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Posting Number: YUSA-11265
Position Title: Architectural Designer
Department: Planning & Architectural Design Services, Campus Services & Business Operations
Category: Administrative/Secretarial/Clerical
Reports To: Manager, Planning Services
Affiliation/Union: YUSA
Band: 13
Salary: Annual salary of $66,221
Hours of Work: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Position Start Date: September 24, 2018   Position End Date: August 31, 2019
Full-Time / Part-Time: Full-Time
Duration: Contract - Temporary
To create accurate and comprehensive architectural construction drawings for renovations and alterations to existing buildings.
Obtains design changes from Planners and Furniture Coordinators either through detailed discussions or from sketches prepared by design team. From discussions with users, Planners, Coordinators and engineers, determines drawings required for construction. Ability to use AutoCAD2007 to create drawings with a high level of accuracy. Generates site plans, interior and exterior elevations, details, plans, sections and isometrics as required. Ability to clarify issues and problems with Planners, consultants and mechanical engineers. Responsible for coordination of site conditions, working drawings and scope of work to complete tender packages for construction. Ability to work with design team and project administrators to coordinate architectural drawings with structure, electrical and mechanical consultants' drawings. Ability to develop and maintain strategic communication links and working relationships with planners and clients (technological innovations, standards, best practices). Percentage of time: 55%

Obtains "as built" architectural, electrical drawings in either electronic format or hard copy from the files. Visits the location and determines the accuracy of the existing drawings and gathers information for changes. Creates original design drawings and schematics to reflect existing architectural floor plans and electrical systems, incorporating modifications that have been made but not documented in "as built" drawings on file. Visits users with Planners to participate in discussions of user requirements. Visits site during construction to review concealed site conditions and construction methods. Percentage of time: 15%

Designs and produces temporary signage for interior and exterior locations on both campuses using a Gerber machine. Intermediate knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw files to import graphics into signage software. Percentage of time: 10%

Maintains as built conditions on campus map. Designs and co-ordinates all master plan drawings with Master Planner. Ability to interpret legal survey's of property, base building inventory updates. Ability to interpret consultants drawings and accurately incorporate into university campus map. Percentage of time: 10%

Ability to keep abreast of new technologies, materials, and developments pertaining to architecture and related fields of expertise, including evaluation of technical literature, and to advise on opportunities for these applications. Ability to annually review library and advise on updates required. Percentage of time: 5%

Photocopies construction drawings using a large photocopy machine. Provides maintenance and minor service of all drafting equipment (large copier, large plotter, signage machine). Maintains inventory of drafting supplies, after manager's approval places the orders with respective suppliers. Cerlox binding of specifications. Other duties as maybe assigned by supervisor. Percentage of time: 5%
Type: Design team, Project Administrators, Mechanical Engineers, Structural Engineers, Consultants.
Purpose: To discuss detailed components of architectural design, gather factual information and discuss existing conditions with users to determine the nature of their requirements for upgrades to floor plans; "digging" for more information is needed to determine what "real problem is".

Type: Planners, Mechanical Engineers, Project Consultants.
Purpose: To discuss detailed components of architectural design, gather factual information and discuss existing conditions with users to determine the nature of their requirements for upgrades to floor plans; "digging" for more information is needed to determine what "real problem is".

Type: Community clients, Facilities staff.
Purpose: To obtain information, clarify lettering size and color conflicts.

Type: Campus Planner, Central Utilities, Telecom group, Security services.
Purpose: To receive and coordinate as built drawings.

Type: Equipment dealers, supply distributors.
Purpose: Schedule service of equipment, order supplies.
  • Basic reading skills (eg. Scanning text, reading forms, etc)
  • Basic writing skills (eg. Writing brief notes, completing forms, etc.)
  • Comprehends written material (eg. Asking & answering simple or repetitive questions, etc.)
  • Write non-complex documents (eg. Extracting information/details, reading reports/correspondence, etc.)
  • Sustains conversation on specific topics (eg. Explains standard policies/procedures/services, etc.)
  • Comprehends complex texts (eg. Reading & interpreting policy papers/research papers/technical reports, etc.)
  • Composes documents (eg. Drafting reports/recommendations/research papers/summaries, etc.)
Responsibility for Others:
Affiliation   Number of Individuals   Direct/Indirect   Type
Work Study Student   1   Indirect   Administrative/Secretarial/Clerical

The following supervisory responsibilities are required for the individuals listed in the corresponding affiliation:
Affiliation   Responsibilities
Work Study Student  
  • In absences of regular supervisor, is delegated responsibility
  • Arranges work schedules, coordinates work flow & reviews completed work
Physical & Sensory Demands/Environmental Conditions:
VDT use: 75%
Bending: 5%
Prolonged visual attention: 75%
Walking/mobility: 10%
Hand/finger dexterity: 75%
Prolonged Standing: 5%
Prolonged sitting: 75%
Lifting and/or carrying: 5% (Approximate weight: 10lbs)
Community College diploma in Architectural Technology (2 or 3 year program).
5 years recent experience in architectural design using AutoCAD. Knowledge and ability to review on-site conditions.
Demonstrated advanced knowledge of architectural design, detailing and a complete understanding of related specifications. Demonstrated advanced knowledge of AutoCAD2007. Demonstrated advanced knowledge of Gerber signage software. Demonstrated knowledge of Building Code. Demonstrated ability to perform multi-tasking. Effective oral communication skills. Excellent analytic and problem solving skills. Initiative and independence, ability to set own priorities. Ability to work effectively in a team. Accuracy to detail, ability to work under pressure of time and volume of work. Tact and diplomacy. Good organizational skills. Full knowledge of site safety precautions and WHMIS.
Recruitment Checks:
This position requires the candidate to produce a verification of degree(s), credentials(s), or equivalencies from accredited institutions and/or international equivalents at the time of interview.
Job Specifications:
Summer Hours: Same as above.
Overtime Availability in this Position: Occasional overtime may be necessary during peak periods.
Peak Period Definition: May - August.
Vacation Restriction Definition: Vacation may not be taken during May and June; can not interfere with deadlines; completion of projects and/or overlapping with other staff members.
Internal Posting Date: July 3, 2018
Internal Application Deadline: July 10, 2018
Extended Posting Date: August 27, 2018
Extended Application Deadline: September 17, 2018
External Posting Date: August 27, 2018
External Application Deadline: September 17, 2018

Please Note: All applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the posted deadline date.

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