Engineering Technician 2

Engineering Technician 2

The Engineering Technician 2 provides technical services related to the teaching laboratories and technical shops in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  Working under the supervision of the Laboratory Technician and in conjunction with the technical staff team, they support teaching and research excellence in the Department by supporting the operations of our technical shops and designing, building, installing, testing and maintaining apparatuses, equipment, and systems.

This position involves the fabrication and maintenance of mechanical instrumentation and mechanical systems, and requires technical knowledge, skills, and capabilities.  The Engineering Technician 2 is expected to work across disciplines and solve a wide range of problems, so organizational skills, flexibility, and a willingness and aptitude to learn are essential.

In addition, the Engineering Technician 2 works directly with students, demonstrating and monitoring safe and proper use of instrumentation, machinery, and laboratory skills.  This requires excellent interpersonal skills and knowledge of safety issues.

Interested applicants should apply online at before January 2nd 2023.

Organizational Status

Formally reports to the Machine Shop Lecturer, with day to day supervision by the Laboratory Technician.

Work Performed

Fabrication and Maintenance

  • Performs bench and machine operations of a precision nature utilizing shop equipment, tools and precision measuring instruments.
  • Assists and participates in the design, development, fabrication, maintenance, modification and operation of experimental and support equipment for teaching and research. Such equipment involves mechanical, hydraulic, optical, sensing and measurement, electromechanical, thermal, vacuum and pressure systems. Fabricates components, devices and equipment from metals, composites, ceramics, glass, wood and plastics. Identifies and sources components and materials needed to support teaching and research equipment.
  • Works with senior personnel to perform fault diagnoses and makes appropriate and timely repairs or replacements in mechanical equipment.
  • Performs fitting and assembly of mechanical parts following established practices, including joining of components using fasteners, interference fits, threaded, swaged and clamped joints, adhesives, soldering and welding, as appropriate.
  • Operates fabricating, 3D printing, heat-treating, manual machining, cutting, sanding and polishing, coating and finishing equipment.
  • Performs service, installation, de-commissioning and repair work on equipment in university facilities and occasionally in outdoor locations. Such work involves the ability to work with hand and portable power tools in sometimes difficult-to-reach locations requiring a good level of physical fitness, manual dexterity and strength, including the ability to properly lift and carry loads of up to 25 kg. Such work may include the need to work at height on suitable elevated platforms, ladders or scaffolds. Competently and safely uses hoisting, rigging, lifting and moving equipment to move machinery and heavy loads, including use of overhead hoists, forklifts, machinery skates and pallet jacks. All such work must be carried out using appropriate protective equipment such as but not limited to protective footwear, eye protection, fall arrest equipment, hardhat and ear protection.
  • Contributes to maintenance and operation of lab and shop equipment and facilities, including contributing to organizing, storing, distributing and collecting tools, materials and equipment.
  • Reads and correctly interprets technical specifications including engineering drawings conforming to recognized standards such as ANSI/ASME Y14 standards.
  • Produces technical drawings and sketches for custom designed parts for engineering file records for the department conforming to recognized standards such as ANSI/ASME Y14 standards.
  • Contributes to distribution, collection, repair and storage of loaned equipment and materials.

Student Engagement

  • Occasionally instructs and supervises students in the labs, machine shops or makerspaces, demonstrating the correct, safe operation of equipment.
  • Supports teaching with organization and delivery of classroom teaching props and demonstration apparatuses.
  • Assists in the development and enforcement of policies needed to control activities and use of supplies.


  • Participates in safety committee activities including carrying out safety inspections of equipment and department facilities following prescribed procedures.
  • Ensures a safe and organized working environment, utilizing general and specialized safety knowledge and safe operating procedures.

Other Duties

  • Occasionally coordinates machinery and equipment service with outside vendors.
  • Communicates effectively using email and other written work.
  • Maintains documentation relevant to the position such as technical specifications, service and maintenance records, inspections and financial documents according to department policies.
  • Carries out continuing professional development to broaden and build skills.
  • Coordinates distribution of student tool kits, including suggesting contents and requirements, inventory, repair and replacement of toolkit contents.
  • Maintains supplies of consumables and tools used in the Student Shop; monitors inventory and tool utilization and recommends acquisitions or changes in stock.
  • Assists with receiving on behalf of the Department, including use of a forklift, and maintains Transport of Dangerous Goods training.
  • Assists with equipment and large item movement around the Department.
  • Assists in the management and removal of waste materials such as metal scrap, used water-jet abrasive, used coolants, cutting fluids and lubricants.
  • Completes and keeps current safety and other training and professional development, following the requirements of the University.
  • Maintains timesheets according to department policy
  • Performs timely reconciliation of purchasing charges, assigning them to appropriate cost centres and submits as scheduled for cost recovery

Carries out any other related duties as required in keeping with the qualifications and requirements of positions in this classification.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Works within well-defined guidelines and procedures, but is expected to exercise some initiative and judgment in establishing priorities and carrying tasks through to completion; new or unusual problems are referred to supervisor.

Poor adherence to safety/housekeeping policy, regulation and procedure, poor maintenance of equipment, or inappropriate direction of students could disrupt teaching or research and could result in serious injury and damage to property.

Imprecise tracking of time and expenses would hinder the cost recovery process for the department.

Supervision Received

This position formally reports to the Machine Shop Lecturer, but receives day to day supervision from the Laboratory Technician / Millwright.  Works usually from specific instructions and specifications provided but may involve exercising some judgment; routine assignments are not generally checked while complex assignments are subject to check and supervision.

Supervision Given

No worker supervision responsibilities provided but may be required to demonstrate and monitor the operation of equipment and instrumentation by students.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduation from a technical college or institute and a minimum two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Mechanical Technologist, Millwright, or similar preferred.

Demonstrated mechanical aptitude.  Experience in operating machine tools.  Experience and training with CAD software.  Able to read and interpret technical drawings according to CSA CAN3 B78.1 or equivalent standard.  Recognized Occupational Health &Safety training courses would be desirable.

Strong interpersonal and communications skills.  Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities; strong organizational skills. Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment. Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and effectively resolve them.

Appropriate physical fitness, strength and manual dexterity needed to be able to service and move equipment, workpieces, laboratory setups, and other items, such as the ability to properly lift and carry loads of up to 25 kg.