UTILITY OPERATOR I - Wastewater Collection

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DEFINITION
To perform a wide variety of skilled and semi-skilled work in the construction, maintenance and repair; and to upkeep domestic water production and distribution and sewage collection systems.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general supervision from a Utility Supervisor. Functional or technical supervision is also received from the Senior Utility Maintenance Worker.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Install, remove, and repair large and small water services.
  • Cut, fit, lay, and repair water mains, clean and flush water mains, repair mains, valves and hydrants.
  • Inspect, test, and operate portable pumps, valves, fittings, meters, and related water production and distribution and sewer collection equipment as assigned.
  • Operate trucks and construction equipment such as backhoes and trenching machines, horizontal boring machine, combinations vacuum/water jet.
  • Remove and install meters as necessary. Install barricades and route traffic in a safe manner. Participate in water system and sewer collection operations and repair work.
  • Perform minor servicing to truck and report mechanical or other problems; keep truck orderly and stocked with supplies and materials.
  • Locate, excavate and repair water lines, sewer lines, and related facilities.
  • Assist in the installation of new and replacement fire hydrants; disassemble, inspect and lubricate hydrants as needed; remove and replace damaged hydrant parts; paint hydrants and perform routine maintenance.
  • Assist in maintenance of water pump station grounds and facilities.
  • Inspect water and sewer projects for leaks, decayed pipe, spillage, and pump malfunctioning.
  • Build and repair manholes, raise and lower manholes. May operate a jackhammer; pour concrete. Maintain routine records, logs, and reports. Check updated drawings and maps.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
For indefinite periods of time - mobility within an office and field environment; exposure to chemical, toxic waste, dust/mites, fume, odor, explosive, electrical and mechanical hazards; exposure to extreme cold, heat, height and constant noise; walking; twisting body; stooping; standing; squatting; sitting; seeing; running; pushing, pulling, lifting, dragging, and carrying up to 80 pounds; kneeling; reading; decision making; reaching above shoulder level; using both hands for simple and firm grasping; clarity of hearing; communicating clearly and effectively, in person and by two-way radio; fine finger manipulation; operation of a backhoe, trenching machine, jackhammer and all hand tools; operation of a motor vehicle through city traffic.

QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge of:

  • Basic construction and maintenance methods, procedures, tools, equipment, supplies and materials of water and sewer utility systems.
  • Safe work practices under hazardous conditions.
  • Operation of a variety of construction equipment.

Ability to:

  • Perform a variety of construction, repair, and maintenance tasks.
  • Work under routine and emergency conditions, sometimes in severe weather.
  • Operate light equipment and learn to operate heavier construction equipment.
  • Work efficiently and safely with others.
  • Understand and follow instructions and directions.
  • Perform a wide range of physically strenuous tasks as required.


TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • One year of construction or maintenance experience desirable
  • High School Diploma or GED.

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES

Possession of or ability to obtain a Texas Class BCDL within 90 days.

 
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