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Lead Engineer - Emera ideaHUB

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Position Title Lead Engineer - Emera ideaHUB
Department/Unit Engineering - Dean's Office
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number S230-24
Employee Group DPMG
Position Type Term
Duration of Contract (if applicable) Three (3) years
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0 FTE
Salary $68,105 - $91,237 per annum
Classification ADM-06
Provisional Statement
About Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our almost 21,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.
Job Summary
Operated by the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University and located on the Sexton Campus in Halifax’s vibrant downtown innovation district, the Emera ideaHUB accelerates the development of innovative physical-products. Reporting to the Emera ideaHUB Associate Director, the Lead Engineer will lead and manage mechanical-based engineering and technical activities in the Emera ideaHUB, and assist in the management of student competitive design teams and industrial outreach initiatives.
Key Responsibilities
  • Support the Faculty’s innovation and entrepreneurship activities principally through the Emera ideaHUB, by providing engineering expertise to founders and companies going through the Emera ideaHUB’s programming.
  • Develop and provide engineering recommendations to clients (faculty/staff and Emera ideaHUB companies) on design and/or construction of equipment, devices, and processes. Supervise activities and oversee safety of those operating in the Emera ideaHUB.
  • Assist in coordination of Emera ideaHUB activities with outside corporations and partners including Volta, Innovacorp, NSCAD and Acadia University. Act as a liaison between parties and third-party vendors, to ensure appropriate specifications, testing, and/or certifications for prototypes.
  • Support student competitive design teams, assisting in the management of student teams and their budgets. Work with faculty to meet objectives within logistical constraints of the student facilities. Assist with the selection and purchase of materials and prototypes.
  • Hold significant knowledge of the operation of the Faculty’s computer-numerically-controlled machining equipment. Ensure regular maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment and vehicles is carried out. Research, source, recommend, and procure equipment and materials for faculty facilities.
  • In conjunction with the workshop technical support staff, advise students how to use workshop equipment with an emphasis on its safe operation and controls access to the workshops.
The incumbent will need to travel to testing, competitions and events with student teams including offsite and international locations, and will require a valid passport.

The incumbent will be exposed to high-power machinery, rotating cutting tools, overhead cranes, moving vehicles, heavy weights, high heat, dust/fumes, slips/trips, working alone; potential risk of fire/explosion, chemical release, noise, exposed machinery, high voltages, pressures, and/or temperatures.

Due to operational requirements, the successful applicant is required to work in-person on campus.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Engineering degree plus approximately 3-5 years’ relevant experience (or equivalent combination of training and experience) as well as registered, or be eligible for registration, with Engineers Nova Scotia – the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS).
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, workplace safety, prototype development and design, and research support services.
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaboration, and communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Excellent organizational, leadership and management skills with the proven ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • This position requires heavy physical effort including long periods of standing in one location; bending; kneeling; pushing/pulling; dragging; hammering; or otherwise lifting and carrying up to 60+ lbs.
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Experience in a university setting and/or in instrumentation.
  • Crane training, forklift certification, andor a valid Nova Scotia driver’s license.
Job Competencies
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

- Self-Awareness & Professionalism
- Respect & Inclusion
- Adaptability
- Knowledge & Thinking Skills
- Communication
Additional Information
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.
Application Consideration
Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.

We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.
Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. In accordance with our Employment Equity Policy, preference will be given in hiring processes to candidates who self-identify as members of one or more of the equity-deserving groups listed above. For more information, including details related to our Employment Equity Policy and Plan and definitions of equity-deserving groups please visit
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies One (1)
Open Date 07/10/2024
Close Date 07/17/2024
Open Until Filled No
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter