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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5610

Class Designation: Civil Service

March 2009

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117) 

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Lead Maintenance Worker
 
Definition
Under general supervision, assists, leads, instructs, directs and monitors the work of small crew engaged in the maintenance and repair of parks, parkways, medians, trees, recreational and park facilities and City properties; and in the construction, repair and maintenance of City streets; develops and maintains a variety of time and materials records and reports; and performs related work as required in one of the following areas:
  • Park Services:  Leads, instructs, assists and ensures the safety of a small crew engaged in the care and maintenance of landscape activities or the installation, maintenance and repair of City park facilities and equipment within assigned City parks, and oversees and assists with the inspection, maintenance and basic repair of irrigation systems and park and recreational facilities and equipment.
  • Streetscape:  Leads, instructs, assists and ensures the safety of a small crew engaged in the care and maintenance of landscape ad trees on assigned City medians and parkways; oversees and assists with the calibration, maintenance and basic repair of irrigation systems at those sites; and plans and establishes traffic safety patterns to ensure the safety of the crew and public.
  • Street Operations:  Leads, instructs, assists and ensures the safety of crews engaged in the construction, repair and maintenance of City streets, sumps, and ditches, and performs a variety of skilled construction, maintenance and/or trades work; transports and safely operates a variety of vehicles, tools and complex equipment.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics

    This is the lead classification within the Maintenance Worker series.  Incumbents in this classification are distinguished from the Maintenance Worker by the responsibility for a crew leadership and the safety of assigned work sites; the ability to perform the full range of duties and tasks related to area of assignment; greater complexity of work assignments; a higher level of independent judgment and initiative exercised in the performance of assignments; and the potential impact of erroneous decisions on worker and public safety and operating schedules.
    This classification is distinguished from the classification of Parks Services Supervisor and Public Works Supervisor as these classifications have full supervisory responsibility for the performance of multiple crews engaged in the work division; while the Lead Maintenance Worker has responsibility for the leadership of an assigned crew and job site safety; full supervisory responsibility for crew performance remains with the division supervisor.

    Supervision Exercised/Received

    Receives general supervision from the Public Works Supervisor or a Park Services Supervisor; may provide technical supervision to Maintenance Worker.

    Examples of Essential Duties

    The following duties represent the principal job duties; however they may vary depending upon actual assignment and are not all-inclusive.
  • Leads, instructs and assists an assigned crew engaged in the maintenance and repair of parks, parkways, medians, trees, recreational and park facilities and City properties or in the construction, repair and maintenance of City streets, sumps and ditches;
  • Confers with supervisor relative to crew member performance and on deviations from work schedules or assignments;
  • Safely transports and operates a variety of vehicles, equipment and hand and/or power tools related to area of assignment;
  • Cleans, greases and visually inspects assigned equipment daily to ensure safe operation;
  • Conducts pre and post trip inspection on assigned equipment and tools; reports the need for mechanical maintenance and repair to the supervisor;
  • Oversees field maintenance of tools and equipment;
  • Develops and maintains time and materials records and prepares periodic and special reports;
  • Organizes worksite to ensure availability of needed tools, equipment and materials and to ensure job site safety;
  • Responds to requests and inquiries received from the general public and refers for more in-depth responses, as appropriate.
  • In addition to the duties listed above, incumbents assigned to the specific areas listed below perform the following:
    Park Services:
  • Leads, instructs and assists an assigned crew engaged in the planting, cultivation, and maintenance of trees, shrubs, ground cover and grass in assigned City parks and in the inspection, maintenance and basic repair of park and recreational facilities and equipment;
  • Oversees and assists a variety of grounds maintenance activities including mowing edging, cultivating, planting and fertilizing lawns and landscaped areas; and the staking of trees as necessary;
  • Identifies need for pest, disease and weed control; may assist with the application of pesticides by assisting a certified applicator or makes referral for appropriate treatment;
  • Directs and/or installs, maintains and repairs water lines, irrigation and sprinkler systems; changes and adjusts head and calibrates automatic control systems.
  • Streetscape:
  • Leads, instructs and assists an assigned crew engaged in the planting, cultivation, and maintenance of trees, shrubs, ground cover and grass on assigned City medians and parkways;
  • Identifies need for pest, disease and weed control; may assist with the application of pesticides by assisting a certified applicator or makes referral for appropriate treatment;
  • Prepares trees for removal, removes roots and stumps using a stump grinding machine;
  • Operates all power equipment necessary to perform tree trimming/landscape operations including: aerial truck, chipper, root grinder, stump grinder, backhoe, skip loader, water truck and chain saws;
  • Uses axes, power or hand saws and other basic trimming tools to prune trees, remove limbs and branches;
  • Responds to emergency calls for tree removal and trimming and takes appropriate action;
  • Calibrates maintains and performs basic repair of irrigation systems at assigned job sites; refers as appropriate for specialized repair;
  • Plans and establishes traffic safety patterns, setting up and removing signage, cones and barricades as appropriate to ensure job site and public safety.
  • Street Operations:
  • Leads, instructs and assists an assigned crew engaged in the construction, repair and maintenance of City streets; cutting out, backfilling and compacting patching material, and rolling areas with oil, rock, asphalt and other permanent paving materials after excavations have settled to fill any holes, ditches and cracks in City streets;
  • Plans and establishes traffic safety patterns, setting up and removing signage, cones and barricades as appropriate to ensure job site and public safety;
  • Develops and maintains time and materials records and prepares periodic and special reports.
  • Examples of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • Conducts equipment safety training;
  • Responds to emergency calls during work and may be subject to call out during non work hours;
  • Performs other job-related duties as required.
  • Minimum Qualifications Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Basic methods and proper and effective se of hand and power tools, materials and equipment used in maintenance, construction trades and/or gardening;
  • Work safety and basic first aid practices;
  • Principles of supervision;
  • Basic mathematics;
  • Standard departmental work procedures;
  • Effective public service techniques;
  • Defensive driving practices;
  • City and Department Mission including strategic goals and objectives; and
  • General City operations.
  • In addition to the above, incumbents assigned to the specific areas listed below are also expected to have knowledge of the following:
    Park Services:
  • Proper care and maintenance of plants, trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs;
  • Park maintenance procedures;
  • Modern methods, techniques and materials used for landscaping, grounds;
  • Plant pests and diseases, and methods of control and eradication;
  • Water line and irrigation system installation, maintenance and repair.
  • Streetscape:
  • Proper care and maintenance of plants, trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs including planting, pruning, shaping, trimming and maintenance methods and procedures for different tree species;
  • Modern methods, techniques, materials used for landscaping, and grounds;
  • Water line and irrigation system installation, maintenance and repair;
  • Traffic control rules and regulations;
  • Tree pruning and removal techniques;
  • Common and botanical names of trees;
  • Various kinds of soil preparation in planting work and the use of different kinds of fertilizers;
  • Insects, parasites and fungi, and the pesticide sprays or other means for their extermination;
  • Customer service principles;
  • Tree trimming guidelines according to ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and ISA (International Society of Arboriculture);
  • Safety guidelines according to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration);
  • Safety practices related to the use of chain saws and other power tools, vehicle and equipment operation, heavy lifting, and general field operations;
  • Proper use and maintenance of hand tools, power tools and equipment used in tree maintenance.
  • Street Operations:
  • Methods, terminology, tools and equipment used in street construction and repair;
  • Characteristics and uses of concrete, asphalt and a variety of paving materials;
  • Standard safety practices and devices used in street construction and repair projects;
  • Traffic control rules and regulations.
  • Ability to
  • Plan, schedule, inspect, monitor and assist the work of an assigned crew;
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications;
  • Physically perform sustained manual labor;
  • Safely and skillfully operate hand tools, mechanical equipment, power tools and equipment required to complete work assignments;
  • Operate vehicles with automatic transmissions observing legal and defensive driving practices;
  • Effectively follow oral and written instructions;
  • Identify and effectively resolve technical problems related to work assignments;
  • Understand, follow and instruct others on work safety procedures and practices;
  • Develop and maintain time and material records and produce a variety of reports;
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with the general public, co-workers, and those contacted during the course of work;
  • Safely and skillfully operate hand tool, mechanical equipment, power tools and equipment required to complete work assignments.
  • License/Certification Required

    Possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License of appropriate class or grade with appropriate endorsements as required by work assignment.
    Park Services: California Driver's License Class A is required for Park assignments.
    Streetscape: California Driver's License Class A is required.
    Street Operations: California Driver's License Class A is required.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Formal or informal education which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance; and a minimum of three (3) years of responsible experience performing landscaping, construction and/or maintenance duties comparable to that of a Maintenance Worker that includes completion of required training and attainment of required proficiency and certifications.

    Special Requirements

    Physical Requirements: On a daily basis, the essential duties of this classification require the ability to climb ladders; to stoop, kneel, crawl and crouch, to reach, to stand for long periods of time and to sit for extended periods while operating vehicle and equipment; to walk; to lift; push, pull and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds and up to 100 pounds with assistance; to use finger dexterity and hand strength to operate and grasp tools and equipment; the repetitive use of feet and hands to operate vehicles and/or equipment; to feel attributes of objects to touch; to verbally exchange ideas and information; to hear and to receive verbal detailed information and instruction; to see at arms length to twenty (20) feet with a good field of vision and the ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; and to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or moving surfaces.
    Work Environment: Dependent upon assignment, essential duties of this classification are performed primarily in a field environment in various weather conditions.  Work is performed on a daily basis in an atmosphere of constant noise; around moving objects and vehicles; around machinery with moving parts; on ladders and scaffolding; and occasionally below ground.  Incumbents are frequently subject to vibration, exposed to smoke, fumes, gas, dust, grease, oil pesticide chemicals, treated water, and untreated sewage and may occasionally work in confined spaces, perform duties with hands in water and may be exposed to electrical energy.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in the classification of Lead Maintenance Worker may serve to meet minimum qualifications for promotion to Public Works Supervisor or Parks Services Supervisor.