University of Waterloo

Mechanic I - Controls

Requisition ID 2022-9099
Plant Operations
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$36.44 per hour
Job Category
Maintenance (CUPE)
Job Location : Location


The Mechanic I – Controls is assigned to the installation, inspection, calibration and maintenance of physical plant control systems and equipment and to providing trade/job instruction and work direction to others as required.


Responsibilities will align with the Plant Operations goal of contributing towards providing a safe and accessible, invitingly clean and comfortable, functionally-enriched and well-maintained campus environment through service excellence.


Maintenance & Repairs

  • Performs, with minimum supervision, inspections, maintenance and repairs to HVAC systems
  • Installs and maintains physical plant control systems and equipment including, but not limited to HVAC control sensors, switches, transmitters, distributed control units, valves, pneumatic, DDC actuators, electronic circuit boards
  • Performs diagnostics and analysis to help investigate and determine problems and the best course of service, reparation or replacement
  • Prepares and submits timely, accurate, and neat reports showing all pertinent information that completely documents the work performed
  • Documents all maintenance activities as directed by the Supervisor
  • Documents and communicates all inspection findings to ensure that safety and efficiency of operation
  • In conjunction with the Supervisor, coordinates preventive and demand maintenance and discretionary work assignments with clients when requested


  • Operates and troubleshoots multiple platforms building automation systems (Apogee, Delta, Metasys, M-net, Allen Bradley)
  • Monitors equipment for proper operation, making adjustments as required maximizing equipment life and efficiency
  • Tests air quality and balances ventilation systems
  • Makes minor modifications to BAS programs
  • Performs testing of fumehood controls and troubleshoots for errors as required
  • Performs testing of VFD control devices and troubleshoots communication and operational issues
  • Place’s monitoring systems into and out of service to assist with established work and protection impairment procedures
  • Provides feedback on equipment condition and potential replacement timelines and options
  • Analyzes equipment operational trends as part of BAS operational procedures
  • Provides assistance to other trades, including internal and external contractor resources
  • Assists with review of internally performed retrofits to ensure compatibility with existing systems
  • Reading, interpreting, and updating electrical diagrams and blueprints
  • Assists with the sourcing and requisitioning of materials, supplies, tools and support equipment/services

Health & Safety

  • In consideration of the University’s commitment to the safety and well-being of all faculty, support staff, students, and visitors, responsible for ensuring University facilities and departmental activities are compliant with all applicable legislation, regulations, codes and standards related to facilities operations as well as occupational health and environmental safety
  • Maintains current health, safety and regulatory certifications in the areas required to perform the function of the position


  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned and supports departmental activities, including performing work of other classifications within scope of trade practice, level of incumbent’s capability/ competency/ skills, and/or regulatory requirements
  • Coordinates the work of other employees assigned to assist with tasks
  • May perform work of a lower classification/pay band
  • Assists with addressing stewardship responsibilities and promoting long-term sustainability of facilities and infrastructure, maximizing opportunities for efficient delivery of services


  • Must have a minimum of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
  • Must be a licensed electrician or refrigeration mechanic with controls endorsement or a graduate of Electromechanical Engineering Technology – Building Automation Program
  • Five (5) years recent experience maintaining BAS systems (reading documentation, program modification, troubleshooting, maintenance, etc.)
  • Work experience within a major institutional sector(s) such as education, post-secondary education, or health care sector is preferred
  • Sound knowledge of the principles of pneumatic electric, electronic and computer controls
  • Knowledge of motor controls, electrical installations and electrical preventative maintenance is required
  • Ability to install, operate, troubleshoot and perform maintenance on building automation systems and equipment is essential
  • Ability to read and interpret control diagrams, blueprints, drawings and computer programs
  • Must be customer and team oriented, as well as self-motivated and able to work successfully with minimal supervision
  • May involve exposure to hazardous or unpleasant environmental conditions such as accessing and working in confined spaces and/ or in awkward positions, accessing and working at heights, exposure to electrical, mechanical, chemical, noise and other hazardous materials, odours, extreme temperatures and adverse weather conditions
  • Payment of union dues applicable

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 Inuk (Inuit), 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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