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Highway Planning Technician (Planning Technician 1-2(A)-(B)) (Term) – APPLY NOW

Highway Planning Technician (Planning Technician 1-2(A)-(B)) (Term)
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Competition # : 32441 
Department: Transportation and Active Transit
Location: HALIFAX
Type of Employment: Term
Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG 
Closing Date: 8/22/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)
About Us
Building and maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job.
The Department of Transportation and Active Transit (TAT) supports Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges.  Our District Highway Operations Division plays a critical role in managing snow and ice control services, road maintenance and repair services throughout the province.
About Our Opportunity
The Highway Planning and Design Technician is responsible for providing technical CAD support to the Highway Planning and Design team. Reporting to the Manager, Highway Planning and Design, the incumbent is responsible for the production of maps, preliminary sketches, design plans, presentation visuals/materials, construction documents and other deliverables as required using civil engineering drafting, 3D modelling/visualization techniques and various CAD or GIS applications.
Primary Accountabilities
The Highway Planning and Design Technician is responsible for developing, compiling and maintaining a wide range of digital data including, but not limited to: CAD drawings, topographic surveys, LiDAR, GIS information, orthophotos, and various other forms of mapping or data. The position must act as a technical resource supporting planning and/or design staff and may be required to liaise directly with other Department staff, regulatory agencies, and external consultants. This position creates and maintains plans for department standards and guidelines and is responsible for the distribution of these documents and maintenance of technical drawing storage libraries. They also review various types of plans (i.e. Right-of-Way Plans) for compliance with Department Standards.
Qualifications and Experience
Grade 12 plus completion of an approved Civil Engineering Technology program, or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be accepted.
The position requires in-depth knowledge of computer hardware and software applications related to the planning and design of highway infrastructure. Additional training/courses in CAD drafting, GIS or graphics is an asset. A good knowledge and understanding of all aspects of CAD as it applies to Civil Engineering planning/design is required. Candidate must have knowledge of basic surveying and/or GIS principles and ability to interpret and process survey data, LiDAR and other mapping and design information. Considerable experience and ability in the use of AutoCAD Civil 3D and Map 3D is required. A working knowledge of other software applications such as Word Processors, Spreadsheets, and Database programs would be an asset.
The Highway Planning and Design Technician must have the ability to quickly grasp concepts of end products and provide suggestions for the optimal presentation of design information. Must be a self-starter, motivated and be able to perform with minimal supervision. The ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities is also required. Effective verbal and written communication skills are required.
Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.
Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.
Working Conditions
Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.
May be required to work overtime on occasion.
Typically located in comfortable office environment.
Much of the time is spent in a comfortable position with frequent opportunity to move about.
Regularly reads and interprets multiple sources of information, regular requirement to type, read and work on a computer.
May experience pressure with deadlines and need for accuracy.
Additional Information
This opportunity is for a term position with an end date of September 2, 2022.
What We Offer
Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
Department Specific Flexible working schedules.
Pay Grade:  TE 16 – TE 22  
Salary Range:  $1,627.48 – $2,414.26 Bi-Weekly
Employment Equity Statement:
Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.
This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:
 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 
External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 
Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to [email protected]
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