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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5708
October 1995

Sewer Maintenance Worker


Under general supervision, a Sewer Maintenance Worker works with a small field crew, cleaning and repairing sewer lines and storm drains; operates sewer cleaning equipment; and does related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from Semi-Skilled Laborer in that a Sewer Maintenance Worker is responsible for the assigned sewer maintenance equipment. Distinguished from Sewer Maintenance Crew Supervisor in that an incumbent is not a full-time supervisor and is not responsible for overall supervision of the sewer maintenance crews. Supervision is provided from the Sewer Maintenance Crew Supervisor.

Examples Of Duties

  • Maintains clean sewer line systems and storm drain facilities using a variety of hydro-jet cleaning equipment currently used by the City;
  • Cleans, repairs and/or replaces pumps and valves at sewer lift and storm drain pumping stations; cleans clogged sewer lines and storm drains; cleans and repairs catch basins;
  • Sets flow and sample meter devices;
  • Locates broken sewer line pipes and storm drain pipes; excavates and shores trenches; repairs, replaces or installs new sewer line pipes and storm drain pipes;
  • Makes assignments and works with crew members at the job sites;
  • Uses specialized sewer safety equipment including breathing devices, gas detectors and harnesses;
  • Properly places traffic barricades, cones and delineators to ensure safety in traffic situations;
  • Operates large trucks and tows equipment to and from job sites;
  • Operates a backhoe and skip loader;
  • Uses jackhammers, cement mixers and other equipment in raising or lowering manholes to grade levels;
  • Answers routine questions from the general public at job sites, explaining reasons for clogged drains; refers public complaints to supervision for resolution;
  • Keeps simple records; reads blueprints to locate sewer lines;
  • Responds to various sewer maintenance emergencies and is subject to call-out during non-working hours;
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of:
  • Methods, equipment and tools used in cleaning and repairing sewer lines, storm drains and pump stations;
  • Work safety procedures and practices in sewer maintenance and repair;
  • Pumps and valves used in sewer lift pumping stations.
  • Ability to:
  • Instruct, monitor, and work with a small crew;
  • Follow work safety procedures and practices;
  • Operate trucks, power equipment and tools used in the maintenance and repair of sewer lines;
  • Lift manhole covers; enter, descend, ascend and exit manholes;
  • Follow oral and/or written instructions;
  • Read and understand simple blueprints;
  • Complete basic work activity records and time reports;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public;
  • Perform tasks requiring physical strength and endurance;
  • Work in confined spaces;
  • Drive vehicles with automatic and manual transmissions.
  • Education/Training/Experience

    One year of experience in the repair and maintenance of sewer lines, storm drains and pump stations, including the use of sewer maintenance equipment.

    Special Requirements

    Possession of a valid Class B California Driver's License with tanker endorsement at the time of appointment.