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IPS Technician Full-time

at City of Tuscaloosa in Alabama (Published at 17-02-2020)


The purpose of this classification is to perform field, technical, managerial and administrative work functions associated with sanitary sewer collection system overflows (SSOs), IPS operational scheduling, infrastructure system repair, utilities locating, and rehab inspections and FOG program inspections.

Essential Functions

The following duties are normal for this classification. The omission of specific duties 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. Specific duties listed may not be required for all positions within this classification, but are determined by the normal requirements for the particular position.
Oversees, coordinates and/or participates in the activities of FOG inspections and SSO investigations.
Directs and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining and completing employee performance appraisals.
Prepares and/or receives forms, work orders, or documentation; completes, processes, and/or forwards as appropriate; maintains accurate records.
Communicates via telephone and/or two-way radio; provides information; takes and relays messages; responds to requests for service.
Performs all duties assigned by the OTS Supervisor. Follows standard operating procedures for the City's FOG program and Sanitary Sewer Overflow Response Plan (SORP)
In the absence of the OTS Supervisor will perform all duties that relate to the SORP and FOG Program.
Investigates all SSOs and provides a written report to the OTS Supervisor within three days of all assigned SSOs. The report will include location, response steps, estimate of volume released, estimate of impact to public health, cause or suspected cause, date and location of the last nearest SSO, proposed steps to take for prevention of reoccurrence, and name of receiving water.
Identifies food service entities requiring grease traps; ensures proper installation of grease traps; oversees and assists grease trap inspections to ensure timely completion and proper actions taken by owners when required.
Meets goals and performance measures set forth by OTS Supervisor.
Must have working knowledge of Lucity maintenance management software or equivalent software. Must utilize Lucity software to write work orders and preventative maintenance tasks; monitor status of work and use for scheduling, tracks labor and resource use.
Will schedule work using Lucity, MS Project and MS Excell software as directed by OTS Supervisor.
Performs inspection and maintenance of ARVs and Operation valves.
Uses GPS device as required.
Operates electronic detection equipment, GIS maps and construction drawings to mark the location of City owned utilities on roadways, private property and other locations using the required spray paint, flags, and other equipment.
Responds to and completes locate requests within legal time limits.
Performs field inspections of sanitary sewer assessment, cleaning, rehabilitation and construction sites. This includes inspecting the site for proper traffic control and site Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Measures and records quantities of materials used in construction projects. Must be able to prepare and maintain accurate records documenting all inspection activities.
Confirms utility locates prior to initiation of maintenance or construction activities.
Develops and maintains a queue of prioritized field-ready work orders and prepares weekly and bi-weekly schedules based on available labor forecasts.
Ability to schedule daily work for linear asset crews. This includes accurately assigning the correct number of crew members and other resources to each job on the schedule. This also includes being aware of potential job hazards and making the crews of aware so proper planning can be done.
Assists operations teams by issuing work orders in a sequential flow to individual technicians or work teams
Oversees material usage and costs.
Develops, documents, and maintains standard operating procedures associated with maintenance jobs
Manages database of incoming and completed work orders.
Ability to coordinate assignments with other sections, departments or agencies
Ability to run production reports and SCREAM reports to make sound decisions when scheduling work.
Ability to plan, schedule and evaluate the quality and quantity of work needed to accomplish work group goals within set limits of time and cost.
Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, city officials, contractors, engineers, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of job site.
Reads and interprets maps, drawings and project/design specifications.
Must be able to read and interpret Manual on Uniform Traffic Control (MUTCD) handbook.
Must be computer literate; must be able to use basic office software packages; must be able to utilize software to construct, modify and maintain spreadsheets (MS Excel); must be able to produce and modify documents in word processing software (MS Word); must be able to become proficient using Micrsoft Project; should be able to use asset management software application (Lucity) and geographical information systems software application (ArcMap).
Must accomplish the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations, in a timely manner.
Incorporates continuous quality improvement principles in day to day activities.
Must meet regular attendance requirements.
Must be able to maintain good interpersonal relationships with staff, co-workers, managers and citizens.
Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma or GED required; three years of experience in equipment operations and performing construction/maintenance work or a related field. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license. Will be required to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) with appropriate endorsements within 6 months of date of hire. Must possess and maintain a Grade 1C Wastewater License or Grade 1 Water Distribution License within 18 months of date of hire. This job classification is considered to be safety-sensitive and is subject to pre-employment and random drug screens. Must be able to attend and complete NASSCO Inspector training for sanitary sewer rehabilitation.

Minimum Requirements to Perform Essential Job Functions

The following requirements are normal for this classification. Specific requirements may not apply to all positions within this classification, but are determined by the normal requirements for the particular position.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to operate a variety of machinery, heavy equipment, office equipment, machinery and tools (manhole bar, drill, shovel). Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for very heavy work and lifting.
DATA COMPREHENSION: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things which may include forms, reports, invoices, budget documents, technical manuals, procedural manuals, or reference materials.
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to speak with and/or signal people to convey or exchange information, including giving/receiving assignments and/or directions to/from co-workers, assistants, managers, or supervisors as well as communicating with elected officials and the general public.
LANGUAGE ABILITY: Requires ability to read a variety of documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures. Requires the ability to write job-related documentation and reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and well-modulated voice.
INTELLIGENCE: Requires the ability to learn and understand relatively complex principles and techniques, to understand departmental policies and procedures, to make independent judgments in absence of supervision, and to acquire and be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation.
VERBAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow verbal and written instructions.
NUMERICAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to add and subtract, multiply and divide, calculate decimals and percentages, utilize high school level algebra and geometry, and determine time and weight.
FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to visually inspect items for proper length, width, and shape using job related equipment.
MOTOR COORDINATION: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using job related equipment and in operating motor vehicles.
MANUAL DEXTERITY: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, equipment, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting motion or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
COLOR DIFFERENTIATION: May require the ability to discern color.
INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT: Requires the ability to deal with and relate to people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be able to adapt to and perform under minimal stress when confronted with an emergency.
PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to talk, express, or exchange ideas by means of spoken words and/or hear and perceive nature of sounds by ear.

The City of Tuscaloosa offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time permanent employees that includes retirement, vacation and illness leave, paid holidays, medical and dental insurance, flexible spending account, life insurance, and other supplemental insurances and deferred retirement saving plans.
For a more detailed overview of our benefits package, please visit the Employee Benefits Summary within our website or contact the Human Resource Department at (205) 248-5230.

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