Position Description

General Supervisor, Maintenance Mechanic
Company - Location Vancouver Shipyards - North Vancouver, BC - 50 Pemberton Avenue, Operations Centre
Employment Duration Full-time permanent salaried
Posting # 4771
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General Supervisor, Maintenance Mechanic

Job Grade - 6

The General Supervisor, Maintenance Mechanic directly oversees the daily activities of mechanical and electrical maintenance in order to ensure optimal operation of shipyard facility, production equipment, production lines and equipment.   The General Supervisor determines staffing requirements and oversees work assignments within an assigned Area. The General Supervisor is responsible for ensuring all work is carried out in accordance shipyard safety, quality, and environment standards, policies and procedures. To ensure standards are met the General Supervisor will regularly check on performance, conduct performance management tasks, including but not limited to: disciplining trades employees, approving trade employee time cards, trade employee leave requests and ensuring the collective agreement is applied appropriately.

Note: Due to business needs, this position is required to be fully on-site based at 50 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver, V7P 2R2      


  • Manage and coordinate the work of multiple subcontractors and suppliers.
  •  Effectively manage and schedule variety of mechanical and electrical work and maintenance.
  • Routinely inspect equipment for needed repairs and maintenance and repair requests.
  • Perform frequent on-the-job inspections to ensure safe working habits, safe work areas, quality of workmanship, effectiveness of maintenance and repairs.
  • Ensures work progression in accordance with safety, cost, quality and schedules.
  • Implements and enforces Seaspan Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality processes on the shop floor and strives to eliminate safety hazards at every opportunity.
  • Reports internally on work process and status.
  • Escalates technical trade issues with Management and implements solutions as identified by Management.
  • Responsible for interpreting work order specifications and manufacturing information, ensuring work orders are completed, keeping updated on standards and changes in plans, and provisioning materials in the case of unavailability.
  • Assists in determining work plans, sequences and schedules and may be required to assist in preparing estimates.
  • Responsible for delivering production in accordance with Company and customer quality standards.
  • Partners with Management to ensure trade employees have the skills, equipment, training and certifications required to perform planned work activities. 
  • Ensures work crews minimize waste expense and unnecessary delays in construction or repair work.
  • Works with Management to eliminate inefficient work practice and fully use their work crew experience and skills to progress the work.
  • Allocates trades employees in accordance with schedule and priorities, assigning work to trade employees with the skill and ability to efficiently complete scheduled work. 
  • Responsible for discipline, including performance and attendance management, termination of employment, as well as assigning or removing chargehand responsibilities to trades employees.
  • Follows and enforces the collective agreement and management practices to manage trades employees effectively.
  • Responsible for timekeeping administration and approval of direct and indirect reports.
  • Ensures all employees are provided with a work environment that is respectful and harassment free.
  • Required to be available for after hours, off-shift and weekends on a rotational basis
  • Works closely with Wellness and Abilities Management as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Millwright is highly desirable
  • Minimum 5 years of heavy duty repair work experience.  Maintenance and repair work experience with robotic welding  and cutting machines, fume extractors, dust collectors, heating and ventilations systems, air compressors, mobile equipment: manlift, forklift
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Proficient knowledge of trade responsibilities specific to heavy manufacturing (welding, metal fabrication, electrical, pipefitting, paint/sandblasting, mechanical, rigging, etc.).

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Possess strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Proficient with MS Office products and web based applications.
  • Possess excellent management and leadership skills and the ability to motivate and work with and through others to achieve desired results.
  • Appreciates and understands the value of diversity within a team.
  • Conflict resolution and negotiations skills to resolve disagreements quickly and effectively, bring a problem-solving attitude to conflicting approaches and priorities involving others.
  • Experience in the application of behavioural based safety.
  • Demonstrates ability to make mature and timely job site decision.


Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities. Furthermore, we are committed to providing an inclusive and accessible environment. If you require reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know, and we will work with you to support your request.