Industrial Electrician and Water Treatment Operator

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto. Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city. 

Job summary 

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Industrial Electrician and Operator within the Water Services Division. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City’s Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Vision for an inclusive, connected and prosperous city. 

Hours of work 

Any five consecutive shifts; Sunday through Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00pm. Rotating on-call is a requirement of this position once level 1 certificate is obtained (reasonable response time is required). 


•Operates and maintains water treatment facilities, pumps, motors, valves, chemical feed equipment, process piping, storage facilities, monitoring instruments, generators and diesel engines. 

•Ensures safe drinking water is provided to the public through compliance with MECP regulations, the Safe Drinking Water Act and standard operating procedures. 

•Inspects, operates and maintains water treatment equipment by taking meter readings, adding chemicals, adjusting flow and chemical feed rates, keeping written records and inspecting and repairing equipment. 

•Assist in facility maintenance, keeping water treatment sites in good order – including floor sweeping, cleaning equipment and piping, washroom cleaning etc. 

•Assist treatment operations team with tasks as needed and appropriate. 

•Monitors equipment performance by monitoring flow, pressure levels, and vibration temperature, equipment-operating times and other process variables. 

• Participates in water treatment and distribution system water quality monitoring and testing programs. 

•Performs routine sampling and testing of the water treatment processes using portable test equipment. 

• Responds to water quality complaints and provides advice to customers in a cordial and professional manner. 

•Operates chemical delivery system and maintains chemical storage facilities and delivery vehicles. 

•Co-ordinates and oversees the work of contractors and external trades, as required. 

• Performs process calculations and interprets results for appropriate process control adjustments. 

•Utilize SCADA and facilities data management systems, monitor process trends to determine root causes and troubleshoot issues. 

• Monitor unit process performance and system performance to assure Municipal Drinking Water License (MDWL) compliance. 

• Maintains a good working relationship with all colleagues, customers and contractors through collaboration, communication and application of conflict resolution skills. 

•Assist with preparing and updating standard operating procedures when needed. 

• Act as an Operator-In-Charge at all times and when on-call after hours once level 1 license is obtained, responsible for making appropriate water treatment decisions in compliance with regulations. 

•Record Treatment Operations data both written and computer entry. 

• Plan, schedule, and implement work activities for electrical systems and associated maintenance programs. 

• Ensures instrumentation equipment remains calibrated and in good working order according to scheduled timelines and MECP regulatory compliance requirements. 

• Install, repair, and maintain emergency generators and switchgears, un-interruptible power supply and conditioners, motor starter and controllers, and variable speed drives. 

• Installs and programs Variable Frequency Drive applications, able to wire and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers and other microprocessor based controllers including Remote Telemetry Units (RTU) and telemetry for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). 

•Analyses by troubleshooting all types of process instruments and related equipment making recommendations on a course of action for the repair or replacement of equipment. 

• Installs electrical for pumping stations, wells, and reservoirs in accordance with national codes and standards. 

•Assists in establishing goals and performance standards for work activities, including ensuring all work complies with Safety Standards and all applicable codes and acts as Maintenance Lead Hand when required. 

• Determines appropriate equipment and materials to complete work according to specifications, verbal instructions, or established standard operating procedures (SOP) and Operation and Maintenance Manuals (O&M). 

•Interprets and uses engineering drawings, blueprints, schematics, and other applicable specifications in the installation and maintenance of electrical, lighting, and electronic systems. 

•Inspects, monitors, and verifies electrical work performed by contractors and vendors and instructs others on the use of equipment to ensure it conforms to City standards and industry best practices. 

•Operates a variety of hand power tools, electrical and electronic testing, metering, and measuring devices and equipment. 

• Performs other duties as assigned. 


• Experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through the completion of a Grade 12 Diploma and 5 years’ experience as an electrician in a water/wastewater or industrial environment. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. 

•An Industrial Electrician (442A) or Construction and Maintenance Electrician (309A) Electrical License. 

• Must be in possession of a Water Treatment OIT Certificate or obtain same within 2 months of hire, must pass Class 1 Water Treatment certification exam within 12 months of hire, and obtain Water Treatment Class 1 Certificate within 24 months of hire. 

• A valid Class G drivers licence with a good driving record. Successful candidates will be required to provide a current driver’s abstract prior to their start date to confirm their license is held in good standing and that it has not been suspended or revoked under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) or Criminal Code of Canada in the last 5 years. The City of Guelph will take into consideration the number of demerit points and/or nature of the infractions to determine if it meets our requirements. 

•Knowledge of water treatment operations and MECP regulations. 

• Knowledge of the repair, maintenance and operation of water treatment and chemical feed system equipment including the ability to read and understand technical drawings and repair manuals. 

• A good understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and WHMIS. 

• Knowledge of water supply preventative maintenance programs. 

• Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment. 

• Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word and Excel). 

• Ability to record and keep accurate records. 

• Knowledge and ability to work with small hand tools, piping, tubing, pumps, analyzers and transmitters. 

• Familiarity working with chlorine (sodium hypochlorite 12%). 

• Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, contractors, stakeholders and the general public. 

• Ability to analyse and troubleshoot problems effectively in a process environment. 

• Ability to understand equipment manufacturers’ schematic drawings to check equipment installation and repairs. 

• Ability to set priorities. 

•Excellent customer services skills. 

• Ability to work in physically demanding conditions including regularly lifting objects up to 25kg, climbing ladders, entering pits, working in confined spaces and climbing water towers. 

• Experience with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA) and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems is an asset. 


OIT: $28.81 per hour 

Class 1: $30.23 per hour 

Class 2: $30.99 per hour 

Class 3: $31.89 per hour 

Licensed Electrician: $34.51 per hour 

How to apply 

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage. 

Please visit the job posting listed on our careers page and click on the “Apply for this job” button. Instructions will follow. 

The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance. 

Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. 

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

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.



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.



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



  • 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)



  • 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)



  • 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



  • 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

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…!

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 . We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.