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Foreman, Electrical Shop

Maintenance Division

Competition No. -S103951578
Posting Date -Jul 26, 2023
Closing Date -Aug 15, 2023

Position Type -Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range -$93,389 to $101,397 per year
Grade -11
Hours -40

This competition is restricted to internal applicants of the University of Alberta. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.


Work may take place at the following campuses for this role:

  • In Edmonton: North Campus, Campus Saint-Jean, South Campus, and Enterprise Square
  • In Camrose: Augustana

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department

The Electrical department within Trades Infrastructure and Maintenance (TIM) supports F&O by providing services which include: electrical maintenance, emergency power outage response, electrical installations for capital projects, supporting faculty funded projects, data communication installations and other electrical installations for campus stakeholders.

Position Summary

This position collaborates and reports directly to the Electrical Manager. The Foreman Electrical Shop oversees daily operations and leads team building for the group of electricians who perform maintenance and construction of the electrical systems of the University. The Foreman - Electrical will supervise 10-20 full-time journeyman staff and one or more rotating Lead Hands. This foreman will also supervise, at times with the assistance of the Lead Hand(s), up to 20 temporary supplemental apprentices and journeymen as required to execute on both maintenance and construction work.

This position requires a strong skill set in leadership and trade knowledge that encompasses these seven elements:

Safety - Safety champion for F&O's safety program, ensuring team members work safe and comply with safety regulations, ensuring training requirements are current, and is proactive in fostering a safe work environment through continuous improvement of existing safety support systems;

Adaptability - Agile during periods of high activity and with varying personality styles and tasks in an ever-changing environment of budget and environmental conditions;

Planning & Organizing - Effective at organizing themselves and their teams so as to establish specific action plans that meet and at times exceed the short and long term goals of Trades Infrastructure and Maintenance. Takes ownership of setting priorities and allocating personnel and material resources wisely;

Teamwork & Leadership - Unites electrical tradespeople using F&O's Mission, Vision, Values, and Behaviors in their day-to-day execution of trades work and in working out the short and long term goals of Trades Infrastructure and Maintenance;

Continuous Improvement - Directs the utilization of LEAN methodologies within their shops, develops new key performance indicators for their operations, understands and executes on the key performance indicators established by management, and seeks to implement new materials, technology, and processes where it makes practical sense;

Trade Knowledge - Displays an excellent working knowledge of their trade in both maintenance and construction so as to troubleshoot, problem solve, and assist apprentices and journeymen in the execution of their work.

Enterprise Software - Demonstrates an excellent capacity to operate F&O enterprise software and technology including but not limited to: Microsoft solutions, Google solutions, Saviom, SupplyNet, and Assetworks AiM.


  • Responsible for planning, scheduling, assigning, participating in, and reviewing the work of in-house electricians and contractors providing services to the University
  • Supervises a staff of up to 20 journeyman and apprentice electricians: evaluates and provides feedback and counseling on staff performance, identifies and recommends staff training opportunities, reviews and approves timesheets, training records, vacation requests, etc.
  • Ensures that all staff are trained and knowledgeable of the University of Alberta Health & Safety program, equipment operation and current industry practices
  • Prepares specifications and estimates for construction, repair and installation projects
  • Monitors projects to ensure schedule and budgets are being maintained
  • Supervises staff in the maintenance, data cabling and projects to complete installations, construction, modifications and repair of electrical systems and facility related controls
  • Performs other related duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum Journeyman Electrician Certification
  • Minimum 5 years experience in commercial or industrial electrical trade
  • 2-5 years in a supervisory capacity
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), time management and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with all stakeholders and external consultants and contractors
  • Valid Class 5 Driver's License
  • Thorough knowledge of occupational hazards in safe work practices and precautions
  • Ability to interpret and work from instructions, penciled plans and sketches, as well as blue print
  • Project management experience required (e.g. budget accountability, scheduling, purchasing materials, assigning labour resources, handling multiple projects simultaneously, job close out, contract administration work)
  • Proficiency with enterprise solutions employed by the University of Alberta, such as Google business suite (Gmail, Drive, Doc’s, Sheets, etc.) and Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interprovincial Red Seal Certificate is an asset
  • Masters Electrician Certification is an asset
  • Knowledge of networking cabling is an asset
  • Proficiency with enterprise solutions employed by the University of Alberta such as Asset Works, AiM (computerized maintenance management system) will be an asset
  • Relevant completed courses and seminars that augment knowledge of the electrical trade will be an asset

How to Apply

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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