Utilities Operations and Maintenance Leadworker - Wastewater

City of Sacramento | Sacramento, CA

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Posted Date 3/16/2020

Salary: $60,875.53 - $86,015.53 Annually

To perform skilled work in the construction, maintenance, and repair of water distribution, wastewater collection, and storm drainage systems; and to provide lead guidance and direction to the work of a water, wastewater, and drainage field crew.

This is the advanced-journey level classification. Positions in this class are responsible for lead supervision and safety of a water, wastewater, and drainage field crew, in addition to the more complex and difficult construction, repair, and maintenance tasks in the water, wastewater, and drainage areas.

This class is distinguished from the entry level classification in the Utilities Operations and Maintenance Serviceworker series because it is responsible for lead direction and supervision but does not discipline;  it is also distinguished from the next higher-level classification, which is supervisory.

General supervision is provided by a Utilities Operations and Maintenance Supervisor or higher-level management.  Responsibilities include lead supervision of Utilities Operations and Maintenance Serviceworker and Utilities Operations and Maintenance Serviceworker Apprentice positions.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all the listed duties and/or may be required to perform related duties as needed:

  • Lead a small crew, assign and participate in the construction, maintenance, and repair work of water distribution, wastewater collection, and storm drainage systems.
  • Prepare material requisitions and maintain records of completed work.
  • Perform complex and skilled work in the installation, removal, replacement, and repair of large and small water services.
  • Cut, fit, lay and repair water mains; clean and flush water mains; instruct and direct others in related tasks.
  • Repair and maintain water mains and hydrants, sewer lines, storm drains, valves, pipes, fittings, and related appurtenances.
  • Direct, lead, and operate large trucks and construction equipment such as loaders, backhoes, trenching machines, compressors, cranes, hoists, slope mowers, and harvesters.
  • Repair meters and mechanisms; disassemble, clean, inspect, and replace worn parts; reassemble and test for accuracy and leaks; install meters.
  • Operate a rodding machine and truck, hydraulic equipment, high pressure combination cleaner and closed-circuit camera equipment in preventive maintenance and emergency cleaning of sanitary sewers and storm drains.
  • Locate, excavate, tap, and repair water and sewer lines, and storm drain facilities.
  • Install barricades and route traffic in a safe manner.
  • Practice shoring techniques when appropriate.
  • Build and repair manholes; raise and lower manholes.
  • Operate a jackhammer; pour and finish concrete.
  • Operate and maintain a variety of pipe cleaning, inspection, and maintenance equipment including video, air and smoke test, vapor rooter and pest control equipment.
  • Maintain routine records.
  • Operate personal or laptop computers to record requested data and documentation, to access and use the CMMS (computerized maintenance management system), to receive and send e-mail, and to complete routine forms and reports.
  • Check and update as-built drawings and maps.
  • Operate a truck; perform minor servicing to truck and report mechanical or other problems; keep truck clean, serviceable, and stocked with supplies and materials.
  • Maintain an inventory of parts, supplies, and safety equipment used by field construction and maintenance crews.
  • Provide information to interested citizens and ensure the safety of the public in performing water, sewer, and drainage maintenance.
  • Drainage and flood control system evaluations.
  • Service and install flood gates and valves.
  • Operate computerized spray applications equipment.
  • Assist and train less experienced personnel.
  • Maintain job site safety standards and practices.
  • Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification.


Knowledge of:

  • City operations, procedures, and regulations for water, wastewater, or drainage field work.
  • Journey level pipe fitting and plumbing methods and techniques.
  • Principles, practices, and methods used in the construction, repair, and maintenance of water distribution, wastewater collection, or storm drainage systems.
  • Occupational health and safety standards and practices associated with the work.
  • City geography, the layout of water, sewer, and storm drain lines, and the municipal street system.
  • Confined space entry techniques.
  • Codes related to chemical applications.
  • Flood fight procedures.
  • Basic computer operation in order to enter and retrieve information in designated software such as the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to receive and send emails and complete routine forms and reports.

Ability to:

  • Perform heavy, manual labor over extended periods of time.
  • Trouble-shoot for faulty system equipment and facilities.
  • Provide lead guidance on a regular basis to a small crew.
  • Operate water, sewer, or drainage equipment with skill and proficiency.
  • Respond to emergencies as required.
  • Make independent decisions in field situations with effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Perform a wide range of construction and maintenance activities, using standard methods and equipment.
  • Work effectively with Utilities customers, other employees, contractors, and the general public.
  • Safely operate heavy construction and repair equipment with proficiency and efficiency.
  • Recognize and deal with hazards encountered in the course of work.
  • Read, interpret, and understand blueprints, and construction drawings.
  • Modify as-built maps as necessary.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Recognize confined spaces.
  • Practice shoring techniques when appropriate.
  • Perform traffic control in a safe manner.
  • Perform computer operations and specialized business applications in order to enter and retrieve information, receive and send e-mails, and complete routine forms and reports

Deadline: March 24, 2020



Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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