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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5732

Class Designation: Civil Service

August 1987

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117)


Senior Custodian


Under supervision, supervises and inspects the work of custodial staff in the cleaning and maintenance of City buildings; and does related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from Custodian in that the Senior Custodian is responsible for supervision of subordinates. Distinguished from Custodial Supervisor in that the Senior Custodian does not have overall responsibility for the Custodial Division of the General Services Department.

Examples Of Duties

  • Schedules, assigns, inspects and evaluates the work of custodial personnel engaged in cleaning, maintaining, and securing City buildings;
  • maintains proper level of supplies and issues to custodial personnel for completing assigned tasks;
  • maintains records regarding employee time and supply and equipment inventory;
  • responsible for building security and efficient and economical use of custodial supplies and materials;
  • makes minor adjust ments or repairs to equipment and furniture;
  • trains and disciplines subordinates; may perform custodial and maintenance work in an assigned location/area;
  • in the absence of the Custodial Supervisor may assume tasks and responsibilities performed by that classification.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • 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
  • Plan schedules and insure scheduled work is done effectively;
  • Assign, inspect and evaluate the work of subordinates and train and discipline subordinates;
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Estimate quantity and types of materials and supplies needed;
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions;
  • Clean and care for surfaces of building walls, floors, and installed equipment of many types;
  • Follow label directions on cleaning products in order to use properly and safely;
  • Operate and maintain a variety of custodial equipment;
  • Make minor adjustments and repairs to furniture and equipment.
  • License Required

    A valid Class 3 California Driver's License.


    Two years of experience in custodial work maintaining buildings in clean, orderly and secure condition.


    That necessary for reading, understanding and giving directions for the use of cleaning materials and equipment in a safe manner.