Technician (Chemistry)
Region of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
27d ago

Description of Duties :

Provides chemical evaluation of drinking water, ground water, wastewater, surface water, and solids to ensure compliance with the Region's water and environmental protection policies.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required :

  • Knowledge of organic and inorganic analytical chemistry, including instrumentation, methods, and procedures used in environmental analysis, normally acquired through a 3-
  • year community college diploma or university degree in Chemistry, plus 2 years of directly related laboratory work experience.

  • Knowledge of and skill in the operation and minor technical servicing of analytical equipment, such as an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer, Ion-
  • Chromatograph, Auto-analyzer, Purge and Trap Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer, Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer, and Total Organic Carbon Analyzer.

  • Knowledge of Regional policies and procedures; the Regional Sewer Use by-law; quality system requirements of CALA, the Standard Council of Canada, and ISO 17025;
  • as well as Provincial and Federal legislation including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Ontario Drinking Water Testing Services Regulation 248 / 03, Ontario Drinking Water Systems Regulation 165 / 04, Ontario Drinking Water Standards, Ontario Water Resources Act, regulations 170 / 03 and 243 / 07, and current drinking water licensing legislation and applicable sections of the Nutrient Management Act.

  • Communication skills in order to review, understand, and discuss detailed analytical procedures with other staff, and to participate as an effective team member.
  • Ability to read and apply information contained in analytical procedures, health and safety manuals, quality documents, and instrument manuals.
  • Ability to create and maintain organized, accurate, and detailed written and computerized reports; to edit detailed analytical methods, standard operating procedures, and quality system corrective action reports.

  • Ability to train EE&LS staff, individually or in group settings, using specialized terminology. Ability to report adverse water quality results to clients, MOE, and Public Health.
  • Organizational skills in order to plan own work load to meet sample holding time limitations and to perform several tasks simultaneously.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills to interpret and evaluate analytical data, and to research and develop new analytical methods.

  • Computer skills with ability to use software packages such as Microsoft Word and Excel, and the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Ability to use specialized computerized instruments to perform analyses.

  • Ability to support and demonstrate the Region's Values.
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