Utilities Operations

The Utilities Department maintains the water supply for Township residents, including water pressure testing, water service activation and interruptions, connections and backflows, and fire hydrant maintenance. The Department also supports the Township storm water and sanitary sewer systems, including sewage collection, disposal, and planning.


Larry      
What I like most about my job is the interaction with the people I work with. From the day that I started work with the Township of Langley as a Temporary Labourer in 1991 and up to the present day in my position as Utilities Operations Superintendent, for the most part, the people that I have worked with have been helpful, engaging and encouraging. This has compelled me to reciprocate these actions to help and encourage others as they come up through the ranks. Early in my employment with the Township of Langley, it became very evident that this would not just be a job, but that it would be a career for me. I believe that the Township of Langley has a reputation for being a great place to be employed. This has been echoed from within the organization as well as from outside individuals and agencies.
Larry, Utilities Operations Superintendent

Explore a sample of the types of roles:

Duty Examples

Prepares cost estimates, revenue sharing and grant applications for capital projects and assists with budget preparation.

Plans, schedules, and coordinates various capital projects to avoid conflicts between projects, resources, and to meet target deadlines.

Prepares terms of reference for and requests proposals from engineering consultants, evaluates the proposals, and awards engineering assignments for capital projects.

Prepares and reviews technical reports and assists in preparing reports to Council.

Approves invoices and authorizes changes to contract amounts within budgeted limits.

Required Certifications

  • Eligible for designation as an EIT in BC
  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Engineering from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Experience in a municipal environment

Departments

  • Engineering and Construction Services
  • Transportation
  • Utilities Operations
  • Water Resources and Environment

Duty Examples

Performs moderately complex technical field and office work of an engineering nature at the sub-professional level.

Coordinates assigned small to mid-sized construction projects.

Develops work schedules in conjunction with operations and construction; monitors work progress and project budgets.

Coordinates approval of soil deposit permit applications; prepares and maintains technical and status reports, correspondence, tender and project specifications.

Performs site inspections, maintains liaison with, and provides direction to a wide variety of internal and external contacts.

Required Certifications

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence
  • Registration or eligibility for registration as a Graduate Technologist within BC

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Graduation from an Institute of Technology with a diploma in Engineering Technology
  • Courses in project management
  • Experience working in a municipal Engineering environment (preferred)

Departments

  • Engineering and Construction Services
  • Facilities Planning and Construction
  • Roads Operations
  • Transportation
  • Utilities Operations
  • Water Resources and Environment

Duty Examples

Performs complex technical field and office work of a Civil Engineering nature at the sub-professional level.

Coordinates assigned major construction projects.

Develops work schedules in conjunction with operations and construction; monitors work progress, and project budgets.

Coordinates utilities programs; prepares and maintains technical and status reports, correspondence, tender and project specifications.

Performs site inspections, maintains liaison with, and provides direction to a wide variety of internal and external contacts.

Required Certifications

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence
  • Certification or eligibility for certification as an Applied Science Technologist within BC
  • Cross Connection Control Tester Certificate (for Utilities Operations only)

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Graduation from an Institute of Technology with a diploma in Civil and Structural Technology, Building Technology, or other related discipline
  • Courses in project management
  • Experience working in a municipal Engineering environment (preferred)

Departments

  • Engineering and Construction Services
  • Facilities Planning and Construction
  • Roads Operations
  • Transportation
  • Utilities Operations
  • Water Resources and Environment

Duty Examples

Performs administrative and technical work at the sub-professional level.

Coordinates contract documentation and administration on construction projects.

Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of technical subordinates.

Prepares and maintains technical and status reports, correspondence, and project specifications.

Performs site inspections, maintains liaison with, and provides direction to a wide variety of internal and external contacts.

Required Certifications

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence
  • Certification or eligibility for certification as an Applied Science Technologist within BC

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Graduation from an Institute of Technology with a Civil Engineering Technologist Diploma
  • Experience working in a municipal Engineering environment (preferred)

Departments

  • Engineering and Construction Services
  • Facilities Planning and Construction
  • Roads Operations
  • Transportation
  • Utilities Operations
  • Water Resources and Environment

Duty Examples

A “working foreman” is responsible for supervisory, operational, maintenance, and repair work involving installation, construction, and maintenance of municipal services; participates in the work while supervising and giving work direction to assigned staff.

Organizes work, orders materials, supplies, and tools.

Ensures safe work practices are followed according to work standards.

Prepares and maintains records, receives, investigates, responds to complaints, and performs routine inspections.

Required Certifications

Foreman I in all departments:

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence

Foreman I in Roads Operations:

  • Class 3 BC Driver’s Licence with Air Brake Endorsement

Foreman I in Utilities Operations:

  • EOCP Water Distribution – Level I (Water Utilities)
  • EOCP Wastewater Collection – Level I (Sewer Utilities)

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Completion of Grade 12, supplemented by technical courses related to work
  • Experience in supervision and public works
  • Understanding of municipal construction and maintenance work related to roads, water, sanitary, drainage systems, and parks

Departments

  • Engineering and Construction Services
  • Parks Operations
  • Roads Operations
  • Utilities Operations

Duty Examples

Performs semi-skilled tasks in the maintenance and general construction of roads, sewers, waterworks, facilities, and parks.

Assists in exterior and interior construction projects, assembles and/or dismantles equipment, structures, and surfaces.

Operates TOL’s vehicles, motorized equipment, and tools.

Performs Heavy manual work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Required Certifications

Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence (Class 3 with Air Brake Endorsement is preferred)

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Completion of Grade 10
  • Experience in general construction and maintenance type of work

Departments

  • Engineering and Construction Services
  • Facilities
  • Parks Operations
  • Roads Operations
  • Utilities Operations

Duty Examples

Supervises and manages employees required to complete assignments and participates in most human resources decisions.

Works independently under the direction of the Manager, performing operational planning, design, estimating, scheduling, inspection and maintenance functions related to the department.

Participates in operational and capital projects planning and financial control and adjustment.

Investigates and follows up on issues, answering inquiries and complaints from the public, developers, consultants, and other regulatory agencies.

Required Certifications

Superintendent in Engineering and Construction Services:

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence
  • Applied Science Technologists and Technicians - AScT (preferred)

Superintendent in Facilities:

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence
  • Refrigeration Safety Awareness Certificate
  • Enhanced Reliability Security Clearance for the RCMP (ability to obtain within first year of employment)

Superintendent in Parks Operations:

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence
  • Certification or ability to obtain certification as an Arborist with the International Society of Arborists

Superintendent in Roads and Utilities Operations:

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence
  • Eligible for registration under the provisions of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians Act of BC as a Civil Engineering Technologist

Desired Experience/Qualifications

Superintendent in Engineering and Construction Services:

  • Diploma of Technology in Civil Engineering (or related field) or an experienced professional in a municipal infrastructure construction and maintenance field
  • Minimum three years of direct Engineering experience in a municipal government, consulting company, or infrastructure contracting company; or, equivalent combination

Superintendent in Facilities:

  • Engineering/Building Technologist Diploma or equivalent training and experience in the industry
  • Minimum five years of direct Engineering experience in a municipal government or consulting company; or, equivalent combination

Superintendent in Parks Operations:

  • Bachelors degree or diploma and Trades Qualifications in a related field or equivalent training and experience in the industry
  • Minimum five years of direct Parks experience in a municipal government or organization providing Parks and Cemetery/Parks and Open Spaces management and maintenance services; or, equivalent combination

Superintendent in Roads Operations:

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering Technologist or equivalent
  • Minimum five years of direct Engineering experience in a municipal government or consulting company; or, equivalent combination

Superintendent in Utilities Operations:

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering Technologist or equivalent
  • Minimum seven years of direct Engineering experience in a municipal government or consulting company; or, equivalent combination

Departments

  • Engineering and Construction Services
  • Facilities
  • Parks Operations
  • Roads Operations
  • Utilities Operations

Duty Examples

Performs semi-skilled manual sewer or water maintenance and construction work, in the following areas:

Sewer Utilities

  • Installs sewer mains to grade, installs house connections and risers, builds manholes, utilizes shoring, etc.

Water Utilities

  • Installs water mains and fittings to grade, builds valve chambers, manholes, catch basins, tapping water mains for service connections, installs shoring, checks and services gauges and valves, repairs hydrants, etc.

Construction Utilities

  • Constructs, installs, and repairs water and sanitary infrastructure

Required Certifications

All UMW positions:

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence (Utilities and Construction)
  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence with heavy trailer Code 20 Endorsement (Utilities Water Distribution positions only)

(Class 3 with Air Brake Endorsement is preferred for all UMW positions)

UMW in the Utilities Operations:

  • EOCP Water Distribution – Level I (Water Utilities)
  • EOCP Wastewater Collection – Level I (Sewer Utilities)

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Completion of Grade 12, supplemented by courses related to work
  • Experience in water construction and/or sewer construction and maintenance work

Departments

  • Engineering and Construction Services
  • Utilities Operations

Duty Examples

Performs semi-skilled/skilled mechanical work below journeyman level involving installation, adjustment, inspection, repair and maintenance of municipal wastewater pumping stations and equipment.

Responds to pump station alarms and emergency calls, independently performs less complex repairs and maintenance, builds and maintains wet well.

Directs the work of one or more workers; operates TOL service vehicle; maintains routine records.

Required Certifications

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence
  • EOCP Wastewater Collection – Level 2

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Completion of Grade 12, supplemented by related technical courses
  • Experience in pumping equipment repair work

Departments

Utilities Operations

Duty Examples

Performs skilled mechanical work related to inspection, servicing, maintenance, repair, and operation of wastewater systems pumping stations and equipment.

Monitors and responds to telemetric alarms and emergency calls; investigates main blockages, overflowing manholes, sanitary sewer connection issues.

Directs the work of one or more workers; operates TOL service vehicle.

Required Certifications

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence
  • EOCP Wastewater Collection – Level 3

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Completion of Grade 12, supplemented by related technical courses
  • Experience in wastewater systems work
  • Ability to read and interpret meters and gauges

Departments

Utilities Operations

Duty Examples

Performs technical and supervisory work.

Assigns, schedules, inspects, reviews, supervises, and participates in the works of skilled and semi-skilled Operators.

Determines priorities and checks work status, participates in decisions regarding major construction, investigates complaints, and responds to emergency and trouble calls.

Directs the work of moderate sized group of workers.

Required Certifications

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence with heavy trailer Code 20 Endoresement
  • EOCP Wastewater Collection – Level 3

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Completion of Grade 12, supplemented by related technical courses
  • Supervisory experience

Departments

Utilities Operations

Duty Examples

Performs semi-skilled/skilled mechanical work below journeyman level involving installation, maintenance and repair of water pumping and pressure reducing stations.

Assists in installation of pumps and related equipment; performs complex repairs and services; monitors telemetric alarms and responds to emergency calls; tests, cleans and repairs system water meters.

Directs work of one or more workers; operates TOL service vehicle.

Required Certifications

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence
  • EOCP Water Distribution – Level 2

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Completion of Grade 12, supplemented by technical courses related to work
  • Experience in water systems work
  • Ability to read and interpret meters and gauges

Department

Utilities Operations

Duty Examples

Performs diverse technical and mechanical work involving inspection, service, maintenance, repair, and operation of water pumping, pressure reducing stations, and water treatment facilities.

Monitors and responds to telemetric alarms and emergency calls; oversees water main and reservoir cleaning; conducts water quality testing; installs meters, reads and records water meter data on scheduled basis.

Directs the work of one or more workers; operates TOL service vehicle; maintains routine records.

Required Certifications

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence
  • EOCP Water Treatment – Level 1
  • EOCP Water Distribution – Level 2

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Completion of Grade 12, supplemented by technical courses related to work
  • Experience in water systems work
  • Ability to read and interpret meters and gauges
  • Ability to operate water treatment plant and ancillary equipment

Department

Utilities Operations

Duty Examples

Performs skilled technical work involving water system repair, maintenance and service operations.

Schedules, directs, supervises a moderate group of skilled and semi-skilled system operators.

Recommends implementation of major changes in preventative maintenance program for water system facilities; determines priorities and checks work in progress; prepares and maintains operational records and reports; provides cost and time estimates for projects.

Investigates public complaints; responds to emergency calls; ensures conformance to proper safety procedures and precautions.

Required Certifications

  • Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence
  • EOCP Water Treatment – Level 2
  • EOCP Water Distribution – Level 3

Desired Experience/Qualifications

  • Completion of Grade 12, supplemented by technical courses related to work
  • Experience related to work including some supervisory experience

Department

Utilities Operations


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