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Operator Level 1
Position Type: Full Time
Location: Saskatchewan
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Employer: EPCOR
Job Title: Operator Level 1

Job Description:

Highlights of the job As a WWTP Operator, you will have the opportunity to learn new wastewater treatment processes and technologies in an innovative plant environment as well as the opportunity to grow your career with an industry leader in the area of water & wastewater treatment.

We are hiring two (2) Permanent Full Time, Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Operator positions working out of the Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Wastewater Treatment Plant in Regina, SK.

Regina is located on Treaty 4 land and within the traditional territory of the Metis. It is the capital of Saskatchewan and the 16th largest city in Canada - located in the south central area of the province. It is in the middle of the Prairie Provinces with Alberta to the west, and Manitoba to the east, has a diverse and vibrant community and is one of Canada’s fastest growing major cities. Regina is a four-season city that generally experiences warm springs and summers, pleasant falls, and cold, dry winters. With hundreds of parks and an abundance of sport and recreation facilities, arts and cultural centres, museums and performance spaces, major attractions and events all year round, there is something for everyone. Libraries and bicycle pathways add to an exceptional quality of life. To discover more about Regina visit: 

What you’d be responsible for As a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Operator working in a highly technical facility, you are accountable for monitoring all ongoing operational aspects of the plant which includes ensuring plant operations conform with operating standards, regulatory approvals and procedures, and initiating control process adjustments in response to changing conditions.

Reporting to the Operations Lead Hand, the Operator 1 key accountabilities are, but not limited to: Overseeing process and equipment monitoring and control. Operating and inspecting various pieces of process equipment. Reviewing computerized operating and laboratory data. Performing general plant operational duties. Participating in plant process cleaning activities.

General duties of WWTP Operator 1 will also include: Performing routine and non-routine process configuration activities as required by Standard Operating Procedures, including lock-out/tag-out of process equipment and draining, de-pressurization and flushing of isolated equipment.

Conducting routine process control tests to optimize various processes throughout the plant. Performing daily rounds by inspecting the plant process and equipment and using the plant process control computer system.

Performing routine preventive maintenance activities as required by the Standard Operating Procedures. Testing and/or collecting, preparation and delivery of wastewater, sludge and other related samples to the laboratory.

Recording process information onto the daily operations log sheets and into the plant computer system.

Ensuring work permits and hazard assessments are completed and areas inspected before safe work can proceed.

Operation of tandem trucks and other equipment such as forklifts. Training will be provided if required.

The incumbent will be required to participate in On-Call duties, which will result in after-hours callouts.

What’s required to be successful Qualifications, experience and behaviours the successful candidate will possess are:

High school diploma (GED, or equivalent level of secondary education).

Level I or Level II Wastewater Treatment Operator certification preferred candidates with related WWTP plant experience, but not possessing this level of certification may be considered as a Non Certified Operator.

Previous experience in a wastewater treatment plant preferred.

Demonstrated proficiency in applicable computer process software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite of products (outlook, excel word, etc.).

Previous experience with asset management software and SCADA control systems will be considered an asset.

Must have a valid Class 3A driver's license or able to obtain a Class 3A driver's license within 3 months of date of hire. (with 6 demerits or less).

A 5 year Drivers Abstract will be required at the time of hire. Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position.

Clearance on pre- placement medical testing and drug & alcohol testing will be required. As the ideal candidate, the qualifications (skills and behaviours) listed above are supplemented with your ability to perform all functions within defined health, safety and environmental requirements and demonstrate a high level of independence and initiative.

You have highly developed written and verbal communication skills in order to develop and deliver both written and verbal reports and additionally, you have the analytical thinking/decision making and technical skills required to effectively carry out their responsibilities.

On Team EPCOR, we believe in building an engaging, inclusive and diverse work culture that inspires creative thinking, innovation and adds value to our communities. Our organization is a place where everyone is welcome, and where you can bring your whole self to work. As part of the Team EPCOR you are expected to act with integrity and uphold a respectful, ethical, and open workplace.

Other important facts about this job Jurisdiction:

CUPE7667 Class: 2101 Wage: $29.76 - $31.51 Hours of work: 80 hours bi-weekly, Shifts/days vary. Overtime, weekend and shift work may be required. The successful candidate must also participate in the on-call rotation system.

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Note: We look forward to receiving your application and will be in contact with you, should you be selected for an interview. This posting is for a current opportunity and while no posting end date is indicated, it may close at any time (after the initial 14-day period), based on fulfillment of business needs.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected to move forward will be contacted. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Glassdoor or Facebook! Please note the following information: A requirement of working for EPCOR is that you are at least 18 years of age, successfully attained a high school diploma (GED, or equivalent level of secondary education) and legally entitled to work in Canada. (A copy of a valid work permit may be required.)

If you are considered for the position, clearance on all applicable background checks (which may include criminal, identity, educational, and/or credit) and professional reference checks is required. Some EPCOR positions require an enhanced level of background assessment, which is dictated by law. These positions require advanced criminal record checks that must also be conducted from time to time after commencement of employment. A technical/practical assessment may be administered during the selection process and this exercise will be used as a part of the selection criterion. To meet the physical demands required of some positions, candidates must be in good physical condition and willing to work in all weather conditions. Clearance on pre-placement medical and drug and alcohol testing may be required.
Job Type: full-time
Job Location: Saskatchewan
Posting Start Date: 04/11/2024
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Lead Operator - Waste Water Treatment Plant
Position Type: Full Time
Location: Saskatchewan
Closing: 06/30/24
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The City of Prince Albert is looking for a full-time permanent Lead Operator at the Waste Water Treatment. The Lead Operator, under the direction of the Plant Manager, will be providing the day-to-day Supervision of the Waste Water Treatment Plant and all ancillary facilities including all sewage lift stations. Employees in this position perform difficult and complex supervisory work. This position will be responsible for staff scheduling, maintaining the inventory of wastewater treatment materials & laboratory supplies, operating supplies, housekeeping supplies and office supplies. Liaison with the accredited laboratory for sampling supplies and coordinating sample collection and submission as required in the Permit to Operate a Sewage works and additional partnered departments. This position will also assist with budget preparations, operating records and data management, planning maintenance and shut downs of the facility without disrupting effluent flow to the North Saskatchewan River. The position will also be designated as back up for managers to cover absences. Major Duties and Responsibilities • Staff scheduling to ensure proper operations and oversite of the facility. • Ensure operational records and databases are up to date and meeting the regulatory requirements. • Provide direction and supervision of all employees. • Provide operational coverage where required. • Manage inventory levels for treatment chemicals, operating supplies, lab supplies, housekeeping supplies, sampling supplies and other required materials • Ensure Acts, Regulations, Bylaws, Agreements, policies and procedures are followed in the workplace. • Ensures regulatory sampling is performed and recorded according to the Permit to Operate a Sewage works. • Responsible for encouraging and maintaining high level of safety and communication with all staff working under their supervision. • Work with Plant Manager to develop and implement a Preventative Maintenance Program for Utility Facilities. • Assist Plant Manager in the creation and monitoring of budgets. • Creation, implementation and training of Standard Operating and Safe Work Procedures. • Perform other duties as assigned. Qualifications (Education, Training, Experience) Successful completion of a diploma or degree in a Water Resource or related field as approved by the City. • Eligibility for membership as an Applied Science Technologist or Professional Engineer. • Completion of an approved Waste Water Treatment Course. • Achieved or working towards Provincial Operator Certification in Waste Water Treatment Class 4 respectively. • Experience working in a municipal organization is an asset • Supervisory training and or experience is an asset.