Utility Operator

City of Lemoore
Until Filled


-Current opening in the Wastewater Divison-


Must possess and maintain a valid State Water Resources Control Board Grade II License. Class A or B License must be obtained within six months of employment. Please submit a City of Lemoore application to Human Resources no later than Friday, March 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m to be included in the first review of applications. Application materials are available at www.lemoore.com.





Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class.  Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


Under general supervision, operates and maintains wastewater plant and collection systems and/or water production and distribution systems and equipment in accordance with State of California requirements for the operation of plants and/or distribution systems.




Utility Operator II is the journey level class in the Utility Operator series.  Incumbents provide lead direction, training, and are responsible for the operation, repair, replacement, and construction of wastewater plant and collection systems and/or water production and distribution systems.  This class is distinguished from Senior Utility Operator in that the latter is the advanced journey level in which incumbents perform the most specialized and complex assignments.  It is distinguished from Utility Operator I in that the latter do not have lead responsibilities. 




Receives general supervision from an assigned Superintendents and Coordinators within their assigned division.  May be directed by higher level personnel within the Utility Operator series assigned to the same division.  Provides technical supervision of lower level personnel within the Utility Operator series and Maintenance Workers training in utility operations.


ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS--Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Essential Functions:


All Divisions -

  1. Provides lead direction and training.
  2. Perform general facility maintenance such as cleaning, painting and weed abatement activities.
  3. Prepares various reports; maintains time and material records and reports on all projects.
  4. Respond to customer service calls relating to utility service.
  5. Ensures compliance with safety procedures.
  6. Perform confined space entry duties.

Wastewater Division -


1.            Operate and maintain the City wastewater collection and treatment systems; perform preventive maintenance on treatment plant pumps, motors, feeders and other equipment to maintain appropriate plant operations.


2.            Inspect lift stations to discover existing or potential problems; clean sewer mains; remove obstructions and larger debris.


3.            Collect and record plant flow readings; perform a variety of routine water quality laboratory tests; adjust chemical levels as needed; prepare a variety of reports on water testing.


4.            Maintain electrical and mechanical equipment; inspect pumps and reservoirs to ensure proper working conditions.


5.            Maintain, repair and service plant operations machinery and equipment; lubricate and change oil on pumps and motors.


6.            Clean pumps, motors, feeders and other equipment to maintain appropriate plant operations.


Water Division -


  1. Participates in the testing, cleaning, maintenance, inspection, repair, installation, replacement, groundwater treatment, distribution, construction and operation of the City's water system.


  1. Installs, maintains, and repairs water mains, valves, meters, fire hydrants, pressure regulators, chemical feed systems, motors, pumps and tanks, and groundwater treatment equipment, distribution, production equipment, and other water system infrastructure.


  1. Operates and services equipment used in the repair, installation and maintenance of water system infrastructures including, but not limited to, compressors, jackhammers, backhoes, trenchers, tractors, trucks, and any other assigned light and heavy equipment.


  1. Performs minor concrete work, e.g., around hydrants, meter boxes, and pouring hydrants pads, pump pedestals and short sections of sidewalks and curbs.


  1. Performs water sampling.


  1. May be required to wear and use a respirator consistent with State mandates.


Marginal Functions:

All Divisions -


1.             Respond to emergency calls from the public and other agencies as required.


2.      Perform on-call and weekend worker duties as required.


3.      Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.




Knowledge of:


All Divisions -

Safe work practices.

Basic computer skills and knowledge.

Wastewater Division -

Principles and practices of wastewater treatment plant operations.

Operating principles of plant equipment such as valves, pumps, feeders, lift stations and motors.

Standard principles of the natural sciences including chemistry and biology.

Laboratory analysis techniques and standards for wastewater treatment.

Operational and safety regulations pertaining to wastewater treatment plant operations and equipment usage.

Sampling methods and techniques.


Water Division -


Knowledge of the materials, methods, practices, equipment and tools used in the installation and maintenance of valves, hydrants, water mains, meters, regulators, pumps, groundwater treatment equipment, distribution and water services.  Knowledge of the materials and methods required when constructing water mains.

Principals and practices of water treatment, and distribution operations.

Operating principals of water systems infrastructures.

Standard principals of natural science including chemistry and biology.

Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions of the industry; some knowledge of local, state and federal statutes, codes, rules and regulations governing water systems, groundwater treatment and quality.

Knowledge of the principles of plumbing and hydraulics applicable to community water systems.


Ability to:


All Divisions -

Ability to lead and direct the work of other crew members, including equipment operators.

Ability to effectively and courteously explain requirements and departmental policies to the public.

Ability to follow and prepare oral and written instructions.

Ability to keep records and prepare reports on work completed.

Ability to operate assigned vehicles and equipment in the installation and maintenance of the wastewater and/or water system.

Ability to plan and order materials necessary to accomplish assigned tasks.

Ability to read, interpret, and understand construction drawings and specifications.

Ability to locate wastewater and/or water infrastructure, above and below ground.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships at all organizational levels, including the public.

Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities; physical strength and agility to work outdoors under arduous conditions.

Maintaining effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading, writing and operating assigned equipment.

Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities; ability to perform basic mathematical and algebraic computations.

Ability to safely operate assigned vehicles, tools and equipment in the installation and maintenance of the utility system. 


Wastewater Division –

Perform confined space entry duties.



Water Division -

Ability to operate tapping and writing machines and pipe cutting equipment.


Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities to obtain the required certificates.


License or Certificate


All Divisions -

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid drivers license.  Utility Operators from either division may be required to obtain and retain a valid Commercial Class “A” or “B” California Drivers License with appropriate endorsements for entire term of employment.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid C.P.R. certificate.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, First Aid certificate.


Wastewater Division -

Must possess and maintain a valid State Water Resources Control Board Grade II License.


Water Division -

Must possess and maintain a valid Water Distribution Operator Certificate, Grade D2, issued by the State of California for entire term of employment.




Environmental Conditions:


Water and wastewater treatment plant environment; exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, electrical energy, waste and infectious materials; work in or with water; work or inspect in confined spaces; work on slippery or uneven surfaces.


Physical Conditions:


Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for heavy, moderate or light lifting up to 50 lbs; walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.


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