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Owensboro Municipal Utilities
Water Equipment Operator
Job Code: 010
Civil Service: Yes
Random Drug Screen: Yes
Residency Requirement: Yes
Reports To: Water Distribution Crew Leader
Location: Delivery Department
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
The intent of this description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees on this job. Employees may be required or assigned other related activities, projects, or tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability needed. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Under the routine supervision of the Water Distribution Crew Leader, operates and maintains backhoe, ditching and loader equipment used in the installation, maintenance and repair of water mains, services and meter settings. Requires some judgment in applying well-established procedures and methods, such as operating complex machinery and equipment and performing routine equipment maintenance.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Excavates and back fills ditches and holes for water service installation, maintenance and repair by operating heavy equipment including backhoes, ditchers and loaders.
• Grades and levels job sites upon completion of service work.
• Loads and unloads dirt, sand, gravel and rock.
• Performs routine maintenance on heavy equipment ensuring that machinery is maintained according to operations manuals and/or OMU procedure.
• Assists water distribution crews installing and repairing water services as needed.
• Assists electrical crews when necessary for debris management.
• Operates directional boring machine, forklift in assisting warehouse personnel loading and unloading parts, as well as dump truck as needed.
• Operates ram hammer, trencher, and drilling machine.
• Builds concrete meter vaults.
• Collects water samples and chlorine levels.
• Substitutes for Crew Leader during absence as required.
• Issues boil water advisories.
• Adhere to all governmental safety codes and company standards. Completes all training in a timely manner.
• This role requires a thirty minute response time.
• Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
High school or GED, plus specialized schooling and/or on the job education in a specific skill area; e.g. data processing, clerical/administrative, equipment operation, etc, plus 2 years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to read and understand documents such as policy manuals, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to prepare and interpret bar graphs.
CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
Ability to utilize common sense understanding in order to carry out written, oral or diagrammed instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving several known variables in situations of a routine nature.
REQUIRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Driver's License and Commercial Driver's License
PREFERRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
SOFTWARE SKILLS REQUIRED
INITIATIVE AND INGENUITY
Under general supervision where standard practice enables the employee to proceed alone on routine work, referring all questionable cases to supervisor.
Considerable responsibility with regard to general assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work; may also occasionally assist in the planning of work assignments performed by others within a limited area of operation.
Performs work operations which permit frequent opportunity for decision-making of minor importance and also frequent opportunity for decision-making of major importance; the latter of which would affect the work operations of other employees and/or clientele to a moderate degree.
Close mental demand. Operations requiring close and continuous attention for control of operations. Operations requiring intermittent direct thinking to determine or select the most applicable way of handling situations regarding the organization's administration and operations; also to determine or select material and equipment where highly variable sequences are involved.
ANALYTICAL ABILITY / PROBLEM SOLVING
Moderately structured. Fairly broad activities using moderately structured procedures with only generally guided supervision. Interpolation of learned things in somewhat varied situations.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR WORK OF OTHERS
Responsibility for work of others: Not indicated.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR FUNDS, PROPERTY and EQUIPMENT
Occasionally responsible for organization's property where carelessness, error, or misappropriation would result in moderate damage or moderate monetary loss to the organization. The total value for the above would range from $5,000 to $150,000.
Probable errors would not likely be detected until they reached another department, office or patron, and would then require considerable time and effort to correct the situation. Frequently, possibility of error that would affect the organization's prestige and relationship with the public to a limited extent, but where succeeding operations or supervision would normally preclude the possibility of a serious situation arising as a result of the error or decision.
FREEDOM TO ACT
Generally controlled. General processes covered by established policies and standards with supervisory oversight.
ANNUAL MONETARY IMPACT
The amount of annual dollars generated based on the job's essential duties / responsibilities. Examples would include direct dollar generation, departmental budget, proper handling of organization funds, expense control, and savings from new techniques or reduction in manpower.
None. Job does not create any dollar monetary impact for the organization.
IMPACT ON END RESULTS
Modest impact. Job has some impact on the organizations end results, but still from an indirect level. Provides assistance and support services that facilitates decision making by others.
Frequent contacts with general public, patrons, or other outside representatives, wherein the manner of handling these contacts has a bearing on the organization's position and operation.
Contacts of considerable importance within the department or office, such as those required in coordination of effort, or frequent contacts with other departments or offices, generally in normal course of performing duties. Requires tact in discussing problems and presenting data and making recommendations, but responsibility for action and decision reverts to others.
USE OF MACHINES, EQUIPMENT AND/OR COMPUTERS
Regular use of complex machines and equipment (desktop/laptop computer and software, road and production machines and equipment, driver's license/cdl, etc.)
Outside working environment, wherein there are disagreeable working conditions part of the time.
The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee is continuously exposed to outdoor weather conditions; frequently exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, vibration; and occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
The following physical activities 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 and expectations.
Highly repetitive, highly physical. Highly repetitive type work which requires the concentrated and non-diversified physical demands of the employee.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear; and occasionally required to stand, walk, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally 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.
Knowledge and Abilities
High school diploma or GED equivalent required. Basic knowledge of water distribution mechanics. Strong heavy equipment operational skills and a thorough knowledge of all related traffic and safety issues. Must be familiar with all types of heavy equipment including backhoe, crawler tractor, ditching equipment, crane, etc. Valid driver's license also needed. First-Aid/CPR certification required. Must maintain competent person certification. Knowledge of cutting, welding, sweating pipes. Respirator release required. State Certification in Class IV Water Distribution desired.
One to two years heavy equipment operation and maintenance experience.
$ per Employment Type: Full-Time