University of Alberta

Foreman, Mechanical Utilities

Utilities - Mechanical Utility

Competition No.  -    S103934525
Posting Date  -    Dec 07, 2017
Closing Date  -    Dec 14, 2017
Position Type  -    Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $92,236 to $100,145 per year
Grade  -    11
Hours  -    40

This competition is open to current University of Alberta employees only; internal candidates will be applying.

Please note, this position is covered by a market supplement agreement between the University of Alberta and the Non-Academic Staff Association.  As a result, the salary range will be $98,823.72 to $107,481.24 per annum. 

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at:

Reporting to the Mechanical Utilities Supervisor, the Mechanical Utilities Foreman directs the efforts of the Mechanical Utility Steamfitters and Maintenance staff and oversees the operation and maintenance of all mechanical utility services for the Greater Campus area (campus sewer and water distribution systems, the campus services corridor) and all off Campus facilities.  These services are required on a 24/7 basis and as such this position is required to participate in a rotating emergency standby schedule during weekends and off hours.


  • Leads and directs a team of Steamfitters and Maintenance Workers to accomplish tasks in a safe and productive manner for the operation and maintenance of the Utilities Services Corridor System and the Campus Sewer and Water System
  • Participates in troubleshooting problems with the systems and ensure materials are ordered and available for use when needed
  • Organizes and implements preventative maintenance schedules and ensures system and equipment repairs are completed
  • Ensures that the equipment is prepared in accordance with all environmental and safety regulations, to minimize personal exposure or damage to the environment
  • Responsible for the execution, monitoring and enforcement of all safety regulatory and environmental programs for the Mechanical Utilities systems
  • Monitors the work of Mechanical Utilities staff and contractors to ensure that work is being performed in a safe manner to all acts and regulations and Utility safety requirements
  • Ensures all appropriate government regulations and licensing requirements are met (e.g. Water Act for well water diversion, Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines, etc.)
  • Responsible to hire and direct outside contractors (excavators, flush and vacuum trucks) to safely interface/integrate the worksite with exiting building tenants and general public
  • Provides instruction and supervision to contractors in the field to ensure University standards are being met
  • Prepares daily reports and oversees the keeping of accurate maintenance records
  • May assist with, or direct Mechanical Utilities staff to assist with, other Utilities Department groups (e.g. moving heavy equipment, cleaning wells at the Cooling Plant, etc.)
  • Responsible for training all Utilities staff on the safe operation of the mini-motor bikes in the Services Corridor


  • Minimum Alberta Certified Journeyman Trade Designation, Steamfitter-Pipefitter and Gasfitter preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of related experience
  • Valid Alberta Class 5 Driver's License
  • Training or experience with the following is desirable: Heavy equipment operation and the use of SABA (supplied air breathing apparatus)
  • Working knowledge of fundamental trade practices of sewer & waterworks systems, pipe fitting, and welding
  • Good communication and decision making skills
  • Experience in a supervisor/leadership role is an asset

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.