Summary: Utilizes physical labor to assist in water and wastewater repairs, replacement, excavation, meter installation and taps. Operates equipment associated with maintenance and construction of water and sewer main projects. Maintains and operates the City's wastewater treatment plant system in a safe, effective and efficient manner, using technical expertise that follows generally accepted practices and procedures. Worker must be able to be scheduled for "on-call" rotation.

Essential Duties & Required Qualifications

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Repair water and wastewater mains; clean and prepare pipe for repairs; install repair parts and evaluate effectiveness of repair.
  • Install wastewater taps, water taps and meters; prepare pipe and fittings, tab main by hand or machine and install service to property line.
  • Assist in excavation: operate air hammer to break rock and asphalt; use pick and shovel to remove dirt and rock from hole, use probe to locate pipe.
  • Clean wastewater lines; use hand and/or machine rods to unclog or clean main.
  • Miscellaneous jobs: install fire hydrants, valves, manholes and clean outs; other jobs as assigned.
  • Clean, maintain tools and equipment. Load and unload trucks.
  • Subject to after-hours call out for emergency situations including on call rotation and special events.

Required Education and/or Experience:

High School Graduation or G.E.D. and one to two years related experience and/or training, or an Associate's degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Preferred Education and/or Experience:

Associate's degree (A.A./A.S.) or two to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Possession of a valid Texas Class B CDL or the ability to obtain one within 9 months of the hire date; must have a basic first aid certificate or the ability to obtain one within 9 months of the hire date and must maintain appropriate licenses and certificates. No certifications required at the time of employment but must obtain a TCEQ Class "I" Collection License and/or a TCEQ "D" Water License within 9 months of hire date.

Core Competencies & Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Core Competencies:

Customer Service:  Displays courtesy and sensitivity. Manages difficult or emotional customer situations. Meets commitments. Responds promptly to customer needs. Solicits customer feedback to improve service. 


Dependability: Responds to requests for service and assistance. Follows instructions, responds to management direction. Takes responsibility for own actions. Commits to doing the best job possible. Keeps commitments. Meets attendance and punctuality guidelines.


Job Knowledge:  Competent in required job skills and knowledge. Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills. Keeps abreast of current developments. Requires minimal supervision.  Displays understanding of how job relates to others. Uses resources effectively.


Quality: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. Displays commitment to excellence. Looks for ways to improve and promote quality. Applies feedback to improve performance. Monitors own work to ensure quality.


Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities. Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Contributes to building a positive team spirit. Puts success of team above own interests.


Specialized Competencies:

Judgment:  Displays willingness to make decisions. Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions. Includes appropriate people in decision making process. Makes timely decisions. 


Quantity: Meets productivity standards. Completes work in timely manner. Strives to increase productivity. Works quickly. Achieves established goals.


Safety and Security:  Observes safety and security procedures. Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines. Uses equipment and materials properly. Reports potentially unsafe conditions.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Ability to follow detailed verbal and written instruction; establish and maintain effective working relationships; must be able to communicate with other employees and the general public in a courteous and diplomatic manner; irregular schedules with overtime, frequent change of tasks. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before co-workers. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to speak, read, and write fluently in English.


Equipment, Machines, Tools and Work Aids: 

Possess basic knowledge in the operation and maintenance of vehicles, equipment, heavy (vehicular) construction equipment, pumps and equipment used in and around water and wastewater systems. Possess familiarity with hand and power tools and equipment commonly used in the maintenance of vehicles, equipment, structures and buildings.

Steel-toed leather boots, steel-toed rubber boots, gloves, eye protection, head protection, safety vest, and ear protection.

Physical Demands & Additional Information

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds and push, pull, drag up to 150 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Working Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; explosives; risk of radiation and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud (moderate, loud, very loud). The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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