Plant Operator (12 month contract)

EMPLOYER: Town of Arnprior


Reporting to the Waterworks Supervisor, the Plant Operator position will form part of a team that operates and maintains the Town of Arnprior’s Class III Water Filtration Plant (WFP) and Class III Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC).  The responsibilities include performing a wide variety of maintenance, repair, and treatment activities associated with the operation of municipal water and sewage treatment facilities.


The primary responsibilities for this position include(but not limited to)the following:

  • Ensure the proper functioning, operation and maintenance of the Water Filtration Plant (WFP), Elevated Water Tower, Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC), and Wastewater Pumping Stations.
  • Perform routine laboratory analysis and test, collect chemical and bacteriological samples.
  • Set operational parameter or process that control the effectiveness and efficiency of the facility or subsystem.
  • Follow the maintenance schedule by carrying out all maintenance and related work.
  • Administer data entry, record keeping and complete reports as necessary.
  • Ensure monitoring inspections, evaluations, and adjustments are properly recorded, including detailed work and maintenance records.
  • Schedule and perform preventative maintenance checks and servicing on pumping equipment; ensure timely and accurate completion of preventative maintenance activities.
  • Must carry out preventative maintenance, calibration and repairs of online water quality analysers, ensuring accurate record entries are made of work completed.
  • Diagnose operational problems and perform or direct necessary corrective action.
  • Pack bearings, lubricate, clean and paint equipment.
  • Operate town-owned vehicles and equipment including compressors, overhead hoists, portable and stationery generators, pneumatic, hydraulic and electric tools, and related tools and equipment.
  • Take part in a rotating shift and standby as per schedule, must be able to respond within 30 minutes to a call-out when on standby.
  • Undertake the requirements and responsibilities for an Operator in Charge (OIC) when designated.
  • Assist with operations within the Water Distribution System and the Wastewater Collections System on an emergency basis as required, within permitted MECP requirements.


The successful candidate will have as a minimum the following qualifications:

  • Grade 12 in Ontario or education qualifications that the MECP Director considers equivalent.
  • A two (2) year post-secondary education in water and wastewater treatment, or related field.
  • Meet all of the qualifications for Operator Licenses for the applicable certification in accordance with O.Reg. 128/04 – Certification of Drinking Water System Operators and Water Quality Analysts.
  • Meet all of the qualifications for Operator Licenses for the applicable certification in accordance with O.Reg. 129/04 – Licensing of Sewage Works Operators.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Level “G” Ontario Driver’s License.
  • An understanding of PLC and SCADA.
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics and chemistry to make calculations for chemical and operating processes.
  • Knowledge of maintenance manuals and other technical specifications including the use of storage of industrial chemicals.
  • Applied knowledge of mechanical, electrical and instrumentation techniques, practices and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of sampling and chemical techniques (lab testing).
  • Possess strong administration and record keeping skills.
  • Demonstrate analytical, problem solving, planning and scheduling skills to inspect, operate and monitor the facilities, processes and equipment, and perform routine preventative maintenance; take samples of the water and/or wastewater chemicals to make process control adjustments; and resolve operating issues.
  • Be physically fit, alert, and capable of performing manual labour, following instructions with a minimum of supervision and with a high sense of responsibility.
  • Knowledge of computer skills, process control and data entry.  Specific knowledge of Microsoft Office, Filehold and Watertrax software applications would be considered an asset.

START DATE: 01/03/2024

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