Maintenance Worker
City of Signal Hill, CA - Signal Hill, CA

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Under direct supervision, perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled tasks in the construction, operation, maintenance, repair and/or cleaning of street, park, water facilities and buildings in the City.

This is an entry/journey level class in the Maintenance Worker class series. Incumbents assigned to this class initially perform routine and closely related duties under close supervision. However, as experience is acquired, they are expected to work independently exercising good judgment and initiative. Positions in this class are distinguished from those in the Senior Maintenance Worker class in that they do not frequently perform the most complex and difficult field maintenance duties, provide constant lead supervision to other field maintenance personnel, nor frequently operate heavy equipment in the most difficult and responsible work situations.

Example of Duties:

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act may include, but are not limited to the following characteristic duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Street Maintenance
  • Operate construction and maintenance equipment such as trucks, tractors, and skip loaders for a variety of construction and maintenance operations involving streets, sidewalks and gutters.
  • Patrol an assigned area locating potholes; spread asphalt in patching and repairing streets.
  • Use concrete cutting and breaking equipment; operate a jackhammer; pour and finish concrete; construct concrete forms and perform rough carpentry work.
  • Set up traffic control devices such as cones, signs and barricades as necessary.
  • Maintain City-owned catch basins and storm drain pipes.
  • Perform emergency street, storm drain or other public service maintenance work as required.
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance on equipment as assigned.
  • Paint or stencil traffic directional markings, such as crosswalks, safety loading zones, bus stops, parking and center lines and railroad and school crossings.
  • Paint and stripe barricades and guard rails, brush and spray painting; cut and prepare stencils.
  • Maintain, clean, and repair painting equipment and stencils.
  • Utilize proper safety precautions related to all work performed.
  • Remove debris from all areas within the public right-of-way.

Park Maintenance
  • Operate mowers, tractors, trencher, vehicles, equipment and utilize a variety of hand and power tools in park landscape maintenance work; assist in maintenance of such equipment.
  • Trim trees; operate a boom truck and chain saws.
  • Clean restrooms and pick up litter around parks and medians.
  • Assist in the requisition and purchase of materials and supplies.
  • Perform a variety of duties in the maintenance and installation of the city's irrigation system.
  • Water, mow, weed, trim, and renovate lawns; prune trees and shrubs; plant trees, flowers, and shrubs.

Building Maintenance
  • Perform basic semi-skilled maintenance and repair work at entry level in either the plumbing, electrical, painting or carpentry trade areas.
  • Sweep, vacuum, shampoo, mop, wax, strip, and polish floors; dust and polish furniture, woodwork, fixtures, and equipment.
  • Wash windows, walls, ceilings, and doors; clean desks and countertops.
  • Clean and maintain supplies in restrooms; empty and clean waste receptacles.
  • Move and arrange furniture and equipment; replace lights and adjust shades and blinds.
  • Regulate ventilation and temperature; lock and unlock doors; turn lights and machines on and off; set alarms.
  • Perform or assist in performing minor and/or basic carpentry, electrical, plumbing and building maintenance work.
  • Operate light duty equipment and machinery, including buffers, waxers, and vacuum cleaners.
  • Pick up papers and other debris from building entrances, outside steps and walkways.
  • Maintain custodial supplies and equipment.
  • Assist and participate in a variety of carpentry and building tasks for municipal facilities.
  • Repair, and install tables, shelves, cabinets, countertops, and other wood equipment and fixtures.
  • Make repairs on doors, windows, floors, lockers, gates, roofs and ceilings.
  • Prepare surfaces for painting, wallpapering, or staining; apply paint to building interiors, fixtures, equipment or exterior; strip and paint or stain cabinets, doors and woodwork.

Water Operations

  • Independently, or as a member of a crew, perform a variety of semi-skilled work in the installation, repair, and maintenance of the City water system.
  • Operate heavy construction equipment in routine situations, including backhoes, loaders, dump trucks and trenchers.
  • Locate, excavate and repair leaks and blockages in water lines and mains.
  • Install, maintain and repair hydrants, valves, meters and meter boxes.
  • Use light equipment such as concrete saws, tappers, compactors, and jackhammers as well as a variety of hand tools.
  • Read water meters; maintain appropriate records.
  • Assist in the repair of pumps, booster stations, and other water system facilities.
  • Tap water lines, turn on and shut off water service as directed.
  • May operate the City water system; monitor and ensure adequate water levels in storage facilities; take samples and keep appropriate records.
  • May perform backflow device inspection and testing duties.
  • May administer the Cross-Connection Control program.
Marginal Functions
  • Respond to emergency calls; subject to call back at any time.
  • Perform various related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma and one (1) year paid, recent full-time experience performing general construction and/or maintenance work, (General maintenance work is not janitorial, custodial or landscaping work), or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Candidates must possess a valid California driver's license (Class C or B) and a good driving record. When assigned to work at the City’s Corporate Yard, a Class B California driver's license is required upon completion of a one-year probationary period.

HIGHLY DESIRABLE: Experience performing general construction and/or general maintenance work within the public right-of-way including concrete/asphalt work. This experience is usually gained through employment with a county or city.

Only those candidates determined to be among the most qualified based on a review of their experience and training and their responses to the required supplemental questions will be invited to the written examination.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Utilization and care of general construction and maintenance tools and equipment as used in the assigned area of work.
  • Methods, techniques and procedures related to parks, buildings or street maintenance or water system operations and maintenance.
  • Hazards associated with the work and proper safety precautions.
  • Traffic laws, ordinances, and rules involved in truck and heavy equipment operations.
  • Purposes, uses and care of a variety of vehicles, equipment, power tools, and hand tools, including motorized, pneumatic, and hydraulic equipment.
  • Basic practices and procedures of electrical and plumbing work
  • Proper and effective use of chemicals and cleaning solutions.
  • Safe work practices.

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to operate equipment and machinery requiring complex and rapid adjustments, such as the use of hand tools, mechanical equipment, power tools, electrical testing equipment, and the operation of vehicles in a safe and effective manner.
  • Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing semi-skilled movements, such as assembling.
  • Ability to exert heavy physical effort in moderate to heavy work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and basic programs utilized in the completion of Public Works maintenance activities.
  • Ability to lift, push and pull 50 to 75 pounds consistent with mechanic.
Mathematical Ability:
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability:
  • Ability to apply functional reasoning in performing routine functions following clearly prescribed standard practices.
  • Ability to exercise judgment required in situations characterized by repetitive or short cycle operations covered by set procedures or sequences.
  • Ability to mix chemicals and cleaning solutions.
  • Ability to assemble, copy, record and transcribe data and information, following a prescribed plan; ability to compare, count, differentiate, measure and/or sort data and information.

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication:
  • Ability to utilize and comprehend a variety of reference data and information, such as billings, letters, production orders, operating instructions, schedules, records, basic maps and blueprints.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers and the general public.
  • Ability to explain, demonstrate and clarify to others within well established policies, procedures and standards, as well as the ability to follow specific instructions and respond to simple requests.

Environmental Adaptability:
  • Ability to work under mildly safe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors, such as temperature variations, odors, toxic agents, violence, noise, vibrations, wetness, machinery, disease and/or dust may cause discomfort and where there is a risk of injury, requiring extended recovery time.