System Maintenance – Water & Wastewater

Job Title: System Maintenance – Water & Wastewater
Job Opening ID: 26495
# Required: 12
Business Unit: Human Resources
Division: Water & Wastewater
Location: Recruiting
Standard Hours: 40/week
Full/Part Time: Full
Salary Range: $27.23 -$33.72
Post Date: 2020-09-08
Closing Date: 2020-10-06

Please note that the online application process includes a series of questions related to the requirements of the posting. We advise all applicants to carefully review their responses to the online questionnaire for accuracy, prior to submitting their application.

It is highly recommended applicants print or save a copy of the job posting prior to starting the application in order to reference the job requirements throughout the online process.

As part of the online application process, we ask that all applicants provide an email address that they regularly check.

Applicants with class I Water/Wastewater Treatment licenses, OIT licenses (or passed exams) are strongly preferred.  Successful candidates must obtain their Water & Wastewater OIT licenses (at a minimum) before they can be called to an active work assignment.  For more information on Water & Wastewater licensing, including how to become certified and upcoming exams, please visit www.owwco.ca

Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries.  Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada’s most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada’s most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario’s most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Niagara Region is currently pre-qualifying individuals for System Maintenance opportunities in our Water Wastewater division, Public Works department. Work includes performing routine, preventative and emergency maintenance work on equipment, pumps and tools, general building maintenance as well as operating a regional vehicle. Pre-qualified individuals will be considered for future job opportunities as they become available, whether casual, temporary or permanent.

Pay rate: Successful candidates typically start as a System Maintenance Assistant I; the starting rate for this position is $27.23, and the pay range is $27.23-$28.79. The total range in pay for roles within this job family is $27.23-$33.72, depending on licensing, education/training, qualifications, trade certification, and years of service within CUPE Local 1287.

Hours: A typical work week is scheduled 40 hours. Regular hours of operation are currently 7:00am-3:30pm or 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday, subject to stand-by rotation, overtime, including afternoons, nights, weekends & holidays. Work may be casual, temporary or permanent in nature, depending on need. While in casual work assignments, there is no minimum guarantee of hours or frequency of work.

While on Stand-by, an employee is required to be available at all times and provide a physical response to the work location within sixty (60) minutes of the service call, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Location: Locations vary throughout the Niagara Region. Our main Water & Wastewater treatment facilities are located in Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Queenston, Welland, Port Colborne, Crystal Beach, St. Catharines, Port Dalhousie, and Grimsby, in addition to a variety of support stations and facilities.

 

Duties:

Employees perform a wide variety of tasks, including:

  • Perform maintenance work on equipment, buildings, and grounds within a defined water and wastewater area system
  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment and tools, adjusts lubricates, performs oil changes, and maintain associated records
  • Perform (and/or assist with) preventative, emergency, and scheduled maintenance to water/wastewater plant or system equipment, including pump units, motors, valves, chemical and small submersible pumps using hand and electrical tools
  • Clear screens, tanks, channels and pumps of blockages and other debris using manual and power equipment as necessary
  • Complete daily work sheets and requests for materials needed for repair on equipment, including using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS)
  • Remove obstructions from process systems
  • Monitor the unloading of various chemicals using safe handling procedures for hazardous materials
  • Maintain buildings through plumbing, masonry and carpentry work, sweeping, mopping, waxing, and removing garbage for pickup
  • Change light bulbs, check emergency lights, and fire extinguishers, test alarms
  • Reset breakers, after electrical awareness training
  • Operate Regional vehicle, hoist and crane to lift equipment
  • Perform inventory control and requisition requests
  • Transport crew, equipment and tools to work sites
  • As per season, operates tractor mower and trimmer to cut grass and eliminate weeds; operate snow blower to remove snow. Also rake, and shovel and sand sidewalks
  • Clean self-contained breathing apparatus and other safety equipment
  • Use and maintain personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with regulations and procedures
  • Assist other maintenance and operational personnel as required

 

EDUCATION

  • Completion of a high school diploma, or equivalency (Ex. GED)
  • Please see the Special Conditions regarding Ministry of Environment (M.O.E.) Water/Wastewater certification(s)
  • Candidates who meet ONE of the following three criteria as it pertains to M.O.E. certification are strongly preferred:
  • 1-Successfully completed Operator-in-Training exams in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection and Wastewater Treatment in order to qualify for valid OIT licenses, OR;
  • 2-Hold valid Operator-in-Training licenses in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection and Wastewater Treatment, OR;
  • 3-Possess a valid Class I Water and/or Wastewater Treatment license (or greater)
  • Must be willing to undertake additional levels of training prescribed in the Regulations
  • Additional training, courses or education in a related field (asset)
  • Courses/Apprenticeship hours/certification in a related trade field, such as an Electrician or Millwright (asset)
  • Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid (asset)
  • Confined space entry/rescue and fall protection training (asset)
  • Tag Out/Lock Out training (asset)
  • Gas Technician License (asset)
  • W.H.M.I.S. training (asset)
  • Forklift training/certification (asset)
  • Additional health & safety training related to the position (asset)
  • DZ Driver’s license (asset)

 

KNOWLEDGE

  • 1 year of relevant experience in plant or industrial maintenance is required
  • Experience in water or wastewater plants or systems (asset)
  • Must possess mechanical aptitude and knowledge of tools and equipment related to maintenance activities
  • Must possess knowledge of mechanics and electrical maintenance
  • Demonstrated knowledge of proper health and safety practices
  • Previous experience with SCADA/PLC systems (asset)
  • Familiarity with a Computerized Maintenance Management System /work order system (asset)

 

SKILLS

  • Must possess computer skills (ex. spreadsheets, word processing, CMMS/work order systems and email)
  • Must be able to work with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team, communicate and cooperate with others
  • Excellent documentation skills (electronic and written)
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Must possess basic mathematical skills, mechanical and verbal reasoning, numerical ability and spatial relations
  • Ability to respond to emergencies and follow established procedures
  • Proven ability to recognize issues, troubleshoot and solve problems
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks on a daily basis

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must possess valid, unrestricted G class driver’s license; It is the employee’s responsibility to possess and maintain a valid and restriction-free driver’s license of appropriate class to carry out the duties of the job
  • Must comply with all aspects of the Regional Respiratory Program Policy. Respiratory Fit Test mandatory
  • Required to travel to various locations to receive training and/or to perform maintenance duties
  • Work location may be changed in order to better facilitate training and experience i.e. scheduled move from Plant A to Plant B
  • In accordance with the Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance Certificate
  • Successful candidates must obtain their Water & Wastewater OIT licenses (at a minimum) and a satisfactory driver’s abstract before they can be called to an active work assignment
  • Once they have started working, candidates must successfully pass their Class I Water or Wastewater Treatment exam(s) within 18 months in order to qualify for their Class I license(s)

Work may be casual, temporary or permanent in nature, depending on need. Please note that while on casual work assignment, employees are not members of CUPE 1287.

We appreciate receipt of all applications; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be acknowledged. Please note that the recruitment process may also involve a skills assessment/skills demonstration/practical examination.

As part of the online application process, we ask that all applicants provide an email address that they regularly check.

Although not required at this time, please note that successful applicants will be required to provide the following documents and/or comply with the following requirements (but not limited to), as a condition of hire:

  • Satisfactory Driver’s Abstract
  • Satisfactory Police Clearance Certificate
  • Proof of original educational qualifications
  • Proof of original Ministry of Environment (M.O.E.) Water/Wastewater qualifications (ex. proof of passed exams, licenses, etc.)
  • Satisfactory physical assessment

Applicants with class I Water/Wastewater Treatment licenses, OIT licenses (or passed exams) are strongly preferred.  Successful candidates must obtain their Water & Wastewater OIT licenses (at a minimum) before they can be called to an active work assignment.  For more information on Water & Wastewater licensing, including how to become certified and upcoming exams, please visit www.owwco.ca.

To view the full job description and requirements, visit our Careers page – Job Opening #26495

Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow’s challenges…..today!

Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application no later than October 6, 2020 before midnight by visiting our ‘Careers’ page at www.niagararegion.ca . We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.