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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5708

Class Designation: Civil Service

March 2009

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117)


Wastewater Technician


Under general supervision, performs a variety of routine duties to assist with the servicing, cleaning, maintenance, inspection and repair of the City's wastewater collection systems; learns to safely operate a sewer vacuum truck, video truck and a variety of manual and power driven equipment, devices and tools; cleans and ensures maintenance of all assigned vehicles, equipment and tools; and performs related work as required. 

Distinguishing Characteristics

Wastewater Technician is the journey level classification in the Wastewater Technician series. Incumbents in this classification are distinguished from the Maintenance Worker by the ability to perform the full range of assigned duties and tasks under general supervision, the safe operation of assigned tools and equipment, and a greater complexity of work assignments.   Distinguished from the Public Works Supervisor as incumbents are not responsible for supervising the work of crews collecting refuse or cleaning City streets.
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.
  • Reads sewer and storm drain system maps to locate manholes, sewer lines and connections;
  • Uses a variety of hydro-jet equipment to clean and maintain the City's sewer systems and storm drain facilities;
  • Uses a variety of manual and power driven equipment, devices and tools to clean, repair and replace pumps and valves at sewer lift and storm drain pumping stations;
  • Locates breaks in sewer line and storm drain pipes; excavates and shores trenches; repairs, replaces or installs new sewer and/or storm drain pipes as appropriate;
  • Safely operates large trucks, backhoes, skip loaders and a variety of  manual and power-driven equipment, devices and tools; tows equipment to job sites;
  • Inspects assigned equipment daily to ensure safe and reliable operation;
  • Flags and directs traffic, and properly positions safety cones, signs and other safety equipment around work sites to ensure the safety of the public and the crew;
  • Responds to routine questions from the public relative to clogged drains or system breaks and refers unresolved complaints to supervisor for resolution;
  • Prepares a variety of routine reports and maintains a variety of system, equipment and work activity logs and records;
  • Responds to various sewer maintenance emergencies and may be subject to call out during non-work hours.
  • 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 staff or Maintenance Workers;
  • May set flow and sample meter devices;
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Minimum Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Methods, practices, equipment, tools, and materials used in the inspection, cleaning, maintenance and repair of wastewater collection systems;
  • Safety practices applicable to biohazard conditions and wastewater collection systems cleaning, maintenance and repair;
  • Pumps and valves used in sewer lift pumping stations;
  • Basic methods and use of hand and power tools, materials and equipment used in public works maintenance and construction work;
  • Safe work methods and pertinent safety regulations;
  • Basic safety and first aid practices;
  • Effective public service techniques.
  • Ability to
  • Safely and effectively operate all types of specialized wastewater collection system maintenance equipment;
  • Perform heavy physical labor safely for extended periods;
  • Work in confined spaces;
  • Wear specialized breathing apparatus;
  • Safely and properly set up work sites on public streets;
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of routine system, equipment and work activity reports and records;
  • Follow and understand oral and written instructions, including wastewater collection system maps, work orders, safety and operating manuals and a variety of policies, procedures, rules and regulations;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Perform heavy and sustained manual labor;
  • Effectively follow oral and written instructions;
  • Learn and effectively perform work methods specific to the maintenance of wastewater collection systems;
  • Follow work safety procedures and practices;
  • Safely and effectively operate a variety of hand and power tools and equipment;
  • Operate vehicles while observing legal and defensive driving practices;
  • Complete basic time and activity records and reports;
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with the general public, co-workers, and those contacted during the course of work.
  • License/Certification Required 

    Possess and maintain a valid Class B California Driver's License with appropriate endorsements; and forklift certification prior to the completion of the probationary period.

    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:
    A minimum of one (1) year of responsible experience performing inspection, construction, maintenance and servicing of wastewater collection comparable to the work performed by a  Maintenance Worker assigned to Wastewater which includes completion of required training and attainment of required proficiency, licenses and certifications. 

    Special Requirements 

    Physical RequirementsOn a daily basis, the essential duties of this classification require the ability to climb ladders; to stoop, kneel, and crouch, to reach, to sit and stand for long periods of time; to walk; to lift, push, pull and carry objects weighing up to 75 pounds and/or weighing up to 200 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 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 EnvironmentEssential duties of this classification are performed primarily in a field environment in all weather conditions.  Work is performed on a daily basis in an atmosphere of constant noise, around moving objects and vehicles, on ladders and scaffolding, and below ground.  Incumbents are frequently subject to vibration, exposed to smoke, fumes, gas, dust, grease, oil, chemicals, treated water, and untreated sewage, and must work in confined spaces.  On a less frequent basis, incumbents perform duties around machinery with moving parts, with hands in water and may be exposed to electrical energy.
    Career Ladder Information
    If incumbent possesses a class B California driver license, experience gained as a Wastewater Technician level may serve to meet minimum qualifications for transfer to the classification of Equipment Operator or Sanitation Equipment Operator or promotion to Public Works Supervisor.