UNIFOR - Water Treatment Technician

Revision Date: October 2001
Classification: Water Treatment Technician
Hay Point Range: N/A


The Physical Plant Department is responsible for the entire physical operation of the University including construction, renovations, provision of utility services and the care and maintenance of all properties.

Under general supervision, the Water Treatment Technician is directly responsible for the continued safe and efficient operation of all boiler water, cooling tower and closed loop water systems. The incumbent will be required to provide advice to Tradespersons and Power Engineers and to provide advice in the installation, renovation, alteration and operation of any of the above systems. The incumbent is responsible for the chemical cleaning and commissioning of new and renovated system. The Water Treatment Technician must have a sound knowledge of water treatment principles and the ability to interpret water tests results in order to maintain boilers, cooling towers an closed loops free of algae scale and corrosion. The Water Treatment Technician works with consultants from chemical suppliers in the inspection of boilers and equipment and the evaluation and interpretation of chemical tests results. The incumbent is also responsible for the inventory and ordering of chemicals, reagents and lab equipment. The Water Treatment Technician will provide coverage for other classifications as required. He/she will complete fire pump testing and utility readings.


  • Calculates chemical requirements and adds chemicals to boilers, cooling towers and closed water loops.
  • Advises, trains and works with Power Engineers in testing of water samples and proper feed rate of chemicals to boiler and cooling systems.
  • Regenerates sodium and hydrogen zeolite softeners.
  • Services and repairs equipment related to and including water softeners.
  • Participates in the chemical cleaning of equipment and systems.
  • Tests water from, and adds chemicals to, boilers, cooling towers and closed water loops.
  • Makes minor repairs to chemical treatment installations, relating to chilled water and hot water heating systems.
  • Interprets effectiveness of chemical treatments particularly, during the annual inspection of various equipment and changes if required.
  • Reports malfunctions of equipment to appropriate department for repair.
  • Responsible for the safe storage and handling of chemicals, including Caustic Soda, concentrated Sulphuric Acid and other potentially poisonous and corrosive chemicals.
  • Participates in the WHMIS program by keeping an up-do-date inventory and MSDS file of all chemicals used.
  • Maintains standards in relation to WHMIS procedures for the handling of controlled water treatment chemicals.
  • Responsible for maintenance of chemical pumps.
  • Responsible for monthly utility readings.
  • Assumes the characteristic duties and responsibilities of the classification he/she is relieving.
  • Responsible for the monthly fire pump tests.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • Must hold a valid 3rd Class Manitoba Power Engineer's Certificate or equivalent education and experience relating to boiler and chilled water systems.
  • Must hold (at least) a Class 5 Driver's Licence valid in Manitoba.


  • Experience in proper chemical test procedures and treatment of boilers, cooling towers and closed water loops.
  • Experience in proper WHMIS procedures as outlined by the Manitoba Labour, Workplace Safety and Health Division.


A sound understanding of chemistry pertaining to boilers and chilled water systems.
A good working knowledge of mechanical equipment associated with powerhouses and chilled water systems.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate in English.
  • Ability to understand technical language and manuals.
  • Skill in safe handling of corrosive and potentially dangerous materials.
  • Ability to read and understand blueprints.
  • Ability to perform various test procedures.
  • Ability to work alone without direct supervision
  • Capable of interpreting chemical analysis.
  • Ability to recognize problems indicated by chemical analysis and resolve same.
  • Ability to perform the requirements of the other classifications within schedule "B".

Physical Requirements

  • Physically capable of performing all duties assigned including climbing, bending, working in close quarters, under dirty and/or noisy conditions.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.

"In accordance with the University's Health and Safety Policy, and in support of the Workplace Safety and Health Act, Physical Plant is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all staff and students. 

Physical Plant will instruct all employees to complete an Orientation Workshop, normally during the first day on the job, and the Health and Safety Orientation Module, normally during the probation period.  Employees will also be instructed to complete various workshops, such as Asbestos Awareness, etc. during the first year of employment depending upon an individual's classification."