Technician - Building Services

Immediately – subject to the return of the incumbent

Competition #: 34-COV-20
Closing Date: 
Internal applicants – February 22, 2020
                          External applicants – February 29, 2020
Rate of Pay: $42.35 per hour (as per CUPE, Local 626, Vernon Civic Employees Collective Agreement)
Band: 14 – Schedule B (as per CUPE, Local 626, Vernon Civic Employees Collective Agreement)   
Monday to Friday / 40 hours per week

Reporting to the Manager, Building Services, this position this position completes corrective, preventive and reactive maintenance related to a variety of building systems.  Duties include but are not limited to the diagnosis and repair of hydronic and forced air heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration systems, plumbing, control devices, electric distribution and lighting and related equipment.


  • Develops and implements preventive maintenance schedules for servicing building systems; maintains an accurate inventory of all building systems components.

  • Maintains, operates, and repairs equipment used in building systems including gas fired boilers, refrigeration plants, HVAC units, electrical components, chilled water valves and mixed air modulating motors and plumbing systems.

  • Performs preventive, corrective and reactive maintenance on all City owned buildings and building systems which includes lubricating and checking fluid levels on equipment, changing air filters, re-lamping office fixtures, repairing plumbing leaks and toilet backups, painting, relocating office furniture and other related maintenance tasks as required.

  • Performs on site or remote control of building HVAC systems; programs, troubleshoots and repairs direct digital controls (DDC).

  • Maintains and tests equipment as necessary including fire alarm and emergency lighting systems.

  • Maintains operating records and daily activity log sheets for maintenance performed; inputs data into a PC.

  • Purchases materials required for the repair and maintenance of building systems.

  • Performs other duties as required.

  • All persons employed by the City of Vernon will be required to assist the City in providing emergency services.Duties assigned during an emergency may differ from regular duties.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12, supplemented by technical training in the Trade for certificate held.

  • Valid BC Drivers’ License, Class 5 with an acceptable driving record.

  • Advanced HVAC and refrigeration training including electrical theory.

  • BC TQ, Journeyman (4 years) or Inter-Provincial Tradesman Certificate in one or more of the following trades:

                      Refrigeration Mechanic c/w Gas Fitter Licence, Electrician, 3rd Class Power Engineer

  • 5 years’ experience in HVAC maintenance and repair.
  • As a condition of employment in this position, candidates must complete a Criminal Records check and obtain Security Clearance to work in the RCMP building.
  • A combination of related education and experience may be considered.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of Work Safe BC regulations.

  • Knowledge and experience in the operation of a PC; related software and general office equipment.

  • Knowledge and experience in the operation of Direct Digital Controls (DDC).

  • Knowledge and skill in the use of hand tools, power tools, measuring, calibration and testing equipment related to work on the various building systems.

  • Knowledge of current codes and regulations including BC Building Code, Electrical Code and Refrigeration Code.

  • Knowledge and skill in the operation of plumbing systems, electrical systems, air handling systems, and related building systems.

  • Knowledge of specialized systems including refrigeration systems.

  • Proven problem solving skills related to the building maintenance trade.

  • Ability to interpret blueprints, schematics and construction drawings.

  • Ability to provide technical direction and information to other maintenance personnel.

  • Ability to communicate effectively using a telephone or VHF radio, in one to one or group settings.

  • Ability to follow written instructions and to write and record information legibly.

  • Self-starter with the ability to work with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to interact well with others; deal tactfully with staff and the general public.

  • Physical ability to perform duties assigned.

Preferred Education And Experience:

  • Considerable knowledge in all phases of building construction and maintenance.

  • Experience and training in Delta DDC controls.

  • Knowledge in fibre optic technology and installation practices.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills And Abilities:

  • Ability to assign and supervise subordinates in building maintenance.

How to Apply: 

Please submit your resume, quoting the appropriate competition number to:  Human Resources, City of Vernon, using one of the following methods:

  • Online at (In MS Word or PDF Format) or
  • By Fax:  (250) 550-3551

Internal applicants are asked to complete the on-line Application for Internal Posting form located on Jostle and forward this along with a resume.

By making application, you are authorizing the City of Vernon to verify, through whatever means deemed appropriate, any information included in your applicant profile.

The City of Vernon wishes to thank all applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please!