Senior Project Engineer (Air Quality Permitting)

Position Status: Full-Time Regular
Department: Parks & Environment
Employee Group: Exempt
Location: 4730 Kingsway, Burnaby
Our Parks & Environment Department is seeking a Senior Project Engineer who will review applications for air quality permits, evaluate proposed control technologies and stack design, assess potential effects on the environment, draft permits, consult with applicants, and make recommendations to the statutory decision maker. 
You are: an experienced air quality engineer with expertise in best available control technology reviews, emission inventories and dispersion modelling for a range of different industries.  You have an eye for numbers and are good at drawing conclusions and writing succinct memos.
The Senior Project Engineer reports to the Program Manager and falls within our Professional / Technical, Level 3A job family.
This role:

  • Provides technical, environmental and regulatory expertise and guidance to Environmental Regulation and Enforcement staff on environmental engineering, permitting and other technical issues with a focus on air quality.
  • The successful candidate works with external clients and stakeholders respecting potential treatment of air contaminant discharges to the environment.
  • Performs complex and varied engineering and project management work that may involve project design and management for large projects. Applies principles and practices of profession to ensure results are achieved in a sound and practical manner.
  • Analyzes and assesses requirements and recommends optimal methods for achieving objectives. 
  • Participates in short and long range planning.
  • Makes decisions and provides recommendations on a variety of issues with broad policies and mandates as guidelines. Uses ingenuity to devise original, practical and economical solutions.
  • Reviews project designs, technical reports and applications for air quality permits.
  • Reviews the adequacy of proposed pollution control works and emission reduction strategies for various stationary air emissions sources, such as oil refineries, cement plants, rendering facilities and other industrial operations.
  • Reviews and evaluates emission estimates, dispersion model plans and reports, stack test reports, ambient monitoring reports, dust management plans, progressive odour management plans and other technical air quality reports.
  • Makes recommendations to the Air Quality District Director regarding whether various air pollution control technologies should be approved in stationary source permitting.
  • Consults with applicants on draft permit requirements, recommending changes to permit terms as required.   Deals with full range of project dimensions that may include legal, property, public contact, and liaising with various levels of government, and other regulatory bodies.
  • Explains difficult concepts and persuades others to adopt a point of view, supports position with evidence, research or experience gained in similar situations. Typically acts as a project leader and actively works to encourage teamwork, collaboration and efficiency.
  • May supervise professional engineers and/or technical staff engaged in complex technical work. Peer reviews the work of colleagues and provides guidance to consulting engineers and technical staff. Acts as a resource to staff members for advice and guidance on potential approaches and problem situations. May be a resource for presentations and questions to the Metro Vancouver board, committees and municipal councils. 
  • May work as a technical/specialist resource, collaborating with senior engineers, management and/or government officials in the development of regulatory or government policy initiatives affecting Metro Vancouver.
  • Participates in the design, preparation and approval of engineering standards in area of specialty.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

To be successful, you have:

  • A Bachelor of Applied Science degree in a relevant engineering discipline.  4-6 years recent related experience following professional registration; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Membership or eligibility for immediate membership as a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC).
  • Sound technical knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and their application in relevant discipline. Ability to act as a resource to staff and provide sound and practical guidance for unusual or problem situations.
  • Several years of direct experience assessing emission control technologies and management practices; estimating emissions; and evaluating potential impacts using dispersion models would be an asset.
  • Direct experience related to air quality and environmental regulatory management in an industrial setting would be an asset.
  • Ability to interpret and apply engineering and technical guidelines and principles related to area of specialization such as technical manuals, codes and regulations, contracting policies, safety regulations and corporate and board policies.  Ability to adapt or adjust guidelines and procedures for unique or difficult situations.
  • Ability to resolve problems within established guidelines and procedures; ability to use judgment to determine which methods are applicable in any given situation.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing including letter, report writing and presentation skills.  Ability to explain difficult concepts and persuades others to adopt a point of view or way of doing things.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain respectful working relationships with internal and external contacts under circumstances that are considerably complex and time sensitive.  Skill in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations including dealings with the public, member municipalities, government agencies and contractors.  Demonstrated ability to work in a team oriented work environment and deal effectively with disagreements and prevent the escalation of conflict. 
  • Ability to work under broad direction and use significant independent judgment to problem solve when more than one option is possible.  Ability to identify opportunities to address emerging needs.  Proven ability to take initiative, work with minimal supervision and effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines.  Ability to meet timelines and objectives requiring persistence to overcome obstacles.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the organizational culture, processes and mechanisms necessary to attain work objectives; upholds Metro Vancouver’s reputation through positive and forthright dealings with other organizations and members of the public.
  • Ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness.  Ability to mentor and foster the development junior engineer, technical staff and direct reports as required.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft office programs, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s license.

Our Vision: 
Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.
Please follow this link our Careers page where you can submit your application by July 30, 2021.

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