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Machinery Maintenance Craftsman
Start Date:
Permanent fulltime
Length of Employment:
Permanent Full time
Required Skills:
Information you must provide
Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Successful completion of post-secondary education from a recognized technical institution in one of the following:
• Possession of a Power Engineer License (minimum 4th class) or
• Oil heat service technician certification.

IF YOU HAVE FOREIGN CREDENTIALS, please follow the link below for information on how to obtain a degree equivalency. You must obtain an equivalency, at your own expense, in order to be considered for appointment into the public service.

Degree equivalency

Recent* experience in the operation and maintenance of a major scientific research facility or other institution with mechanical, electrical, fire protection and energy management systems.

Recent* experience in the operation and maintenance in one or more of the following:
• Refrigeration
• HVAC and control systems
• Building electrical
• Plumbing operational systems
• Oil fired low pressure steam plant (Charlottetown position only)
• Gas fired heating plant (Agassiz position only)

*Recent means within the last 3 years.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)
Possession of a valid trade certification, for example, Plumbing, Millwright, HVAC, Electrical etc

Experience with monitoring and manipulating building automation systems including gathering trend log data, data analysis and making minor changes to font end graphics/ user interface.

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

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of the operation, maintenance and repair of facilities operating equipment such as HVAC systems, refrigeration, auxiliary pumps, re-circulation systems etc.

Knowledge of the applicable preventative maintenance procedures for facilities equipment such as HVAC systems, auxiliary equipment, etc.

Knowledge of energy conservation measures, heat recovery systems and energy management systems.

Knowledge of safety practices applicable to hot water heating, steam distribution and refrigeration systems.

Knowledge of applicable Standards, Regulations, Codes and Acts including but not limited to ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers), Federal Halocarbons Regulations, Canada Labour Code and Provincial Safety Regulations applicable to British Columbia or Prince Edward Island.

Interactive Communication

Ability to trouble-shoot various types of equipment within the facility, using a variety of measuring instruments, and effect the repairs.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Ability to perform running maintenance and minor repair tasks.
Ability to read and interpret technical drawings.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

Placement of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) employees affected by workforce adjustment.

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance

Ability and willingness to work overtime including weekends occasionally.
Ability and willingness to work on ladders and at heights.
Ability and willingness to work in tight, cramped and/or confined spaces.
Ability and willingness to lift 25 Kg (50 lbs).
Possession of a valid Class 5 Driver’s license or equivalent.
Ability and willingness to work in dirty, noisy, humid, hot, cold and/or wet conditions.
Ability and willingness to work on call (responding to urgent facility operational problems) for 24 hours a day on a rotating schedule and the ability to respond in a timely manner (within 30 minutes of being called to work).

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


You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

Various assessment tools may be used, such as, standardized tests, interviews, references, board member knowledge, etc.

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

A random and/or top down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.

Appointment decisions may be based on one or more of the following criteria:
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team.
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the position being staffed.
- Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience.
- Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications.

A test may be administered.

An interview may be administered.

Reference checks may be sought.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

Asset qualifications may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.


Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. You must apply on-line through www.jobs.gc.ca.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence, may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

Appointment decisions may be based on one or more of the following criteria:
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team.
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the position being staffed.
- Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience.
- Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications.
Job Experience:
Over 3 years
Work Schedule:
Some overtime, Weekdays
Job Description:
Facilities at the Charlottetown Research and Development Centre
The main office-laboratory complex in Charlottetown has 65 hectares of land and over 7000 square meters of lab and office space; the Harrington Research Farm, located 11 kilometres north of Charlottetown, has 330 hectares of land and a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility
New analytical chemistry laboratories
Two nuclear magnetic resonance instruments
Controlled environment cabinets
Insect rearing rooms and collections
State-of-the-art field scale water quality monitoring plots
Potato, cereal and oilseed cultivar evaluation sites
Hops production evaluation sites
Weather-monitoring station operated with Environment Canada and part of a national network
Linkages and networking with provincial departments, universities and industry
Co-located at the Centre are:
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Corporate Management Branch, Marketing and Industry Services Branch, and Public Affairs Branch
Island Nature Trust
Current research activities
Managing Canada's soil and water resources
Conducting research on ways to keep soil and water healthy on lands used for agriculture
Studying soil conservation practices. The focus is on a variety of practices such as little or no tillage of the soil, or managing soils to maintain soil health, crop yield and quality
Conducting research on new rotation cropping systems that improve soil stability and decrease erosion from agricultural production to streams, rivers and lakes
Understanding nutrient leaching to groundwater and surface water and modelling the impacts of changes to agricultural practices on a local and watershed scale
Sustainable production systems
Researching cropping systems and crop rotations to enhance environmental and economic sustainability
Examining and managing soil nutrients to maximize crop production, while minimizing environmental risk
Conducting research on organic production systems to achieve improved crop yield with alternative production practices
Pest management: maximum benefit, minimal risk
Determining the most favourable conditions and timing for applying pesticides to control weeds, disease and insects - maximizing benefits and minimizing risks
Bioprospecting for biopesticides
Studying ecological approaches and new techniques to reduce pesticide use and resistance.
Characterizing fungal and nematode populations for their impact on crops and tracking their movement
Understanding disease, weed, and insect life cycles to develop integrated pest management strategies
Improved food production for the future
Conducting research on the genetic potential of crop species - including wheat, barley, corn and soybeans - so that they can withstand climate stress and produce better yield and quality
Undertaking innovative research to examine the potential of these crops to resist diseases such as the fungus causing Fusarium Head Blight
Evaluating new potato lines and cultivated varieties that will have a higher yield, improved quality and better resistance to blight
Bioresources and value-added crops
Conducting research on new crops with potential to have value-added bioactive components. Foods with these components could have important physiological benefits beyond basic nutrition
Conducting research on crops with functional food attributes or industrial capabilities such as for biofuels
Bioprospecting from local, regional and national bioresources
Results of our research
Agro-ecosystem productivity and health
Using new soil test information to predict phosphorus availability and match phosphorus application to crop requirements
New management strategies are being adopted to limit nitrate losses based on understanding the behaviour of nitrates in soil and water systems leading to improved profitability and environmental sustainability for the sector
Developed and tested willow tree varieties that are being used nutrient and sediment traps in drainage areas
Linked the fisheries and agricultural industries of the region by developing composting methods which use seafood waste as a crop nutrient source and soil amendment
Developed and transferred a carrot trimmer that, by opening the canopy, changes the micro-environment and results in decreased incidence of disease; adapted by domestic and international carrot growers
Selected the first cultivar of Rosa for bioactive content and agronomic performance (currently in the process of being granted breeders’ rights): significant producer interest in growing the cultivar
Developed effective pest management strategies to decrease losses and increase environmental sustainability of potato and vegetable production, including economically important pests such as corn borer and wireworms
Developed and implemented scale-up isolation and purification methods to support pre-clinical in vitro and in vivo screening of bioactive plant natural products
Discovered and functionally characterized novel plant natural products (pyranoanthocyanins) with potential applications in human health and as a food dye additive
Cereal and pulses
Developed new barley cultivars with improved yield and disease resistance under eastern Canada conditions; these cultivars account for approximately one-third of barley acreage in eastern Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada supports the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector through initiatives that promote innovation and competitiveness.
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

AAFC is committed to diversity and inclusion and is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers. We welcome all applicants and strongly encourage candidates to self-declare if they belong to an Employment Equity designated group (i.e. Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities or Women).
Performs preventive maintenance such as inspecting, replacing components, testing and adjusting a variety of complex equipment and systems.

Performs general maintenance on diesel generators.

Responds to breakdowns, diagnoses and repairs, adjusts and calibrates a variety of complex mechanical equipment and systems.

Overhauls or replaces defective parts, tests and adjusts a variety of complex mechanical equipment and systems.

Removes and/or installs major pieces of equipment.

Prepares detailed reports; accesses and updates computerized preventive maintenance schedules and records; orders parts and materials and estimates costs.

Performs building maintenance and repairs covering s a wide range of areas to include plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical, general building repairs, painting, etc.
Work environment
There is frequent exposure to: extremes of weather, hot/humid environmental conditions, noise, fumes, chemicals, acids which may be toxic or corrosive; there is a regular risk of minor injury when dismantling and installing equipment; there is occasional risk of injuries from lifting and carrying heavy materials/equipment, or from falls while working in elevated positions. There is a requirement to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, safety boots, eye, ear and respiratory protection gear and fall protection PPE.

Intent of the process
The immediate need is to staff two (2) indeterminate positions: One (1) position in Agassiz, British Columbia and one (1) position in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

A pool of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar permanent and temporary employment for the locations indicated for this process.

In the event that an employee of the public service is qualified through this process, he/she may be considered for acting, deployment, assignment or secondment opportunities.
To Apply:
Agri-Food Canada 
Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

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

Contact information
Gisèle LeBlanc, Human Resources Coordinator

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