Please see the detailed job ad found above for full responsibilities and qualifications.
The Water & Wastewater Division of the Chatham-Kent PUC has an opening for a permanent full-time Operator for the Chatham Water Pollution Control Plant (sewage plant).
About Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission:
The Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission’s goal is to provide safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater service to the customers and communities served while maintaining environmental integrity. The PUC focus is on customer service and infrastructure improvements to meet the demands of the demographics of the service area. PUC staff is certified with the appropriate certification for each facility including: water treatment; water distribution; wastewater treatment; wastewater collection. In addition to operation and maintenance functions, the PUC also responds to petition requests, and plans for water and sewer main rehabilitation, construction, and facility upgrades and expansions.
Carrying out regular inspections of the plant and systems, operating and maintaining process control equipment in order to ensure that the plants are operating in accordance with standards established by the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks (MECP)
Carrying out regular inspections of Collection and Distribution systems, pump stations and booster stations
Assist in the industrial sampling programs for compliance with Municipal Sewer Use Bylaw. Maintain records and data including analytical results
Assisting in water main operations and maintenance.
Carry out a program of routine lubrication, including greasing and oiling as specified in the lubrication schedule.
Carrying out sampling and routine laboratory tests as required
Conduct optimization studies of the water/wastewater treatment processes to improve plant proficiency and plant performance
Maintain regulated and operational process sampling, monitoring programs and laboratory testing schedules, with the assistance of the Chief Operator and compliance staff, as well as record all test results for statistical purposes and plant records
Ensure all testing and monitoring equipment is monitored and calibrated according to the specifications of manufacturers, regulations and DWQMS (Drinking Water Quality Management System)
Follow preventative maintenance procedures by checking machinery and electrical equipment when required, overhauling or assisting with the overhauling of equipment if necessary by replacing bearings, shafts, gaskets, etc., and completing work orders in conjunction with the Preventative Maintenance Program
Ensure conformance with DWQMS (Drinking Water Quality Management System) and WWQMS (Wastewater Quality Management System) and compliance with Certificates of Approval, regulations and guidelines
Ensure personnel safety regulations, procedures and standards are strictly observed.
Ensure the security of the water/wastewater facilities
Inspect process control equipment to ensure proper operation.
Maintain adequate inventories of chemicals, lab supplies, etc., and order when required
Maintain all necessary operational and including, but not limited to, daily operational logs and monthly log sheets
Maintaining grounds and buildings
On-call duties, must be available within 45 kilometers of their home plant/facility and working a rotating weekend shift schedule
Perform ‘Acting Chief Operator’ duties as required
Perform basic routine and non-routine maintenance including repair and replacement of equipment as required, including the treatment, distribution and collection systems
Perform duties as required by the electronic preventative maintenance program on a monthly basis
Position may require operational assistance to any of the water or wastewater facilities
Providing assistance to Maintenance personnel in day to day equipment up-keep
Report, record and track information according to policies and procedures
Review facilities SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) trending on a regular basis
Possess an Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma; a post secondary degree/diploma in a related discipline is an asset
Related Water & Wastewater Operator experience
Excellent mechanical and/or electrical knowledge/experience
Sound knowledge of standards established by Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks (MECP), PUC Policies, Procedures and Contingencies and applicable regulations.
Working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and applicable regulations
Sound knowledge of preventive maintenance programs and utilizing operational and maintenance manuals
Experience working in a unionized environment
Experience with budgets
Knowledge of municipal purchasing policies
Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the services provided
Strong working knowledge of SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email and internet
MOECP Certifications required
Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks (MOECP)
Class 1 (or higher) for Wastewater Treatment (WWT) required
Class 1 (or higher) in Water Treatment (WT) required
The following training is an asset (will be provided upon hire otherwise):
Confined space entry training
Personal protective equipment training
Standard First Aid/CPR
This position works both indoors and outdoors.
Hours of Work:
This position works day hours, weekend hours; will work a rotating weekend shift schedule; and may be required to work on call after hours and on call on weekends. Employees designated for on-call duties must be available within 45 kilometres of their home plant/facility.
Driver’s license/vehicle requirements:
Because of the responsibilities, this position requires the successful candidate to have a valid (class G) Ontario driver’s licence; a driver’s abstract will be conducted by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
Physical and/or safety requirements:
Requires physical coordination and dexterity to use hand tools, such as drills, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.
Requires physical coordination and dexterity to use precision test equipment used to troubleshoot equipment and systems
Manual dexterity to operate computers and laboratory equipment, such as pH meters, turbidity meter, chlorine analyzers, etc.
Requires physical strength to manipulate, move and reposition equipment and machinery
Regular lifting of materials and equipment weighting 4 to 9 kg (10 to 20 lbs)
Occasional lifting of equipment up to 34 kg (up to 15.5 lbs)
Frequent standing for prolonged periods of time
Regular walking and climbing of stairs and ladders
Work in confined spaces, such as sewer pumping stations
Reach above shoulder level to perform operational and maintenance duties
Frequent exposure to loud noises from equipment
Work outdoors in excessive cold, hot or adverse weather conditions
Work with hazardous chemicals
Wear self-contained breathing apparatus for confined space entries or chemical spills
Work in areas with unpleasant odours associated with sewage treatment processes
Attention to detail for short periods of time when taking readings or working on process control equipment, hydraulic, electric or other systems
Ability to shift focus quickly in response to emergencies or other priorities in the workplace
Maintain focus on multiple tasks with varying priorities, deadlines and/or demands
Personal protective equipment as required by Health & Safety policies and procedures, include (but not limited to):
Green patch safety shoes
SCBA: persons using positive pressure or negative pressure respirators shall be clean shaven where the face-piece seals to the skin
Cartridge masks, dust masks and/or half masks
PPE as required by Arc Flash Program
This permanent full-time position has a starting wage of $26.42 to $33.05, plus health & dental benefits, as per the UNIFOR (PUC) collective agreement.
How To Apply
Candidates interested in the above position are asked to submit our application form (found under ‘job posting and application form’ section at the bottom of our job ad at Municipal Jobs) and a resume to the email address below. Please do not include a cover letter, or copies of transcripts, licenses, certificates, etc. Please only download the application form onto a computer or laptop; it doesn’t load correctly onto a phone, tablet, or iPad. You should see boxes beside yes and no that you click in to answer the question.
Please send attachments in a Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe (.pdf) format only. Attachments must be attached directly to your email; we are not able to download documents from an internet site.
We encourage all to apply, including women, Aboriginal people and visible minorities.
Applications must be received before 4:30 p.m., Thursday, February 27, 2020 (Ontario eastern standard time):
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Attn. Jan Richards, Recruitment Officer
315 King Street West
P.O. Box 640
Chatham ON N7M 5K8
Email address: Ckresume@chatham-kent.ca
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fair and accessible employment practices that attract and retain talented employees. Should you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources & Organizational Development (HROD) at 519-360-1998. Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy legislation and will be used strictly for the purpose of candidate selection. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.