Senior Technical Officer - Electrical

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Closing date: Mar 23, 2018

Location: Yellowknife

Department: INF Technical Support Support

Job Code: 15250

Salary: $104,618 - $124,898

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Job Information

The Senior Technical Officer is an electrical engineering technical expert for buildings and works in the Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT).

This position provides expert technical guidance and advice to Headquarters (HQ) and Regional Project Management and Operational and Maintenance (O&M) staff, Municipalities, Program Departments, Regulatory Bodies (i.e., Fire Marshal's Office, Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission  - WSCC, Electrical/Mechanical Safety, etc.) and boards and agencies including industry associations, northern based service businesses and manufacturers, designers, builders and any other organization requiring technical advice about developing, operating and maintaining buildings (including fuel storage and distribution facilities) and works (water and sewage treatment plants, sewage lift stations, water truck fill stations, etc.) electrical systems and equipment (electrical controls, motors, pumps, generators, lighting, refrigeration/air-conditioning, electrical fixtures, using appropriate standards and building codes - CEC, CSA, NBC, NFPA, NFC, etc.).

Reporting to the Manager, Facilities Design and Technical Services, the incumbent provides technically advanced services for buildings and works infrastructure owned or leased by the GNWT in:

The development and application of appropriate electrical standards, codes and guidelines for design and construction of new buildings and works, and for the operation and maintenance of existing and new buildings and works infrastructure;

Judging and commenting on the appropriateness and accuracy of consultant's designs and technical specifications through review of submitted documentation;

Conducting technical status evaluations on the status of building condition for ongoing use, renovation or expansion to identify which electrical system, subsystem, components and materials are at or near the end of their economic service life, and may be in need of repair or replacement;

Commissioning the new or renovated buildings and works facilities or infrastructure by measuring, verifying and recording that the performance of the building and works systems are designed, installed, tested and capable of being operated and maintained in conformity with the design intent;

Verifying the performance of designs through post occupancy performance testing/evaluations to confirm the building and works (water and sewage treatment plants, pump house, etc.) electrical systems were constructed properly, are being operated properly or arc subject to premature failure; Investigating and resolving performance problems (troubleshooting) occurring in GNWT (including community/board buildings) buildings (i.e., electrical controls, generators, electric motors, pumps, boilers, fire alarms, lighting systems, sprinkler equipment/systems, etc.);

Organizing and delivering technical training to find practical, economical solutions to problems of building technology and operation;

Reviewing and evaluating new or improved construction materials and products to determine if a proposed innovation will be effective in northern buildings (i.e., fire protection equipment and technologies, lighting systems, direct digital controls - DOC, lighting fixtures, energy conservation technologies and equipment, fire alarms, cables, transformers, motors, etc.);

Performing any other special tasks related to the activities of the Technical Support Services as may be assigned (i.e., preparing technical papers/reports, establishing design standards and guidelines, developing training programs/proposals, resolving claims in incumbent's area of expertise, etc.).

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering plus 8 years of relevant experience or Electrical Engineering Technology plus 10 years of relevant experience.

At least two years of relevant work experience must be cold climate related.

Department Information

The Department of Infrastructure (INF) provides high quality services to the public and Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) departments, boards and agencies including the planning, design, construction, acquisition, operation and maintenance of public transportation infrastructure and the buildings, works and equipment required for the GNWT to deliver its programs and services. INF makes essential petroleum products available for sale to the public where these products are not provided by the private sector, and promotes the development and increased use of energy efficient technologies.  INF also regulates electrical and mechanical safety services and licenses individuals and vehicles operating in the territory.


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Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $53.65 per hour to $64.05 per hour (approximately $104,618 - 124,898.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.

Criminal Records Check

Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal records check.  Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 15250 

Closing Date: March 23, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445