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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5600

Class Designation: Civil Service

March 2009

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117)

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Maintenance Worker
 
Definition
Under general supervision, performs a variety of routine unskilled to semi-skilled manual labor and maintenance work and safely operates a variety of vehicles, tools and equipment required to maintain the general appearance of the City and to assist with the removal of trash and debris and/or the maintenance, replacement and repair of City parks, trees, grounds, facilities, streets, sidewalks, medians, parkways, traffic signals and signage; and performs related work as required in one of the following areas:
  • Park Services:  as a member of a crew, performs routine assignments to assist in the maintenance, replacement and basic repair of City parks, trees and landscaping, irrigation systems and recreational facilities.
  • Concrete:  as a member of a crew, performs manual labor and unskilled to semi-skilled concrete work to assist with the construction and/or repair of City curbs, gutters, sidewalks and other concrete structures.
  • Sanitation:  individually and as a member of a crew, assists with refuse loading and packing; repairs sweeper brooms, maintains equipment; and serves as relief driver on a refuse truck or motor sweeper once license and training requirements are met.
  • Street Maintenance:  as a member of a crew, performs light to heavy manual labor and assigned semi-skilled construction work and safely operates a variety of tools and equipment to assist with the construction and repair of City streets.
  • Streetscape:  as a member of a crew, performs routine assignments to assist in the maintenance, and replacement of trees and grounds, and the basic repair of irrigation systems located on City parkways and medians.
  • Traffic and Lighting:  as a member of a crew, performs unskilled to semi-skilled assignments to assist journey-level craft workers with the maintenance, replacement and/or repair of traffic signals; traffic signs and street markings.
  • Transit:  cleans and services Transit bus stop shelters and adjacent grounds and safely operates vehicles and equipment.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics

    This is the entry level classification of field operations positions.  It is typically used to train incumbents on maintenance methods and the safe operation of a variety of tools and equipment.  Over time, Incumbents normally perform the full range of duties and tasks related to area of assignment, the safe operation of assigned tools and equipment, the greater complexity of work assignments, the level of independent judgment and initiative exercised in the performance of assignments, and the provision of functional training and guidance to less-experienced workers as assigned.
    The Maintenance Worker is distinguished from the advanced-journey lead classifications of Lead Maintenance Worker, and Cement Finisher, in that the incumbents in the latter classifications work independently, and act in a lead capacity, to organize and ensure the safety of job sites and possess an advanced level of job-related knowledge and skills.

    Supervision Exercised/Received

    Receives general supervision from the Public Works Supervisor, Park Services Supervisor or Fleet Services Supervisor; may receive technical or functional supervision from the higher level staff typically in a lead or senior capacity.

    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.
  • Performs light to heavy manual labor and/or unskilled to semi-skilled tasks to assist with removal of trash and debris and/or construction, maintenance, replacement, and repair of City streets, sidewalks, traffic signals and signage;
  • Safely operates a variety of vehicles, equipment, and hand and/or power tools related to area of assignment;
  • As appropriate, pre-trip and post-trip checks and maintains assigned vehicles and equipment;
  • Learns and effectively applies regulations, policies and procedures related to area of assignment;
  • Develops and keeps simple records and makes routine reports;
  • Responds to requests and inquiries received from the general public.
  • In addition to the duties listed above, incumbents assigned to the specific areas listed below perform the following:
    Park Services:
  • Weeds, cultivates, plants, fertilizes, and irrigates lawns and landscaped areas;
  • Safely uses power equipment and hand tools to mow (using non-riding mowers), aerate and edge lawn areas;
  • Prunes and trims trees, shrubs and hedges; stakes trees as necessary;
  • Rakes, sweeps and vacuums leaves and lawn clippings; clears debris from walks, fields, and other facilities;
  • 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;
  • Inspects and performs basic repair on playground equipment, picnic tables, barbecues and other equipment; refers as appropriate for more extensive repairs;
  • Prepares and maintains athletic fields and related facilities; grades, fills, and shapes baseball diamonds;
  • Installs, maintains and repairs water lines, irrigation and sprinkler systems; changes and adjusts heads and may reset/schedule automatic control systems.
  • Concrete:
  • Loads and unloads supplies, tools and equipment;
  • Picks up concrete, as needed;
  • Breaks up, picks up and dumps concrete, dirt and roots;
  • Assists and/or forms worksites for concrete;
  • Pours and spreads concrete and assists in finishing concrete using appropriate tools and materials;
  • Removes forms and cleans work site.
  • Sanitation:
  • Assists in picking up refuse, waste, trash and discarded household items;
  • Loads refuse into truck, exercising safe lifting practices;
  • Replaces containers; tags unsafe containers;
  • Operates  refuse, recycling and green waste trucks and/or motor sweeper as a relief driver;
  • Builds and delivers cans;
  • Operates service truck;
  • Repairs brooms for sweepers.
  • Street Maintenance:
  • Loads and unloads supplies, tools and equipment;
  • Picks up asphalt from asphalt plant;
  • Breaks up, picks up and dumps asphalt, dirt and debris;
  • Prepares area for asphalt; oils area using a compressor; dumps, spreads and rakes asphalt; seals, caps and cleans area;
  • Provides traffic control, setting up and removing signage, cones and barricades as appropriate to the job site.
  • Streetscape:
  • Weeds, cultivates, plants, fertilizes, and irrigates landscaped medians and parkways;
  • Safely uses power equipment and hand tools to mow, aerate and edge lawn areas;
  • Prunes and trims trees, shrubs and hedges; stakes trees as necessary;
  • Rakes, sweeps and vacuums leaves and lawn clippings; clears debris from work area;
  • Provides traffic control, setting up and removing signage, cones and barricades as appropriate to the job site;
  • Care and maintenance of plants, trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs;
  • Traffic control rules and regulations.
  • Traffic and Lighting:
  • Performs manual labor and/or semi-skilled trades work and operates equipment to assist Traffic Electricians with the installation and/or repair of traffic signals;
  • Performs manual labor and/or semi-skilled trades work and operates a variety of equipment to assist the Traffic Painter with the construction and installation of traffic signs, painting of curbs and the painting and/or installation of traffic patterns on City streets.
  • Transit:
  • Performs inspections of bus stops and bus shelters;
  • Pressure washes shelters and replaces panels;
  • Picks up litter, removes graffiti;
  • Repairs and/or replaces basic lighting components;
  • Installs information in kiosks and 2-sided displays and repairs as needed;
  • Installs trash receptacles.
  • 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:
  • May provide training to less-experienced maintenance and seasonal staff;
  • Performs other job-related duties as required.
  • Minimum Qualifications Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Basic methods and proper and efficient use of hand and power tools, materials and equipment used in maintenance and construction trades;
  • Basic safety and first aid practices;
  • Effective public service techniques;
  • Defensive driving practices;
  • Methods, techniques, tools and operating characteristics of equipment used in light to heavy construction, installation and maintenance projects.
  • In addition to the above, incumbents assigned to the specific areas listed below are also expected to have knowledge of the following:
    Park Services:
  • Care and maintenance of plants, trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs Modern methods, techniques, materials and safe operation of equipment used for landscaping, grounds and irrigation systems maintenance and repair;
  • Plant pests and diseases, and methods of control and eradication;
  • Water line and irrigation system installation, maintenance and repair;
  • Methods, techniques and tools and operating characteristics of mechanical equipment used in the construction and maintenance of parks, buildings and recreation facilities.
  • Concrete:
  • Basic methods and techniques used in concrete construction and repair projects;
  • Traffic control rules and regulations;
  • Modern methods, techniques, materials and safe operation of equipment used for the planning, forming, pouring and finishing of concrete slabs, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks;
  • Traffic control rules and regulations.
  • Sanitation:
  • Maps and routes and interpretation of street maps;
  • Operating characteristics of vehicles with automatic and manual transmissions;
  • Operational characteristics of a variety of refuse trucks and/or motor sweepers;
  • California driving rules and regulations.
  • Street Maintenance:
  • Street maintenance and repair methods and techniques;
  • Traffic control rules and regulations;
  • Modern methods, techniques, materials and safe operation of equipment used for street maintenance, construction and repair projects.
  • Streetscape:
  • Care and maintenance of plants, trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs;
  • Traffic control rules and regulations;
  • Modern methods, techniques, materials and safe operation of equipment used for landscaping maintenance and irrigation system installation and repair;
  • Plant pests and diseases, and methods of control and eradication;
  • Water line and irrigation system installation, maintenance and repair.
  • Traffic and Lighting:
  • Basic electrical theory and painting and stenciling techniques;
  • Traffic control rules and regulations;
  • DMV regulations relative to traffic signage;
  • Modern methods, techniques, materials, regulations and safe operation of equipment used for traffic signal installation and repair; and the construction and installation of traffic signage.
  • Transit:
  • Basic cleaning techniques and equipment;
  • Basic cleaning chemicals, interactions, danger signs and safe disposal methods.
  • Ability to
  • Perform heavy and sustained manual labor;
  • Operate vehicles while observing legal and defensive driving practices;
  • Effectively follow oral and written instructions;
  • Speak, read, and write Basic English;
  • Follow work safety procedures and practices;
  • Complete basic work activity records and time reports;
  • Learn and effectively perform maintenance techniques specific to work assignment;
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with the general public, co-workers, and those contacted during the course of work;
  • Work independently in the temporary absence of supervision;
  • Guide the activities of less-experienced maintenance and seasonal staff;
  • Safely and skillfully operate hand tools, mechanical equipment, power tools and equipment required to complete work assignments.
  • License/Certification Required

    Possess and maintain a valid class C California Driver license at time of hire; and obtain the required grade with appropriate endorsements as required by work assignment (as listed below) and forklift certification prior to the completion of the probationary period.
    Park Services: (a) California driver license class C is required for most Park assignments; (b) A California driver license class A is required for assignments to the Projects crew.
    Concrete: California driver license class B is required.
    Sanitation: California driver license class B is required.
    Street Maintenance: California driver license class A is required.
    Streetscape: California driver license class B is required.
    Traffic and Lighting: California driver license class C is required; there is occasional need for a class B license.

    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.

    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 vehicles and equipment; to walk; to lift, push, pull and carry objects weighing up to 75 pounds; 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 by touch; to verbally exchange ideas and information; to hear to receive verbal detailed information and instruction; to see at arms length to twenty 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, pesticides 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 may serve to meet minimum qualifications for promotion to Lead Maintenance Worker, Cement Finisher, Tree Trimmer, Irrigation Systems Technician, Traffic Painter, Cement Finisher, or Wastewater Technician.
    If incumbent possesses a class B California driver license, experience gained at this level may serve to meet minimum qualifications for promotion to the classification of Sanitation Equipment Operator.
    If incumbent possesses a class A California driver license, experience gained at this level may serve to meet minimum qualifications for promotion to the classification of Equipment Operator.