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Utilities Field Technician Career Path

Company: City of Boynton Beach, FL
Location: Boynton Beach
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Purpose of Classification UTILITIES FIELD TECHNICIAN I The purpose of this classification is to perform a variety of entry level field services tasks within the Utilities department. Employees in this classification are eligible for non-competitive career ladder promotion to Utilities Field Technician II after meeting the established career ladder requirements. Hourly Rate Range: Utilities Field Technician I - $16.08 - $20.10 UTILITIES FIELD TECHNICIAN II The purpose of this classification is to perform a variety of field services tasks within the Utilities department. Employees in this classification are eligible for noncompetitive career ladder promotion to Utilities Field Technician III after meeting the established career ladder requirements. Hourly Rate Range: Utilities Field Technician II - $17.70 - $22.13 UTILITIES FIELD TECHNICIAN III The purpose of this classification is to perform a variety of intermediate level field service tasks within the Utilities department. Hourly Rate Range: Utilities Field Technician III - $19.32 - $24.16 Essential Functions UTILITIES FIELD TECHNICIAN I The following duties and functions, as outlined herein, are intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within this classification. They are not listed in any order of importance. The omission of specific statements of the duties or functions does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.Entry level position to assist other staff with and learn the following tasks/duties:Swales, flood control, point repairs, slip lining, dead end cleaning, canal cleaning, storm water conveyance system installation, etc.Sets well points.Loads and unloads equipment, supplies, tools and materials.Cleans culverts, gutters, ditches, swales, storm drains, canals, and many other similar jobs.Removes and replaces sod, sprinkler heads, etc.Repairs concrete and asphalt.Locates clean-outs and service lines.Installs clean-outs and basic sewer repairs.Services line flow tests and in clears blocked service lines.Repairs water leaks.Repairs and installs water service lines.Repairs, replaces, and inspects water mains, fire hydrants and tests and flushes fire hydrant water flow.Opens and closes water valves.Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.May operate a truck or other automotive equipment.Performs other general manual labor work as required.Uses a variety of power and hand tools to complete tasks in their area of assignment. UTILITIES FIELD TECHNICIAN II The following duties and functions, as outlined herein, are intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within this classification. They are not listed in any order of importance. The omission of specific statements of the duties or functions does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.Incumbents will perform the following general functions within this classification and lower level. Participates in the installation, maintenance, and repairs of water distribution, wastewater and stormwater systems. Responds to customer complaints; locates service lines, detects leaks, excavates, and repairs service lines. Installs and maintains drainage swales, manholes, catch basins, pipes, taps and other components. Inspects water mains, meters, valves, fire hydrants, manholes, air-relief valves, sewer lines for condition assessments, leak detection, and make needed repairs. Performs pouring new sidewalks, making street repairs, laying and/or replacing sod in yards where repair work has been completed and performs landscaping to ensure property is restored, etc. Acts as banksman during excavation ensuring proper laying of pipe and making connections. Maintains and submits reports of maintenance performed. Operates a variety of equipment in performing assigned duties, which may include a pipe saw, tamper, electric crane, valve machine, and jack hammer. Repair breaks and holes in street surfaces using asphalt and concrete. Will be required to perform "stand-by duty", being available and responding to off-duty emergency call-ins to effect repairs. May be required to work nights and weekends. Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.Works diligently while maintaining safety and quality in all aspects of job performance.Assists with set up of Temporary Traffic Control (TTC).Assists with GIS updates and verification.Completes various forms, work orders, reports, correspondence, daily worksheets, or other documents.Assists with the operation of a vacuum, CCTV, and valve trucks.Performs general maintenance tasks necessary to keep machinery, equipment, and tools in operable condition.Performs other related Utilities Field Technician duties from various essential functional areas.The following essential functions, in addition to Utilities Field Technician I functions, are listed by and are representative of functions performed in the divisional areas of assignment within the Utilities department. STORMWATER Uses the following equipment but not limited to: chipping hammer, portable generators, air compressors, pneumatic pipe plugs, hammer drills, tamper compaction equipment, confined space equipment, and various other equipment used in storm water maintenance and construction.Performs tasks related to maintenance of storm water conveyance systems, and wet and dry detention ponds.Conducts routine canal maintenance such as harvesting, litter control, dead end cleaning, etc.Conducts routine outfall and pond inspections. WASTEWATER COLLECTIONS Uses lateral TV camera to televise sewer lines.Digs around utilities to locate clean-outs.Performs sewer repairs and installs clean-outs.Assists with cleaning the wastewater collection system of debris such as grease, sand, roots and rocks using a combination machine (Jetter & Vactor) or a drain auger (snake).Makes service connections to wastewater collection systems.Sets well points.Assists with smoke testing operation. WATER DISTRIBUTION Repairs and maintains water distribution systems. Repairs and replaces valves, fire hydrants, water service lines, sewer lines, manholes, air release valves and structures. Operates water main valves. Performs fire hydrant flow testing, flushing, and inspections.Performs service line flow testing. TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, AND SOFTWARE Employees in this classification use a variety of power and hand tools to complete tasks in their area of assignment. Performs other related work as required. UTILITIES FIELD TECHNICIAN III The following duties and functions, as outlined herein, are intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within this classification. They are not listed in any order of importance. The omission of specific statements of the duties or functions does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.Incumbents perform all Level I and II functions plus the following general functions: Lead worker in the repair and maintenance of the water, wastewater, and stormwater system infrastructure and roadway infrastructure.Provides guidance and instruction to incumbents in the Utilities Field Technicians I and II positions. May plan, lead, and assist in cleaning, and inspection of gravity sanitary sewer/stormwater lines.Sets up basic Temporary Traffic Control (TTC).Installs and maintains sedimentation and erosion control best management practices (BMPs).Assists with emergency repairs and sanitary sewer overflow (SSO), spill response and clean up.Makes various types of asphalt repairs and concrete repairs.Operates and maintains applicable tools and equipment in a safe and proper working condition.Depending on area of assignment, performs the following: operates a CCTV survey truck, including setting up and operating equipment to perform internal condition assessment of Stormwater and/or repair of sanitary sewers; operates tapping machines to make water taps on mains under pressure.Maintains cleanliness of work areas; removes debris, as needed.Estimates material needs; procures materials, equipment, and supplies, as needed.Ensures compliance with safety regulations and standard operating procedures.Reads and utilizes drawings, maps GIS and utilities atlases.Will be required to perform "stand-by duty", being available and responding to off-duty emergency call-ins to effect repairs.May be required to work nights and weekends.Utilizes ArcGIS and maintenance management software to conduct work.Maintains records and submits reports of work performed.Utilizes iWater and GIS to update and verify attributes associated with the distribution, stormwater, and collections systems.Assists all levels of staff with field issues and training.Becomes familiar with administrative forms and reporting requirements (NPDES, SSO, Confined Space, Sewer main TV assessment, etc).Assists with training of lower level Utilities Field Technician functions.The following essential functions are listed by and are representative of functions performed in the divisional areas of assignment within the Utilities Department. STORMWATER Performs manual labor work requiring knowledge of some specialized facets of a particular field of storm water maintenance or construction work.Performs multiple NPDES inspections, including retention/detention and outfall. Performs tasks related to maintenance of storm water positive displacement and exfiltration conveyance systems.Maintains gravity line elevations. WASTEWATER COLLECTION Performs the installation of gravity mains.Performs the installations and repairs of gravity mains, services, cleanouts, and manholes.Performs the installation of force mains.Performs maintenance of ARVs.Performs cleaning and clearing of sewer mains, laterals, and lift stations. WATER DISTRIBUTION Performs the task of laying new water mains.Performs installations, inspections and maintenance of sample points, automatic flushers, air release valves, and flushing and testing fire hydrants.Installs or replaces water main valves.Installs service line water main taps. Minimum Qualifications UTILITIES FIELD TECHNICIAN I

  • High school diploma or valid equivalent; and
    • Must have basic computer operations skills; and
    • Must possess [or able to obtain within fourteen (14) days of hire] and maintain a valid Florida driver's license. Individuals selected for this position will be required to successfully complete a training program within one (1) year in the position. The training program will cover several facets of the job, including various concepts of safety, GIS, and Blueprint reading. Successful completion of the training program will be based on meeting the criteria outlined in the Career Path Advancement Requirements section (below). Failure to successfully complete the requirements of the program may result in termination from the training program and separation of employment. UTILITIES FIELD TECHNICIAN II
      • High school diploma or valid equivalent; and
      • One (1) year of experience as an Utilities Field Technician I with the City of Boynton Beach; exposure to the operation of maintenance equipment used in assigned division. *The City may review applicant experience with other comparable employer to determine suitability for placement in UFT II position ; and
      • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Class B Commercial Driver's License; and
      • Must have completed fifteen (15) hours of safety training that includes confined space, fork lift, and other training relevant to area of assignment; and
      • Must pass the level II general written and practical tests with a minimum score of 70% on each component. Employees who fail to obtain a minimum score of 70% will have a two (2) month waiting period to re-take the division area test; and
      • Must meet 100% of the Utilities Field Technician I KSA's and 70% of the Utilities Field Technician II KSA's in one (1) division functional area. In addition to the aforementioned requirements, KSAs must be verified and documented by the assigned supervisor prior to appointment for internal candidates or within three (3) months for external candidates.Must successfully complete the requirements of a training program within two (2) years by doing the following: Complete coursework/training offered by the Utilities department in the following areas:
        • Defensive Driving
        • Blueprint Reading
        • Trench Safety
        • GIS
        • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
        • Heat Stress
        • Violence in the Workplace
        • CPR Training
        • Other training as necessary and becomes available UTILITIES FIELD TECHNICIAN III
          • High school diploma or valid equivalent; and
          • Must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience within a Utility division functional area; (prior outside experience will be considered)
          • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL).Must meet one (1) of the following (depending on your area of assignment):
            • Must possess and maintain a Stormwater C" Certification; or
            • Must possess and maintain a Wastewater C" Certification; or
            • Must possess and maintain a Level III Water Distribution; or
            • Must possess and maintain a Class C or higher Water Treatment Plant Operator License.Must pass the Level III general written and practical tests with a minimum score of 70% on each component. Employees who fail to obtain a minimum score of 70% will have a three (3) month waiting period to re-take the division area test.KSAs must be met as follows:
              • 100% of the General level II KSAs; and
              • 100% of the level II KSAs in the primary functional area; and
              • 100% of the Utilities Field Technician level III KSA's in one (1) division functional area.The above requirements for meeting the KSAs must be verified and documented by the assigned supervisor prior to appointment for internal candidates or within three (3) months for external candidates.Supplemental Information UTILITIES FIELD TECHNICIAN I COMMUNICATION COMPETENCIESEffectively communicates with supervisor, and employees as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems. Accurately and expeditiously receives and delivers messages and information to the appropriate individuals. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervisory direction. Ability to understand and quickly and accurately follow brief oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with Supervisor, customers, other employees, other departments, other governmental and regulatory agencies, and the general public as needed. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSA's) Knowledge of basic math skills. Skilled in providing excellent customer service. Demonstrates ability to use the tools and equipment in area of assignment. Demonstrates ability to read maps. Demonstrates ability to properly open and close valves. Ability to record and deliver information. Ability to work in confined spaces. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing; understand and follow communications, keep records and make reports. Ability to work as a member of a team. UTILITIES FIELD TECHNICIAN II COMMUNICATION COMPETENCIESEffectively communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, contractors, engineers, utility companies, vendors, outside agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems. Accurately and expeditiously receives and delivers messages and information to the appropriate individuals. Ability to prepare accurate and thorough written records and reports. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervisory direction. Ability to understand and quickly and accurately follow brief oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with Supervisor, customers, other employees, other departments, other governmental and regulatory agencies, and the general public as needed. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSA's) (Listed are general KSAs and KSAs by divisional area of assignment; level I KSAs are not repeated here but must have previously been met. KSAs must be met in accordance with the Career Path Advancement Requirements.) GENERAL (KSAs apply to multiple divisions)Knowledge of and the ability to adhere to all safe working practices including work zone traffic control, highway safety rules and regulations, and taking effective precautionary measures necessary to avoid accidents. Knowledge of the methods, tools and equipment used in semi-skilled manual labor work.Knowledge of the basic aspects of ArcGIS. Ability to utilize Pure Safety software. Ability to understand and follow direction. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing, and to prepare reports. Ability to properly use tools and equipment. Ability to read maps as built/record drawings. Ability to properly learn and operate maintenance and construction equipment. Ability to properly restore property where repair work has been completed. Ability to direct traffic and set up road signs to direct traffic away from work zone Temporary Traffic Control). Ability to perform assigned tasks under only general supervision. Ability to perform basic irrigation line repairs. Ability to assist with the operation of the vacuum and TV trucks.Skilled in performing heavy manual labor. STORMWATER Basic knowledge of storm water systems.Knowledge of isolating storm drain lines for dewatering.Basic knowledge of wet and dry detention pond inspections.Knowledge of and ability to properly maintain storm water conveyance systems.Knowledge of and the ability to follow proper procedures when conducting routine canal maintenance including harvesting, litter control, and dead end cleaning. WASTEWATER COLLECTION Basic knowledge of wastewater collection systems.Knowledge of and the ability to properly identify wastewater maintenance materials.Knowledge of procedures for locating clean-outs and service lines.Ability to perform sewer repairs and install clean-outs.Ability to assist with smoke testing operation.Ability to assist with the cleaning of wastewater collection system using appropriate equipment. WATER DISTRIBUTION Basic knowledge of water systems.Knowledge of and the ability to identify distribution system maintenance materials.Ability to perform flow test (service lines, hydrants).Ability to repair and/or replace water main lines.Ability to make service line repairs/replacements.Ability to maintain and/or repair fire hydrants.Ability to repair leaks under pressure. UTILITIES FIELD TECHNICIAN III COMMUNICATION COMPENTENCIESEffectively communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, contractors, engineers, utility companies, vendors, outside agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.Accurately and expeditiously receives and delivers messages and information to the appropriate individuals.Ability to prepare accurate and thorough written records and reports.Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervisory direction.Ability to understand and quickly and accurately follow brief oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters.Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with Supervisor, customers, other employees, other departments, other governmental and regulatory agencies, and the general public as needed. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSA's) (Listed are general KSAs and KSAs by divisional area of assignment; levels I and II KSAs are not repeated here. KSAs must be met in accordance with the Career Path Advancement Requirements.) GENERAL (KSAs apply to multiple divisions)
                • Knowledge of the supplies and materials needed and ability to maintain supplies and materials in inventory.
                • Knowledge of and the ability to correctly install well-point systems.
                • Knowledge of TTC zones and the ability to correctly set up City street TTC.
                • Knowledge of and ability to accurately read and interpret blue prints.
                • Ability to appropriately work with asphalt and concrete to make various repairs.
                • Ability to effectively lead a crew when needed.
                • Knowledge and ability to utilize ArcGIS, and maintenance management software. STORMWATER
                  • Knowledge of specialized facets of storm water maintenance and/or construction work.
                  • Knowledge of various NPDES inspection procedures, including retention/detention, outfall and construction sites and the ability to accurately perform these inspections.
                  • Knowledge of proper procedures and the ability to accurately maintain storm water positive displacement and exfiltration conveyance systems.
                  • Ability to properly perform specialized storm water maintenance or construction work. WASTEWATER COLLECTION
                    • Knowledge of and the ability to properly install gravity mains, services, cleanouts and manholes.
                    • Knowledge of and the ability to maintain gravity line elevations.
                    • Ability to perform the installation of force mains.
                    • Ability to install and perform maintenance on air relief valves. WATER DISTRIBUTION
                      • Knowledge of and the ability to correctly lay new water mains.
                      • Knowledge of and the ability to properly install, inspect and maintain fire hydrants, including hydrant flushing and testing.
                      • Knowledgeable and skilled at repairing water mains.
                      • Knowledge of and the ability to correctly install and replace water main valves.
                      • Knowledge of and the ability to perform the steps necessary to make service line water taps.
                      • Ability to utilize iWater to update attributes associated with the distribution system.PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS / ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Physical Ability : While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and may push, pull, grasp, lift and/or move objects and materials of moderate to heavy weight (up to 100 pounds), in accordance with OSHA guidelines. Sensory Requirements : Tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. Tasks require the ability to communicate orally. Environmental Factors : Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as odors, wetness, humidity, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, toxic agents, disease, or pathogenic substances. Work is frequently performed outside in heat, high humidity, in cold, in rain and when other inclement weather conditions are present. Work is performed in bright and dim light.The City of Boynton Beach, Florida, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et. seq.), the City of Boynton Beach will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the abilities and aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat of significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. Requirements are representative of the minimum level of knowledge, skills, and ability.CAREER PATH ADVANCEMENT REQUIREMENTS The follow requirements must be met to advance to Utilities Field Technician II:
                        • Must have a minimum of one (1) year of experience within a Utility functional area.
                        • Must complete the level I (Division specific) general written and practical tests with a minimum score of 70% on each component. Employees who fail to obtain a minimum score of 70% will have a one (1) month waiting period to re-take the division area test.
                        • The test assigned to the Utilities Field Technician I will be based upon the division area in which the employee is assigned to.
                        • Must meet 100% of the Utilities Field Technician I KSA's and 100% of the Utilities Field Technician II KSA's within assigned division functional area.
                        • The above requirements for meeting the KSA's must be verified and documented by the assigned supervisor.
                        • Must successfully complete the requirements of a training program within two (2) years by doing the following:
                          • Complete provided coursework/training in the following areas:
                            • Confined Space Training
                            • Defensive Driving
                            • Blueprint Reading
                            • Trench Safety
                            • GIS
                            • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
                            • Heat Stress
                            • Violence in the Workplace
                            • CPR Training
                            • Other training as necessary and becomes available The follow requirements must be met to advance to Utilities Field Technician III:
                              • Must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience within a Utility division functional area. Prior outside experience will be considered.
                              • Must complete general written and practical tests with a minimum score of 70%. Employees who fail to obtain a minimum score of 70% will have a two (2) month waiting period to re-take the general written and/or general practical test.
                              • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL).Must meet one (1) of the following: (Depending on the area of assignment)
                                • Must possess and maintain a Stormwater "C" Certification; or
                                • Must possess and maintain a Wasterwater "C" Certification; or
                                • Must possess and maintain a level III Water Distribution License; or
                                • Must possess and maintain a Class C or higher Water Treatment Plant Operator License.KSAs must be met as follows:
                                  • 100% of the General level II KSAs; and
                                  • 100% of the level II KSAs in the primary functional area; and
                                  • 100% of the Utilities Field Technician level III KSA's in one (1) division functional area.
                                  • The above requirements for meeting the KSA's must be verified and documented by the assigned supervisor.
                                  • Two (2) years of experience will be substituted if a Utilities Field Technician successfully obtains and maintains a Florida Level III Water Distribution license or a Class C or higher Water Treatment Plant Operator License and completes the Utilities Field Technician III general written and practical exams with a minimum of a score of 70% on each component.VETERANS' PREFERENCE Certain servicemembers and veterans, and the spouses and family members of such servicemembers and veterans, receive preference and priority in the City's hiring process. Additionally, certain servicemembers may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements in employment by the City.

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