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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5110

Class Designation: Civil Service

March 2009

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117) 

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Sanitation Equipment Operator
 

Definition

Under general supervision, operates a refuse packer truck, recycling truck, green waste vehicle and/or other equivalent waste collection vehicle to collect and dispose of solid waste and recyclable commodities or operates a heavy motor broom and vacuum street sweeper to clear streets of debris for an assigned route; cleans and maintains assigned equipment and supplies, may provide technical supervision and training to less experienced drivers/operators; and performs related work as required. 

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from the Public Works Supervisor as incumbents are not responsible for supervising the work of crews collecting refuse or cleaning City streets.  Distinguished from the Maintenance Worker classification by the performance of specialized duties requiring higher levels of skill, such as the daily operation of heavy trucks and equipment.
Distinguished from the Equipment Operator classification as the latter classification has the responsibility for driving and operating a variety of vehicles and equipment, including heavy maintenance and construction equipment and truck/trailer combinations requiring possession of a class A California commercial driver's license.
Supervision Exercised/Received
Receives general supervision from the Public Works Supervisor; may provide technical supervision to Maintenance Workers.

Examples Of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principle job duties however; they may vary depending upon actual assignment and are not all-inclusive.
Refuse Unit
  • Safely drives a side or front loading and/or roll-off truck on an assigned route and according to an established schedule to collect refuse, recyclable materials, and/or green waste;
  • Transports and disposes of refuse, recyclable and green waste materials at designated sites;
  • 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;
  • Maintains mileage, weight, route and vehicle inspection and service records;
  • Provides instruction to crew members on the safe operation and maintenance of vehicles and equipment; refuse pickup, transport and disposal procedures; and assigned routes and schedules;
  • Provides information to the public on refuse, recyclable, and green waste removal policies, procedures and schedules and receives and responds to complaints as appropriate;
  • Informs supervisor of problems that occur along the route ;
  • Performs emergency road hazard clean ups;
  • Responsible for loading and maintaining roll off area where sweepers unload;
  • Safely operates vehicle, equipment and hand tools required for work assignment.
  • Sweeper Unit 
  • Safely operates a heavy vacuum and broom type motor-driven sweeper on an assigned route and according to an established schedule to clean streets and gutters and to pick up debris;
  • Inspects equipment during operation and makes minor operating adjustments to chains, gears, brooms and sprinklers;
  • Assembles and installs gutter brooms
  • Fills water tanks at regular intervals and regulates valves to control water pressure;
  • 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;
  • Maintains mileage, water consumption, number and location of dumps and sweeper inspection and service records;
  • Provides instruction to crew members on the safe operation of sweepers and equipment, operating procedures, and assigned routes and schedules;
  • Provides information to the public on street sweeping policies, procedures and schedules and receives and responds to complaints as appropriate;
  • Informs supervisor of problems that occur along the route.
  • 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:
  • Delivers, replaces and/or repairs refuse, recyclable and green waste containers;
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
  • Minimum Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Safe and proper operation of assigned vehicles, equipment and tools used in the disposal of solid waste or for cleaning City streets;
  • Preventive maintenance practices to keep assigned vehicles, equipment and tools operational and safe;
  • Safety rules and procedures related to the operation of assigned vehicles and equipment ;
  • Safe driving practices and applicable State and local laws and regulations;
  • Safety practices related to lifting heavy articles;
  • Standard methods and practices of waste removal or street cleaning;
  • Operating policies, procedures, routes and schedules related to work assignment.
  • Ability to
  • Safely operate assigned vehicles and equipment in the removal of refuse, recyclables and green waste or sweeping and cleaning City streets;
  • Perform minor operating adjustments and maintenance on assigned vehicles, equipment and tools;
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions;
  • Complete routine written reports;
  • Lift heavy loads and articles repeatedly in a safe manner;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 
  • License/Certification Required

    Possess and maintain a valid Class B California Driver's License with appropriate Air Brake endorsement.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the 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 one year of responsible experience in operating construction, agricultural, or heavy vehicular equipment and/or refuse trucks. 

    Special Requirements 

    Physical Requirements:  On a daily basis, the essential duties of this classification require repetitive use of feet and hands to operate vehicles and/or equipment; the ability to feel the 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; to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or moving surfaces; to reach, sit and stand for long periods of time, to  walk; to lift and carry objects weighing between up to 75 pounds, or up to 100 pounds with assistance, and to push and pull objects weighing up to 75 pounds; and finger dexterity and hand strength to operate and grasp tools and equipment.
    Work Environment:  Essential duties of this classification are performed primarily in a field environment in all weather conditions.  Work is regularly performed on uneven and slippery surfaces, on ladders, around moving vehicles and equipment and on equipment with moving parts and subject to continuous vibration. While performing essential duties incumbents are regularly exposed to high frequency and constant noise, dust, silica, allergens, chemicals, solvents, fumes, smoke, gases, grease, and oil.
    Career Ladder Information
    Experience gained in this classification may serve to meet minimum qualifications for promotion to Lead Maintenance Worker or Public Works Supervisor.  If incumbent possesses a class A California Driver's License, experience gained in this classification may serve to meet minimum qualifications for transfer to the classification of Equipment Operator.