Utility Worker I/Utility Worker II/Utility Worker III

Job position / title
Utility Worker I/Utility Worker II/Utility Worker III
Name of business / employer
City of Bellingham
Job description / duties

NATURE OF WORK:

Closing Date/Time: Fri. 09/27/19 at 4:30 PM Pacific Time

Placement into Utility Worker Series is based on the experience and training requirements for each position. There is currently 1 full-time vacancy (40 hours per week) in the Public Works Department.

This register will be used to fill part-time or full-time vacancies should they occur. We anticipate three additional vacancies during the life of this register pending budget approval.

The Civil Service Eligibility Register will remain in effect for 6 months. These positions are represented by a union.

Starting salary rate for Utility Worker I is at Step 1 ($3,600/month) for full time positions. The current full salary range for this position is $3,600/month – $4,385/month.

Starting salary rate for Utility Worker II is at Step 1 ($3,821/month) for full time positions. The current full salary range for this position is $3,821/month – $4,648/month.

Starting salary rate for Utility Worker III is at Step 1 ($4,054/month) for full time positions. The current full salary range for this position is $4,054/month – $4,939/month.

NATURE OF WORK:

This series performs progressively responsible manual and semi-skilled labor in the construction, maintenance, and service work of all public works facilities. Employees in this classification may be assigned to the following units: Street and Stormwater Collection, Wastewater Collection, or Water Distribution. Operates hand and power tools and motorized mobile equipment and/or electronic and hydro test equipment, depending upon the assigned unit. Usually works as part of an assigned crew in an assigned section but may have an individual or specialized assignment. Works indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions and sometimes under hazardous conditions. May be called out for emergency work. Attention to safety and protection of personnel and equipment is integral to work.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Depending on the unit to which assigned and level of experience:
1.Shovels, rakes, picks, cleans, hammers, sands, and other such manual labor.
2.Operates machinery and power equipment on an interchangeable basis (for example, five, ten and 12 yard dump trucks, trucks and trailers, backhoes, excavators, paving machines, loaders, rollers, brush cutters, tapping machine, jet truck, boom truck, service and pick-up trucks, boring machines, etc.) or may be regularly assigned to a single piece of mobile equipment requiring substantial manual dexterity, without direct supervision and responsible for reporting maintenance problems and determining whether immediate service by a skilled mechanic is required (for example, street sweepers). Utility Worker III operates Vactor truck, camera inspection vehicle, and Gradall.
3.Performs many heavy manual semi-skilled and skilled tasks such as operating chain saws, jack hammers, drills, pipe saws, pavement saws, mowers, street sweepers, and raking asphalt in an accomplished fashion; may perform right-of-way patching, pavement overlays, maintenance and repair of guardrails, concrete sidewalk repairs, repair storm drainage catch basins, Sewer manholes, and surrounding pavement repairs involving masonry, concrete and asphalt work. Utility Worker III includes trenchless pipe repairs, hydrant and valve replacements, water main repairs, and locates and marks water mains and water services using electronic pipe locating devices.
4.May install, replace and repair sewer pipes, inspect and clean sewer mains and make repairs involving appropriate machine or device; may raise manholes and make related street grade adjustments; may respond to citizen complaints. Utility Worker III make repairs involving operation of a rodding machine; may operate a video scanner to assess sewer system conditions and identify problems.
5.Assists workers in higher classes: cuts, fits, lays, connects, installs various sizes of water, sewer and storm lines; installs valves, tees, crosses, reducers, sleeves, manholes, catch basins, etc., per instructions.
6.Turns on or shuts off water services to customers per order and according to established procedures.
7.Sets up traffic control devices including barricades, flags, and performs other safety-related duties.
8.Logs information, completes work orders and paperwork as necessary. Utility Worker II, III field checks measurements and locations of facilities, marks-up maps and drawings used for updating computer maintenance and GIS records.
9.Responds to after hours call-outs and investigates customer service requests.

ADDITIONAL WORK PERFORMED:

Utility Worker I, II
1.Performs other duties within the scope of the classification and of the classes below.
2.Participates in job-related training to improve knowledge and skills.

Utility Worker III
1.May lead a group of lower classified and/or extra labor employees in the completion of smaller, less complex assignments.
2.Provides guidance and on-the-job training to less experienced co-workers.
3.Other related duties as assigned.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

Work is performed primarily outdoors in all weather conditions on City streets and rights-of-way, in close proximity to roadway traffic, or in an industrial plant environment. The work involves moderate risks which require special safety precautions, e.g. working around moving equipment, high speed or high voltage equipment, or with exposure to irritant chemicals or raw sewage. Hazards may include: fumes, dust, gases, and asbestos, moving mechanical equipment parts, extreme temperatures, maintenance and repair of pressurized (up to 200psi) water systems, inadequate lighting, confined spaces, trenches, loud noises and exposure to traffic. Employees may be required to use protective clothing such as coveralls, rain gear, hard hats, safety vests, masks, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields.

Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job, including:
•Manual dexterity sufficient to operate hand and power equipment safely and efficiently.
•Correctable vision to read instructions and work safely around equipment.
•Adequate hearing to effectively hear voice radio and crew communications, roadway traffic and alarms in a noisy environment.
•Physical ability to continuously stoop, bend, climb, occasionally work in confined spaces or from heights, and frequently lift and carry heavy objects in the 50 lb. range, and occasionally weights of approximately 100 lbs. utilizing proper body mechanics, mechanical and other assistance. Some positions require the ability to work from heights up to 180 feet on a ladder truck or communication tower.
•Positions in Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection, Street and Stormwater Collection require the physical ability to operate a 60 lb. jackhammer for extended periods of time intermittently throughout the year.

Qualifications
Utility Worker I:
•High School Diploma, or equivalent
•One year of experience or related training using hand and power tools and motorized equipment to perform manual labor required.

Utility Worker II:
•High School Diploma, or equivalent. AND
•Two (2) years’ experience as Utility Worker I, OR three years equivalent experience performing manual labor in the construction, maintenance, and service work of public facilities, AND
•Possess and maintain the following certifications, based on the requirements of the unit to which assigned:

◦Streets and Stormwater Collection Units:
◾Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) with in one (1) year of promotion, transfer, or placement to Utility Worker.

◦Wastewater Collection Unit:
◾Washington Wastewater Collection Personnel Association (WWCPA – 1) with in one (1) year of promotion, transfer, or placement to Utility Worker II.

◦Water Distribution Unit:
◾Washington State Certification as Water Distribution Manager I within one (1) year of promotion, transfer, or placement to Utility Worker II.

Utility Worker III:
•High School Diploma, or equivalent, AND
•Two years of experience in Public Works Operations Utility Worker I and 2 years of experience in the Utility Worker II classification, OR five years equivalent experience performing manual and semi-skilled labor in the construction, maintenance, and service work of all public facilities, AND
•Possess and maintain the following certifications, based on the requirements of the unit to which assigned:

◦Street and Stormwater Collection Units:
◾Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) within one (1) year of promotion, transfer, or placement to Utility Worker III.

◦Wastewater Collection Unit:
◾Washington Wastewater Collection Personnel Association (WWCPA–1) within one (1) year of promotion, transfer, or placement to Utility Worker III.

◦Water Distribution Unit:
◾Washington State Certification as a Water Distribution Manager I within one (1) year of promotion, transfer, or placement to Utility Worker III.
◾Training Certificate in Asbestos Pipe Work Practices within one (1) year of promotion, transfer, or placement to Utility Worker III.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Employment contingent upon passing a criminal convictions check and child and adult abuse records check.
•Valid Washington State driver’s license and good driving record. Candidate considered for hire must submit an abstract of his/her driving records for the past three-years; with biennial submission of driving abstract to department, to be forwarded to Human Resources (Policy ADM 10.03.02.4).
•Ability to obtain and maintain Flagging/Traffic Control Card within one year of employment.
•Ability to obtain and maintain First Aid/CPR Card within one year of employment.
•Some positions require the ability to secure a Commercial Driver’s License (Class a CDL) with air brakes endorsement within six months of initial hire and to maintain a valid CDL during length of employment.
•Must pass CDL-related drug and alcohol testing throughout term of employment.
•Some positions require Fork Lift Operator’s Card within one year of employment.
•Must be able to report to Operations Division for emergency call-out and serve on standby in accordance with bargaining unit agreement.

Failure to obtain appropriate certifications within established time limits will result in demotion to the lower class for which qualified, until such time as the required unit certification is achieved.

Application deadline / closing date
09/27/2019
Salary / rate of pay
See job posting
Days and hours of employment
FT
Person or department to contact
Human Resources
Business address
104 W. Magnolia Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
Email
hr@cob.org
Phone
360.778.8228
How to apply
***All applications must be submitted electronically at //www.cob.org/employment.***

SELECTION PROCESS:

**You are encouraged to print a copy of this job announcement for your reference as the process moves along**

Please ensure your application is complete and all required information has been provided. Standard completeness means all application fields (contact information, personal information, education, work experience, references, and required supplemental questions). The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questionnaire. Provide as much detail as you believe will fully describe your experience and training.

Cover letters and resumes are not reviewed to determine if your application meets minimum qualifications. Supplemental Questionnaire responses not supported in your application will disqualify you from consideration for this position.

Application Review process:
1.Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must provide specific, detailed information so an initial determination can be made regarding your level of qualifications for this position. Applicant status will be updated on or around October 4, 2019.
2.Written Exam: Candidates who meet Minimum Qualifications will be invited to take a written exam scheduled for the week of October 14, 2019. Applicant status will be updated on or around October 23, 2019.
3.Supplemental Question Review: The top fifty (50) scoring candidates on the written exam will go through a Supplemental Question Review. Relevancy of your experience and training, together with composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation will be considered when evaluating responses. Applicant status will be updated on or around November 1, 2019.
4.Oral Board Interviews: The top thirty (30) scoring candidates from the Supplemental Question Review will be invited to participate in an Oral Board Interview, tentatively scheduled for the week of November 11, 2019.
5.Candidates will be notified via email of Final Scores & Ranks. The final ranking of the register will be based on total scores for the following: Supplemental Question Review (40%) and Oral Board Interview (60%). Applicant status will be updated on or around November 20, 2019.

The final candidates will be referred to the department for additional assessment.

The Civil Service Eligibility Register will remain in effect for 6 months, or longer as established by the Civil Service Commission at a later date.

Please Note: Candidates will receive updates regarding application status via email. Please be sure to check your email frequently.

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