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Public Service Commission, Government of Nova Scotia
Code & Design Administrator - BPE (Program Admin Officer 4 )

Competition # : 40479
Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration
Location: GARLAND
Type of Employment: Permanent
Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG
Closing Date: 16-Oct-23 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us
At the Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration (LSI), we are responsible for delivering effective and efficient regulatory management for the protection of the public and workers' safety through education, outreach, inspection and enforcement, equipment registration, permits, and licenses. The Safety Branch employees throughout Nova Scotia do this by using the Pathways to Compliance to enhance safety through setting, promoting, verifying and enforcing requirements under various pieces of legislation.

LSI works to provide fairness, safety, and prosperity for all Nova Scotians by helping them live, learn and work to their highest potential. We have a staff of more than 500 employees working from offices throughout Nova Scotia. Together we are responsible for safety, labour standards, apprenticeship, immigration and population growth, and many other facets of everyday life.

About Our Opportunity
As the Technical Safety Officer and Code Design Administrator, you will be responsible for providing advanced specialized program administrative and technical expertise for the Boilers and Pressure Vessel and Power Engineering Programs that impacts the province, as well as leading projects and initiatives, within the mandate of the department. A primary focus will include pressure equipment design and welding/brazing procedure review and registration, as well as provide input to the Chief Inspector for the issuance of Canadian Registration Numbers that will include the Nova Scotia designator. There is also a portion of the duties that you will need to perform inspections on regulated equipment throughout the province.

The Technical Safety Officer and Code Design Administrator, Boilers and Pressure Vessels and Power Engineering, supports a team of technical safety professionals and the Chief Inspector/Program Lead for Boiler and Pressure Equipment. They are responsible to set the health and technical safety rules and promote, verify, and enforce compliance with the Province's Technical Safety Act, regulations and safety standards for boiler and pressure equipment, power engineering and registered plants.

This position reports to the Manager, Boiler and Pressure Vessel, Power Engineering and Cranes.

Primary Accountabilities

  • Works collaboratively across government and with various stakeholders and sectors to build collaborative relationships.
  • Offers sound advice and information on technical issues, emerging trends and regulation and code updates. This may include leading jurisdictional scans, statistical research, stakeholder consultations and in-depth analysis.
  • Preparation of briefing notes, presentations, and recommendations.
  • Represent the department on various provincial and national technical and association committees.

Qualifications and Experience
To be successful in this role you will need to have a Bachelors' degree in Mechanical Engineering plus 6 years related experience, an equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered. You also need to have technical knowledge in CSA and ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel, Pressure Piping, and Refrigeration Codes, as well as general knowledge in Power Engineering and Registered Plants.

Must have knowledge and experience in design, application, manufacturing and non-destructive examination methodologies, welding procedure and performance qualification requirements, and quality programs related to boilers and pressure equipment manufacturing.

Must have passed the examination within the last two years for, or hold, or obtain within one year of employment, the In-Service (IS) Commission from National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.

Must hold the Authorized Inspector (AI) Commission as well as the B Endorsement from National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.

Must have experience in administering an ASME Authorized Inspection Agency's Quality Assurance Program under ASME QAI-1, (Part 5 as a minimum).

For this role you also have:

  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions and manage risks
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in policy and program development
  • Experience interpreting regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • Experience working with diverse groups and their representatives
  • Daily access to a reliable motor vehicle

Assets for this role include:

  • Experience working in a unionized environment
  • Engineering degree or significant experience in a relevant industry (pressure equipment, boilers, power engineers)

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.

Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

What We Offer

  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career
  • Engaging workplace: our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in, we have forward-thinking policies and strategies
  • Countless career paths
  • Department specific flexible working schedules

Pay Grade: PR 17
Salary Range: $3,091.70 - $3,631.17 Bi-Weekly

Employment Equity Statement:
Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:

Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.

External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to

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