Mechanical Engineer

Job Locations CANADA-NS-Halifax
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Are you someone with strong leadership and technical capabilities?  Do you enjoy building relationships and working collaboratively in a team environment with both internal and external stakeholders? Are you a thought leader, a trusted advisor, and a problem solver? If you enjoy entrepreneurship and innovation in a flexible work environment, this opportunity is for you! As someone with excellent communication skills and business acumen, you will thrive in our fast-paced and agile environment.


Your opportunity


Dillon’s Transportation & Facilities technical group is looking for a Mechanical Engineer to join our multidisciplinary team of professionals. You will have the opportunity to work on new and exciting projects while providing clients with a fully integrated and superior customer experience. 


Project types include buildings in the following sectors: government (federal, provincial), healthcare, institutional (e.g., schools, universities), commercial spaces (e.g., retail, office), and long term care.  Examples of two recent projects that an intermediate team member has worked on include the following:

  1. Arena/event centre: The team member led the mechanical design and construction administration services for a new event centre for a significant institutional client. The design included all of the typical mechanical services but with the additional challenge issued by the client of only wanting to use heat recovered from the ice plant to heat the building - they did not want any auxiliary or supplemental heating used within the building! The team member was also the PM for the broader internal multidisciplinary team and provided broader leadership outside of our mechanical group for the project.
  2. Net-zero long term care facility: Long term care facilities - and healthcare facilities in general - are becoming an ever increasing percentage of our work. Many of them are starting to target aggressive sustainability targets. In addition to leading the mechanical design, the team member also led the energy engineering team which included running the workshops with the client to set the target, developing the system options, designing the geothermal heat pump system, and providing general sustainability guidance to the broader design team. The team member was also the PM for the broader internal multidisciplinary team and provided broader leadership outside of our mechanical group for the project.

This position is available at our Halifax office, with the opportunity for flexible work arrangements to help balance the competing demands of work and personal life.


Based on the current make-up of the team in the Atlantic region, one of the critical needs is an additional intermediate team member to eliminate a choke point between senior technical staff and business drivers, and junior employees.  As such, this role represents a real opportunity for personal and professional growth, and to become a critical member of the team.


What your day will look like


Design & Project Management

  1. Manage mechanical engineering projects for public and private clients across the company;
  2. Lead and direct multidisciplinary project teams;
  3. Design a wide range of building mechanical systems, including plumbing, drainage, HVAC, speciality piping, gas and exhaust, fire protection, and building automation;
  4. Support mechanical sustainability and energy efficiency projects; and
  5. Oversee project construction administration, and attend site meetings, reviews, and investigations as required

Dillon takes on projects that range in size and complexity from a mom-and-pop style kitchen, to a university laboratory, to an emergency room operating suite; whether it’s water, steam, air, or any one of the many oils or gases out there, you would be responsible for designing it for one of our many clients with wide ranging building types.



  1. Serve as a resource to employees for technical questions;
  2. Actively engage with project team members to expand their technical knowledge and level of experience; and
  3. Provide design reviews and quality assurance checks on deliverables

Business Development

  1. Develop public and private sector client relationships and new business opportunities; and
  2. Business travel to other Dillon offices upon request

Learning & Development

  1. Commit to self-development and ongoing learning and professional development
  2. Contribute to Dillon’s corporate profile through active participation in professional associations and committees


  1. A degree in mechanical engineering
  2. License to practice as a professional engineer in Nova Scotia, or eligible to be licensed within six months
  3. A minimum of 8-12 years of relevant work experience


  1. Demonstrable knowledge of building mechanical systems design codes and standards
  2. Strong working knowledge in building plumbing, drainage, service piping systems, heating, ventilating and air conditioning design, and energy calculations using proprietary software packages
  3. Experience in pumping and piping distribution systems, ventilation and exhaust systems for laboratories, machine shops, and process exhaust in commercial settings
  4. Demonstrated abilities in direct digital control systems
  5. Development of design team leadership with the ability to create and manage design budgets, client deliverables, and project schedules
  6. Demonstrated ability to develop proposals
  7. Demonstrated ability to prepare capital construction cost estimates
  8. Strong technical report and specification writing skills
  9. Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills - both within internal teams, and with clients


  1. Capability of drafting in AutoCAD and/or Revit
  2. Experienced ability to use and interpret the results of HVAC system design software (e.g., HAP, Trace)


Why choose Dillon


Dillon is powered by people who are technically proficient, passionate about socially important projects, and motivated to deliver superior, tangible results. We strive to remain at the forefront of technology and innovation, and are empowered to continually grow and develop.


We live our core values:

  • Reliability: words that result in actions build trust;
  • Achievement: do the work to hit the target;
  • Continuous development: always learning; always adapting; always growing;
  • Creativity: discover new possibilities;
  • Courage: do the things that matter, especially when it’s hard;
  • Inclusiveness: enabling belonging to draw strength from our differences

In addition, we offer:

  • Employee share purchase plan
    • Dillon is 100% employee owned and share ownership is open to all full-time regular employees
  • A competitive compensation package
    • Comprehensive health benefits
    • Generous retirement savings plan
    • Student loan repayment assistance with matching employer contributions
  • Flexible work hours 
    • Dillon values its staff and the contributions that are made each day and understands that work arrangements can differ based on personal needs and business needs.  We are taking a trust-based approach to offer a variety of flexible work options to help balance the competing demands of work and personal life.
  • Learning and Development opportunities
    • As a knowledge-based business, the organic growth of our knowledge and skills occur through our work performance and roles. The creation and sharing of knowledge allows us to take local knowledge to scale, capture lessons learned through experience, and continuously improve service delivery. The development of self and others is an evident and measured core behaviour within our organization
    • We use a composite approach to development including coaching to build the how, mentoring to share lessons, advising to round out perspectives, and co-creation of knowledge through internal learning opportunities
  • Focus on Innovation
    • The ability to anticipate, examine, and adopt new and innovative solutions is a crucial driver for the continual and progressive advancement of our business performance. In our culture, people are empowered to reflect and question current practices and seek forward looking solutions to today’s problems and tomorrow’s opportunities
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
    • A variety of EFAP tools and online resources to support well-being are available to all employees
  • Wellness Subsidy
    • Our employees can take advantage of wellness subsidy that can be put towards expenses for a variety of health and/or wellness related activities such as gym membership, purchase of home fitness equipment, yoga classes  and dance classes

About Dillon

Dillon is a proudly Canadian, employee-owned, professional consulting firm specializing in planning, engineering, environmental science and management. We partner with clients to provide committed, collaborative, and inventive solutions to complex, multi-faceted projects. With over 20 offices and more than 900 employees across Canada, Dillon offers a wide range of services related to building and improving facilities and infrastructure, protecting the environment, and developing communities.


Now operating for over 75 years, we continue to strive for excellence in everything we do. Dillon has been listed as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the past 17 years and has the distinction of having achieved Platinum Club member status in this program.


Employment Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Dillon:

Dillon is committed to the principles of employment equity, inclusiveness, and diversity within our organization. We strive to achieve a workplace where opportunities are based on skills and abilities and that respects and values differences. 


Inclusion is more than a word to us, it is the way we choose to run our business.

Please connect with us if you require accommodation in the interview process. We would love to hear from you!




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