Utilities Construction Worker

  • 009208

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, constructs, maintains and repairs wastewater collection and water distribution systems; and performs related duties as assigned. This position may lead a small crew of workers.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Repairs and maintains water distribution and wastewater collection systems.
  2. Repairs and replaces valves, fire hydrants, water service lines, sewer lines, manholes, air release valves and structures.
  3. Participates in and directs water distribution and metering system repair and installation of mains, pipe lines, meters, hydrants, valves, curb stops and related system components.
  4. Prepares road and applies asphalt when construction is complete. Sets road base to proper compacting and sets asphalt.
  5. Repairs sidewalks and driveways and finishes concrete as required.
  6. Operates water main valves and turn off and on water services for customers.
  7. Operates trucks and construction and maintenance equipment as necessary to complete work projects; checks equipment for proper servicing, operation and safety and reports defects to supervisor; maintains inventory of tools and equipment.
  8. Determines type and quantities of materials required to perform and complete job assignments and arranges for timely delivery to job sites.
  9. Install street barricades and cones prior to the performance of construction and repair activities; direct and control traffic around work sites.
  10. Maintain records related to particular area of assignment; may input and recall information into a computer terminal.
  11. Observes standard operating procedures and safety practices.
  • Knowledge of operational characteristics of fire hydrants, valves and water meters.
  • Knowledge of tools and mechanical equipment used in the repair and maintenance of water meters, fire hydrants and valves.
  • Knowledge of blue stake rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of operational principles of water and wastewater systems.
  • Knowledge of safe shoring and trenching practices.
  • Knowledge of safe work practices.
  • Skill in performing heavy manual labor.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Skill in using and operating hand tools, mechanical equipment, and power tools and equipment required to work in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting basic maps and blueprints.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves manual labor generally in an outdoor setting. There is frequent need to stand, walk, talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, reach with hands and arms and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED, and three (3) years of water distribution or wastewater collection experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Class C water distribution and/or wastewater collection certification and a Commercial Driver’s license, Class B, are required.

FLSA Code: Non Exempt
Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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