Utility Worker III- Public Works, Utilities/Maintenance Division
Howard County, MD - Ellicott City, MD

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This position is an operator of a sewer jet truck in the routine maintenance and emergency relief of sanitary sewers and house connections, and acts under the supervision of a crew leader as response and relief of sewer blockages. Also operates the sewer vactor unit for cleaning wetwells, storm drains, and manholes.


This is skilled manual work performing various laboring operations. Work includes performing skilled duties involving the use of a variety of hand and power tools and equipment. Work may include assisting in the instruction and direction of subordinate crew members as assigned by the crew leader. Work includes tasks needed in the construction, operation and maintenance of public works facilities in the unit to which the employee is assigned. Work is performed with general supervision from a crew leader or technical superior. Assignments are stable in nature and are carried out in accordance with instructions and established routines. The work includes limited contacts with the public to answer routine inquiries or respond to complaints.


Include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

Drive a dump truck with a trailer to transport a backhoe to/from construction projects.

Operates a backhoe or other heavy construction equipment.

Operates a sewer line cleaning unit.

Act as construction crew leader in the absence of the Utility IV.

Performs inspections and safety checks of equipment and vehicles; performs routine and preventive maintenance to heavy equipment and other mechanical systems.

Assists in various construction activities at sites performing manual labor, and using hand/power tools, motorized equipment and heavy mobile equipment.

Maintains various logs and other operating records documenting assigned tasks.

Perform crew leader functions, as assigned, and trains other personnel in job functions.

Reads blueprints and contract maps, operates M-scope when needed to accomplish portions of a construction or maintenance project; demonstrates methods and techniques of such tasks and of general laboring and motor equipment operation activities; trains subordinate crew members in equipment operations, in trades practices, and in care and use of tools and materials.

Observes instruments while vehicle is in operation; takes routine corrective action if malfunction is noted; inspects vehicles for loose parts, damaged or worn tires and other items affecting safe equipment operation; performs routine and preventive maintenance as established by unit.

Performs work assigned from work orders; completes job sheets, time sheets, and installation cards.

Designated Emergency Personnel.

May perform on-call services on a 24-hour basis


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of the tenth school grade and three years of progressively responsible general laboring work, some of which has included crew leader responsibility or the operation of large dump trucks or other motor equipment of the same complexity.


Considerable knowledge of principles, practices, methods, techniques, hazards and safety rules and regulations of laboring and motor equipment operations and activities as they relate to heavy construction and maintenance work for water and sewer facilities and meter installations and repairs.

Considerable knowledge of the geography of the County.

Knowledge of tools, equipment, materials, and supplies used in heavy construction and maintenance work.

Knowledge of the functions, operation, and routine care and maintenance of a variety of wheeled and tracked motor equipment both on and off the highway, mechanical equipment, manual and power tools.

Skill in the safe and efficient operation of heavy and/or complex motor equipment and tools.

Skill in the efficient use of and care for manual and power tools.

Ability to service wheeled and tracked motor equipment.

Ability to read blueprints and contract maps.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, directions, and traffic signals.

Ability to maintain records and complete reports of activities.

Ability to perform heavy labor for prolonged periods of time, often under adverse weather conditions.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates.

Ability to direct the activities of a laboring or motor equipment operation crew.

Ability to perform on-call services on a 24-hour basis.


Ability to read a limited number of two- and three-syllable words and to recognize similarities and differences between words and between series of numbers. Ability to print and speak simple sentences.


Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.


Eligibility for a valid CDL license - B, issued by the State of Maryland, prior to appointment, and possession of such licensure within time limits specified by the County, and during tenure of appointment as a Utility Worker III if required by work assignment.

Maryland State DOT certified Flaggers Card.

May be required to obtain a Tree Expert license issued by the State of Maryland, Department of Natural Resources, if required by work assignment.


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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 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 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.