Placer County

Utility Service Worker - Supervising (#13103)

$33.37-$41.68 Hourly / $5,784.13-$7,224.53 Monthly / $69,409.60-$86,694.40 Yearly


To plan, organize, direct and supervise utility maintenance operations within the Utility Services Section of the Special Districts Division of the Facility Services Department; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


The Supervisor level recognizes positions that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning and evaluating the work of subordinates and is responsible for a program area within a work unit or department.


Receives general direction from a Utility Operations Supervisor.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned maintenance and technical personnel.


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

  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of Unit goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for utility maintenance; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in installation, maintenance and repair of wastewater collection and water distribution systems and maintenance of wastewater and water treatment facilities.
  • Perform inspections of work sites before, during and after assignment completion; evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for staff, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary.
  • 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.


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: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in utility maintenance involving construction and maintenance of pipelines and repair of pumps and motors, including two years performing duties similar to those of a Senior Utility Worker in Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college course work in wastewater collection systems, water distribution systems or a related field.

Required License or Certificate:

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


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of construction, maintenance and operation of wastewater collection and water distribution systems.
  • Equipment, tools and materials used in maintenance and repair of wastewater collection and water distribution systems.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles of budget monitoring.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct utility maintenance operations/ activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand utility maintenance activities and observe safety rules.  Intermittently analyze problem systems and equipment; identify safety hazards; locate equipment and tools; interpret work orders; remember equipment and tool location; remember street/road names and general geographic areas; and explain systems and equipment issues to others.
  • Intermittently, sit while driving or completing forms or reports; stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel, twist and reach when performing inspections or operating equipment; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; distinguish colors used in coding electrical wires; hear pump and motor operations; regularly lift very heavy weight.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and Department policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • 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.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 13103; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 8/1/2002;