Wastewater Utility Specialist I / Wastewater Utility Specialist II

City of Del Mar | Del Mar, CA

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Posted Date 5/17/2022
Description

This position is open until the needs of the City are met, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. First review of applications will begin after close of business on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 5:30 pm.

Wastewater Utility Specialist I: $52,363.57 - $68,705.54 
Wastewater Utility Specialist II: $59,004.57 - $77,419.11 

Under general supervision, organize, oversee, and supervise various contract work; perform a wide variety of skilled, journey-level duties in leading, overseeing and participating in the work of a crew responsible for performing installation, maintenance, repair and servicing of City’s wastewater collection and transmission system; and perform related work as assigned.  

Wastewater Utility Specialist I is the entry-level class. Initially under direct supervision, incumbents learn the City’s Sanitary Sewer Management Plan and perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled duties in the construction, installation, maintenance and repair of equipment, machinery and devices used in the operation of the streets, parks, beaches, open spaces, facilities, storm drains, water storage and distri­bution, and wastewater collection and transmission systems. Trades areas covered by this class include mechan­ical maintenance and repair of industrial equipment, components and machinery; plumb­ing and pipe fitting; welding; industrial electrical systems, maintenance and repair; and the installa­tion, trouble­shoot­ing and repair of electronic control systems. This class is alternately staffed with Wastewater Utility Specialist II, and incum­bents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demon­strating proficiency that meet the qualifications for the higher-level class.

Wastewater Utility Specialist II is the full journey-level class in this series. Under general supervision, incumb­ents take ownership of all responsibilities listed in the City’s Sanitary Sewer Management Plan and perform the full range of assigned duties. This class differs from the lower-level class in the skill level required in all of the classes’ craft areas, and the complexity of assigned projects based on know­­ledge of the City’s equipment, systems, standards and procedures. Assign­ments vary, may encompass a variety of tasks, seldom require detailed instructions, and require sound judgment and initiative.


Essential Duties

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the class.
 

  • Takes ownership of, but is not solely responsible for, the City of Del Mar’s compliance with current version of Sanitary Sewer Management Plan. Performs a variety of skilled, journey-level duties involved in the inspection, diagnosis, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and servicing of water wastewater collection equipment, components, facilities and machinery, such as pipes, tubes, rods, seals, shafts, stuffing boxes, gears, motors, bearings, couplings, valves and pumps; tests and monitors equipment and machinery for vibra­tion, bearing temperature and output capacity.
     
  • Inspects and oversees the maintenance and repair of pumps, valves, motors and other equipment located in lift stations and other points within the wastewater collection and transmission system.
     
  • Ensures the timely and accurate completion of preventive maintenance activities. Maintains accurate maintenance records and manages cyclic maintenance programs.
     
  • Ensures the timely and accurate completion and documentation of wastewater system annual and quarterly maintenance activities. 

 

  • Provides input and recommendations in development of Wastewater System’s Capital Improvement Program.

 

  • Takes ownership of, but is not solely responsible for, the City of Del Mar’s Fats, Oil, and Grease Program.
     
  • Under the supervision of the Maintenance Superintendent, develops scopes of work and manages contracts, including but not limited to, directing work of City contractors through their on-site supervisors such as the City’s wastewater pumping stations, pipeline and wet well cleaning, pipeline video inspection, root control, pest control, and  construction and repair contractors.
     
  • Works with and directs the City contractors’ superintendents in resolving issues, complaints, and developing proposals to repair or improve facilities. Inspects work for contract conformance and review invoices.
     
  • Performs a variety of skilled, journey-level duties involved in the inspection, diagnosis, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and servicing of  wastewater collection equipment, components, facilities and machinery, such as pipes, tubes, rods, seals, shafts, stuffing boxes, gears, motors, bearings, couplings, valves and pumps; tests and monitors equipment and machinery.
     
  • Performs duties in confined spaces, utilizing department safety equipment, policies and procedures.
     
  • Operates and supervises the use, care, and operation of vactors, dump trucks, boom trucks, forklifts, compressors, cranes, jackhammers, portable and stationary gener­ators, pneumatic, hydraulic and electric tools, and related tools and equipment, including a variety of other motorized equipment and commercial vehicles.

 

  • Plans and lays out jobs from blueprints, drawings, sketches or verbal instructions; understands principles and practices of record keeping in the form of blueprints, plans and specifications for equipment and machinery.
     
  • Responds to emergency situations as necessary.
     
  • May assist in training or instructing others in the work. Train assigned employees in their areas of work including maintenance, and construction methods, procedures, and techniques.

 

  • Assists in the development of specifications and bid documents for a variety of public works and public utilities-related designs, construction and maintenance projects; and coordinates, reviews and approves contractor’s performance.
     
  • Leads, plans, assigns, supervises, and participates in the work of staff responsible for performing construction maintenance and repairs on City streets, parks, beaches, open spaces, facilities, storm drains, water storage and distribution, and wastewater collection and transmission systems and related facilities.

Please NoteThe duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. A complete outline of the Wastewater Utility Specialist I/II job classification can be found here.

Desired Minimum Qualifications

The level and scope of the knowledge and abilities listed below vary according to the I versus II levels distinguished in the previous section.
 
Knowledge of: 

  • Practices, methods, techniques, tools and equipment used for meeting the requirements of the city Sanitary Sewer Management Plan and in the installation, maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment and machinery common to wastewater collection systems; 
  • Machine shop procedures and practices; 
  • Practices, methods, techniques, tools and equipment used in the design, installation, testing, calibration, maintenance and repair of industrial electric and electronic systems, equipment and devices; 
  • Safety practices, safe work methods and safety regulations pertaining to the work; 
  • Shop mathematics; 
  • Use and operation of oxy­acetylene and electric arc welding equipment and materials; 
  • Relevant state and federal regu­lations; 
  • Software applications related to the work; 
  • Codes, ordinances and regulations pertain­ing to the work; 
  • Knowledge of the provisions of various City contracts as designated; 
  • Department of Transportation commercial driver’s license regulations.
     

Ability to:

  • Lead, plan, assign, supervise and participate in the work of staff; 
  • Independently perform the most difficult construction maintenance and repair functions related to City streets, parks, beaches, open spaces, facilities, storm drains, water storage and distribution, and wastewater collection and transmission systems; 
  • Interpret, explain and enforce department policies and procedures; 
  • Diagnose and repair a wide variety of mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment, systems and machinery, such as valves, motors, pumps and other equipment common to the  wastewater field; 
  • Use precision and diagnostic instruments to measure required tolerances of mechanical parts; 
  • Arc weld and oxygen-acetylene cut; 
  • Use modern, state-of-the-art precision and diagnostic instruments to test, calibrate and repair complex electrical and electronic devices and equipment; 
  • Identify and implement effective courses of action to complete assigned work; 
  • Read and interpret plans, specifications and manuals; 
  • Exercise independent judgment and initiative within estab­lished guidelines; 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work; 
  • Coordinate work assignments with other sections, divisions or depart­ments;
  • Operate and maintain assigned vehicles in a safe and skillful manner including commercial vehicles.
     

Training and Experience:
The following are typical ways of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above:

Wastewater Utility Specialist I – Graduation from high school, or G.E.D. equivalent; and a minimum total of two years of journey-level experience in construction maintenance and repairs on municipal  water storage and distribution, and wastewater collection and transmission systems and related facilities; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Wastewater Utility Specialist II – Graduation from high school, or G.E.D. equivalent; and a minimum total of four years journey-level experience in construction maintenance and repairs on municipal water storage and distribution, and wastewater collection and transmission systems and related facilities; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

  • A valid Commercial Class B California driver’s license, or ability to obtain Commercial Class B License within the first year of employment. (Having a valid Class B driver's license at the time of application is desirable but not required. If you have a Class B license, please submit verification with your application.)
  • State of California Water Distribution Grade D-1 or higher grade, required at time of employment. (Certification must be attached with the application.) 
  • California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Collection System Maintenance Certification Grade C-1 or higher for level I, and Grade C-2 or higher for level II, is required at time of employment. (Certification must be attached with the application.) 
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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