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POSITION TITLE: Engineering Assistant
POSITION #: 72285795
BUSINESS UNIT: Transportation & Public Works
DIVISION: Traffic & Right of Way Services
DATE: September 12, 2013


Applicant Procedure:  Applicants must include the job title and competition number in the subject line of the email that is sent to jobs@halifax.ca



The Engineering Assistant is responsible to review applications, prepare permits and to provide technical support in a variety of permitting and right of way management activities and the provision of efficient customer service.


  • Analyse, review and prepare street & services permits for construction and other activities within the HRM right of way. This includes HRM and utility capital projects, sewer, water and natural gas laterals & mains, driveway accesses, sidewalk cafes, overhead banners, film shoots, newspaper boxes and oversize loads.
  • Analyse, review and prepare utility permits for all utility infrastructures within the HRM right of way. This includes water mains, natural gas pipelines, underground power and telecommunications conduit structures and wiring, power and telecommunications poles, overhead wiring, structures and anchors.
  • Compile and organize permit application files and records. Prepare cost estimates for permitting and related fees. Manage permit deposit receipt and returns.
  • Review engineering drawings and provide advice to the Right of Way Engineer related to proposed construction within the right of way.
  • Develop and provide oral and written reports, applications and recommendations related to right of way permitting matters.
  • Prepare street closures for construction, street parties or special events for approval of the Right of Way Engineer. This includes street closures requested by Traffic Services.
  • Responds to inquiries from the general public, HRM staff and utilities, consultants, internal and external agencies. Provide detailed information, technical advice, interpretations, and general advice to applicants, consultants, contractors and other agencies respecting permitting and other right of way activities.
  • Assist in the development of HRM Bylaws, policies, and procedures related to right of way management issues. This includes the research of technical information on HRM, utilities and other infrastructure and right of way statistical and budgetary data. Provide advice to the Right of Way Engineer regarding practices, policies and procedures related to right of way management issues.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology (a suitable combination of education and experience may be considered).
  • Minimum of four years’ related experience in municipal engineering.

Technical / Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Understanding of the Municipal Government Act, Municipal Bylaws, Policies, Plans and Procedures related to right of way approvals and activities.
  • Municipal design & construction codes.
  • Proficiency in basic computer operating systems including Outlook, Hansen, GIS, MS Word, Excel.
  • General understanding of HRM’s organizational structure and the specific working relationship between Right of Way Services and other HRM business units.
  • A valid Nova Scotia Driver’s License and use of a personal vehicle, in accordance with applicable HRM policies, are necessary.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings, HRM Design Guidelines and HRM Bylaws.


Achievement Motivation; Analytical Thinking; Communication; Customer Service; Teamwork and Cooperation; Valuing Diversity.

Job Description

WORK LOCATION:  21 Mount Hope Avenue

HOURS OF WORK: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


SALARY: $28.84 per hour as per NSUPE Local 13 Collective Agreement

CLOSING DATE:  applications will be received up to 4:00 p.m on September 24, 2013.


We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible person, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons in the workplace. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions if other qualified candidates are not available, and the retiree possesses specialized knowledge and/or a unique skill set not otherwise available. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment.

Important Note:  Don’t forget to include the competition number and job title in the email you send to jobs@halifax.ca