Design Engineer

Aug 18, 2021 - Sep 20, 2021

The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is inviting applications for the permanent position of Design Engineer in Project Planning and Design within Transportation and Public Works. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women (applying for non-traditional positions), persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of the LGBTQ+ community. HRM encourages applicants to

This position reports to the Design Engineering Team Lead and is responsible for the design, project management, and tendering of complex municipal engineering projects.  The projects can be new construction or the rehabilitation of infrastructure, and include: streets & roads, storm sewers, bridges, retaining walls, sidewalks, curbs, pavement (resurface, renewal, recycled, etc.), guiderails, natural gas lines, traffic signals, intersection improvements, overhead sign structures, active transportation infrastructure, and integrated projects with utilities including Halifax Water, Heritage Gas, and Nova Scotia Power etc.  The work includes researching project background, establishing design parameters and alternatives, preparing complex engineering designs and specifications, project management activities, coordinating and managing external consultants, estimating project costs and tendering of projects.


  • Responsible for advanced studies, designs, plans, specifications, and cost estimates for assigned Capital Projects, ensuring that all governing regulations and guidelines are adhered to.  This often requires the coordination and direction of technical employees;
  • Prepares list of quantities and specifications for tender documents, and provides a pre-tender estimate of cost;
  • Prepares and evaluates requests for proposals for consultant engineering services for rehabilitation of existing or construction of new municipal infrastructure; prepares reports for senior staff, Directors or Regional Council for award of consultant services; after award, monitors progress of consultant, reviews reports and designs, and administers contract;
  • Assists in preparing technical reports for senior staff, Directors, and Regional Council;
  • Responds to inquiries from the general public, Councillors, government agencies, consultants, contractors, and other HRM departments regarding approved or contemplated Capital Projects;
  • Assists in preparation of the Capital Budget Program including the scoping and cost estimating of projects, and coordination with other departments;
  • Responsible for compiling and reviewing office and field research, preliminary designs and cost estimates of complex municipal infrastructure projects;
  • Coordinates tender calls with Procurement, including advertisement, confirming with Finance that funds are available, delivery of tender documents, attending tender closing, and reviewing bids for compliance;
  • Creates tender documents in accordance with HRM requirements and drafts reports to Council including project background, bids received, Local Improvement Charges applicable, and recommendations for tender award;
  • Attends pre-construction and on-site meetings with Construction Inspectors, Consultants, Contractors, and Utility representatives. Responds to Construction Services to address any design issues or interpretation of contract drawings and specifications;
  • Investigates advanced engineering problems and existing municipal infrastructure and decides remedial options;
  • Responsible for Project Management activities and deliverables including tracking spreadsheets, project charters, project plans, project status reports, risk assessments, communications plans, project closeout documentation, project schedules, cost estimating and budget plans, time reporting, and unit price summaries;
  • Provides advanced technical guidance and assistance to design colleagues and other HRM departments;
  • Other related duties as required.

Education and Experience

  • Degree in Civil Engineering from a recognized University;
  • Minimum of five years' experience in Civil and/or Municipal Engineering after graduation;
  • Registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia or eligible for registration (i.e. registration with another province).

Technical / Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong design skills in the area of municipal engineering;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Strong knowledge of the HRM Municipal Services Systems design guidelines and/or other design guidelines necessary to carry out accurate transportation engineering designs;
  • Knowledge of Provincial/Federal regulations and guidelines affecting municipal designs;
  • Proficient in estimating quantities of materials, unit costs, and total costs of municipal projects;
  • Proficiency in administration of contracts with consultants;
  • Working knowledge Microsoft Project and GIS;
  • Working knowledge of Civil Engineering road/sewer software, preferably Autodesk Civil 3D;
  • Proficient in applications such as Microsoft Office or similar computer applications;
  • Valid Nova Scotia Driver's License and be prepared to use personal vehicle in accordance with the Local Travel Allowance Policy.

Security Clearance Requirements: Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.

Please note - Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge. Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer’s discretion.

HRM takes the health and safety of its job applicants and employees seriously. Where possible, recruitment testing and interviews will be done by way of phone, video conference, or other virtual means to assist with and encourage social distancing. For applicants with concerns about computer or internet access or to request another accommodation to the recruitment process, please contact your HR representative or

COMPETENCIES: Analytical Thinking; Communication; Flexibility; Initiative; Innovation; Organization and Planning; Organizational Awareness; Valuing Diversity; Teamwork and Cooperation

WORK STATUS: Permanent, full-time

HOURS OF WORK: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; 35 hours per week

SALARY: Non Union Level EP1/2; $72,100 - $108,200 (salary will commensurate with experience)

WORK LOCATION: Eric Spicer Building, 21 Mount Hope Avenue, Dartmouth, NS

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be accepted up until midnight on Sunday, August 29th, 2021. 

Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.
During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

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