Water Treatment Operator

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PUC Services Inc. operates multiple utilities within and around the City of Sault Ste. Marie, including the supply and delivery of electricity and drinking water, and energy services and the treatment of water and wastewater.


As the Water Treatment Operator, your duties will include:

• Maintain and operate all process controls and related equipment required for the operation of the Water Treatment Plant, and other facilities under the direction of PUC.
• Check all health and safety equipment to ensure it is in working order and complies with legislative requirements.
• Maintain documentation in compliance with legislation and PUC policy.
• Collect and analyze samples to ensure facility compliance.
• Maintain a safe working environment.
• Perform safe and proper handling of chemicals and processes to ensure compliance.


• Post-secondary diploma in Water Resource Technology or Environmental Engineering Technology.
• Hold and maintain a valid Water Treatment Operator License and Wastewater Treatment License appropriate with the level of the facility.
• Hold and maintain a valid Ontario driver’s license.
• Strong knowledge of related legislation, codes, standards, and practices.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to exercise judgement in adjusting process variables to meet operating parameters.
• Ability to work as part of a team and take initiative.
• Knowledge of advanced mathematics and chemistry to complete calculations regarding chemicals and processes.
• Ability to operate computerized systems.
• Ability to be on-call on a scheduled basis for after hour emergencies.


We are an equal opportunity employer. Resumes stating qualifications and experience will be accepted until February 26, 2021. Please email your resume to HR@SSMPUC.COM

Water Treatment Operator

Job Title: Water Treatment Operator
Department: Wastewater/Water Treatment  Operations
Pay Rate Range: $29.85-$37.35 Closing: January 21, 2021
Position Details: Permanent Full-Time (40 hrs/week) Class: IBEW Union


Primary Duties :

Reporting to the Supervisor of Treatment Operations, the incumbent operates and monitors all City owned water pumping stations, water towers and treatment facilities on a rotating 12 hr shift schedule that includes days, nights and weekend shifts. Primary duties include:

1. Ensure that all operations are in compliance with safety regulations and with MECP regulations through SCADA monitoring, process control, basic laboratory analysis, equipment calibration, trouble shooting of electrical and mechanical systems, process sampling, recording and reporting of data.
2. Assist in the repair of all electrical and mechanical equipment.
3. Undertake janitorial, building maintenance and grounds keeping as required.
4. Perform other duties as assigned by the Treatment Operations Supervisor and or Manager as it relates to water plant operation.
5. Function as Overall Responsible Operator (ORO) for the Water Treatment subsystem as required, upon completion of the required licensing and experience.


Education, Licences/Certification and Other Qualifications Required:

  • 2 to 3-year Diploma from an accredited college in an environmental / civil engineering field or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Minimum Level 1 MECP certification in Water Treatment is desirable. Water Treatment certification at Level 2 or above is preferred. In addition, Water distribution certification will be an asset.
  • Confined space entry training and Utility Work Protection Code training will be an asset.
  • Thorough knowledge of the regulations that apply to water treatment.
  • Thorough knowledge of the water treatment/distribution process.
  • Thorough knowledge of sampling techniques and instrumentation associated with sampling.
  • Familiarity with utility industry safety rules as well as the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certificate will be an asset.
  • Initiative and ability to work with minimum supervision, ability to work well as a member of a team.
  • Proficient verbal and written communications skills, including good public relations skills.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Familiarity with SCADA systems will be an asset.


Special Working Conditions/Conditions of Employment:

  • Applicant must be capable of walking, lifting and climbing and perform the physical demands of the position.
  • Acquire and maintain the minimum licensing requirements in Water Treatment.
  • Maintain a valid Class “G” driver’s license throughout employment. 
  • Must be reliable and able to work shift rotation, including night shift and weekends.
  • A criminal record check satisfactory to Utilities Kingston at the successful candidate’s own expense.