Specialized Field Operator (Utility Locator, Industrial Mechanic, Inspector)
We are looking to fill a unique position on our Field Operations team! The operation of our complex water distribution and wastewater collection systems is critical in serving our mission of providing efficient, effective, and reliable water and wastewater utility services to our community in a manner that respects the natural environment. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Industrial Mechanic, Inspector, or Utility Locator to join our team of experts. We are open to candidates with any one of the three specializations.
As an Industrial Mechanic, you will collaborate with leadership to shape and implement a comprehensive mechanical asset maintenance program. This is a multi-faceted role in which you will not only be responsible for diagnosing issues and making repairs but also for developing and delivering training to operators to foster a culture of technical knowledge transfer and building operational redundancies. Your duties extend to sourcing mechanical equipment, maintaining detailed records, and completing work orders. You will operate construction, maintenance, and heavy equipment to contribute to the repair and installation of underground valves and pipes and enhance the reliability of our infrastructure. Additionally, you will use CityWorks to manage equipment records, perform data entry, and develop preventative maintenance schedules to optimize operational efficiency.
As an Inspector, your keen attention to detail will play a pivotal role in how external infrastructure and construction-related assets interact with our distribution and collection system. By conducting thorough inspections for all construction projects and efficiently managing multiple construction endeavors using CityWorks, you will be a driving force in project success. You will contribute insights and provide essential updates in biweekly department meetings, weekly Construction Review Team meetings, and pre-construction meetings with contractors. The Inspector will excel in project scheduling, documentation, tracking, and mapping to facilitate seamless coordination with other departments. You will maintain inspection and acceptance documentation on our intranet, SharePoint, which helps ensure accessibility and streamlined processes. This role also role includes performing 2-year warranty inspections on new construction.
As a Locator, your skills in interpreting utility maps, civil engineering drawings, and GIS information will be pivotal in accurately identifying and marking the location of our assets. Using stakes, flags, and paint, you'll mark underground utilities and locate utility lines, ensuring the safety and efficiency of our operations. Using handheld Trimble units and other GPS-enabled devices, you'll gather precise data in the field, contributing to detailed documentation of asset locations. You will prepare various documents using Cityworks, CO811, and WebTMS as well as complete work orders through CityWorks. By proactively verifying field information and promptly notifying relevant departments of updates and corrections, you'll enhance communication within the organization. In cases of excavations causing damage to underground utilities, your input will be crucial in preparing detailed documentation.
The duties of this position will vary by season and the needs of the Field Operations department. When specialized duties are not necessary, you will join the rest of the Field Operations team on other duties that include:
- Repair and maintain District water distribution and wastewater collection assets such as fire hydrants, water mains, valves, sewer lines, manholes, lift stations and similar equipment using a variety of power and hand tools, as well as occasional use of heavy equipment (e.g., backhoes, backhoe loaders, dump trucks, water/sewer jetting trucks, tractors, and lowboy trailers).
- Create and complete work orders and updates asset information in asset management software (e.g., CityWorks).
- Access and refer to customer service documents and equipment information/specifications in enterprise-wide collaboration software (e.g., Microsoft SharePoint) to complete work and effectively organize, communicate, and record information.
- Assist with fire hydrant flow tests, fire line flush tests, and data collection concerning utilization and efficiency of water system assets.
- Use a variety of hand tools, machinery, and heavy equipment common to the repair, inspection and maintenance of water distribution and wastewater collection systems.
- Communicate information effectively and respectfully to address questions from colleagues, clients, and the public.
- Reflect the organization’s mission, vision, and values by working independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment, while demonstrating a strong work ethic, professional behavior, and a positive attitude.
Qualifications & Competencies
- Specialization experience in locating, industrial mechanics, or inspecting.
- Mechanical experience working with pumps, motors, seal replacements, or other relevant mechanical skills preferred. Must be comfortable performing repetitive preventative maintenance tasks, including turning valves, jetting, CCTV work, and fire hydrant maintenance.
- Colorado Distribution and Collection Licenses strongly preferred. Must be able to obtain Colorado Distribution I and Collection I certifications within one year of start date. All Certifications and Licenses must be kept current.
- Must possess a valid Colorado Driver's license and be insurable under District's standards. Must obtain a class “B” Commercial Driver’s License or higher within two years of employment.
- Must be willing to occasionally work overtime, holidays, weekends and be on call. Field Operators are required to be on call in one-week segments once every 6-8 weeks with a one-hour response time.
- Proven customer service skills and the ability to work productively with minimal direct supervision. Excellent communications skills (both written and verbal) are essential. This position works closely with consumers, contractors, developers, and other District departments.
- Must obtain CPR/First Aid Certification within the first six (6) months of employment.
- Must be 18 years or older.
There are four levels of Field Operators depending on certifications, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Starting pay depends on qualifications but generally falls within the minimum and mid-point of the pay range. Pay range for each level are as follows:
- Field Operator I: $26.41 - $36.97
- Field Operator II: $29.12 - $40.77
- Field Operator III: $32.10 - $44.94
- Senior Field Operator: $35.39 - $49.55
At ERWSD, we value life-work balance and are leaders in the industry with our holistic benefits package, which includes but is not limited to:
- Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage
- Employee housing or $442 monthly housing stipend
- Wellness program
- Retirement savings plans (414h and 457)
- 13.5 Paid Holidays
- Paid Vacation, Sick and Comp Time
- Relocation Assistance (if applicable)
- $650 Annual Recreation Benefit
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Loan programs for: Ski Passes, Electrical Vehicles, and Computers
Click HERE to learn more from our full Benefits Guide.
All District employees must submit to a pre-employment drug screen and extensive background check. For a full position description, email [email protected]
All applicants must apply online at www.erwsd.org. This posting will remain open until filled.
Schedule: The regular schedule for this position will be 40 hours a week, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-3:30pm and will be responsible for occasional on-call shifts.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer
We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.