Water Treatment Operator

Wastewater Treatment Operator
Posted 3 weeks ago

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 Water Treatment 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. Standby may be a requirement of this position (reasonable response time required).


• Operates and maintains drinking water facilities, pumps, motors, valves, chemical feed equipment, UV systems, filtration systems, process piping, storage facilities, monitoring equipment, instrumentation, 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.
• Operates, monitors and adjusts system operations to support projects, testing and emergencies situation.
• Assist in facility maintenance, keeping water supply sites in good order – including floor sweeping, cleaning equipment/piping, chemical storage facilities and washroom cleaning etc.
• Assist Treatment Maintenance team with maintenance tasks as needed and appropriate.
• Monitors equipment performance by monitoring flows, pressures, levels, vibration, temperature, equipment-operating times and other process variables.
• Participates in Raw, Treated and Distribution water quality monitoring and testing programs.
• Performs routine water quality sampling and testing using portable test equipment.
• Responds to water quality complaints and provides advice to customers in a cordial and professional manner.
• Operates chemical delivery systems, receives chemical deliveries, and maintains chemical delivery vehicle.
• Co-ordinates and oversees the work of contractors and external trades, as required.
• Performs process calculations and interprets results for appropriate process control adjustments.
• Participate in all phases of capital projects related to water treatment and distribution facilities
• 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.
• Responsible for utilizing Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) as prescribed
• 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, responsible for making appropriate treatment decisions in compliance with regulations.
• Record Treatment Operations data both written and computer entry.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.


• Experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through the completion of 2 years post-secondary education in engineering, environmental science or a related discipline and 1-2 years’ experience in the water industry (preferably water treatment) Candidates with Electrical trades licence 442A or 309A or Maintenance Mechanics (Millwrights) with 443A or equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
• Must be in possession of Water Treatment OIT and obtain Level 1 license within 18 months
• 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 supply/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 industry 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 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.
• Ability to obtain future licensing requirements as per MECP and directed by Water Services Management within a reasonable timeframe.


OIT – $28.81 per hour
Class I – $30.23 per hour
Class II – $30.99 per hour
Class III – $31.89 per hour


How to apply
Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Sunday, October 18, 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.

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