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Utility Foreman - Water System Operations

Company: City of Arvada
Location: Arvada
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Job Description:



Position Purpose
Utility Foreman is a top level within our career progression model. Candidates applying for Utility Foreman need specific state certifications with applicable years of experience to qualify.

**Position may close early based on response.

The City of Arvada promotes Equal Pay for Equal Work. Starting salary will be determined by the applicant's education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity. The range listed reflects the entire range and typical placement is entry to mid range.
Oversees assigned employees in the field while completing maintenance of the water transmission and distribution system including but not limited to main failure repairs, valve repairs, valve rotation, valve box repair, service line maintenance, fire hydrant maintenance and repair, water main flushing, utility locations, leak detection, cathodic protection, air-vacuum valve maintenance, water meter and transponder installation and repair, meter pit installations and repairs, vault repairs, pump station repair, water main tapping, investigation of low pressure and low volume concerns, controlled system flushing, system mapping research, SCADA system alarm diagnosis, water system storage tank and flow adjustments, large meter maintenance, water meter profiling, aid to contractors, and irrigation ditch maintenance. Reviews and recommends changes to water system engineering drawings. Inspects contractor work for warranty acceptance. Enforces safety and CDL policies and procedures. The above is in addition to the utility technician senior position responsibilities.
Job Functions / Scope of Authority
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSOversees co-workers in field maintenance operations including but not limited to such programs as main failure repairs, valve repairs, valve rotation, valve box repairs, service line maintenance, fire hydrant maintenance and repair, water main flushing, utility locations, leak detection, cathodic protection, air-vacuum valve maintenance, water meter and transponder installation and repair, meter pit repairs, vault repairs, pump station repair, water main tapping, investigation of low pressure and low volume concerns, controlled system flushing, system mapping research, SCADA system alarm diagnosis, water system storage tank and flow adjustments, large meter maintenance, water meter profiling, aid to contractors, irrigation ditch maintenance, all excavation repairs and maintenance of the water system.Oversees employees in the field while performing maintenance of the distribution system to insure quality deliver of potable water to customers and discover any maintenance or repair needs.Oversees co-workers in the field in the repair of water main failures, whether in the regular workday or after hours.Communicates with utility supervisor and utility system technicians to discuss work assignments.Coordinates with utility supervisor in the planning, orders of supplies, scheduling repairs, and directs the completion of assigned work programs for the Section.Recommends to supervisors work plans and schedules, infrastructure replacement, equipment and hand tool needs and priorities. Completes productivity reports.Addresses and handles customer service calls on the system, including water pressure, out of water, main failure, water quality and other like problems and discusses potential mitigation with customers.Operates, inspects and maintains assigned equipment, including but not limited to the equipment for a Utility Technician IV plus chlorine analyzers. Arranges for repairs of equipment.Performs shop and yard maintenance.Responds to emergency situations, whether in the regular workday or after hours.Carries a cell phone for response to after-hour emergency calls to assist customers as assigned by water system operations manager.Responsible for all training relating to the testing and acquisition of a Colorado class A commercial driver license within the division. Monitors and orders material inventory.Develops specifications for purchase of new and replacement equipment and materials.Utilizes appropriate personal protective equipment for self and enforces safety and CDL policies and procedures for assigned employees in the field.Completes required training units as approved by the State of Colorado to maintain certification to meet City of Arvada policies.Provides field training including safety, equipment operation, and maintenance procedures.Demonstrates a respectful attitude towards customers and coworkers that promotes teamwork, open communication, and effective customer service. Acts with the customer in mind, responds to requests promptly and provides effective services or solutions for customers.Exercises appropriate level of initiative and judgment to make decisions within the scope of assigned authority.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Advanced knowledge of city safety and CDL policies and procedures.Advanced knowledge of flagging, signing and coning procedures, possession of flagging certification.Advanced knowledge of public works and water transmission and distribution systems construction, operation and maintenance.Advanced knowledge of the use of equipment used to maintain water transmission and distribution systems.Advanced knowledge of computer hardware and software to maintain record systems. Develops database applications.Proficient knowledge of city engineering specifications and meter accuracy standards.Proficient knowledge of city traffic control standards.Ability to effectively communicate information, both verbally and in writing, to support organizational objectives and interact with all levels of personnel within the city in a positive and cooperative manner.
OTHER FUNCTIONS:Acts as supervisor of crew in the absence of the utility supervisor.Other duties as required.-Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job-
SCOPE OF AUTHORITY: Receives general direction from the utility supervisor. Assists the utility supervisor in establishment of weekly priorities. Generally expected to evaluate and respond to new situations that require immediate attention. Fieldwork is completed independently and given latitude to oversee specific situations that require immediate attention. Oversees employees in the field. Provides input and feedback on employee evaluations. Reports program status to the utility supervisor on a regular basis.
Financial Accountability:Makes recommendations to supervisor for budget allocations pertaining to field operations. Purchases inventory and maintenance items using city procurement card using own discretion.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED:Oversees water breaks and employees in the field. Makes recommendations in assigning and scheduling work, training and performance evaluations. Oversees work programs in the field.

Working Environment / Qualifications
WORKING ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:The work environment/physical activities described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Work is primarily performed in an outdoor environment with moderate to high noise levels. Physical effort and activities include: strenuous physical work. Heavy lifting, pushing or pulling of objects up to 80 pounds occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds frequently. Must be able to access underground vaults, manholes and structures. Exposure to adverse weather conditions, vehicle traffic, automobile fumes, toxic gases, flammable materials, confined spaces, blood borne pathogens, and dust, noise and dangers of working around construction sites. MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION, LICENSE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE):High school diploma or GED equivalent plus five (5) years' experience with public works infrastructure or construction experience. Requires one of the following certifications at time of appointment: State of Colorado Water Distribution Class IV Certification OR State of Colorado Wastewater Collection Class IV certification OR State of Colorado Water Treatment Class A Certification. Possesses or is able to obtain within 6 months and continues to maintain railroad certification. Possesses and maintains Colorado class A commercial driver license.
Vision Mission Values
The City's Core values are in every employee's individual Performance Plan which helps us to reinforce our expectations for living and working by our Core Values.

Every City employee is expected to perform his/her job to the highest professional standards. This includes upholding the City's values with integrity and accountability, acting in a manner that is respectful and inclusive towards others, and adhering to the City's policy on employee conduct as detailed in the personnel rules sec. 70-143.

Vision: We Dream Big and Deliver
Mission: We are dedicated to delivering superior services to enhance the lives of everyone in our community.
Values:
Innovation: We excel in creativity, flexibility and the use of best practices while valuing diverse backgrounds, ideas and perspectives.
Passion: We are a high performing, inclusive team inspiring each other to pursue excellence.
Opportunity: We value our diversity, embrace possibilities, face challenges, persevere and take action to deliver quality results.







Keywords: City of Arvada, Arvada , Utility Foreman - Water System Operations, Other , Arvada, Colorado

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