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Mechanical Technician

Reference number: DFO23J-032282-000210
Selection process number: 23-DFO-ACCG-EA-576558
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Integrated Technical Services
Saint John (New Brunswick), St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador)
$34.72 to $37.75 per hour

Closing date: 3 April 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

📣DFO recognizes that the diversity of its employee population contributes to its strength and integrity. Selection may be limited to candidates self-identifying as belonging to one of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, and visible minorities.

By completing the Employment Equity section in your application, you help create a Public Service that is diverse, inclusive and representative of identities, cultures, perspectives and experiences that make up Canada.

✍ How to apply for these opportunities?

1️. Answer the screening questions in the online application system. Your answers MUST demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed below. These include the Essential Qualifications as well as additional relevant education or experience you may have (asset qualifications). Provide CONCRETE examples of your work experience within your answers to the screening questions. Do not simply refer to your resumé.

2️. Upload your resumé to the online application system. Your resumé should support your answers to the screening questions, but is not a substitute.

3️. Submit your application!

📣Your application may be used in the assessment of your ability to communicate effectively in writing; however, the Competencies criteria listed below will be assessed at a later date, after initial screening of applications.

A random selection or a top-down approach based on experience, assessment results and/or selection decision, may be used at any point during this process, in order to determine the number of candidates to be further considered.


The Mechanical Technician position is within the Integrated Technical Services (ITS) branch of the Canadian Coast Guard. As a Mechanical Technician, you will perform maintenance on a large variety of tools and infrastructure. Your duties may also include the following:
✔️Maintain equipment used in Environmental Response Actions and Initiatives
✔️Replace and maintain backup generators at remote sites
✔️Travel to remote sites using helicopter, side by side, skidoo and/or boat
✔️Maintain and refurbish lights at our remote fixed navigational aids (approximately 800 sites from St. John’s to Nain)
✔️Collaborate with our unique team of professionals that are relied on to ensure the safety of mariners in the Atlantic provinces
✔️Utilize the latest safety equipment and training

Work environment


🥇 Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard(CCG) have been recognized as Forbes Canada’s Best Employers (2018 and 2021), National Capital Region’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for six years in a row!

🚢 The Canadian Coast Guard is a special operating agency within Fisheries and Oceans Canada. We work to ensure the safety of mariners in Canadian waters and protect Canada’s marine environment.

🚢 We support Canada’s economic growth through the safe and efficient movement of maritime trade. We help to ensure our country’s sovereignty and security through our presence in Canadian waters.

Did you know that we also have a real impact on the lives of Canadians? On a typical day, its workforce:

✔️ Saves 15 human lives;
✔️ Answers 1,127 radio communications;
✔️ Responds to 5 environmental pollution reports;
→ And so much more!

Are you looking for an organization that:

✔️Focuses on its employees' creativity and their professional development;
✔️Has a rich and diverse range of career opportunities; and
✔️ Is a respectful workplace that celebrates diversity in all its genres?

If you're looking for new and rewarding challenges, submit your application to join one of the most dynamic organizations in the Federal Public Service.

Intent of the process

There is an immediate need to staff one position located in St. John’s, NL, and another possible need to staff one position in Saint John, NB.

A pool of qualified candidates will be established and may be used to staff similar or lower level positions with various tenures within the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in the Newfoundland and Labrador region, Maritimes region, and the Canadian Coast Guard in the Atlantic Region.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

- A secondary school (high school) diploma OR an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience

Degree equivalency

Occupational Certification:
- Possession of a valid Inter-Provincial Journeyperson Certification as a Heavy Duty Automotive Mechanic

• Experience in the provision of maintenance work and assistance to different trades
• Experience working in an operational site where multi-trades are working simultaneously
• Experience in field/remote site operations dealing with diesel engines

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

Asset Occupational Certification
• Valid Fall Protection Certificate
• Valid Rope Access Certificate
• Valid Marine Radio Operator’s License
• Valid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Certificate
• Valid Transportation of Dangerous Goods Certificate
• Valid First Aid Certificate
• Valid General Rigger Certificate
• Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) Certificate

Asset Experience
• Experience in working with helicopters for transportation, construction activities and or logistic support
• Experience using Maximo

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

• Knowledge of basic procedures and tasks involved in servicing diesel engines
• Knowledge of safety procedures and equipment that apply at a work site
• Knowledge of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used in an industrial operations environment

• Ability to diagnose and complete effective repairs to diesel/gasoline equipment
• Ability to operate a computer using MS Office software (such as Word, Outlook and Internet Explorer)
• Ability to effectively communicate orally
• Ability to effectively communicate in writing

Personal Suitabilities
• Effective Interpersonal Skills
• Judgement
• Dependability

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

📌Organizational Needs:
At Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard, diversity is our strength. In support of achieving a diverse workforce, selection may be limited to candidates who self-declare as a member of one of more of the following Employment Equity groups: Women, Indigenous Persons, Person with a Disability and/or a Visible Minority.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Conditions of Employment
• Reliability Security Clearance
• Valid Provincial Class 5 Driver’s License
• Climb towers and work at heights in excess of 2.4m
• Travel for extended periods of time to remote sites via; trucks, boats, UTVs, snowmobile and aircraft
• Work overtime as required, including weekends
• Travel on short notice
• Access remote sites over rugged terrain and work outdoors in extreme environmental conditions

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

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

E-mail correspondence will be used as the main method of communication for this selection process; therefore, please provide a valid e-mail address. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.


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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