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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5731

Class Designation: Civil Service

August 1987

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117)




Under supervision, performs routine cleaning duties, maintaining City buildings in a clean, orderly and secure condition and does related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from Senior Custodian in that an incumbent does not have supervisory responsibility over subordinates.

Examples Of Duties

  • Sweeps, mops, waxes, scrubs, strips and refinishes asphalt, vinyl, terrazo, cork, wood, or cement flooring;
  • uses established methods and materials in the care of all surfaces including carpets;
  • operates various types of powered floor maintenance equipment;
  • makes minor adjustments or repairs to equipment and furniture;
  • washes windows and walls;
  • Dusts furniture, woodwork, and fixtures;
  • cleans lavatory fixtures;
  • cleans offices including blinds;
  • replaces lights as necessary;
  • empties and cleans wastebaskets and trash containers;
  • moves or sets up furniture, files and other office equipment;
  • launders rags and dust mops, etc.;
  • raises and lowers flags on City buildings;
  • maintains security and keeps City buildings locked during non-working hours.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • The methods, equipment and supplies used in the cleaning of buildings;
  • Proper procedures in lifting or moving heavy objects;
  • Hazards and safety precautions related to custodial work.
  • Ability to
  • Clean and care for surfaces of building walls, floors, and installed equipment of many types;
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions;
  • Follow label directions on cleaning products in order to use properly and safely;
  • Perform daily assigned tasks independently without close supervision and in outstationed locations;
  • Make minor adjustments and repairs to furniture, and equipment;
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Operate and maintain a variety of custodial equipment.
  • License Required

    A valid Class 3 California Driver's License.


    None; however, prior experience is preferred.


    That necessary for reading and independently following directions for the safe use and maximum utility of a wide variety of cleaning materials and equipment.