DFPS System Controller – Auxiliary (Waterworks Operations) (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 25560 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function 
The successful candidate will be working for Water Operations under the direction of the Dedicated Fire Protection System (DFPS) Plant Supervisor in the day to day operations of the specialized water pumping facilities and systems.

The successful candidate will work from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Employees may be assigned to work alternative shifts and locations based on operational requirements.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Monitors the condition and status of the DFPS distribution pipeline system through SCADA.
  • Operates the diesel-powered pumping system and remote-controlled valves to optimize the DFPS system output, in response to the Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services requirements.
  • Performs routine maintenance on diesel engines, vertical turbine pumps, system control valves, and other DFPS system components, including but not limited to compressed air, fuel, building facilities and power systems.
  • Assists in the coordination of major maintenance activities for the DFPS with other Engineering department personnel and trades contractors in accordance to a Planned Facility Maintenance Program.
  • Monitors and operates engineering computer-based SCADA systems, responding to changes in system status and alarm conditions, exercising independent judgement in accordance with ore-determined conditions.
  • In an Emergency event, may act as after-hours Engineering Department/Public Works operator answering calls from the public, assessing the situation and dispatching work crews as required.
  • Assist in any part of the operation and maintenance of the Vancouver Waterworks System as required.
  • Supervise and participates in the work of one or more subordinates engaged in plant maintenance and systems control work.
  • Operate and test automated and manual control systems; monitors gauges, computer screens, level indicators, alarm systems and radio communication devices.
  • Creates operational adjustments as appropriate to optimize plant pumping performance.
  • Responds to alarms, diagnoses problems and takes corrective action to ensure safe and efficient operations.
  • Performs routine plant maintenance and repairs on equipment such as engines and generators, pumps and control valves, lubricates equipment, disassembles and rebuilds valves, replaces components, tests and calibrates equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Responsible for all general housekeeping and maintenance of DFPS building sites.
  • Coordinates with trades personnel and contractors on repair and maintenance work as needed.
  • Liaises with representatives of Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services.
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of records, reports and correspondence.
  • Plan and complete accurate timesheets, work slips and other records.
  • Ability to be on-call as required, to respond to trouble alarms and emergencies.


Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12, supplemented with technical courses, preferably those leading to certification in Cross Connection Control, Fourth Class Power Engineering or a recognized apprenticeship program.
  • Water Distribution Level 1 or 2 is preferred.
  • Sound related experience in a large sewer/water system, preferably in a computer controlled environment, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Minimum 12 months experience working in a pumping station of similar complexity.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to deal clearly and tactfully with the public, contractors and property owners.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to monitor and control system operations and to run diagnostic tests using a variety of software programs and applications.
  • Ability to perform maintenance and repair tasks on facility equipment.
  • Ability to read and understand utility plans and block plans, as-builts.
  • Knowledge of the standard practices and safe operating procedures, materials, tools and equipment used in the operation, maintenance, and repair of state of the pumping stations.
  • Knowledge of diagnostic methods and testing procedures related to the work.
  • Knowledge of hydraulic principles related to pumping facilities.
  • Knowledge of the electrical, instrumentation, automation and communications systems used in the work.
  • Ability to show good judgement in dealing with problems.

Driver’s License and Record Checks:

  • A current and valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License or higher and a Satisfactory National Safety Code driving record.
    • 5 years accumulation of no more than 9 points, not in excess of 3 points per single year
    • 3 years accumulation of no more than 1 preventable work related driving or equipment operating accident in any single year
    • Employees who do not demonstrate a satisfactory driving record will have their application reviewed in more detail
  • Candidates must attach the following to be considered:
    • Commercial Driving Records Abstract (N Print) for the past 5 years (no more than 14 days prior to this posting)
    • Insurance and Claims History for the past 5 years

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: CUPE 1004 N/Pks 

Employment Type: Auxiliary/Casual 

Position Start Date: March, 2021 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-380: $39.16 per hour

Application Close: February 4, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

To be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity with a generous benefits package, please apply on our careers site.

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