Maintenance Foreperson

Georgian Highlands Region

18 Caroline Street, West, Southampton, ON

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Maintenance Foreperson (93010)
$27.11 - $29.38 per hour (plus pay for certification)
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February 21, 2018

Do you want to be part of a team providing safe and reliable drinking water to thousands of Ontarians each day? Does the thought of an office job bore you? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be exactly who we’re looking for!

Become a water/wastewater professional with OCWA today!

In this role, you will use your maintenance skills to oversee, schedule and perform predictive, condition based monitoring, preventative maintenance, repairs, installations, upgrades, and perform major equipment overhauls. Lead capital maintenance projects, obtain quotes, supervise contractors and ensure scope of work is being completed. Operate all process control and other related equipment required in the operations and maintenance of the facilities and systems within the Essex Region.

What’s in it for you?

  • Flexible learning and development opportunities.
  • Opportunities for career advancement and specialization with the largest provider of water and wastewater services in Ontario.
  • Work with the partner of choice for more communities than any other water and wastewater service organization in Ontario for over 20 years.
  • Work with an organization committed to innovation and advanced technology.
  • A defined benefit pension plan.
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits including for adoptive parents.
  • Comprehensive Health Plan.
  • Life and Disability Insurance.

Who we are

The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) believes in Our Communities, Our Environment and Our People. As a trusted partner to municipalities, First Nations communities, businesses, governments and institutions across Ontario, we provide our clients with total solutions in water and wastewater. We are dedicated to working closely with our clients to help them build healthy sustainable communities and organizations.

What we are looking for


  • Trades license in a mechanical field with a preference for Industrial Millwright.
  • Minimum OIT Water Treatment and Water Distribution.
  • May consider lesser qualified candidates as under fill – with a commitment to obtain Operator-in-Training (OIT), as specified in O.Reg. 128/04 of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Valid Class G driver’s license.
  • The incumbent must be able to work regular 8 hour shifts as required.
  • Must be available to be on-call after regular working hours and participate


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the principles and practices necessary in the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities, wastewater collection and water treatment facilities.
  • Knowledge of all relevant acts and regulations to ensure operational compliance.
  • General knowledge of industrial processes and maintenance and repair of a variety of equipment and structures to operate, inspect, clean, and maintain them by conducting scheduled readings and recordings; monitoring local process conditions and equipment operations.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and standard safety precautions including storage of chemicals, confined space entry, equipment lockout/tagging and personal protective equipment.
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics and chemistry in order to make calculations regarding chemicals and operating processes.
  • Technical and electrical/mechanical knowledge.
  • Knowledge of capital improvement, major maintenance planning, procurement policies and asset management.
  • Excellent knowledge of computerized monitoring systems such as SCADA, Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and overall computer literacy to record data from inspections and monitoring activities to complete work orders, project forms to initiate repairs for maintenance.

Skills and abilities include

  • Demonstrated team leadership skills to direct, mentor and guide staff.
  • Judgement and decision making skills to provide direction to staff on projects, work and priorities.
  • Interpersonal skills to provide direction, advice and recommendations to management, contractors, equipment suppliers, project staff and other Agency personnel.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills to troubleshoot and make timely decisions to address work priorities and emergencies.
  • Good oral communication skills to report equipment problems or malfunctions in order to ensure the problem is conveyed and understood, and to provide direction for corrective response.
  • Good written communication skills to write reports.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints engineering drawings and follow process drawings to aid in troubleshooting equipment problems.
  • Ability to use and understand operating and maintenance manuals, and other technical specifications.
  • Physical dexterity to perform job duties in all weather conditions, in confined spaces and in dirty and/or noisy environments.
  • A demonstrated interest in continuous learning.

How to Apply

1. You must apply by e-mail.
2. Applicants with no cover letters will not be considered.
3. You must show how you meet what we are looking for clearly, completely and concisely; we rely on the information you provide to us.
4. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.

Send resume with cover letter to:

Ontario Clean Water Agency
Attention: Caralynn McRae

Ontario Clean Water Agency is an equal opportunity employer. We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code

The Ontario Clean Water Agency is an agency of the Province of Ontario, reporting to the Ministry of the Environment. As the largest provider of water and wastewater services in Canada, we manage over 800 facilities from small well systems and lagoons to large water and wastewater treatment plants. Consider this opportunity if you are a motivated, team oriented individual seeking a career in the water and wastewater industry.

Note: Thank you for your interest, we will contact you only if we choose you for further screening or an interview.