Skilled Sewer & Water Worker (Maintenance) 

Sewer & Water Worker
Thunder Bay
Posted 4 weeks ago
Competition Number:  INF-103-21
Department: Infrastructure & Operations
Posting Category: Open
Division: Environment
Job Type: Full-Time
Affiliation: CUPE Local 87
Site: Sewer & Water
Location: CA-ON-Thunder Bay
Min: CAD $24.70/Hr.
Max: CAD $26.51/Hr.
Pay Band: N/A
Number of Positions: 1
Effective Date: September 21, 2011
Supersedes Date: February 8, 2006
Posted Date:  August 27, 2021
Post End Date: September 7, 2021

General Information:

As an equal opportunity employer, the City of Thunder Bay encourages applications from Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.


ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE:  It is a contravention of the Human Rights Code of Ontario to discriminate on the basis of: race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, age, record of offences, gender identity or gender expression.  Therefore, a resume submitted to the City must not include references to any of the above characteristics.  Do not include:

  • Photos
  • Any certificates that have photo identification
  • Driver’s licences
  • Police records checks

Note: The above documentation will be requested by the Human Resources & Division should you be the successful applicant.  If a Criminal Record Check is required it will be requested by Human Resources should you be the successful applicant.  Please do not submit your Criminal Record Check with your application.


ACCOMMODATION:  Reasonable accommodations are available upon request for all parts of the recruitment process.


PRIVACY: Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, c. 302, as amended, and will be used to determine eligibility for employment. Questions about this collection of personal information should be directed to the Human Resources & Corporate Safety Division, 125 Syndicate Ave Suite 42, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7E 6H8, Telephone: 625-3866


Application forms must reference the competition number and be submitted to Human Resources by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date.

POSITION SUMMARY:  After progression to “Skilled”, and under the general supervision of the Operations & Maintenance Supervisor and the technical direction and guidance of the Lead Operator, performs maintenance, repair and replacement of storm and sanitary sewer systems and water distribution subsystems.



  1. Performs maintenance, repair and replacement work on the water distribution system, including services, mains, valves, hydrants, and other related fixtures.
  2. Performs maintenance, repair and replacement work on the storm and sanitary sewer systems, including house connections, manholes, catch basins, mains, and related fixtures.
  3. Operates jackhammers, rock drills, power driven saws, pumps, steamers, and other work-related equipment.
  4. Operates trucks up to a “DZ” level.
  5. Fills out time cards, water and sewer reports and forms. Marks in proper account distribution.
  6. Reports materials used as required.
  7. Reports equipment and material defects as required.
  8. Performs stand-by duties as required.
  9. Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.




  • Grade 12 or equivalent as per the Ministry of the Environment certification guidelines
  • Must possess a valid passing grade on the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Operator in Training exam.



  • Must be able to understand water distribution and wastewater collection maps and construction drawings
  • Must have mechanical aptitude
  • Must be capable of reporting (written or verbal) on sewer and water systems conditions or problems
  • Must be capable of issuing and accurately comprehending written/oral information and instructions
  • Must be tactful and courteous with the public
  • Must be reliable and capable of performing routine work with a minimum of supervision
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Class “D” Ontario Drivers Licence, or equivalent with a ‘Z’ endorsement
  • Must meet the definition of a competent driver as defined by the Corporation
  • Must be competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health and Safety Act



  • Within 1 year of hire, must attain and maintain Operator in Training certification in Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection
  • Must obtain a Class I Operator Certificate in Water Distribution Subsystems and a Class I Waste Water Operator Licence for Waste Water Collection Facilities to progress to skilled rate
  • Within 3 years of hire, must complete mandatory entry level drinking water operator course for operators in training
  • Within 5 years of hire, must possess and maintain a Class I Operator Certificate in Water Distribution Subsystems and a Class I Waste Water Operator Licence for Waste Water Collection Facilities
  • Must remain a competent driver as defined by the Corporation
  • May be required to provide a successful driver’s record (uncertified)
  • Must undergo a successful Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (CRJMC)
  • Must be able to meet the response times for Standby as stipulated in the Environment Divisions Standard Operating Procedures
  • Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions and with sewage
  • Must be physically capable to perform the duties of the job
  • Must work weekends and shifts as required


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