Placer County

Utility Service Worker (#11307)

$26.76-$33.43 Hourly / $4,638.40-$5,794.53 Monthly / $55,660.80-$69,534.40 Yearly


DEFINITION

To install, maintain, repair and replace wastewater collection and water distribution systems; to maintain wastewater and water treatment and related facilities.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Maintenance Worker
This is the entry level class in the Utility Services Worker series.  This class is distinguished from the journey by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.

Utility Services Worker 
This is the full journey level class within the Utility Service Worker series.  This class is distinguished from the Maintenance Worker by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

This class is distinguished from the Senior Utility Service Worker in that the latter performs complex and difficult work in sewer and water line maintenance, pump and motor maintenance and repair and exercises technical and functional supervision over maintenance and technical personnel.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Maintenance Worker
Receives immediate supervision from a Supervising Utility Service Worker and may receive technical and functional supervision from other maintenance or technical personnel.

Utility Service Worker

Receives general supervision from a Supervising Utility Service Worker and may receive technical and functional supervision from other maintenance or technical personnel.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

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

  • Locate, inspect and repair manholes; locate, test for and repair leaks in sewer and water lines; inspect sewer and water lines manually or by television, as appropriate; and inspect and repair manholes; and operate high pressure sewer line cleaning equipment to free plugged mains.
  • Dig ditches and make excavations; backfill trenches and excavations; cut, thread, assemble and lay pipe; tap main lines and make new service connections. 
  • Clean sludge drying beds and haul sludge; clear and maintain drainage ditches; and perform maintenance on sewer ponds and at landfill site. 
  • Inspect, maintain, rebuild and repair pumps and electric motors, controls and alarms.
  • Operate light and moderately heavy equipment such as dump trucks, boom trucks and backhoes; transport equipment and supplies to work sites; and load and unload equipment and supplies.
  • Perform various building trades skills such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, masonry and welding in support of Utility Services functions.
  • Perform traffic control including setting up and removal of signs and cones and flagging. 
  • Read and repair water meters; patch road pavement; may operate and repair snow removal equipment.
  • Keep appropriate records.
  • As Maintenance Worker perform variety of unskilled and semi-skilled tasks in support of Utility Services program areas.
  • When assigned to a wastewater treatment plant, maintain and repair mechanical, electrical and electronic systems; install and repair piping and valves; interpret manuals, schematics, plant diagrams and drawings.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Maintenance Worker

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:  No experience is required.

Training:  Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position and in accordance with the California Vehicle Code.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

Utility Service Worker

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of responsible experience performing duties similar to those of a Maintenance Worker assigned to various program areas in Utility Services.

Training:  Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a valid Class A or B driver's license may be required depending upon the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Possession of certificate of training in use of self-contained breathing apparatus, to be obtained within three months of employment.
  • Possession of Certificate in Wastewater Collection System Maintenance, Grade II, as issued by the California Water Environment Association is desirable.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Maintenance Worker

Knowledge of:

  • General purpose of pumps, motors, meters and pipelines as used in construction and maintenance of sewage collection and water distribution systems.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • Basic building trades including plumbing, carpentry and painting.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand operations and observe safety rules. Intermittently analyze problem equipment and systems; identify and locate equipment and tools; interpret work orders; remember equipment and tool location; remember street/road names and general geographic areas.
  • Intermittently, sit while driving or completing forms or reports; stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel, twist and reach when inspecting or repairing, digging or clearing and using  various tools and equipment; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; distinguish colors used in coding electrical wires; hear pump and motor operation and alarms; regularly lift very heavy weight.
  • Learn to maintain and repair plant mechanical, electrical and electronic systems, and piping and valves.
  • Learn to interpret manuals, schematics, plant diagrams and drawings.
  • Obtain information through interviews and dialogue; and deal fairly and courteously with the public.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively, and determine proper course of action.
  • Safely and effectively perform duties and operate equipment in regular traffic areas.
  • Work unusual and prolonged work schedules; work multiple shifts during emergencies, seasonally-caused circumstances, or special projects in varying climatic and temperature conditions.
  • Use hand tools, rakes and shovels.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.

Utility Service Worker

In addition to the qualifications for Maintenance Worker:

Knowledge of:

  • Utility Services practices and procedures, especially as related to the utility maintenance functions.
  • Methods, tools, materials and equipment used in the construction and maintenance of sewage collection and water distribution, including pipeline sizing and installation and pump and motor operation.
  • Tools, materials, equipment and methods used in building trades activities.
  • Vehicle codes and safety practices relevant to operating light and moderately heavy vehicles and equipment.

Ability to:

  • Independently maintain and repair plant mechanical, electrical and electronic systems, and piping and valves.
  • Independently interpret manuals, schematics, plant diagrams and drawings.
  • Operate various motorized light and moderately heavy equipment.
  • Operate various power and air tools.
  • Operate electric or electronic equipment related to utility maintenance functions, such as television cameras and various meters.

CLASS: 11307; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 7/1/2008;