Bargaining Unit: Operating Engineers Local #3
Salary Code: 15
FLSA Designation: Nonexempt
Revision Date: 10/01/18
Under general supervision of the Supervisor of Operations or Senior Operator, performs and may provide direction to a crew involved in a variety of duties related to the operation of the water distribution and drainage systems. The Operator position is assigned to one of four geographic areas in which the incumbent is responsible for repair and maintenance of water delivery meters, and the accurate reading and recording of water utilization for proper billing; or depending on assignment, may be responsible for groundwater level measurements, meter repair, and calibration, pump performance testing, and other technical work throughout the District.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:
The information below is meant to serve as examples of the job duties and responsibilities for this classification. This list is neither inclusive nor exclusive, but indicative of several types of duties performed.
- Reads, records, maintains, and repairs both vertical and horizontal water delivery meters (from 4 inches to 36 inches).
- Performs water meter accuracy flow measurements and meter calibrations in the field or at the District’s meter calibration and flow testing facility with the use of hydrographic measuring devices.
- Inspects water applications with respect to delivery connections for compliance with District requirements, land eligibility or tailwater control, and meter readings to ensure that ordered flow and odometer readings correspond to indicated flow.
- Initiates odometer updates and provides information to the Customer Accounting Department.
- Operates and troubleshoots manual, computer integrated, and remote-telemetered pumping plants and reservoirs.
- Manipulates the distribution system utilizing the meter control panel and telemetry system as required to isolate equipment to be tested.
- Installs, operates, repairs, maintains, and calibrates flow measurement, water metering, and pump testing equipment.
- Drains and refills pipelines ranging in size from 8” to 90” according to established filling criteria.
- Conducts regular maintenance, assists in weed control, and exercises a variety of valves above and below ground on distribution and drainage system facilities.
- Responds to and investigates Underground Service Alert calls concerning the distribution and drainage system.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience: Any combination of equivalent education and experience that has led to the acquisition of the knowledge required by the position. A typical way of acquiring the knowledge would be: Possession of a United States’ high school diploma, GED, or equivalent and three (3) years of experience performing work in water distribution and drainage systems or skilled duties in water measurement work.
- Recordkeeping practices.
- The operation and maintenance of water meters and manual and automated pumping plants.
- Flow measurement techniques and Propeller and Venturi meter repair and calibration.
- Read and interpret plans and specifications pertaining to water distribution systems and agricultural pumps and motors.
- Maps and legal descriptions.
- Safety precautions, equipment and tools used in the construction, maintenance, and repair of water distribution and drainage systems.
- Preventive maintenance and inspection methods.
- Computer terminal operating methods and office software.
- Follow and prepare both verbal and written instruction.
- Communicate effectively is required.
- Independently perform a variety of skilled and complex tasks in the operation, construction, maintenance, repair and service of the District’s water distribution systems.
- Locate mains, pipes, and meters.
- Maintain simple and accurate records.
- Perform mathematical calculations.
- Safely operate assigned tools and equipment as part of the operation and maintenance of a water distribution system.
- Respond to emergencies on pipelines, pumping plants, and reservoir systems.
- Operate computer equipment including laptop and adding machines.
- Establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels as well as with the public.
- Operate a District vehicle and/or equipment observing legal and defense driving practices.
- Heavy lifting, carrying, and/or pushing of materials up to 100 pounds.
- Use hazardous materials.
- Possess the physical strength and agility to work outdoors in adverse climatic conditions.
- May be required to respond to emergency calls on a 24-hour-a-day basis.
- May be required to work in confined spaces and often in conditions of dust and pollen.
- Possess physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the job, including the ability to climb stationary ladders up to 100 feet in height and work in confined spaces.
- Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a driving record acceptable to the District’s automobile insurance provider is required.