Canada nationals: Water and Wastewater Technician

Ontario Clean Water Agency
Mississauga, ON, Canada
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Who We Are

The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) believes in Our Communities, Our Environment and Our People. As a trusted partner to municipalities, First Nations communities, businesses, governments and institutions across Ontario, we provide our clients with total solutions in water and wastewater. We are dedicated to working closely with our clients to help them build healthy sustainable communities and organizations.

Become a water and wastewater professional with OCWA today!

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will operate the optimal operation of complex and advanced Class 4 Water Treatment facility rated at 1200 mega liters per day which supplies drinking water to a number of municipalities. This requires knowledge of various treatment processes including Ultrafiltration membranes, Ozonation, Ultraviolet, Biological active carbon contactors, Conventional, and various chemical systems. Working on a rotating schedule, as part of your operational duties this position ensures the safe and efficient operation of all systems required to operate water facilities to meet regulatory compliance, contractual obligations, and protect the health of residents and environment.

How do I qualify?


  • Minimum Operator-in-Training (OIT), as specified in O.Reg. 128/04 of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Valid Class G driver's license.
  • Must be available to be on-call after regular working hours.
  • Must be willing to work shifts.


  • Applied knowledge of the operation and maintenance of advanced water treatment plants, with conventional treatment, ozone oxidation, biological activated carbon contactors use of liquid oxygen, oxygen, ozone, membrane treatment, Ultraviolet disinfection, ultrafiltration membranes, advanced oxidation, Granular Active Carbon and Biological Active Carbon Contractors; re-chlorination (Trans); Chloramination (Trans); Capital Commissioning and process changes for Capital; and transmission systems and facilities.
  • General knowledge of industrial processes and maintenance and repair of a variety of equipment and structures such as hydraulic, electric and mechanical plant equipment such as gauges, pumps, valves, fittings, piping, tanks, heating boilers, incinerators, hydraulic ram pumps, centrifuges, air blowers, screens and conveyors and sufficient to operate, inspect, clean, and maintain them by conducting scheduled readings and recordings; monitoring local process conditions and equipment operations (flow rates, temperatures and pressures).
  • Familiarity with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations for the safe performance of his/her duties. Knowledge of occupational hazards and standard safety precautions including storage of chemicals, confined space entry, equipment lockout/tagging and personal protective equipment.
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics in order to make calculations regarding chemicals and operating processes.
  • Familiarity/competency with computerized monitoring systems such as SCADA, Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and overall computer literacy to record data from inspections and monitoring activities to complete work orders, project forms to initiate repairs for maintenance.
  • Working knowledge of basic chemistry, biology, thermodynamics and hydrology and be able to apply these principles to operational activities and process adjustments.

Skills and Ability include

  • Analytical and evaluative skills to identify and correct operating discrepancies; to trace abnormal conditions or noise; to report major deviations or conditions that don't respond to normal corrective actions; and to determine from several choices the method to restore normal operating conditions.
  • Ability to prepare compliance samples for third party laboratory analysis according to procedures.
  • Good oral communication and interpersonal skills to liaise with clients and mentor/train new staff.
  • Good problem solving skills to report equipment problems or malfunctions in order to ensure urgency of the problem is conveyed and understood, and to receive direction for corrective response.
  • Good written communication skills to write reports and maintain neat and accurate records.
  • Ability to work well in a team, and to take initiative when required.
  • Physical dexterity and ability to work in all weather conditions, in confined spaces, dirty and/or noisy environments.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints engineering drawings and follow process drawings to aid in troubleshooting equipment problems.
  • Ability to use and understand operating and maintenance manuals, and other technical specifications. A demonstrated interest in continuous learning.

What's in it for you?

  • Flexible learning and development opportunities.
  • Opportunities for career advancement and specialization with the largest provider of water and wastewater services in Ontario.
  • Work with the partner of choice for more communities than any other water and wastewater service organization in Ontario for over 25 years.
  • Work with an organization committed to innovation and advanced technology.
  • A defined benefit pension plan.
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits including for adoptive parents.
  • Comprehensive Health Plan.
  • Life and Disability Insurance.

Additional Information:

  • Address: 1 Permanent, 1180 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, Central Region
  • Compensation Group: Ontario Public Service Employees Union
  • Schedule: 4,7
  • Category: Environment
  • Posted on: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
  • Note: T-AQ-141953/19

How to apply:

  1. You must submit your application using only one of the methods identified below.
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. Be sure to quote the Job ID number for this position.
  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.

Send application to: 

Ontario Clean Water Agency
Attention: Christina Fernandes

All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.

Remember: The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.