Utility Systems Service Worker Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general supervision of the Lift Station Foreman and/or Supervisor, performs skilled work in the maintenance, construction and repair of City sewer mains and services.  In the absence of the Crew Leader, incumbent maybe required to direct other employees in completing job task in a safe and responsible manner.  Employee's in this class are expected to be familiar with the safe operation and proper maintenance of such equipment as gas powered cutting saw, portable and trailer mounted gas powered pumps, jet-vac truck, well point equipment, 2 ton dump truck and others. Employee is expected to work overtime as required.

Due to the nature of sewage collection systems, it may be necessary at times to work through normal lunch and break periods if system customers are without service.  However, these periods will be allowed either after service is restored or within an acceptable time frame as determined by job foreman.  It may also be required at times to work unscheduled overtime in order to restore service.  Performs other tasks as requested.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A.    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Installs new sewer mains and service laterals; makes all types of sewer main and service repairs in accordance with standard practice.

Installs, repairs and/or replaces manholes, wetwells, lift station piping and mechanical fittings on force mains in accordance with standard practice.

Locates and relieves sewer main stoppages in accordance with standard practice.

Drive and operate wastewater jet-vac trucks.

REQUIREMENTS

A.    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

High school diploma or G.E.D. preferred.  Wastewater Collection Technician Class C certification preferred.  Position requires a valid State of Florida Commercial Driver’s License Class B or greater with tanker endorsement. Applicants who possess a valid out of state driver’s license must obtain a Florida driver’s license within 10 days of employment. At least two years of progressive experience in the installation and repair of sewer mains and services.

B.    KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Knowledge of occupational safety rules, practices, traffic laws and general geographic location of the area.

Knowledge and skill in the principles and practices of sewer main construction and repair techniques.

Knowledge of the City's sewer system.

Knowledge and skill to operate computers, work order and preventative maintenance software to include Word, Excel, email and internet.

Ability to navigate and maneuver through the City’s web based GIS mapping system.
    
Ability and skill to work from blueprints, sketches and maps.

Ability and skill to both understand and communicate oral and written instructions.  Ability to both interpret and complete work order forms.

Ability to deal with public and fellow employees in the polite and effective manner.

C.    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to read and comprehend work orders, equipment/tool manuals, safety manuals, and other printed and/or written material as it relates to the job.
        
Ability to understand and comprehend area maps as they relate to the location of sewer mains, valves, lift station and manholes.

Ability to understand and comprehend basic math.  Read, understand and utilize tape measurer.

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 and understand instructions given in the English language and spoken in a normal tone of voice.  Hear basic instructions, approaching heavy equipment and/or verbal warnings given by co-workers while working in immediate vicinity of heavy equipment that is in operation of other noisy environments.

Ability to verbally communicate with co-workers and others in the English language both face-to-face and over two way radio.

Ability to write up work orders, warehouse material requisitions, and vehicle service forms in a legible and understandable manner.

Ability to manually use shovel, wrenches, pick, rake, and other related hand tools in the efficient excavation, repair, backfilling, and subsequent area restoration of sewer mains, valves, manholes, and service laterals.

Ability to set up and operate pneumatic driven jack hammer, gas and/or hydraulic powered portable saws, pumps, and other associated tools that weigh between 25 lbs. and 100 lbs.

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 or walk up to one mile in distance during line locations.
    
Ability to lift and carry  items weighing up to 75 lbs.  Carry such items over uneven terrain.  Load into and unload such items from vehicle.  Carry and/or lower into and remove such items from ditch and or manholes.

Ability to assist in the loading and unloading of sewer pipe and fittings up to 30" diameter.

Ability to mix concrete and work in areas with concrete dust.

Ability to handle and work around liquid degreasers and other solvents.

Ability to lift and carry items which are considered hard to grasp and or hold onto.  Hold items weighing up to 20 lbs. for extended periods.  Walk over and around cluttered work areas and uneven surfaces.  Climb up and down ladders and/or steps.  Set up and work from ladders and scaffolding.  Work while standing on uneven and/or wet surfaces.

Ability to work in confined spaces such as small above ground lift station structures, underground or "can" type lift stations, lift station wet wells, lift station valve vaults, sewer manholes and excavated hole/ditches.  At times such work may continue for extended periods.

Ability and willingness to work in confined spaces that have toxic atmospheres while wearing life line connected safety harness and/or self contained breathing apparatus.

Ability to work in and around raw sewage while wearing protective gear.

Ability to work during night and/or early morning hours and/or for extended periods when required.

Ability to work and perform manual labor for extended periods in all weather conditions.

Ability to perform periodic heavy labor required.

Ability to maintain a professional attitude while working in close proximity with other in confined spaces and/or under situations of duress.



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 - 8/18/14