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Wastewater Technician

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About This Career

Wastewater Technicians monitor and operate computerized control systems and their related equipment in wastewater, sewage treatment and liquid waste plants. They use a variety of technologies including filters and centrifuges, to remove dissolved and suspended solids, chemicals, salts and other impurities from the water used in oil and gas operations, in order to recycle and reuse as much water as possible.

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required, in addition to any relevant water and wastewater operator certification. There are five certification levels for water and wastewater system operators and the size of the treatment plant typically dictates the level of operator required. Some employers and levels of certification require additional post-secondary training in water and wastewater technician, water engineering technology, water treatment technology or power engineering technology.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands and oil and gas services sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Environmental System Operator, Process Operator, Liquid Waste Plant Operator, Water Treatment Operator, Waste Facility Operator

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Analyzing test results from wastewater samples and instrument readings.
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Attending safety meetings and daily tailgate meetings.
Conducting and completing daily Job Safety Analysis (JSA), Field Level Risk Assessment (FLRA) and Last Minute Risk Assessment (LMRA), as required
Maintaining and properly using all required personal protective equipment (PPE).
Reporting all accidents, incidents and near misses in accordance with company policy.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Operating and controlling process levels, temperatures, pressures and flows for applicable utilities, processes and systems in a safe and efficient manner.
Using technical expertise to assist operations in the optimization of equipment.
Setting up equipment such as centrifuges and dredges.
Operating and adjusting controls on equipment to purify and clarify water, process or dispose sewage and generate power.
Adjusting plant equipment and systems to ensure quality control.
Adjusting chemical feed rates to ensure that disinfection processes meet quality standards.
Documenting/Recording Information
Documenting the maintenance activities performed.
Recording operational data, personnel attendance or meter and gauge readings on specified forms.
Completing and maintaining plant logs, reports and statistics.
Getting Information
Collecting and testing water and sewage samples using test equipment and colour analysis standards.
Testing chemical feed rates to ensure that disinfection processes meet quality standards.
Handling and Moving Objects
Ensuring the equipment and general work area are safe and clean.
Adding chemicals, such as ammonia, chlorine and lime, to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Patrolling the plant to check and monitor pumps, motors, filters, chlorinators and other plant equipment to detect equipment malfunctions and ensure plant systems and equipment are operating within their prescribed limits.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
Providing verbal or written instructions for process control changes to the waterworks system to ensure the water produced meets standardized quality requirements.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring process levels, temperatures, pressures and flows for applicable utilities, processes and systems in a safe and efficient manner.
Monitoring material flow and making adjustments as required.
Monitoring computerized control systems and related equipment in wastewater treatment, sewage treatment and liquid waste plants to regulate the flow of sewage through settling, aeration and digestion tanks, and to treat and dispose of sewage and wastes.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Operating centrifuges in accordance with company procedures.
Performing start-up and shut down procedures for equipment.
Operating computerized control systems and related equipment in wastewater treatment, sewage treatment and liquid waste plants to regulate the flow of sewage through settling, aeration and digestion tanks, and to treat and dispose of sewage and wastes.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Performing periodic maintenance and general troubleshooting for assigned equipment.
Performing minor maintenance or assisting skilled tradespersons with the installation and repair of plant machinery.
Lubricating systems and maintaining fluid levels.
Changing filters as required.
Maintaining, repair and lubricating equipment using hand tools and power tools.
Cleaning and maintaining tanks, filter beds and other work areas using hand tools and power tools.
Competencies
Knowledge
Chemistry
Technical
Equipment Maintenance
Operation Monitoring
Systems Evaluation
Operation and Control
Foundational
Computer use
Career Path
  • Lead Operator
  • Manager
  • Operator
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Working Conditions
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
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    Shift Work
Transferable Sectors
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Plastics and rubber products manufacturing
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
  • Wood product manufacturing
Job Details

Job Category

Operators

Sectors

Pipelines

Oil and gas services

Oil sands

NOC

9243

Qualifications + Experience

Education:

  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)

Certifications:

  • Water and wastewater operator certification
  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive

Licensing:

  • Some jobs may require Class 5 driver’s licence and a clean driving record

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test