Utility Treatment Technician (2 Positions)- #74836

Company: Regional Municipality Of Woodbuffalo

Job Description

These are permanent full-time positions working eighty (80) hours biweekly within the Wastewater Treatment Branch of the Engineering and Environmental Services Department. This position is within the CUPE 1505 Bargaining Unit. This position is located in the community of Fort McMurray, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s urban centre.

Position Description:
Works under the guidance of a leadership team consisting of a Foreman and/or Supervisor.  Level of responsibility is defined as below:

 Responsibilities are defined as per the "Water and Wastewater Operators’ Certification Guidelines", Published by Alberta Environment and Parks, as amended from time to time. At the time of review for this Job Description, the Guidelines state: It is the responsibility of certified operators to know the terms and conditions in the approval or registration for their facility. It is also their responsibility to understand the certification requirements for operators of their facilities as indicated by the approval, registration, code, or by the Certification Guidelines. Certified operators are also responsible to establish or understand contingency plans for each facility that ensure that the approval or registration requirements, with respect to certified operators, are met at all times.

 Operators perform day–to–day activities primarily consisting of the control of the wastewater treatment process, which impacts the quality of effluent. This may include performance of day–to–day maintenance, laboratory, administration, special study, engineering work, or duties with respect to lift stations, lagoons, septage receiving stations, pumping stations, and wastewater treatment facilities.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Operate treatment facilities and lift stations as per provincial and federal guidelines and approvals.
  • Respond to all emergency calls and alarms for regional wastewater systems.
  • Control, investigate or correct all operational issues pertaining to lift station pressures, flows, demands, levels, quality, complaints and alarms.
  • Participate, distribute, and update as necessary contingency plans outlining procedures for rapid correction of emergencies, such as power outages, equipment failures, flooding, system contamination, etc.
  • Draft, develop and review written documents pertaining to safety, operation procedures, treatment plant inspections, etc., which include reference to best practices.
  • Observe and report wastewater treatment plant abnormalities (treatment appurtenances) and arrange for maintenance issues to be corrected by creating work orders.
  • Draw down testing, and calibration of various chemical dosing pumps and equipment.
  • Adjust chemical dosing as required to optimize treatment.
  • Monitor the operation and place online the standby power source in order to assure continuous operation of the wastewater treatment plant and distribution system.
  • Train and mentor any junior operators and co-op students in the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plants and distribution systems.
  • Use, maintain, and calibrate lab equipment and online analyzers.
  • Receive, transport, manage inventory of chemicals.
  • Handle, transfer, and mix a variety of chemicals related to wastewater treatment and lab testing.
  • Data recording and analysis.
  • Review monthly reports for preparation of the annual report.
  • Manage, and optimize wastewater treatment system.
  • Water sampling to meet license requirements (bacti’s, schedule 4s, THMs. chlorine, turbidites, other parameters based on licenses).
  • General housekeeping of facilities (cleaning, painting).
  • Check and confirm the operation of lift stations during power outages and emergencies.
  • Analyze SCADA trends and set points for correct operation noting and reacting to abnormalities or irregularities.
  • Open and close valves in lift station to control direction of flow and pressures when required. Turn pumps on and off when required.
  • Operate and maintain waste management system, thickeners, DAF, centrifuges and other waste processes.
  • Use industrial control systems, visual inspections, and laboratory results to optimize and control the treatment process and maintain plant records, including log books, check sheets, and inventory sheets as well as electronic maintenance and information systems.
  • Conduct visual inspections of wastewater treatment facilities including treatment plants, lagoons, and pump stations; remove debris from trash racks as required.
  • Operate and maintain sewage lift stations and lagoons in consultation with rural Water Treatment operators.
  • Respond to customer inquiries relating to wastewater treatment, odours, etc.
  • Test safety devices and complete logs and records as per Alberta Boiler Safety Association, Safety Codes Act,
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will post the specific certification level needed for the position which is necessary at that time, as required by the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act for facility operations.

Those positions are as follows:

  1. Level III, Wastewater Certification
  2. High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  3. Minimum two (2) year post-secondary Diploma in the environmental field, engineering or related science discipline;


  1. Forty-Five (45) CEUS combined with four (4) years’ operating experience including supervisory/leadership experience, at least two (2) of which in a Class II or higher facility.
  2. Level IV, Wastewater Certification
  3. High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  4. Minimum four (4) years’ post-secondary Diploma in the environmental field, engineering or related science discipline;


  1. Ninety (90) CEU’s, combined with four (4) years’ related operating experience including supervisory/leadership experience, at least two (2) of which must be in a Class III or IV facility.
  2. Employees will be required to challenge each level exam within a one year period of acquiring necessary education and experience.

You will possess the following:

  • Valid Alberta Class Five (5) Driver’s Licence is required (clear driving record is an asset).
  • Valid First Aid Certificate must be obtained within six (6) months of hire.
  • Proven experience working in a computerized environment.
  • Ability to understand and execute verbal and written instructions, read blueprints, and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Ability to work around high voltage equipment in hazardous, unsanitary, and all-weather conditions (immunizations are strongly recommended).
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships.
  • Must be medically and physically able to perform all duties of this position on an ongoing basis.
  • Will be required to work in confined spaces and handle hazardous chemicals.

Salary Range:
90% – Level III

$46.91 (Start Rate)                               

$54.93 (Permanent Rate)


100% – Level IV

$52.12 (Start Rate)                               

$61.04 (Permanent Rate)

Permanent rate effective after twelve (12) months of employment

Percentages are based on Utility Treatment Technician Rate at Pay Level 14. Rate has been adjusted to reflect market conditions**

Under the synergy wage premium program water, water collections, and distribution operators who obtain Level 4 licenses in their primary discipline area will be paid a synergy wage premium. The wage premium will be $2.00 per hour for each additional valid operator certification in the other 3 disciplines up to an additional $24.00 per hour.
In addition to the rate of pay, we offer other attractive incentives:

  1. excellent training and development opportunities
  2. an extensive employer paid benefits plan
  3. an additional annual payment of $12,480 which represents a cost of living allowance 

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