University of Waterloo

Manager, Mechanical Engineering

Requisition ID 2021-6599
Job Category
Plant Operations
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$89,059 - $111,323


The Manager, Mechanical Engineering is a senior role, responsible for the technical direction and supervision of a group of mechanical engineers and technicians. This position functions as a technical specialist and lead engineer in the design of cost-effective mechanical systems and energy conservation solutions for the University campus, facilities and infrastructure, while collaboratively contributing towards providing a safe and accessible, invitingly clean and comfortable, functionally-enriched and well maintained campus environment through service excellence.


Strategic Planning

Assists with and supports the department’s strategic planning efforts addressing stewardship responsibilities and long-term sustainability of the University’s campus, facilities and infrastructure and maximizing opportunities for efficient delivery of campus services and optimal investments in Universitywide infrastructure



The successful candidate will become a member of a multi-disciplinary construction project team, providing leadership and technical support in the analysis, design and delivery of projects to reduce energy and water consumption; maintaining acceptable indoor air conditions while rationalizing end user requirements with best available environmental, engineering and financial practices.

  • Provides leadership, quality assurance oversight and technical guidance to the mechanical engineers and technologists within the business unit
  • Analyzes existing building systems and operations, identifying enhancements to process and procedure
  • Reviews and stamps mechanical drawings for building permit applications
  • Develops a formal campus energy conservation program
  • Prepares reports recommending improvements to building system and control strategies and implements improvements to existing systems
  • Reports on energy consumption and costs, associated transmission and distribution costs, budget variances, costs of exceptions, and savings achieved
  • Leads the development of energy-conscious design, maintenance, and operation policies
  • Performs data collection utilizing both the building automation system and manual measurements, and performs testing, balancing, adjusting and scheduling of systems as required to restore optimum operating efficiency
  • Promotes the participation of faculty, students and staff relative to energy conservation initiatives
  • Monitors changing legislation, regulations, and carbon trading schemes
  • Develops project plans, schedules and budgets


General Management

Responsible for employee relations of support staff reporting to the position, fostering a client-focused, service oriented work environment while establishing and maintaining good working relationships among support staff.

  • Coaches, evaluates, and supervises support staff, fostering a service oriented work environment
  • Establishes and maintains good working relationships among support staff
  • Performs support staff interviews on performance matters and either initiates or supports disciplinary process consistent with University policy, the collective agreement and departmental frameworks
  • Provides and/or assists with providing, training and/or professional development to support staff with respect to approved engineering methods and practices



  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned and supports departmental activities


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Current Professional Engineering Designation (P. Eng.) within Ontario
  • The incumbent will have minimum ten (10) years of progressive experience as a licensed professional, with at least five (5) years’ experience in a senior leadership role in designing, planning and construction of building mechanical systems within a major institutional sector such as education, post-secondary education, hospital or consulting service industry in Canada. Physical Plant design experience within the building construction industry will be considered an asset
  • Extensive knowledge related to applicable codes, building HVAC, automation and mechanical infrastructure systems
  • Demonstrated track record of effective leadership and collaboration with colleagues and direct reports
  • Advanced understanding of mechanical systems design
  • Proficiency in the latest version of AutoCAD
  • Sound understanding of drawing principles and standards
  • Ability to produce quality deliverables and to monitor project tasks
  • Strong analytic, oral, and written communication skills
  • Experience in institutional projects is preferred
  • Excellent conflict resolutions skills
  • Excellent judgment and strong problem-solving skills, including the ability to understand the financial impact of relevant options
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a deep commitment to customer service, proven innovative approach to problem solving and an aptitude towards service excellence and responsiveness
  • Candidate must be effective working in cross-functional teams comprised of trades, operators and other technical staff
  • Must be flexible and adaptable to changing requirements, and responsive to client needs
  • Intermediate in the following programs: AutoCAD, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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