CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS
Under the general supervision of the Utilities Operations Superintendent, performs semi-skilled work in the operation, maintenance, repair and construction of the City reclaimed water mains, valves, services, and meters. Employees in this class shall be able to use, in a safe manner, equipment such as gas and hydraulic powered cutting saws, concrete/asphalt wheel cutters, trenchers, tamping machines and other such small and medium sized tools and equipment used in the construction and repair of water distribution systems and/or similar piping systems. May require large truck and light equipment operation. Employee is expected to work overtime as required and work during emergency events as assigned.
Duties include assisting in the construction, installation and repair of services, meters, and mains; manual operation, installation and repair of valves, meter maintenance and data collection. Employee assists with site inspections and the collection of information and data used in electronic record systems, including meter readings, network mapping and work orders. Performs other tasks as required.
Due to the nature of utility systems, it may be necessary at times to work through normal lunch and break periods. These periods will be allowed within an acceptable time frame as determined by supervision. It may also be required at times to work unscheduled overtime in order to restore service, limit property damage and/or minimize customer inconvenience.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Assist in the construction, installation, operation, repair and/or replacement of reclaimed water mains, services, meters, and valves up to 20” in accordance with standard practices and regulations.
Operates equipment such as shovels, saws, tapping machines, tamping machines, hand tools, pumps, and valves.
Operates vehicles and light equipment including 1/2 to 2-ton trucks, dump trucks, forklifts and trailers.
Digs up and back-fills meters, meter boxes, valves, irrigation components and service lines for location, maintenance and/or repair.
Cleans and restore job site to original condition. This may include placing sod, raking and other landscape type jobs.
Cleans and maintains grounds around utility appurtenances using hand and gas powered tools.
Paints meter assemblies and other features as directed.
Maintains small equipment, tools, material and maintains an orderly and clean storage area and vehicle.
Assist with maintaining supply inventories and conducting inventory counts.
Cleans and maintains vehicle and equipment as directed.
Accesses, navigates and works within software applications to record basic work order, GIS and meter reading information, and obtain basic utility network information through the use of computers, tablets, phones and other electronic handheld devices.
Works independently at times or as member of maintenance team as directed.
Works within confined spaces such as meter and air release vaults as required.
A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
High School diploma or G.E.D required. At least one year experience in the installation and repair of water distribution or similar piping systems providing knowledge of fittings, valves, joints, connections, and tools and equipment used and have a proven record of dependability. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Class “B” Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with air-brake endorsement. Applicants who do not currently possess a Class “B” CDL with air brake endorsement must acquire a learner’s permit within 3 months of hire and obtain the license within 6 months of hire. Applicants who possess a valid out of state Class “B” CDL with air brake endorsement must obtain the Florida Class “B” CDL within 10 days of employment. Must gain the required level of proficiency in the use of the City’s asset management system and GIS software within 6 months of hire.
B. KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
General working knowledge of computers and the internet with the ability to learn and utilize new software applications including asset management and the City’s GIS system.
General knowledge and skill in the principles and practices of water distribution or similar piping systems including operation, construction and repair techniques.
General knowledge of occupational and safety rules and practices as they relate to the maintenance, repair and/or construction of water distribution or similar piping systems.
Ability and skill to safely operate hand and power tools as required in the maintenance, repair, and construction of water distribution or similar piping systems, such as shovels, rakes, pry bars, wrenches, drills, reciprocating saws, etc.
Ability to perform strenuous work in a variety of outdoor conditions for extended periods.
Ability and skill to safely operate ½ to 2 ton trucks, trailers, dump trucks, forklifts, hydraulic hoists, and other light equipment.
Knowledge and ability to operate computers, the internet, and electronic devices, and their associated hardware and software as necessary to access email, record work order information, access and navigate through Geographic Information System utility maps, and collect and utilize operational data and obtain pertinent employee information such as benefit and payroll information.
Ability to understand oral and written instruction in English.
Ability to communicate clearly with co-workers, supervision and the general public.
Ability to work effectively within established policies and procedures without direct supervision and with the ability to exercise good judgment.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervision and the general public.
Knowledge of the general geographic area.
C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to work and perform heavy manual labor in undesirable conditions such as heat, humidity, wetness, rain, cold, dust, dirt, mud, excessive noise, and odorous environments for extended periods.
Ability to manually use shovel, wrenches, pick, rake, and other related hand tools in the efficient excavation, repair, back-filling, and subsequent area restoration of mains, valves, meters, and services.
Ability to work in and efficiently move between standing, bending, kneeling, sitting, and/or squatting positions. May be required at times to move laterally and/or work in such positions for extended periods.
Ability to lift and carry (up to 100 yd.) items which are considered hard to grasp and/or hold on to weighing up to 50 lbs. Carry such items over uneven terrain. Load into and unload such items from vehicles. Carry and/or lower into and remove such items from trench, meter vault or other confined spaces.
Ability to set up and operate pneumatic drive jackhammer, gas and/or hydraulic powered saws, portable pumps, tamping machines and other associated tools that weigh between 25 lbs. and 100 lbs.
Ability to assist in the loading and unloading of pipe and fittings up to 24" in diameter.
Ability to work with and around chemicals, solvents, de-greasers and hazardous materials, grasses, and concrete mix.
Ability to walk up to one mile in distance while reading meters and collecting GIS system information.
Ability to walk over and around cluttered work areas and uneven surfaces.
Ability to work while standing on uneven and/or wet surfaces.
Ability and willingness to enter and work in confined spaces such as meter and air relief vaults, excavated ditches/holes, and trench boxes by way of incline or ladder.
Ability to work and operate vehicles and equipment at night and during inclement weather conditions.
Ability to hear, speak and understand conversations in English in a normal tone of voice, both face-to-face and over two way radio, cell phones and through other electronic means.
Ability to read and comprehend work orders, equipment/tool manuals, safety and technical manuals, and other printed, written material and/or electronic format as it relates to the job.
Ability to identify and comprehend colors as they relate to traffic and/or road signs, safety equipment, utility markings, and other utility related materials.
Ability to hear approaching heavy equipment and/or verbal warnings given by co-workers while working in immediate vicinity of heavy equipment that is in operation or other noisy environments.
Ability to see, read and print, letters, numbers, words, characters, diagrams and symbols which are both large and small on paper and various electronic devices. Must be legible and understood by others.
Ability to navigate and comprehend area maps as they relate to the location of reclaimed water mains, valves, meters and services.
Ability to understand and comprehend basic math including addition and subtraction and calculations for area, length, time. Read, understand and utilize tape measure and measuring wheel.
Ability to perform data entry tasks using a computer keyboard, mouse, touchscreen, and/or keypad requiring the use hands, wrists, and fingers.
Ability to work regularly scheduled and unscheduled overtime work hours.
Ability and willingness to work during night and early morning hours or for extended periods of time when required.
Ability to maintain a professional attitude while working in close proximity with others in confined spaces and/or under situations of duress.
Ability to receive directions and constructive criticism from divisional management.
Ability to learn task and remember how to complete tasks without assistance once trained.
THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL-INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION. WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.
Revision Date - 05/05/17