Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University

Tool Room Technician



Application Restrictions

Open to both Internal and external

Job Type

Support Staff (CUPE)

Posting In effect from


Closing Application Date


Closing date for internal CUPE applicants


Applications will be reviewed commencing the “closing date for internal CUPE applicants” and may continue until the position is filled.

Internal CUPE applicants must submit their application by 4pm on the “closing date for internal CUPE applicants” for their Seniority to be recognized. Applications received after the "closing date for internal CUPE applicants" will be considered alongside external applicants.

Full/Part Time

Full Time

Support Type


Anticipated Start Date


Position End Date (If Applicable)

The Hours of work are subject to change depending upon departmental requirements


The hours of work will be Monday to Friday, 7 hours a day, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Schedule Description


The Tool Room Technician supports instructors and provides an introduction to various tools, equipment, and their safe use as required. Some pieces of equipment are physically large and spread out inside and outside the buildings. A Trades Technician supports the instructors at their request in the trades training shop. Typical functions include researching and ordering materials and specialized equipment to the specification identified by instructors. They are responsible for the maintenance of equipment in shops and laboratories. The technician may also provide safety oversight on student lab/shop projects at the instructor's request.


  • Researches, prepares requisitions for, purchases, and supplies equipment, materials and supplies while following relevant purchasing procedures and ensuring availability in time for classes.
  • Takes action to replace and return any incorrect or damaged equipment received; completing appropriate documentation.
  • Transports equipment between teaching facilities which includes large equipment that needs a hitched trailer.
  • Provides students with appropriate equipment and tools as requested by the student and/or instructor.
  • Maintains and repairs any equipment that is damaged or operating unsafely, and makes recommendations on repairs of equipment that needs to be outsourced.
  • At the instructor's request, assists students in following safety procedures to ensure lab/shop projects are completed safely.
  • Proactively reviews schedule of classes and orders equipment and supplies needed for scheduled classes.
  • Researches, receives quotes for, and purchases equipment, materials and supplies to specifications at the most economical cost and following Purchasing procedures.
  • Ensures documents for equipment purchases are appropriately filed. Maintains an inventory of equipment to ensure all equipment approaching end of life cycle is replaced.
  • Coordinates facility upgrades and maintenance with Facilities and/or external contractors.
  • Prepares monthly reports on PCard purchases and submits them for approval by Chair and Dean.
  • Prepares and distributes picture identification/tool tag cards.
  • Maintains files and records, and completes related reports.
  • Assists in ensuring all equipment, shops, and labs are kept clean and organized.
  • Maintains log of all equipment including equipment signed out by students and instructors.
  • Operates forklift in transportation of heavy equipment and supplies.
  • Assists instructors in supervising students and their safety in shops and labs as assigned by instructors.
  • Maintains the inventory of applicable safety gear and daily supplies for the shop, and ensures that items are returned for recycling or environmentally disposed.
  • REPORTS TO Manager, Program Delivery



  • Grade 12, plus a minimum of one-year certificate in Certified Trades Training

  • Three years' related experience

  • Knowledge of the BC and Canada Trades Training System
  • Ability to deal effectively with others
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to operate related equipment
  • Valid forklift ticket
  • Ability to operate a personal computer, including basic word processing, accessing internet information and utilizing e-mail
  • Class 5 license, with ability to drive vehicle with equipment loaded on hitched trailer

  • Works in toolroom, shops and laboratory environment; some counter work with exposure to minor disagreeable conditions
  • Lift objects and tools weighing up to 50 lbs
  • The salary for the above position is determined by the Collective Agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 4879, as it presently exists.

    Pay Band

    $28.36 - $31.51 ( CUPE Grade 07 (90% - 100%) )

    Salary rate

    This Position is not subject to a 90% start rate for new Employees.


    Kamloops, BC CA (Primary)

    # of Hires Needed


    Organizational Unit

    Thompson Rivers University -> School of Trades and Technology -> Dean, School of Trades and Technology

    Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:

    Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to hiring based on merit with a focus on fostering diversity of thought within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

    NOTE: To learn more about Thompson Rivers University or living in Kamloops or Williams Lake please visit our Careers website. External Candidates invited to interview will be required to bring a copy of their transcripts to the interview.

    Job details


    Tool Room Technician


    Thompson Rivers University




    March 29, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 12, 2024

    Job type




    About the employer

    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) was established in 1970 as a public academic and Research University. Located in Kamloops, BC, Canada is the main campus of the university. Many global leaders and people in business have graduated from TRU. It has distance and online education programs with TRU Open Learning division.

    The inaugural convocation of TRU was held on March 31, 2005. The first official visit at the university was made by Prime Minister Paul Martin. On-campus, 15,500 students are studying a variety of programs.

    Programs are from these schools and faculties; Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Adventure, School of Business and Economics, School of Nursing, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Culinary Arts and Tourism, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Student Development, and School of Trades and Technology.

    The university is in the vicinity of the commercial districts and residential areas. And next door to Tournament Capital Center that is Kamloops' biggest recreational centre. Also, the University offers various outdoor adventures and cultural activities around its campus.

    With TRU's World division, they have many international partners. With 26,000 studying students on the campus or through distance and online learning, the university provide 140 on-campus programs and 60 open learning programs. It has 2000+ employees including academic faculty, staff and administration.

    TRU provides its students with academic research, extracurricular activities for community services. Most students from are from China, India and Saudi Arabia with other 70 countries.

    33,000+ Canadian Alumni and 15,000+ International Alumni have graduated from TRU's undergraduate, graduate and vocational training programs. The TRU Alum stay connected with AlumNights that happen in Vancouver and Victoria. The notable alumni of TRU are Canadian actor Lorne Cardinal, Canadian novelist and former professor at the University of British Columbia, Steven Galloway; and Kamar Burke, Canadian retired professional basketball player.

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