Chief Operating Engineer

 Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2020 | Administrative and Staff Positions

Tyndale is a Christian university that prepares leaders for work in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, ministry and the global mission of the church. Tyndale offers fully accredited programs in a wide range of disciplines at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently, there are over 1,600 students representing over 40 denominations and 60 ethnic backgrounds and over 13,000 alumni. Founded in 1894, Tyndale is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Position Description

As the sole full-time engineer position at Tyndale, the Chief Operating Engineer ensures the safe and efficient operations of the heating and cooling systems at Tyndale. This includes hands-on work, supervision of the part-time engineer, responding to emergencies and working with external service providers. As a part of the greater Campus Operations team, The Chief Operating Engineer ensures smoother operations by working closely with the Campus Facilities department.

Primary Responsibilities

Operational Management

  • Serve as primary engineer in operating low-pressure boiler and chiller plant.
  • In collaboration with the Director, recruit, assign tasks, and supervise the weekend engineer.
  • Ensure compliance with policies/procedures and related laws and legislation.
  • Manage the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) of the entire campus.
  • Liaise with external contractors regarding HVAC service and equipment.
  • Manage the Building Automation Software (BAS) for the safe and efficient operation of the automated systems and comfort of the facility.
  • Perform scheduled equipment inspections per daily rounds schedule and preventive maintenance schedule including but not limited to filter and belt changes, pump/motor oiling, coil cleaning, generator testing, and heating and cooling season start-ups and shut-downs.
  • Document daily routines and safety checks in the Engineer Log Book as per TSSA requirements.
  • Be available on-call after-hours and on weekends; must carry an emergency paging device to respond to emergency calls.


  • Assist Director in projecting HVAC equipment and service requirements for budget planning purposes.
  • Provides supervision to the Weekend Engineer through training, updates and communication, etc.
  • Ensure staff performance evaluations are completed and performance goals are set for Weekend Engineer.
  • In consultation with the Director of Campus Operations, review, make recommendations and update the Policies and Procedures Manuals for engineering and boiler room operations.
  • Research, analyze, monitor and negotiate equipment and services for all HVAC contracts, in consultation with the Director of Campus Operations.

Maintenance and Facilities Support

  • Provide support to Campus Facilities’ team for maintenance-related repairs and emergency response situations
  • Assist with events setups, teardowns and office moves, as needed.

Position Qualifications


  • Fourth class Stationary (or Power) Engineer’s certificate
  • First Aid and CPR training, preferred
  • Undergraduate degree or diploma or equivalent experience, preferred
  • Completed training in WHIMIS, Health and Safety and lockout tagout, preferred


  • 2 years’ experience with low pressure steam boilers and associated water treatment systems
  • Experience with Building Automatic Software, preferred
  • Supervisory experience, preferred
  • Experience in an institutional environment, preferred

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to follow routines
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, internet and e-mail
  • Working knowledge of Health & Safety practices
  • Working knowledge of operations, maintenance, HVAC, mechanical, plumbing and electrical equipment and systems

Personal Characteristics

  • Quick-thinking in emergency situations
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to take initiative and troubleshoot mechanical systems
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Team oriented with the ability to motivate others

Physical and Mental Demands

  • Availability to work as an emergency contact during weeknights and weekends 
  • Ability to switch tasks quickly in order to complete multiple tasks
  • Potentially hazardous work environment (dust, excessive heat and noise)
  • Stamina required for long projects needing physical strength, including lifting; and mental alertness
  • Significant amount of hands-on work and walking with the ability to lift 50 lbs and move furniture and/or equipment as required
  • PPE – required to wear steel-toed boots; other PPE including gloves, protective clothing, safety vests, safety glasses, hearing protection, and hardhats as needed.
  • Moderate to high level of stress which may result from dealing with emergencies, competing deadlines, health and safety issues, etc.

Duties and responsibilities that do not constitute a major change may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of the supervisor either orally or in writing.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to employment [at] tyndale [dot] ca. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Tyndale University, Human Resources
3377 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. M2M 3S4
1-416-226-6620 ext 2103 fax: 1-416-226-6746
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