Director, Engineering

Location: Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Department: Engineering

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Manager/Supervisor


Tree Island Steel Ltd.  (“Tree Island Steel” or the “Company”) is a publicly listed company whose shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSL.  Headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, since 1964, Tree Island Steel, through its four operating facilities in Canada and the United States, produces wire products for a diverse range of industrial, residential construction, commercial construction, agricultural, and specialty applications. Its products include bright wire; a broad array of fasteners, including packaged, collated and bulk nails; stucco reinforcing products; concrete reinforcing mesh; fencing and other fabricated wire products. The Company markets these products under the Tree Island®, Halsteel®, True-Spec®, K-Lath®, TI-Wire® and Tough Strand® brand names. Tree Island Steel operates in Canada under Tree Island Industries Ltd and in the United States under Tree Island Wire (USA) Inc.



The Director of Engineering is responsible for all aspects of the company’s engineering and product development. This position provides technical expertise and leadership in the development of new improved manufacturing processes and products; overseeing all electrical power consumption and distribution; overseeing corporate environmental reporting and conformance; and is responsible for the development of the annual capital budget.



  • Develop strategic planning for the direction and control of product development.
  • Formulate long-term objectives and standards of performance for the department.
  • Assure that department achieves objectives and project completion within budget and time frame.
  • Be a leader in bringing onboard current industry trends, ensuring that the company maintains and expands its technology leadership position.
  • Motivate staff and provide technical direction and guidance, as well as hands-on project management, recognizing the role as that of both manager and support resource / mentor.
  • Assure that product is designed for specific needs, but with wider applications in mind.
  • Ensure implementation and refinement as required of formal process to support the product development process.
  • Ensure that product development is focused on meeting and exceeding the customer requirements.
  • Assess needs for equipment upgrades and acquisitions.
  • Ensure reliability of plant power supply and distribution, and safety of electrical control systems of production machinery.
  • Evaluate proposals developed by Engineers for feasibility and cost effectiveness.
  • Prepare and / or review proposals for new equipment or capital expenditures.
  • Develop Capital Appropriation Requests (CAR) and present to Senior Management for approval.
  • Ensures project deliverables are met and are completed on time and on budget.
  • Oversee Tree Island’s Environmental plan, ensuring compliance with all regulations and permits for BC Ministry of Environment, Environment Canada and the GVRD.
  • Review reports to environmental agencies per the environmental plan and ensure reports are submitted in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Recommend necessary equipment, processes or procedures to be adopted to ensure products meet design standards at optimum manufacturing efficiency.
  • Responsible for the hiring, training, motivation, performance review, and development of the engineering department team under their direction.
  • Coordinate the activities of staff engaged in providing new / improvement to products and / or processes.
  • Create and manages cross functional project teams when necessary for major projects.
  • Provides technical expertise and assistance to engineering staff.




  • An Engineering degree (Electrical or Mechanical).
  • Professional Engineer license, P. Eng or equivalent is required.
  • Master's degree in Engineering or business is considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of WorkSafe BC and Technical Safety BC standards.
  • Familiarity with BC Building and Fire Code.
  • Contractor management experience.
  • Minimum 10 years’ previous experience in a manufacturing environment, including plant management and responsibility for a large plant or multi-plant network.
  • Knowledge of steel manufacturing processes is an asset.
  • Experience and success with Lean Manufacturing, or Total Quality Management, implementation and working knowledge of Six Sigma and tools used in assessing and implementing initiatives for continuous improvement.
  • Strong analytical skills, with experience in analyzing and managing methods and cost. 
  • Ability to understand technical manufacturing processes across multiple plants.
  • Ability to lead by coaching and mentoring of team members to achieve their individual expectations and deliverables as well as the ability to influence other leaders and coach, teach, and mentor superiors, peers, and subordinates.
  • Experience in preventative maintenance programs, with strong technical knowledge of various machines, equipment and processes.
  • Proven ability to manage projects on time and within budget.
  • Mechanical, Electrical and or Instrumentation & Controls design skills and AutoCAD familiarity.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Knowledge of ISO policies and procedures.
  • Ability to travel to facilities in North America.


We thank all candidates for applying; however, only shirt-listed candidates will be contacted. No agencies please.

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