provides advice on Utilities capabilities; liaises with utilities staff, other departments and consultants to ensure d7. Conducts field visits to verify site information as required

8. Operates various office equipment such as scanners, copiers, plotters and computer.

9. Performs general drafting duties such as calculating quantities and dimensions, preparing general analysis, updating databases, distributing, filing and indexing of material as required.

10. Performs other duties related to the qualifications and requirements of this classification.

Supervision Received

Reports directly to the Geospatial Information Manager. Exercises considerable independence of judgment and action in performing assigned duties referring or discussing the more complex problems with the manager who reviews work performance during progress.

Supervision Given


Consequence of Error/Judgement

An incumbent of a position in this class compiles drawings that are used in planning and construction taking place on campus. This means they require the utmost accuracy as errors may result in costly discrepancies in the field. The incumbent will also affect the allocation of funding in certain areas within project budgets of up to several million dollars. Errors in this work can cause problems of a financial, safety or political nature including, but not limited to: campus development OCP and CCP commitments, legal requirements of UBC as a water purveyor, regulatory requirements of GVRD (e.g. Liquid Waste Management Plan commitments), Gas and Electric Safety Act requirements for due diligence (supported by two BC Gas O&M studies), etc.


A technical diploma in an Architectural/Engineering program. Prefer high school graduation plus Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology 5 years relevant experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. and at least five years drafting experience in a planning, engineering or architectural setting. Understanding of civil engineering principles and concepts. Ability to perform skilled drafting tasks of a civil engineering or planning nature. Ability to spot inaccuracies in drawings and find (research) the correct information. Sound knowledge of computer assisted drafting methods, practices and techniques.
Ability to produce drawings to established standards and requirements from written, sketched or oral instructions. Working knowledge of ESRI's GIS products and data requirements for modeling. Working knowledge of software related to the work performed such as MS Office products and Autocad Maps. Sound knowledge of the applicable departmental standards, practices and procedures as well as UBC Technical Guidelines and regulatory requirements. Good graphic presentation skills. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely (both written and verbal), exercise tact and good judgment.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.