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Eastern Region
Division Operations, Eastern Region
Locations 560 Abbie Lane, Petawawa ON
Job Term (1) Permanent
Job Code Maintenance Mechanic 3 (93006)
Salary $30.92 - $33.55 per hour (plus pay for water/wastewater certification)
Posting Status OPEN
File No. OCWA-139-24-ER
Job ID 217372
Job Closing July 25, 2024


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 and provide safe and reliable drinking water to thousands of Ontarians each day.

Join our team as a Mechanic/Operator with OCWA

In this role, you will use your maintenance skills to perform predictive, condition based monitoring, preventative maintenance, repairs, installations, upgrades, perform major equipment overhauls, participate in capital projects and operate all process control and other related equipment required in the operations and maintenance of the facilities and systems within the Eastern Region.

  • Flexible learning and development opportunities.
  • Opportunities for career advancement and specialization with the largest provider of water and wastewater services in Ontario.
  • You will be eligible for additional pay for certification, should you be successful in completing and maintaining facility water/wastewater operator’s licenses.
  • Work with the partner of choice for more communities than any other water and wastewater service organization in Ontario for over 30 years.
  • Work with an organization committed to innovation and advanced technology.
  • A defined benefit pension plan; comprehensive health plan; life and disability insurance.
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits including for adoptive parents.
  • Mandatory:
    • Trades license as a Millwright/Electrician and/or applicable skilled trade.
    • Willing to obtain Operator-in-Training (OIT), as specified in O.Reg. 129/04 of the Ontario Water Resources Act, and apply or write level one exams within the first year.
    • Should a successful applicant be employed as an under-fill Operator, he/she will be required to write and pass the required Class 1 certification exams within 1 year from their start date. If you are not certified, please review this link to find out how to become certified:
    • Valid Class G driver’s license.
    • Bilingual English and French would be an asset.
    • Must be available for overtime and have the ability to be on-call after regular working hours (Monday to Friday: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm) as part of a rotation.
  • Knowledge:
    • Good knowledge of water and wastewater treatment processes to operate the facilities.
    • Working experience/knowledge of the skilled trades for the maintenance and repair of a variety of equipment and structures, including but not limited to the following skills: basic electrical repair, welding, plumbing, millwright, HVAC and general facility maintenance.
    • Sound knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other relevant regulatory and legislative acts, codes, policies, guidelines and procedures related to water and wastewater operations and maintenance; health and safety procedures/WHMIS.
    • Good knowledge of the relevant regulatory and legislative acts, codes, policies, guidelines and procedures related to water and wastewater operations and maintenance, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and health and safety procedures.
    • Knowledge of basic mathematics and chemistry to make calculations for chemical and operating processes.
    • Ability to interpret maintenance manuals, blueprints and other technical specifications; use and storage of industrial chemicals.
    • Familiarity with computers, including monitoring and operating systems.
    • Familiarity with predictive maintenance techniques such as vibration analysis, oil analysis and thermal imaging.
  • Skills and abilities include:
    • Problem solving and planning skills to perform major equipment overhauls, routine and preventive maintenance, carry out repairs and perform a variety maintenance tasks, resolve maintenance and operational issues, take samples of the water chemicals to make process control adjustments.
    • Organizational skills to lead extensive maintenance and repair projects.
    • Good oral and written communication skills to liaise with a variety of people including coworkers, clients, suppliers, while keeping accurate logs and writing reports.
    • Ability to work in a team environment and take initiative.
    • Ability to perform manual labour.
    • Liaison with Contractors and monitoring contracting work.
  • OPS commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism:

    We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

    We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

    Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service. We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

  1. You must apply by e-mail and the job competition quoted in the subject line. 
  2. You must show how you meet what we are looking for clearly, completely and concisely; we rely on the information you provide to us. 
  3. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying. 
  4. Send application/resume with covering letter (PDF format preferred) saved using the JOB ID and First Last Name.

Ontario Clean Water Agency
Manager: Brad Sweet, Senior Operations Manager
Attention: Kelly Klein-Swormink, Regional Hub Business Manager


Ontario Clean Water Agency is an inclusive 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, Conservation and Parks. In 2023, OCWA staff treated water and wastewater, and provided other technical services for 318 clients in the province including 169 municipalities, 16 First Nations, 108 commercial and industrial clients and 25 government and institutional clients. Municipal clients range in size from populations as large as 1.5 million in the Region of Peel to as small as 2,400 in Moose Factory. This broad scope of experience ensures OCWA has the expertise to solve any issues that may arise, in any size or type of treatment process in the province. Our Agency has grown its municipal client base every year over the past 30 years is proof of this value. We continue to focus on our people and strategies to attract and retain competent staff.

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