Equipment Operator I or II - Water
City of Fountain Valley, CA - Fountain Valley, CA

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This is a continuous recruitment and is subject to close at any time. The first review of applications will be on August 22, 2013. Prompt application submittal is encouraged.

SALARY
Equipment Operator I - Water : $22.76 - $27.66 Hourly $1,820.77 - $2,212.62 Biweekly $3,945.00 - $4,794.00 Monthly $47,340.00 - $57,528.00 Annually

Equipment Operator II - Water : $23.99 - $29.16 Hourly $1,919.54 - $2,333.08 Biweekly $4,159.00 - $5,055.00 Monthly $49,908.00 - $60,660.00 Annually

CLASS DEFINITION
Performs a variety of manual, semi-skilled and skilled maintenance tasks, operates a variety of light, medium to heavy gas and diesel powered motorized equipment in the construction, maintenance, rehabilitation and reconstruction of landscape, streets, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and traffic signs; the City’s wastewater system including pipelines, lift stations, storm drains and catch basis; or water production, reclaimed water, water distribution facilities and pipelines depending on area of assignment and performs other duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
Equipment Operator I - Water : Skilled work performing the more routine duties and responsibilities. This classification is differentiated by the operation of the more routine and less complex heavy equipment.

Equipment Operator II - Water : This is a journey-level classification requiring specialized training and performs the more difficult and complicated responsibilities.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED
The incumbent works under the general supervision of a Foreman or Supervisor depending on the area of assignment.

Essential Duties:
  • Performs minor maintenance on assigned equipment including lubricating parts, making minor adjustments and repairs; and keeping operating records.
  • Operates a variety of light, medium and/or heavy gas and diesel powered motorized equipment used in public works maintenance and construction.
  • Performs heavy semi-skilled manual labor construction maintenance work when the nature of the job does not require constant operation of equipment.
  • Grades, shapes, backfills and contours surfaces in accordance with engineering specifications.
  • Performs skilled work including excavations, surfacing, earth moving, laying pipes, loading and hauling materials.
  • Loads, transports, and unloads a variety of materials including stone, gravel, dirt, asphalt and timber.
  • Performs traffic control at the worksite, sets-up cones, directs traffic and assists the public.
  • Operates equipment including backhoes and attachments, loaders, skip loaders, forklifts, tractors and related construction equipment.
  • Performs routine servicing and preventative maintenance on machines, pumps, electrical motors, meters, telemetering equipment, hydrants and valves and install and service water meters.
  • Collects water samples as required for water quality monitoring, regulations and consumer requests.
OTHER JOB-RELATED DUTIES
  • May work in a lead capacity on a temporary basis in the absence of a Foreman or Supervisor.
  • May perform, as needed, technical oversight over Maintenance Workers and Temporary Laborers.
  • Completes a variety of checklists, maintains a variety of records and completes reports as assigned.
  • Assists in the maintenance and repairs of water facilities including motors, engines, pumps, meters, storage facilities, distribution pipelines and services.
  • Reads and checks recording devices to ensure water treatment facilities, wells, reservoirs and distribution equipment are operating properly.
  • Conducts chlorine and fluoride residual tests and adjusts chlorinating equipment as necessary.
  • Monitors and performs limited operation of computerized telemetry equipment.
  • Performs standby duty monitoring all water and reclaimed water facilities including waste water pump and lift stations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned .

Qualifications Guidelines:

EDUCATION:
  • High School graduation or equivalent or possession of a General Education Development Test (GED) certificate is required.
  • College-level coursework with an emphasis in utility science is highly desirable.
EXPERIENCE:

Equipment Operator I - Water :
  • Previous water maintenance experience, preferably in a municipal setting is highly desirable.
  • Previous experience operating a variety of light-to-medium equipment is required.
Equipment Operator II - Water :
  • Five years of experience as an Equipment Operator I in the assigned area or similar experience operating a variety of light and medium to heavy equipment.
KNOWLEDGE OF:
  • The operation and maintenance of light, medium to heavy gas and diesel powered maintenance and construction equipment.
  • The use and maintenance of small hand tools, power equipment, pneumatic equipment and other equipment related to the area assigned.
  • Proper safety practices, equipment and procedures including the proper use of traffic control, lane closures, work area protection devices, personal protective equipment and City and State regulations regarding work area safety of motorized equipment related to the area assigned.
  • Methods, practices and materials used in construction and maintenance.
  • Methods, tools and materials used in water/reclaimed water lines and/or waste water lines, street construction and maintenance.
  • Maintenance and repair of water, reclaimed water and waste water lines, meters, pumps, valves and fire hydrants.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations for municipal water systems, reclaimed water and waste water systems.
  • Types and use of water treatment chemicals.
  • Procedures for and proper use of confined space entry, monitoring equipment and emergency escape breathing apparatuses.
  • Proper trenching and shoring applications in the repair of water, reclaimed water, storm drain and sewer main breaks in accordance with OSHA and City standards.
  • Water line disinfection following water main repair.
  • Perform minor emergency repairs and adjustment to power-driven equipment.
REQUISITE ABILITIES AND SKILLS
  • Skill in the use and maintenance of small hand tools, power equipment and other equipment.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, City officials, contractors and the public.
  • Effective verbal communication skills.
  • Understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Interpret engineering plans and specifications is highly desirable.
  • Implement and oversee preventative maintenance program for equipment.
  • Perform heavy manual labor for extended periods and under unfavorable weather conditions.
  • Lift and carry heavy objects safely.
  • Proper operation of safety equipment including air analyzers, life lines and emergency escape breathing apparatuses.
  • Skill in avoiding or protecting existing facilities and utilities during sub-surface excavations.
REQUIRED LICENSES:
  • Incumbents must maintain, at all times, the license(s) and certification(s) required for this job description. (Both assignments)
Equipment Operator I - Water :
  • A valid California Class “B” Commercial Driver License with Air Brake Endorsement is required.
  • A valid California Class “A” Commercial Driver License is highly desirable.
  • CDPH Water Treatment Operator Certification Grade I is required.
  • CDPH Water Treatment Operator Certification Grade II is highly desirable.
  • CDPH Water Distribution Operator Certification Grade III is required.
  • CWEA Collection System Maintenance Certificate is highly desirable.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a Certification of Competency of Excavation Shoring is required within the one year probationary period.
Equipment Operator II - Water :
  • A valid California Class “A” Commercial Driver License with Air Brake Endorsement is required.
  • CDPH Water Treatment Operator Certification Grade I is required.
  • CDPH Water Treatment Operator Certification Grade II is highly desirable.
  • CDPH Water Distribution Operator Certification Grade III is required.
  • CWEA Collection System Maintenance Certificate is highly desirable.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, Certification of Competency of Excavation Shoring is required within the one year probationary period.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be available for standby duty and is subject to periodic call-out during off-time hours to assist with emergencies.

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PHYSICAL TASKS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

Work will primarily be outdoors with full exposure to the elements but may work indoors as well.

Perform strenuous physical labor for extended periods of time requiring physical strength and endurance; drive a City vehicle on City business; operate motorized equipment and machinery; may work under damp conditions and in confined spaces and, therefore, may work on slippery and uneven surfaces; crouch, sit, stand, walk, bend, crawl, kneel, pull, reach, push, twist, climb ladders and sloping surfaces, grasp, drag, lift and carry items weighing up to 100 pounds; work above shoulder level with power and/or hand tools for sustained periods of time; may be exposed to dust, pollen, grass, dirt, chemicals, solvents, paint, grease/oil, fumes, electrical and mechanical hazards, vehicular traffic, vibration and noise, work with machinery; meet the physical requirements of the class and have mobility, vision, hearing, dexterity and use of both hands and legs appropriate to the duties to be performed.

NOTE:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT DESIGNATION:

Non-exempt

COVERAGE UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS:

Incumbents in this classification are covered under the Department of Transportation regulations for drug and alcohol policy is specified in the City’s Administrative Regulation No. 1051.

Selection Process:

The selection process may include but is not limited to: application review and evaluation, written examination, physical ability test, practical skills test and oral interview. Note: Candidates for this position must pass the oral interview (weighted, 70%) in order to participate in the practical skills test (weighted, 30%). For candidates to be placed on the eligibility list, they must pass both the oral interview and the practical skills test.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate’s legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully completing all components of the pre-employment process which may include but is not limited to: reference check, background investigation, credit check, California Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal history check (Live Scan fingerprinting), polygraph, post-offer psychological, post-offer drug test and post-offer medical examination. The specific selection process will vary based upon the position. Candidates must fill out the application and supplemental questions completely. Incomplete applications including references to see the resume for qualifications are incomplete and will be disqualified. Candidates are encouraged to provide accurate answers as the City will verify the qualifications for each candidate.

The City of Fountain Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. Candidates with a disability who may need accommodation during the selection process must notify the Personnel Department at least 72 hours in advance of the test date.

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.