Technologist, Operations

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City : Edmonton

Category : Temporary Full Time

Industry : Utilities

Employer : EPCOR

Highlights of the job

We are hiring a Full-time Temporary (up to 11 months in duration) Flow Control Operations Technologist to join the Drainage Operations team.

As a Flow Control Operations Technologist, you are accountable for providing technical input for the successful operation of mechanical flow control facilities operated by Drainage Services. This includes technical support for operations and capital upgrades of Flow Control Facilities (FCF) infrastructure, and coordinating FCF activities to achieve compliance with Drainage Environmental Management System (EMS) policies and procedures.

We are accepting applications from current EPCOR Employees and external applicants at this time.

What you’d be responsible for

The Flow Control Operations Technologist is accountable to the Manager, FCF Operations, and operates within the context and prescribed limits established by the Manager.  Key accountabilities for the role are, but not limited to:

  • Ensuring the delivery of optimal results against appropriate performance metrics, and providing reporting on adjustments to operating parameters and other activities. Key objectives include compliance with HSE regulations, EPCOR Drainage EMS policies and procedures, cost control, and schedule compliance. Additional objectives include meeting customer expectations (internal and external), and delivering operational tactics in support of operational strategies such as SIRP, CORe.
  • Developing and updating technical documents essential to flow control facility operation. Documents including standard operating procedures, emergency response plans, User Friendlies, etc.
  • Assisting with implementation and administration of the Process Safety Management program. (Configuration change management, Process Hazard Assessment, Root Cause Failure Analysis, etc.).
  • Assisting with piping and pump performance evaluations and optimizations.
  • Being an active contributor and champion of the Drainage Environmental and Safety Management systems, and ensuring FCF operations are in compliance with ISO14001 and other applicable standards.
  • Providing input:
    • into operation and maintenance of odour treatment facilities (e.g., chemical dosing systems and scrubbers)
    • in preparing plans for emergency bypasses
    • for FCF capital upgrades, including design reviews, contractor management, field coordination, construction monitoring, and commissioning
    • to projects that involve identification and implementation of improvements to workers and process safety, equipment reliability, and efficiency
    • to capital projects through various phases (pre-design, design, construction, and commissioning) and work collaboratively in ensuring that overall objectives are being met

What’s required to be successful

You will have the following qualifications, experience and behaviours:

  • High school diploma (GED, or equivalent level of secondary education).
  • Completion of a two (2) year Engineering Technology diploma from a recognized post-secondary educational institute, such as NAIT in Process/Chemical, Environmental, Mechanical, or Civil.
  • Membership in ASET as a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) or eligible for membership in ASET as C.E.T.
  • Seven (7) or more years of experience in a technical role focusing on water, wastewater, or other related industry (demonstrating transferrable skills).
    • Experience with the operation of chemical dosing systems is an asset.
  • Proven ability to read, interpret and design advanced plans, specifications, designs, and charts of a complex nature.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills, necessary for interaction with professional engineers and technologists.
  • Possession of a valid Alberta Class 5 Motor Vehicle Operators License (6 or fewer demerits) and ability to maintain a valid EPCOR driver's permit. A 5 year Commercial Drivers Abstract may be required.
  • Demonstrable ability to use computer applications to collect and analyze data.
  • Highly skilled with gathering process-operating data for process optimization and design and are able to apply engineering principals to design, optimize, and operate the system.
  • Knowledgeable at conducting feasibility studies and assessing whether to change, replace, or install new equipment.

Additionally, these are valuable assets to have:

  • Wastewater Collection Operator Certificate of Level I and higher.
  • Experience with:
    • Pumping water, wastewater, or other pumping operations
    • Air quality monitoring
    • Chemical safety programs

Other demonstrated competencies required to be successful in this position include:

  • That you take ownership: by demonstrating your understanding of the link between your own accountabilities and how they contribute to EPCOR’s performance.
  • Ability to collaborate with others: you manage emotions and act with tact and diplomacy, even when you find that you are in challenging circumstances.
  • Your focus on continuous improvement - actively seeking opportunities to increase your knowledge and skills and demonstrate your openness to receiving feedback.
  • Before being asked, you take the initiative to solve problems and meet objectives.
  • You respond/adapt to change with an open attitude and a willingness to learn new ways to accomplish work activities and objectives.
  • You are trustworthy, fair and able to keep confidences and always act with integrity.

Other important facts about this job 

Jurisdiction: CSU52
Class: T3
Wage: starting at $47.76

  • This rate may change subject to ratification of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Final Wage and Step will be determined at the time of selection and is based on a combination of factors as outlined in the CA that may be found online.

Hours of work: 80 hours bi-weekly Monday to Friday

Internal Applicants please ensure that you are using your “” email address.

This position is classified as Safety Sensitive as per EPCOR Procedure MS20-PRO3.3-Alcohol and Drug Certification, Recruitment and Selection of Safety Sensitive Positions; and governed by MS20-STD3-Alcohol and Drug Standard - Clearance on pre-placement medical and drug and alcohol testing may be required.

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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.

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