Job: Process/SCADA Operator (Water)

Title Process/SCADA Operator (Water)
Employer Region of Waterloo
Application Close Date Friday, October 27, 2017
Location Region of Waterloo
Date Posted October 12, 2017
Job Information


Process/SCADA Operator (Water)

With your water treatment experience and college education in Chemical or Environmental Technology, you have the technical knowledge, problem-solving skills and commitment to quality this role demands.

As a Process/SCADA Operator in this full-time assignment – of approximately 4 years – within our Water Services Division, you will be a certified operator and operator-in-charge for the Region of Waterloo in accordance with all Regulation requirements as defined in O. Reg. 128/04. More specifically, you will use the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to operate, monitor and control the Region’s water treatment and distribution systems, including all water treatment plants, wells, pumping stations, reservoirs, and transmission and distribution mains. You will also be expected to operate, inspect, sample, analyze, test, investigate, service, and respond to emergency and adverse conditions for the Region’s water supply system, water distribution and associated UV, ozone, chlorine, chemical and control equipment. Performing process control functions at all Regional water supply and distribution systems will be another integral part of your role.

This position involves working rotating 12-hour shifts. Overtime work is required approximately 20% of the time, to provide shift coverage, facilitate repairs, or in emergency situations.


To assume the role of Process/SCADA Operator (Water), you will have the following profile:

  • Basic knowledge of water treatment and water chemistry normally acquired through the attainment of a three-year community college diploma in Chemical or Environmental Technology, plus four (4) years’ directly related experience in water treatment.
  • Possession of a Class IV Water Treatment and Distribution Certificate from the OWWCO, or ability to attain certification within four years. Note: Operators in Training up to Class IV Operators will be considered.
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Certificate (can be attained post-hire).
  • Ability to attend an average of 50 hours of job specific/process training, as per O. Reg. 128/04.
  • Detailed knowledge of First Aid, Anhydrous Ammonia, Gas Chlorination, Working in Confined Spaces, Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS), Ontario Hydro safety code, and related safety procedures.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Safe Drinking Water Act and accompanying regulations.
  • Familiarity with the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act, and knowledge of municipal policies and procedures relating to occupational health and safety.
  • Analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills in order to assist in the resolution of unusual situations or emergencies, and organize priorities.
  • Ability to understand and operate ozone and UV systems.
  • Proficiency in math.
  • Skill in the operation of a personal computer using such systems and/or software as CMMS, Word, Excel, Outlook, and DOCS.
  • Skill in the operation of laboratory equipment for the analysis of water quality.
  • Communication skills in order to exchange information, receive and comprehend instructions, and participate as an effective team member.
  • Ability and aptitude to work a rotating 12-hour shift, including the flexibility to work in an environment with minimum direct supervision.
  • A valid Class “G” driver’s licence and an acceptable driving record in order to operate a Regional vehicle.
  • Ability to support and project values compatible with the organization.
  • Ability to enter data, and maintain comprehensive, precise daily logs; complete work orders and inventory requisitions; and write mechanical status reports on water equipment.
  • Ability to communicate technical information with co-workers and senior staff; communicate equipment locations; participate in technical and operations review meetings; and respond effectively to public inquiries regarding water supply operations.
  • Ability to read and understand technical and P&ID drawings, blueprints, and operation maintenance and repair manuals.

Where people matter and ideas grow

Serving a diverse population of over 560,000, the Region of Waterloo is a growing community where people matter and ideas grow. Our mission is to serve, engage and inspire – residents, businesses and staff alike. This means delivering quality services while creating a positive, inclusive workplace where our employees are valued and respected for their talents and contributions to our success.

In addition to offering a competitive compensation package, we have a strong focus on health and wellness, including fitness facilities and family-focused benefits.

Please visit our website, at, for a detailed description of this Process/SCADA Operator (Water) position (competition number 2017-1849), and to apply online before 11:59 p.m., Friday, October 27, 2017.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview. We will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the hiring process.


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