Plant Technician Wastewater
On-Going Opportunities Description
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities, we are a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture, and are proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as Plant Technician Wastewater within our Toronto Water Division.
Although there may not be current vacancies, resumes will be kept on file for 6 months and then deleted from our system. You must reapply after 6 months.
- Adjusts, inspects and evaluates processes and equipment that control the operation and effectiveness of a wastewater treatment facility in order to optimize performance, maintain regulatory compliance, and minimize local and/or plant wide adverse impacts while taking into consideration cost, equipment capabilities, environmental impacts and OH&S
- Operates and monitors the performance of plant process equipment and related appurtenances, including but not limited to valves, gates, pumps, compressors, engines, electric motors/generators, boilers, incinerators, HVAC systems, chemical dosing equipment, etc.
- Makes process adjustments, operational decisions and addresses/responds to alarm conditions to ensure efficient, compliant and safe operation within established performance, regulatory and quality limits
- Upon fulfilling licensing requirements, assumes the duties and responsibilities of an Operator In Charge (OIC) as defined by O.Reg 129/04
- Maintains records and documentation of all process and/or work area activities using either manual or computerized systems including but not limited to plant logbooks, computerized databases, etc.
- Accountable for the efficient operation, in compliance with applicable regulations, of all processes within an assigned work area in a Wastewater Treatment Plant as well as for personal performance and promoting optimal team performance
- Collects samples, performs routine tests and analysis, and records results
- Identifies changes in operational conditions and interprets information in order to implement corrective actions and/or trouble shoot process issues
- Utilizes various tools to perform operational duties including but not limited to Process Control System (PCS), other SCADA systems, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Work Management System (WMS) and Performance and Operations Management System (POMS)
- Utilizes the Electronic Operator System (EOPs) to maintain, manage and validate the operational data
- Ensures safe work practices are followed and may be required to utilize self-contained breathing apparatus, perform confined space entry, perform equipment lockout/tagging, etc.
- Isolates, locks out and takes appropriate actions required to make ready systems and equipment to support/perform maintenance activities
- Performs preventative maintenance diagnostics, and routine preventative maintenance duties such as monitoring equipment for excessive vibration or high temperatures
- Monitors and assesses equipment performance and maintains process operations by using CLAIR (clean, lubricate, adjust, inspect, repair)
- Performs minor electrical and instrumentation responsibilities such as calibration of instruments as well as minor service and repairs to mechanical equipment such as replacing V-belts on small rotating equipment, disconnecting/reconnecting pipes, removing/installing small equipment, minor plumbing repairs, etc.
- Ensures cleanliness and safety of facilities by maintaining the work area clean and organized
- Utilizes the Work Management System to identify and report maintenance needs and document work activities
- Initiates material purchase orders, issues materials documents, receives materials, maintains inventories and records and follows up on maintenance quality
- Initiates the call in of plant staff on evenings and weekends to deal with operational issues and emergencies
- Provides work direction and training to other staff
- Performs all work assignments safely in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and all other applicable regulations and legislation
- Works shifts
- Performs work in a safe, efficient and courteous manner
- Performs related work as assigned
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:
- Must have a Grade 12 diploma or equivalent as recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE), and must possess and maintain a valid Class IV Wastewater Treatment Operator's Certificate (obtained by written exam) issued under Ontario Regulation 129/04.
- Or, as an alternative, must have a minimum 2 year diploma/degree/certificate from a recognized Canadian college or university in environmental science, biology, chemistry, or equivalent alternate and be able to obtain Class IV Wastewater Treatment Operator's Certificate issued under Ontario Regulation 129/04.
- Should a successful applicant be employed without holding any Operator certification, he/she will be required to write and pass the Class 1 certification exam within 90 days from their start date, and then progress through the various Levels by writing and passing the respective exams in accordance with the following schedule:
- Class 2 exam by no later than 1 year after obtaining the Class 1 Licence
- Class 3 exam by no later than 3 years after obtaining the Class 1 Licence
- Class 4 exam by no later than 4 years after obtaining the Class 1 Licence
- Should a successful applicant be employed holding an initial Operator certification at a Level 1 through 3, he/she will be placed on the above schedule as per their respective certification and will be required to obtain the next level of certification within the same prescribed time frames.
You must also have:
- Must be familiar with environmental regulations applicable to the operation of wastewater treatment facilities.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices necessary in the operation and maintenance of an advanced wastewater treatment plant including knowledge of the Activated Sludge process, Anaerobic Digestion, Incineration, Disinfection and Nutrient Removal.
- Ability to work with process control automation systems and interpret process information.
- An ability to alter unit process operations manually or using computerized technology to meet varying conditions.
- Knowledge of record keeping, sampling techniques and analytical procedures including the ability to interpret and make process adjustment.
- General knowledge of basic mechanical/electrical theory and instrumentation.
- Knowledge of occupational hazards and standard safety precautions necessary to work in a wastewater treatment plant including confined space entry, use of self-contained breathing apparatus, equipment lockout/tagging and personal protective.
- Basic computer skills including ability to use basic word processing, email and spreadsheet software programs.
- An ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
- An ability to prepare reports and maintain neat and accurate records.
- Demonstrated strong analytical and problem solving skills.
- An ability to work well in a team.
- A demonstrated interest in continuous learning.
- Must possess and be able to maintain a valid Province of Ontario, Class "G" Driver's License and must have or shall be required to obtain required City permit for assigned vehicle(s) and equipment(s).
- Must be familiar with requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations for the safe performance of his/her duties and responsibilities or capable of obtaining familiarity of same.
- Will be required to do shift work in accordance with Collective Agreement.
- Ability to orient new staff on assigned vehicles/equipment.
- Ability to use or learn to use various technical devices related to the position.
- Must be physically capable of performing required duties (accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under the City's Employment Accommodation Policy and the Joint Modified Work Program in the Collective Agreement).
We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants who provide an email address may receive their written correspondence with respect to this job posting directly to the email address provided with their application. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly to receive this correspondence.
In accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the City of Toronto's Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants are required to make their needs known in advance.