Third Class Operating Engineer

Date: Sep 18, 2023

Location: Waterloo, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Department: Facilities and Asset Management 

Job Type: Continuing

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time (>=1249 hrs/year) 

Campus: Waterloo 

Reports to: Manager, Facilities Operations

Employee Group: CUPE 

Application Deadline: October 21, 2023

Requisition ID: 5450 


Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact. With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone.

Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well locations in Kitchener and Milton. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace, a flexible work policy and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.


Position Summary:

Reporting to the Manager, Facilities Operations, Chief Engineer, under the direction of the leadhand, the incumbent will be knowledgeable in building operations and responsible for ensuring the safe operation and maintenance of facility equipment in accordance with all legislative codes and standards.



• Respects and responds to direction given by leadhand(s)
• Contributes and participates in the effective use of the Quality Control System
• Knowledge and understanding of the sequence of operation of all equipment and systems within the plant
• Services, operates and maintains all steam and hot water generating equipment per code, and to the limitation and certification of the incumbent.
• Services, operates and maintains heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and ancillaries as per schedule, and to the limitation and certification of the incumbent.
• Installs, services, maintains and repairs mechanical pumps as required 
• Maintains, operates and checks chillers and related equipment to the specific schedules
• Repairs and maintains humidifiers, water softeners and de-ionizers
• Operates and performs preventative maintenance on all plant and life safety equipment as per schedule and in a safe and efficient manner
• Tests, controls and maintains water systems and related equipment
• Performs pipe fitting
• Performs some soldering and welding (arc or oxyacetylene)
• Services and maintains compressors and pneumatic controls
• Prepares estimates for work orders
• Requests, orders or picks up required material from suppliers in order to complete the job
• Controls water treatment, services and maintains pool and ancillary equipment including vacuuming
• Accesses, monitors and controls Building Automation System
• Performs other related duties
• First point of contact for responding to and resolving all emergency off hours trades related calls and issues
• Collaborates, interacts with trades/contractors/customers in order to coordinate completion of work
• In emergencies, performs minor duties of other trades where certification is not required and the work does not exceed own limitations.
• Maintains adequate records to comply with internal and external requirements
• Understands and complies with all Departmental Policies and Procedures
• Prepares any reports required for control, audit or reporting purposes
• May be required to be on call as necessary



• Must possess a current 3rd Class Operating Engineer certificate, along with related building maintenance experience; or current Refrigeration B certificate plus 4th Class Operating Engineer certificate, along with related  building maintenance experience.
• Must possess a current Gas Tech II certificate, or have the ability to obtain one within a set period of time.
• Certification as a HVACR Technician or Millwright would be an asset.
• Ability to read and work from blueprints and schematics
• Extensive experience with building maintenance, various types of heating and cooling systems, life safety systems,  boilers, chillers, air compressors, pumps valves, etc.
• Knowledge of fire and safety codes and sprinkler systems.
• Ability to make technical decisions in emergency situations
• Complies with OHSA, Technical Standards & Safety Authority and other Regulatory bodies.
• Computer literacy, e.g. use of control systems, University computer system, e:mail etc.
• Must possess a valid Class – G Ontario Driver’s license
• Ability to work in a team environment with a minimum of supervision.  Shares information with team members.  Is collaborative in dealing with customers and fellow employees.
• Customer focused - responds promptly to customer needs.  Uses customer information to improve service.  Establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers.
• Receptive to change - can adapt to changing circumstances.  Makes suggestions for improvement.  Is proactive in ensuring job knowledge is current.
• Respects diversity - treats others with respect.  Is understanding.   Avoids unnecessary conflict.
• Managing self - exhibits a strong sense of own capabilities.  Demonstrates honesty, integrity and ethical conduct.  Accepts ownership and accountability for own actions.  Demonstrates commitment to continuous learning. 



Rate of Pay: $36.83 /hour


Hours of Work:

This is a full-time, continuing position. The normal hours of work will be a 12 hour rotational shift (days & nights), 6:00 am to 6:00 pm or 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.


Working Conditions:

• Physical effort: Heavy lifting, bending pipes.  Reaching, bending, stretching, climbing
• Physical environment: Varying temperatures including excessive heat, noise, exposure to fumes, chemicals and solvents, dirty water including sewage waste products and possibly infectious or toxic environment.  Working in cramped quarters.
• Sensory attention: Following required codes.   Reading blueprints. Attention to detail when working with power-house equipment.  Operating specialized equipment.  Operating computer
• Mental stress: Moderate. 

All Laurier employees and students are required to comply with the University's Covid-19 mandatory vaccination policyEffective May 1st, Wilfrid Laurier University will pause its proof of vaccination requirements. Should these recommendations change, vaccination requirements can be reinstated on short notice. Community members should remain up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.

Equity, diversity and creating a culture of inclusion are part of Laurier’s core values and central to the Laurier Strategy. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any minority sexual and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. Candidates from other equity deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity & Accessibility. We have strived to make our application process accessible, however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources. Contact information can be found at

Should you be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please visit for additional information and the online application system. All applications must be submitted online. Please note, a resume and cover letter will be required in electronic form.

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