Job Req ID:  660
Department:  Airport Operations (B)

Airport Electrician

Job Number: 660 
Job Type: Full-Time 
Temp Contract Length:  
Location: 75 New Germany Lane - Airport Operations Centre 
Job Category: Other 
Number of Positions:1
Department: Airport Operations (B) 
Division: Planning, Development and Legislative Services 
Hours of Work: 40.00 
Union:  CUPE 1656 
Grade: CUPE 1656 Grade 008S Skilled Trades 
Salary Range: $36.28 - $38.29 per hour 


Our Story:


Committed to fostering opportunities for current and future generations, the Region of Waterloo is an inclusive, thriving and sustainable region of connected rural and urban communities with global reach. Our mission is to serve, engage and inspire, by delivering quality services to a diverse population of 630,000+, while creating a healthy, collaborative environment of learning, respect and innovation.

This is a place where employees are valued and recognized for their talents and contributions to our success. Our employees take pride in making a difference in people's lives through the work that we do. We are looking for people like you to help make it happen.

The Role

Acts as the overall responsible operator (ORO) and operator in charge (OIC) per legislation. Supervises the Systems Section (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), Technical Information System (TIS), instrumentation, and electrical). Project manages systems capital projects and maintains system assets. 


  • Supervises Programmer/Analysts (SCADA System), Instrumentation & Control Technicians, Maintenance Electricians, lead hands, a Specialist (CMMS) and Project Coordinator (Systems). Indirectly supervises additional staff. Administers contracts with contractors, suppliers, and service providers.
  • Supervises operations and maintenance for water supply systems. Determines resources, materials, staff, supplies, equipment, tests, systems, electrical supply, motor control centre, motors, HVAC, diesel generators, and building security. Ensures regulatory compliance. Maintains and evaluates programs and systems.  
  • Responds to inquiries, complaints, and emergency calls (24/7). Directs corrective action; notifies staff, municipalities, contractors, regulatory agencies, and other organizations. Establishes emergency plans. Develops and implements emergency procedures and contingency plans for power outages. Ensures health and safety measures, alternate supply sources, and staff responsibilities are established.
  • Supervises preventive and corrective maintenance program for the Section. Develops and implements operational and maintenance procedures and standards to comply with regulations. Assists Manager to develop operating policies, emergency procedures, long range plans, maintenance programs, budgets, resource requirements, and contract specifications, quotes, and tender documents. Maintains asset and maintenance records and parts inventory for new/ replacement equipment. Determines priorities with other supervisors to ensure staff and equipment resources are re-directed as necessary. 
  • Project manages systems maintenance and integration work (e.g., SCADA, electrical, instrumentation work, communication, network, CMMS).  
  • Reviews and comments on operating strategy, process narrative, input/output listing, process instrument, and single line drawings. Develops standards for capital projects and communicates with design consultants, contractors, and suppliers to ensure adherence. Reviews SCADA control philosophy. Attends pre-design, design, and site meetings during installation, start-up, and commissioning. Verifies computer programs before installation at remote sites. Monitors system operation and collaborates with consultants on changes required to ensure adequate water supply and distribution.
  • Plans, develops, upgrades, and programs RPU remote and local communications at the treatment plant. Automates and integrates facilities into SCADA. Supervises programming of computer operations connected to SCADA. Prepares and updates training and procedure manuals for independent sub-system operation at sites integrated into SCADA. Ensures historical data transferred from SCADA into TIS is verified; performs quality checks and monitors system performance.
  • Supervises development, implementation, maintenance and monitoring of the SCADA system, and Wide Area Network (WAN) and Local Area Network (LAN) relating to communications protocols. Oversees development of central database, ensuring database is current and meets corporate requirements.  
  • Plans and schedules maintenance and testing on diesel generators and fire pumps to CSA and Fire Code standards.
  • Plans and oversees CMMS operation and work schedules. Recommends changes and upgrades.  Reviews and evaluates reports. Ensures new equipment is upgraded and maintenance schedules are maintained.

Additional Duties/Responsibilities

  • Investigates for potential hazards and initiates corrective measures. Monitors control of water and hazardous materials on site. Ensures removal of waste and solid material per safety and regulatory requirements. Monitors weather and ensures continued safe operation. Controls environmental aspects of waster operations.
  • Organizes and administers special programs as required.  Conducts site tours for groups. 
  • Prepares estimates and recommendations for annual operating and capital budgets including long term forecasting. Administers the Section budget; initiates purchase requisitions and monitors activities; issues tender documents and releases. Has signing authority and holds a P-Card. Maintains inventory of chemicals, parts, equipment, log books, fleet vehicles, and mobile devices. Ensures equipment, tools, and vehicles used by staff are operated and maintained in good working condition. 
  • Contacts Finance to arrange standing tender, service contracts, purchase orders, and specifications. Contacts Facilities for building maintenance; Fleet Management for fleet issues.  
  • Contacts contractors, consultants, Ministries, Fire, suppliers, telecommunications, and utilities for operations, maintenance, water quality, and regulatory issues. 
  • Participates in asset management programs to analyze equipment trends and provide input into the program and budgets for rehabilitation and replacement.
  • Participates in development, implementation, continuous improvement, and conformance of the drinking water quality management system (DWQMS). Ensures planned activities are completed and documented in the CMMS to comply with the DWQMS.
  • Backs up the Manager.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of process instrumentation, computer systems and programming languages, electronics, programmable controller technology, networking and communications protocols, electrical systems (including high voltage), motor controls, micro-computers, and administrative policies and procedures, acquired through a community college diploma in Electrical Engineering Systems or Control/Instrumentation Engineering plus progressively responsible related experience in process instrumentation.
  • Must have or be eligible for an Electrician License or Industrial Instrument Mechanic License and Class IV Ministry Operating License as Overall Operator in Charge designation.    
  • Knowledge of and ability to comply with policies, procedures, collective agreements, legislation (e.g., Safe Drinking Water Act, Environmental Protection Act, Ontario Water Resources Act, drinking water quality standards, fire/building codes, health and safety), disinfection guidelines; water treatment processes and water distribution standards; electrical, instrumentation and control concepts; Ministry guidelines; and administrative standards.
  • Analytical, problem solving, organizational, and continuous improvement skills to organize and coordinate the work of staff; implement changes for regulations, compliance, operations, maintenance, customer service, and systems; investigate critical failures and make recommendations to prevent recurrence; and recommend procedures for system operation and equipment purchases.
  • Leadership, human relations, and communication to supervise, train, develop, motivate, and support staff; discuss requirements and coordinate services with contractors, consultants, utilities, and area municipal staff; communicate information/recommendations to senior management; explain systems operation; conduct presentations and tours of the treatment plant; respond to complaints; and participate as an effective team member.  
  • Ability to read and apply computer programs, technical journals, consulting design reports, and technical drawings. Ability to write technical reports, project specifications, electrical and computer program information and language process descriptions. 
  • Computer skills using software such as Microsoft Office, a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), Technical Information System (TIS), SCADA systems, Visual Basic, Multiple Process Programming Languages, Networking Diagnostics, Communications Scripting.  
  • Must have a valid Class G driver's license (or G2 with 3 years of driving experience) and acceptable driving record to operate a Regional vehicle. Ability to travel within Waterloo Region. 
  • Ability to participate in an official standby/on-call rotation to respond to legislated or time sensitive demands beyond regularly scheduled work hours.
  • Ability to support and demonstrate the Region’s values.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abitities

Internal 1656 applicants are required to submit a document with their name on it (or an optional resume).  1656 staff are encouraged to internally apply with an updated resume, especially for those job opportunities that are a promotional opportunity, so that their qualifications are appropriately captured during the screening phase.

The Region of Waterloo is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process.  At the Region, we respect, encourage and celebrate our diversity.  The Region of Waterloo is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment process.  If you require an accommodation, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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