Damage Prevention Technician

engineering utilities & trades
Posted On: Nov 14, 2017
Closing Date: Nov 24, 2017

A Community Pursuing Prosperity, Quality of Life and a Healthy Environment

Located on the Trent Severn Waterway in central Ontario, the City of Kawartha Lakes offers a unique mix of urban, rural and waterfront living to its growing population of 75,000. The City is a progressive, forward-thinking community with a positive business environment and a thriving artistic community. Recognized as a prime tourist area for its year-round leisure opportunities, Kawartha Lakes is rich in culture and heritage, a strong agricultural community and abundant in all the amenities being sought by residents and visitors alike.

Job Description:
Under the direction of the Manager, this position is responsible for supporting the initiatives of the Public Works Roads Division including, but not limited to: locating municipal infrastructure (utilities), up-dating municipal infrastructure data, and providing technical engineering support relating to operations/roads asset management. On a day-to-day basis, the successful incumbent will be required to do the following:
  • Using appropriate equipment and technologies (such as but not limited to: electromagnetic utility locator (e.g. Radiodetection), GPS, engineered drawings and conventional locate equipment), locate all municipally-owned underground assets to required spatial accuracy, document and provide locate information to the requestor;
  • When Damage Prevention workload permits, undertake technical engineering work focused on operations and asset management programs, including: 
  • coordinating preparation of construction drawings and preparation of payment certificates and project progress draws;
  • preparation of specifications and contract documents;
  • contract management and inspection services for civil and structural projects;
  • Complete field inspections including measuring and marking located infrastructure using paint, flags, stakes, etc.;
  • Prepare, sign and issue locate record forms illustrating and describing the location and description of underground utilities;
  • Utilize historic municipal data, evaluate and resolve any conflicting readings/measurements encountered, document, update and communicate changes required to maintain the accuracy the municipality’s infrastructure management systems;
  • Work collaboratively with other municipal staff to ensure timely and accurate completion of locates requested, including associated documentation and record keeping;
  • Respond to public requests for information regarding municipal underground infrastructure;
  • Meet with municipal staff, contractors, homeowners, etc. to discuss details of proposed construction, advise of precautions required before commencing to dig, including when to hand dig;
  • Perform emergency locates on an ‘on-call’ basis;
  • Exercise safety precautions for self and others on worksites;
  • Meet the municipality’s obligations under the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 and adhere to the Ontario Energy Board regulations, meeting defined service level requirements;
  • Identify areas for constructive change and potential solutions then communicate needs to management;
  • Perform CAD drafting duties relating to infrastructure including, but not limited to water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and communication (cable and fiber optic) and update and maintain corresponding data and records;
  • Complete survey, drafting and inspection of operating projects including road, water distribution system, storm sewer, and sanitary sewer repairs and improvements;
  • Support similar technical engineering work relating to roads operations including  basic survey, GIS support or inspection;
  • Collect field data for ‘as constructed’ plans;
  • Prioritize and organize workload to ensure timely delivery of services;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Skills/Education Required:
  • Post-secondary diploma in Civil Engineering
  • ORCGA Damage Prevention Technician Certification
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in road, water and wastewater construction to include minimum one (1) year experience locating underground water, wastewater and communication assets, working with GIS databases and CAD;
  • Practical field experience in the operation of electromagnetic utility location devices (such as Radiodetection);
  • Municipal experience an asset;
  • Applied understanding of the Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA);
  • Certification with the Ontario Association of Certified Technicians and Technologists an asset;
  • Demonstrated professional and ethical responsibility to protect privacy, use confidential information appropriately, treat sensitive situations with appropriate degree of tact and discretion;
  • Demonstrated customer-service and interpersonal skills at a level to develop and to maintain cooperative/collaborative working relationships both within and outside the organization; ability to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Excellent time-management skills with the ability to estimate time requirements, prioritize workload and meet deadlines, and the ability to deal with multiple demands;
  • Excellent written communication skills with attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills;
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative consistently with commitment to quality improvement, sharing process improvement initiatives with management;
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and abide by municipal policies and procedures;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, the internet, and any other related software;
  • Possess and maintain a valid Ontario Class “G” Driver’s Licence
Applicants must be prepared for skill testing.
Interested applicants are invited to apply in confidence no later than 4:00 p.m. on November 24, 2017 to:
Human Resources Officer
City of Kawartha Lakes
P.O.  Box 9000, 28 Francis Street
Lindsay, ON K9V 5R8
Please quote position and job number #17-163 on your submission.