VDC Designer
Modern Niagara
Vancouver, British Columbia, CA
1d ago

Modern Niagara helps building owners, managers, and general contractors meet the mechanical, electrical, integrated building technology, and building services needs of their buildings across Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Southwestern Ontario, and Ottawa.

We also develop custom, turnkey solutions to help reach the desired outcomes. We are committed to having a positive and meaningful impact on Canada’s infrastructure and on the communities where we live, learn, work, and heal.


We value passion, initiative, determination, professionalism, and teamwork and we are committed to ensuring that our teams have everything they need to succeed.

Health and safety are embedded in everything we do and, as a result, our award-winning safety culture has a record that’s well above industry standards.

At Modern Niagara, you will work alongside values-driven, safety-conscious, and high-impact teams in a fast-paced, innovative, and collaborative environment.

Here, your knowledge, skills, and excellent service will help ensure that the buildings that make up Canada’s infrastructure fulfill the needs they were set out to meet.

Modern Niagara is one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and is a recipient of SMACNA s Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP) Canada and the Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) Magazine’s Gold Winner for Canada’s Safest Employers Award in the Building and Construction category and Excellence Winner for Canada’s Best Health + Safety Culture Award as well as Canada’s Best Health + Safety Leader Award.

We are currently seeking aVDC Designerto join our team inVancouver, British Columbia.

We are seeking to fill a position where REVIT understanding is strong, and multiple system knowledge / code understanding / routing optimization is developing.

The responsibilities of the Virtual Design & Construction Designer are to understand and further develop Engineering Consultant designs into fabricable / installable / coordinated virtual models to represent eventual site installation

The VDC Designer will ultimately be responsible for designing / modelling at least one-two of the following disciplines for projects using virtual construction technologies :

  • Mechanical & Domestic Distribution systems
  • Gravity & venting systems
  • Ductwork Systems
  • Mechanical room large bore piping systems with Spooling drawing output support
  • Sleeving / Embeds / Trimble
  • Conduit Runs
  • Electrical Room / Distribution System
  • The VDC Designer uses modelling and coordination software to route & reroute their discipline amongst the architectural / structural / building elements.

  • The VDC Designer’ routing must be optimized to save money; ease installation; follow relevant codes; correct consultant mistakes;
  • represent the intent of our trades.

    This role is in constant contact with the VDC Project Lead and the Project Superintendent, so that work is vetted, and agrees with project strategies.


  • Modelling 3D building system that correct for mistakes in consultant drawings, with QAQC steps for the at least one of disciplines;
  • systems must relevant meet code requirements and must be installable with maximum efficiency and minimize material / labour costs

  • Issuing complete paper / pdf drawings are to site team, with QAQC steps
  • Makes copies of drawings and maintains information regarding changes to database
  • Assists to bring profitability and competitive advantage to Modern Niagara with VDC technologies, ensures delivery dates are met
  • Oversees Fittings Libraries and reports incorrect fittings to the VDC Manager
  • Makes final sketch of proposed drawings, checking dimensions, materials to be used, relation of one part to another, and relation of various parts to whole structure or project
  • Sketches rough layouts and computes angles, weights, surface areas, dimensions, radii, clearances, tolerances, leverages, and location of holes
  • Work cross-functionally to ensure designs are developed to support overall program timing
  • Other duties as requested

  • Education Required : Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from an Accredited Canadian University OR 3rd year or higher completion of accredited trade apprenticeship.
  • Experience in reading and interpreting construction drawings and documents.
  • Experience in the construction industry, or industry trade.
  • Strong computer skills with hands-on working knowledge of MS Office, particularly Excel and Word.
  • Artistic Minimum : clearly sketch isometric piping.
  • Average to strong written & verbal English.
  • Consideration given for : AutoCAD, Navisworks, Google sketchup, REVIT, other 3D systems.
  • Problem solving in an engineering / manufacturing / construction environment using any design tools.
  • Ability to work in an office and field environment and maintain excellent working relationships with others.
  • Team player, energetic, resourceful.
  • Willingness to commit to continuous learning.
  • Well organized with an ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Effective communicator with the ability to develop effective working relationships with employees at all levels.
  • Sense of urgency and drive to succeed, must be comfortable working within a deadline driven, fast paced environment.
  • Resourceful, energetic and able to manage multiple priorities.
  • NOTE : Should you be shortlisted for this role prior to the interview stage, you will be required to submit a portfolio of either modelling (REVIT / AutoCAD / sketchup etc) work, plumbing / installation photos, or artistic work for the panel's assessment of your spatial intelligence / skill level.
  • We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    At Modern Niagara, we recognize the value of fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization and are committed to eliminating barriers faced by members of equity-seeking groups (women, Indigenous, Black, racialized, LGTBQ2S+, people with disabilities, and new immigrants) in the construction industry.

    Our DEI vision is to build an organization where everyone has access to the same opportunities, experience equitable outcomes, and can thrive and reach their full potential.

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