Equipment Operator - Water Department

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY

Under the supervision of the Water Department Superintendent, operates heavy, motorized equipment including dump trucks, tractors, sewer vacuum trucks, backhoes, forklifts, and front-end loaders. Performs routine and emergency maintenance on facilities and equipment. Operates, maintains, and repairs manholes, water/sewer lines, water meters, and treatment works.  The incumbent is expected to be able to report for work after hours and on weekends for emergency repairs of critical equipment and during any City weather emergency. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

  • Operates heavy equipment including backhoes and trucks to install water and sewer mains.
  • Repairs water leaks.
  • Performs repairs on pumps, motors and other equipment.
  • Loads and unloads heavy equipment.
  • Performs routine and emergency maintenance on equipment.
  • Collects, records, and monitors samples. 
  • Repairs and maintains manholes, sewer lines, and treatment pumps.
  • Performs water meter readings and assists with repair and/or replacement of water meters.
  • Assists other Department employees as requested.
  • Performs related work as required.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience

  • Additional training or up to one (1) year of job-related course work after high school
  • At least one (1) to three (3) years of related work experience
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities

Licenses or Certifications

  • Possession of a standard driver license
  • Possession of a valid Commercial Driver License (CDL) Class B or ability to obtain one within 6 months of employment
  • Water Operator Level I or ability to obtain one within one year of employment

OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • None.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • None.

COMPETENCIES FOR SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE OF JOB DUTIES

Knowledge of:

  • Water pumping stations
  • Safety procedures
  • State of Delaware traffic laws concerning heavy equipment
  • Basic maintenance requirements

Skill in:

  • Performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature
  • Operation of heavy equipment
  • Verbal and written communication
  • SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software
  • Various types of vehicles and equipment

Ability to:

  • Meet schedules and deadlines of the work
  • Follow oral and written instructions
  • Monitor and operate equipment
  • Work independently

WORK ENVIRONMENT/CONDITIONS

The work environment and exposures 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.

Work Environment

Seldom or Never

Sometimes or Occasionally

Frequently or Often

Office or similar indoor environment

X

 

 

Outdoor environment

 

 

X

Street environment (near moving traffic)

 

 

X

Construction site

 

 

X

Clinical health care environment

X

 

 

In the community (homes, businesses, etc.)

X

 

 

Warehouse environment

 

X

 

Shop environment

 

X

 

Detention center or correctional facility

X

 

 

Exposures

Seldom or Never

Sometimes or Occasionally

Frequently or Often

Individuals who are rude or irate

X

 

 

Individuals with known violent backgrounds

X

 

 

Communicable diseases

X

 

 

Bodily fluids (blood, urine, etc.)

 

X

 

Infectious waste

 

X

 

Extreme cold (below 32 degrees)

 

 

X

Extreme heat (above 100 degrees)

 

 

X

Moving mechanical parts

 

 

X

Risk of electrical shock

X

 

 

Vibration

X

 

 

Fumes or airborne particles

 

 

X

Toxic or caustic chemicals, substances waste

 

 

X

Loud noises (85+ decibels)

 

X

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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.

The position involves heavy physical demands, such as exerting up to 100 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force constantly to move objects.