Senior Utility Maintenance Operator

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To perform work in the construction, maintenance, and repair of water production, water distribution, andsewage collection systems; and to provide lead guidance and direction to the work of a water and sewer field crew.

Positions in this class are responsible for lead supervision of a water and sewer utility field crew, in addition to the more complex and difficult operational, construction, repair, and maintenance tasks in the water and sewer utility area.

Received general supervision from the Utility Supervisor. Exercises lead supervision of Utility Maintenance Workers.


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

  • Lead a small crew, assign and participate in water production, utility construction, maintenance and repair work, preparing material requisitions, keeping work records, and preparing reports of completed work.
  • Operate a vacuum/water jet rodder and truck and hydraulic equipment in preventive maintenance and emergency cleaning of sanitary sewers.
  • Perform complex and skilled work in installing, removing, replacing, and repairing large and small water services.
  • Direct, lead, and participate in the operation of large trucks and construction equipment such as loaders, backhoes, grouting machines, fusion machines, and trenching machines.
  • Cut, fit, lay, and repair water mains, clean and flush water mains and instruct and direct others in related tasks.
  • Perform repairs and maintenance on water mains and hydrants, sewer lines, meters, and a variety of valves, pipes, fittings, and related appurtenances.
  • Locate, excavate and repair water lines, sewer lines, meters, and facilities.
  • Install barricades and route traffic in a safe manner. Build, repair, raise and lower manholes.
  • Operate and maintain a variety of sewer cleaning, sewer inspection, and maintenance equipment.
  • Maintain routine records, logs and reports.
  • Operate a truck; perform minor servicing to truck and report mechanical or other problems; keep truck stocked with supplies and materials.
  • Provide information to interested citizens and ensure the safety of the public in performing water production, water distribution and sewer maintenance.
  • Assist and train less experienced personnel. Perform related duties as assigned.

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, depth and constant noise; walking; twisting body; stooping; standing; squatting; sitting; seeing; running; pushing and pulling up to 30 pounds; lifting, dragging, and carrying up to 100 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, box blade dozer, trackhoe and grout machine; operation of a motor vehicle through city

Knowledge of:

  • City operations, procedures, and regulations for water and sewer field work. Journey level pipefitting and plumbing methods and techniques.
  • Principles,  practices,  and  methods  used  in  the  construction,  repair,  and  maintenance  of  water production and distribution systems, sewage collections, and meters.
  • Safe and effective work practices and methods for correcting hazardous conditions encountered in the course of work.
  • City geography the layout of water and sewer lines, and the municipal street system.

Ability to:

  • Troubleshoot for faulty system equipment and facilities. Provide lead guidance on a regular basis to a small crew.
  • Operate all water and sewer equipment with skill and proficiency. Respond to emergencies as required.
  • Make independent decisions in field situations with effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Perform  a  wide  range  of  construction  and  maintenance  activities,  using  standard  methods  and equipment.
  • Work effectively with other employees, contractors, and the general public.
  • Safely operate heavy construction and repair equipment with proficiency and efficiency. Recognize and deal with hazards encountered in the course of work.
  • Read, interpret, and understand blueprints and construction drawings. Understand and follow oral and written instructions.


Three years of experience in construction and maintenance of water and sewer systems, with one year of supervisory experience desirable and a High School Diploma or GED.

Possession of a valid Texas Class "A" CDL.
Possession of, or ability to obtain within one year, a valid Grade "C" Water Certification, and a Texas Class "C" Wastewater or Class II Collection System Certificate.

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