Welcome To Halifax Harbour Bridges - Applying For The Painting Supervisor Position

Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) maintains and operates the Angus L. Macdonald and A. Murray MacKay Bridges that span Halifax harbour.  With annual traffic volume in excess of 32 million crossings, HHB’s mission is to provide safe, efficient and reliable cross-harbour transportation infrastructure in a cost effective manner.  HHB employees take pride in the bridges. We are motivated, results-driven individuals who enjoy challenges, and are committed to continuous learning.


Reporting to the Maintenance Manager, and working closely with the Maintenance Supervisor, the Painting Supervisor is responsible for leading work crews in their daily duties for HHB’s Maintenance Painting Program, and ensuring work crews are adhering to HHB’s safety, scheduling, quality control and productivity standards.


This position is deemed as a *Safety Sensitive Position as work is completed in variable weather temperatures and adverse weather conditions, working at extreme heights from 170 – 320 feet above the bridge, and in confined spaces below the bridge or in the bridge towers. A critical accountability for this role is adherence to the HHB Safety standards, policies and processes, including but not limited to: completing job hazard assessments, wearing required Personal Protective Equipment, ensuring proper access of confined spaces, reporting safety observations, and being able to rescue co-workers as necessary.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

·         Follow HHB safety policies, procedures, standards, Safe Work Practices, and reporting requirements.

·         Perform daily oversight of 15+ employees (4 to 5 work crews of 3 to 4 people per crew) at various locations on or around the bridges to ensure quality control and productivity standards by:

o   Ensuring pre-paint preparation of steel surfaces.

o   Applying knowledge of pneumatic hand tools, lead based paint and painting materials, and basic painting procedures.

o   Ensuring pre-shift and post-shift crew tasks are complete, such as; workstation set up, job hazard assessments submission, safety and equipment inspection, safety report submissions, painting tool and equipment cleaning and secured storage.

·         Comply with the terms and conditions of the collective agreement, as well as the rules and regulations of relevant legislation including but not limited to OHS and Workers’ Compensation Act.

·         Exercise strong relationship building, decision-making, organization, prioritization, time management, timely communication (verbal, written), documentation and reporting skills daily.

·         Complete job-related safety training and skills development as required.

·         Perform other duties as assigned.



·         A valid Class 5 NS Driver’s License and clean driving record (Driver Abstract will be required as a condition of employment).

·         Must pass a drug and alcohol test, physical demands assessment, as well as a criminal background check and employment reference checks as conditions of employment.

·         Leadership experience, preferably leading unionized workers.

·         A Grade 12 diploma or equivalent.

·         Able to work in a *Safety Sensitive Position, in adverse weather conditions, at extreme heights (170 - 320 feet), in direct traffic, in confined spaces, and actively participate in high angle rescue.

·         Able to work in an efficient and safe manner while providing excellent customer service, and exhibiting pride in quality work.

·         Able to use computers or relevant technology applications in daily activities.

·         Punctual and dependable with a can-do attitude.


Assets include:

·         Valid Safety training in Fall Protection, Confined Space Entry, WHMIS, First Aid, High Angle Rescue. If necessary, these courses will be scheduled by the employer for the successful candidate to complete.

·         Working knowledge of Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

·         National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) - Coatings Inspector Program (CIP) Level 1.

·         Painting trade certification.

·         Knowledge of scaffolding installation and safe work practices.

·         Proven track record of leading teams and motivating team members through coaching.

·         A high degree of initiative and reliability.

·         Ability to effectively and efficiently use computers, various computer programs, and cloud-based software.


This is a full-time, permanent seasonal position, working 40 hours per week from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday throughout HHB’s summer season (April – October). Overtime will be required based on operational demands, including on weekends. The hourly wage for this position is $26.00.


*Safety Sensitive Position refers to any position in which Employees have a key and direct role in an operation where performance impacted or limited by drug or alcohol use could result in a significant incident, near miss, or failure to adequately respond to a significant incident and affect the health, safety or security of the Employee, other persons, property, or the environment, or cause a detrimental impact to reputation. Safety sensitive positions are also those where there is no direct supervision or limited supervision is available to provide frequent operational checks.


Qualified applicants are invited to complete the online assessment, and send their cover letter and resume to Dan Bubar via email (DBubar@hdbc.ns.ca) by March 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm. HHB appreciates all applications, however only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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