Job Opportunity: Mechanical Systems Operator with Ocean Wise

Role Overview

Reporting to the Director, Facilities Operations, the Mechanical Systems Operator is responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of animal habitats and life support systems, building HVAC, water/sewer, natural and propane gas, and control systems. The Mechanical Systems Operator performs general mechanical maintenance and repairs in conjunction with animal husbandry employees and related departments.

Key Accountabilities

Responsible for the general operation and maintenance of the various mechanical and life support systems by:

  • Operating, backwashing and cleaning life support filtration and building equipment;
  • Maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing mechanical and minor electrical systems related to the animal life support systems, and animal habitats, water/sewer, HVAC and building systems; fire alarms;
  • Draining and re-filling pools and reservoirs to facilitate maintenance and repairs;
  • Assist with removing, dismantling, cleaning, repairing and reassembling filters and related filtration equipment;
  • Monitoring water quality in main animal life support systems for temperature, salinity, pH, chlorine levels, clarity and other water quality parameters as per aquarium standards;
  • Constructing animal habitats and life support systems;
  • Collecting and recording operational data. Maintaining service records;
  • Maintaining cleanliness of workshop and other working areas;
  • Performs additional duties as required.

Education and Experience:

  • Experience with Aquatic Animal Life Support preferred;
  • 3+ years of plant operation or equivalent trade experience in one or more of the following disciplines or related trades - Millwright, Power Engineer, HVAC, Mechanic, Water Treatment Operator, Certified Pool Operator, Plumbing;
  • Prior experience in the following skills: mechanical equipment operation, commercial filtration equipment, welding, machining, fabrication;
  • WHMIS and TDG training considered an asset (training provided if required);
  • Fall Protection training considered an asset (training provided if required);
  • Use of stationary and mobile aerial work platforms an asset (training provided if required);
  • Confined Space Entry training or the ability to complete and pass training considered an asset (training provided if required);
  • Experience and skill using standard hand and power tools.


  • Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills with machinery and engineering systems;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in order to comprehend detailed instructions in English;
  • Strong internal customer service skills and demeanor to work in a public setting;
  • Ability to work in a team and self-direct with minimal supervision;
  • Basic working knowledge of Microsoft computer software (e.g. Excel, Word, etc.) and email.

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