Project Engineer .

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Project Engineer Job Brief

We have a job vacancy of Project Engineer in our company, University of Victoria. This vacancy is based in Victoria BC. Please go through the job detail mentioned below.

Position Title: Project Engineer Job
Company: University of Victoria
Work Type: Full Time
City of work: Victoria BC
Last Date to Apply:
URL Expiry: 2023-04-10
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Job Detail

Organizational Unit
University of Victoria -> VP Research -> Ocean Networks Canada
Posting Close Date
Please note that positions will close at 4 p.m. on the closing date.
Salary Grade
$71,308.00 – $93,586.00
Additional Posting Information
Please note that while the university encourages and accepts external applications, a strong pool of internal candidates has been identified for this opportunity.
Salary posted will be pro-rated based on FTE
Employee Group:
PEA – Regular
# of Hires Needed
About this Opportunity

The University of Victoria is one of Victoria’s largest employers and one of Canada’s best diversity employers. Together we are more than 5,000 dedicated faculty, librarians and staff supporting the University of Victoria’s diverse academic programs, world-class research and commitment to civic engagement.

UVic compensation is competitive with:

  • Annual salary increases – 3% progression increases up to the salary job rate, and 2% performance increases from the job rate to the ceiling, of the salary range
  • 7 hour work days and 35 hour work weeks
  • Generous vacation time off – 22 days to start, increasing to 25 days
  • Leaves – maternity, parental, adoption, personnel, sick and long term disability
  • Flexibility in arranging work schedules
  • Access to personal and central professional development funds
  • Diverse range of learning and development opportunities
  • Sustainability initiatives including discounted transit passes and a pedestrian and bike friendly campus

UVic contributes to your and your family’s health and well-being through its

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and pension benefits
  • Employee and family assistance program
  • Discounted athletic facility membership
  • Access to health and wellness tools and resources to support you in finding work-life balance
  • Some eligibility criteria apply for term positions

The salary range for this position is:

Recruitment range: $71,308 – $80,259 starting salary determined by the PEA Collective Agreement.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $93,586 is available through annual performance increases.

Job Summary

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. ONC is a not-for-profit society that operates and manages innovative cabled observatories on of the University of Victoria that supply continuous power and Internet connectivity to various scientific instruments located in coastal, deep-ocean, and Arctic environments. ONC’s cable arrays host hundreds of sensors distributed in, on and above the seabed along with mobile and land based assets strategically located. These instruments address key scientific and policy issues (subsea earthquakes and tsunamis, ocean acidification, marine biodiversity, etc.) within a wide range of environments.

ONC’s Observatory Operations’ division is mandated to provide a reliable and relevant digital and coastal and sub-sea infrastructure that facilitates the goals of the observatory user communities. As a department within Observatory Operations, Marine Operations supports this mandate through the installation, maintenance and repair of the cabled arrays, mobile systems and land-based assets that comprise the coastal sub-sea infrastructure. In this regard, Marine Operations utilizes a team-based, client-focused approach that promotes a safe work environment and fosters an environment of mutual respect, cooperation and support. Together the Field Services, Testing & Development and Operations Support units within Marine Operations work to efficiently, effectively and safely fulfill their core purpose. The Marine Technology Centre (MTC) in Sidney serves as the department’s base of operations.

The Testing and Development unit designs, develops and maintains instruments and equipment, tests and qualifies both prior to deployment, and supports the planning and execution of field operations related to the observatories maintenance. The Field Services unit is primarily responsible for preparing for and executing field service operations related to the day-to-day workings of the cabled observatories and other mobile and land based assets. Both units’ responsibilities include ship based activities that occur multiple times a year for up to four weeks duration, as well as day and multi day trips to service land and marine systems.

The Project Engineer provides technical expertise, consulting on and leading projects designing, planning and implementing new systems and equipment that work reliably and meet the needs of the science user community. The Project Engineer also contributes to the maintenance of the wet plant and existing systems that make up the ONC observatories. The Project Engineer reports to either the Testing & Development Manager (TDM) or the Field Services Manager (FSM). However, the Project Engineer receive systems-related guidance or direction from either the TDM or FSM.

This position is expected to maintain Professional Engineering standards and certifications in forklift and crane operation, standard first aid or marine basic first aid, and a Transport Canada approved marine safety course.

This position, as with all Marine Operations positions, will on a rotating basis serve as the Marine Operations Safety Coordinator whose role it is to coordinate internal tasks required to ensure safety equipment, training and records are in place to meet Marine Operations workplace safety requirements. The Safety Coordinator sits on the ONC Joint Local Safety Committee.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a minimum of five years’ experience in an applicable Engineering field, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

The candidate must either be a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia, or be eligible to become a member.

Essential qualifications include experience with oceanographic instrumentation and equipment, shipboard experience including planning recovery and deployment of marine equipment and exposure to back deck and ROV operations, as well as a strong technical background in relevant technologies.

Experience requirements:

  • Installing and maintaining electronic systems (e.g. Acoustic, Radar, Oceanographic)
  • Managing projects of various size and complexity that required the application of engineering know-how in the field
  • Contract negotiation and management
  • Programming (e.g. C, Python, Matlab)
  • CADD software systems (e.g. SolidWorks), database applications and standard office software
  • Mechanical workshop; capable with hand and power tools, lathes and milling machines
  • Electronics testing equipment and tools
  • Electronics assembly and wiring, soldering and cable potting skills

Knowledge requirements:

  • Working knowledge of marine materials, corrosion and thermal issues
  • PC based command, control and data acquisition
  • Communications protocols (e.g. 232, 422, 485), Ethernet hardware, TCP/IP, Modbus and UDP facility with systems-level hardware integration

Competencies requirements:

  • Resourceful, with strong problem-solving abilities
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, written and computational communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to work collegially within a team as well as independently


  • Experience designing subsea equipment, including underwater enclosures, seabed structures and deployment rigging
  • Experience developing kernel drivers for embedded systems
  • Experience developing software and hardware involving microprocessor-based control systems
  • Ability to process data from oceanographic instruments and assess data quality
  • Forklift certification
  • A Transport Canada approved marine safety course such as Small Craft Basic Safety
  • A current Standard First Aid or Marine Basic First Aid certificate

Territory acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Equity and Diversity Statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement here:

Accessibility Statement

If you anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process contact: [email protected] Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

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