Engineering Assistant III (Safety Investigations) – City of Vancouver

12 July 2023

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Engineering Assistant III (Safety Investigations) 

Requisition ID: 38543 

Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, 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 and Function
The main responsibility of this position is to coordinate transportation safety investigations for all road users in support of the City’s Transportation 2040 zero traffic-related fatalities vision. Also assists identifying, prioritizing and recommending treatment options for safety hotspots, conducts research on new practices to improve safety, design signage and paint plans and communicate with the public on requests related to safety.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The Engineering Assistant III (Safety Investigations) will be responsible for the following:

  • Coordinates safety investigations to assess potential new safety hotspot locations. Including training and scheduling of junior engineering assistants for field studies/surveys.
  • Review and analyze data (ICBC , VPD, Hospital Emergency Department,  field studies, reports, public requests/community input, etc.) to identify collision prone locations, examines contributing factors leading to collisions and recommends potential countermeasures.
  • Conducts research on expertise/knowledge of emerging policies and practices to improve safety.
  • Undertake AutoCAD work, including designs for new pedestrian crossings, signals and paint plans.
  • Undertake ArcMap work including development of maps to visualize, summarize, compare, and interpret collision data.
  • Coordinates with other branches to provide data and advice on potential safety measures in their areas.
  • Communicates with the public on matters related to safety issues both verbally and in writing.
  • Participates in public meetings, prepares reports and presentation materials for senior staff, City Council and the public.
  • Performs other branch duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12
  • A post-secondary diploma in Civil Engineering, Transportation or other relevant area of study is preferred, supplemented with some related courses and experience in engineering or an equivalent combination of training or experience. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of the City’s street system, transportation policies and regulations, the Street and Traffic Bylaw, the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and the Traffic Control Manual for Work on Roadways is desirable.
  • Strong drafting skills, the ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and proven experience in AutoCAD, GIS, Excel, Word, Power Point, Access and VanDocs.
  • Proficiency in ArcMap software is an asset.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required, as this position will interact with businesses, the public, staff and other agencies on safety issues.
  • Ability to problem solve with accuracy and detail, make technical recommendations, and work well in a team and business environment with little or no supervision under tight timelines and in a multi-task environment.
  • Ability to meet transportation requirements of the role.
  • Experience supervising junior staff is an asset.

Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.

The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: August, 2023 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-021: $34.23 to $40.29 per hour

Application Close: July 21, 2023

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, 2SLGBTQ+ 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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