Be part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s new vessel construction!

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Posted on Saturday, September 2, 2023
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Be part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s new vessel construction!

Reference number: DFO23J-098598-000035
Selection process number: 23-DFO-NCR-EA-580974
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
North Vancouver (British Columbia), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Québec (Québec)
$104,135 to $121,451

Closing date: 29 September 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

❗️ Numerous positions are to be staffed, which will be located in Vancouver, Halifax or Quebec City. NOTE: Although the duties may be performed in different cities, the position will report to Ottawa and will be performing the duties full-time on-site. This does not imply tele-work; rather it means working from one of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) shipyard contracted to deliver CCG's large vessels.

More specifically, the Polar Icebreaker (VSY) Team is looking to hire a Senior Project Engineer (ENG-04) to work full time on-site in North Vancouver, with future positions potentially being available in Halifax and Quebec City to support other Canadian Coast Guard projects.

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Asset qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed as a right-fit for a position and/or may be invoked to manage the volume of candidates.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all of the data found in the Personal Information section of your account are up to date and accurate. If you fail to include accurate information, we may not be able to assess your qualifications which may result in your elimination from this process.


You can contribute your creative ideas while working with a team of professionals who take pride in the work they are doing to improve the lives of Canadians.

We promise that it will be an unforgettable experience!

We are committed to having a skilled and diversified workforce that is representative of Canadian society, and to the equitable representation of women, aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability and members of the visible minority group. We encourage them to self-declare.

Are you looking for an environment that offers many challenges and opportunities to work hand-in-hand with a shipyard to build the Canadian Coast Guard’s new fleet of vessels. If so, we may have a job opportunity for you.

As a Senior Project Engineer (On-Site) within Vessel Procurement, you will be the Project’s eyes and ears on the ground and will play a fundamental role in assessing and managing the shipyard’s progress on contracted work and fostering open lines of communication. In addition, your responsibilities will include providing technical support, based on your relevant area of expertise, to assist in the design and build of these future vessels.

Along with a strong technical skill set, the ideal candidate for this position would have strong interpersonal skills to build those relationships with the shipyard and thrive on working independently as the key Polar Icebreaker Project representative on-site.

The ideal candidate will be experienced at:
• Providing engineering services in a marine construction environment in either Mechanical,
Electrical or Naval Architecture fields;
• Presenting updates and concerns to management for action and/or direction; and
• Liaising with shipyard and subcontractor representatives to keep up-to-date on work progress
and to resolve outstanding issues.

Work environment

🐳 About the job!
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) leads the management of Canada’s fisheries and the safeguarding of Canadian waters. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), a Special Operating Agency within DFO, is responsible for services and programs that contribute to the safety, security, and accessibility of Canada’s waterways. With over 10,000 dedicated employees in over 400 locations across Canada, our Department is often the only federal presence in smaller coastal and remote communities.
The Vessel Procurement directorate is responsible for the management of the design and construction of new large and small vessels, air cushioned vehicles, helicopters, and small craft to support the operational requirements identified in the Coast Guard Fleet Renewal Plan. The directorate is composed of several projects that must deliver various classes of vessels and aircraft as announced under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). It is a dynamic and challenging environment where your contribution will enable the CCG to deliver critical services to Canadians who make use of our waterways.

Intent of the process

This appointment process will initially be used to staff one (1) indeterminate position in North Vancouver, British Columbia (English Essential) with other future anticipated positions in Halifax, Nova Scotia (English Essential) and Quebec, Quebec City (Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB).

A pool of partially qualified candidates will be established from this selection process and may be used to staff positions with various tenures, various linguistic profiles as well as various security clearances within the core public administration with the approval of DFO and the CCG hiring managers.

Candidates must clearly indicate on their application for which position location they are applying.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

◾ Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in naval architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or some other engineering specialty relevant to the duties of the position.

Degree equivalency

◾ Eligibility for certification as a Professional Engineer in Canada with specialization in an engineering specialty relevant to the position.

◾ Considerable* experience in providing engineering services.

◾ Significant** and recent*** experience working with a shipyard to progress the design, construction or maintenance of ship systems.
*Considerable experience is understood to mean the depth and breadth of the experience normally associated with having performed a broad range of various related activities which are normally acquired over a period of at least seven (7) years.
**Significant experience is defined as performed the duties on regular basis for at least two (2) years.
***Recent experience is defined as experience acquired within the last five (5) years.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

◾ Knowledge of engineering technologies applicable to design, construction and/or maintenance of ships.

◾ Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
◾ Ability to communicate effectively orally.
◾ Ability to analyze issues, assess impacts and develop options or solutions.
◾ Ability to effectively explain complex technical subjects.

◾ Working effectively with others.
◾ Demonstrating integrity and respect.
◾ Thinking things through.
◾ Show Initiative and being action-oriented.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

◾ Recognized Project Management diploma or Project Management Professional (PMP) certified designation.

Degree equivalency

◾ Significant** experience working with a shipyard to progress the construction of ship systems.

◾ Significant** experience providing Project Management support in a ship build project(s).

◾ Experience working with the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) shipyard in the chosen location.

◾ Significant** experience working with the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) shipyard in the chosen location.

◾ Experience developing briefing material to provide advice and recommendations aimed at senior management**** on engineering issues.

**Significant experience is defined as performed the duties on regular basis for at least two (2) years.
**** Senior management is defined as Executive Level and above.

- The willingness and ability to work overtime to meet operational requirements.
- The willingness and ability to travel within Canada and abroad, including travel by car, rail, ship
and air.
- The willingness and ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when required.
- Willingness and ability to work on the under-construction vessel and on the vessel during tests
and trials.

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

- The ability to work full time on-site within the shipyard.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity


We may use volume management strategies for the assessment of candidates. These strategies may include selecting candidates for further assessment who meet specific asset qualifications.


Stage ➊: Online Application
You will need to answer the Screening Questions. You will need to demonstrate how you meet every criteria in the Essential Qualifications listed above in your online application. Do not forget to provide concrete examples of your work experience. Failing to do so may result in your application being rejected.

Stage ➋: Preparing a presentation
Should your application be retained following stage 1, you will be invited to prepare a presentation that will assess some of the knowledge, abilities and Personal Suitabilites. This presentation will ask you to analyze facts/opinions and present your recommendations.

Stage ➌: Interview
Should you be successful with the stage 2, you will be invited to an interview conducted through videoconference. At which point you will be asked to provide an oral presentation based on their previously submitted written presentation. After completion of the presentation, the interview will proceed to the other interview questions.

Stage ➍: Pool Establishment
If successful at all stages, you will be placed on the list of partially-qualified candidates and referred to hiring managers. Candidates may be required to meet asset qualifications for selection purposes and depending on the requirements of the position being staffed.

All information obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to the conclusion of the process, may be used for evaluation purposes.

The exam questions are confidential. As a candidate in this process, it is expected that you not divulge information with other candidates to ensure a fair and transparent process for all;

Asset qualification exam questions are not mandatory and may be applied at any stage of the process; however, they may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed as a right-fit for the position or may be used to manage the volume of candidates. Therefore, we strongly recommend you answer each asset question.

📧 Not sure how to apply? Send us a question and we will be glad to help!


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

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