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Building Code Engineer

Requisition ID: 39233 

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
This is complex advisory work which involves making independent and technical interpretations and decisions on behalf of the Chief Building Official with regard to the Vancouver Building By-law and Vancouver Fire By-law (code) as they relate to permitting.  This position oversees the sprinkler permit process in the Building Review Branch and ensures that all required information is provided by the Professional Engineer or fire protection designer applicant for Sprinkler Permit Applications submitted through this technical stream.  This position also plans, coordinates and directs the activities of the Project Coordinators engaged in fire protection plans examination and sprinkler permit issuance.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities
  • Authorizes Sprinkler Permit Issuance (compliance with the Building By-law and related NFPA standards)
  • Comments, interprets and applies the intent and purpose of the Building By-law and related NFPA standards to projects as required
  • Manages sprinkler permit applications and completes direct technical review of complex projects
  • Resolves questions and problems from Professional Engineers and fire protection designers/contractors and from novice general public
  • Works with CBO staff to provide detailed technical analysis of Alternative Solutions
  • Facilitates discussions with design professionals, consultants, contractors and developers regarding the interpretation of various by-laws, codes, standards and guidelines and assisting applicants in understanding the regulations that affect construction and plans approval
  • Provides specialized advice and answers technical questions from the City’s Inspection staff, Fire staff and Engineering staff
  • Supervises and mentors several specialized technical staff (Project Coordinators), providing technical guidance and training; authorizes issuance of their permits
  • Advises the CBO’s office on policy and code issues and proposes amendments
  • Completes occasional building inspection and site inspection
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned
Education and Experience:
  • Degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering with registration or eligibility for registration as a Professional Engineer in the province of BC
  • Considerable experience in plans examination and interpretation of the Building By-law, Fire By-law, BC Building Code, NFPA standards, and other relevant codes and standards
  • Preference given to those completing the Certified Professionals Program through Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (EGBC) and AIBC.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Complete understanding of intent and purpose of the Building By-law and Fire By-law and associated by-laws, codes and standards and their appropriate interpretation
  • Familiarity with building design and materials
  • Experience in fire protection measures for high buildings
  • Leadership, mentoring and supervisory experience
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills to deal effectively with the public and design professionals
  • Understanding and familiarity of the City of Vancouver Building and Development process
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: Development, Buildings & Licensing (1250) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: January 2024 

Position End Date: January 2027 

Salary Information: Pay Grade RNG-091: $106345 to $132936 per annum

Application Close: December 10, 2023

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ persons including all genders 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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