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Utilities Team Foreman - Water Focus - City of Mercer Island ( Job # 18-0037)

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Minimum Salary: $35.85 per hour
Maximum Salary: $40.71 per hour
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Thursday, December 6, 2018
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Utilities Team Foreman must possess varied and extensive technical skills and be able to demonstrate proficiency in performing all of the Team’s essential functions.  The Foreman works collaboratively with the Team Manager in scheduling and prioritizing the work of the Team, in leading the work of fellow employees, in training fellow employees, and in administering contractual work and day-to-day operations required by the Team.  The position will both supervise and work as a Team member alongside the crew.  On the job site, the Foreman is expected to ensure work is performed safely, solve problems, document work, and provide an excellent role model for Team Members in the performance of job duties and adherence to maintenance practices, standards and procedures.  The ideal candidate is an individual with experience in leading the crew and will bring a positive attitude to the team.

Closed: Open Until Filled – First Review: Thursday, December 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Hours of Work:  40 hours per week - Team Foremen are required to be part of the City’s on-call or after hour’s team response rotation.

HIRING RANGE: $35.85 - $40.71/hour DOE + Great Benefits (AFSCME Union Position)

Essential Functions
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the Team’s annual work program.
  • Administer and supervise daily schedule and work plan. Coordinate the work schedules of the crew and work with the Manager to develop and implement maintenance plans to meet the City’s desired levels of service.
  • Responsible for job site and work plan logistics and operations, and necessary traffic controls, record keeping and assigns individual tasks for the crew. Enforces safety regulations and ensures compliance with policies, standards, and regulations.
  • Assist the Team Manager in developing and managing the Team’s biennial budget.
  • Acts as shift operator for water system.  Assumes responsibility for water system operations in the absence of the Utilities Operations Manager.
  • Prepare written reports to regulating agencies.
  • Monitors work site to assure that safety rules and regulations are adhered to, and that the work area and all equipment are in safe operating condition; reports safety hazards, traffic problems, equipment problems and emergency situations.
  • Instructs crew in proper use and maintenance of equipment and tools; works with staff to correct performance deficiencies.
  • Prioritizes assignments, schedules, and reviews daily work for work quality and timely completion of assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • Responsible for handling citizen complaints and concerns, prioritizing projects and track data using the Maintenance Management System.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms with other workers, supervisors, contractors and other Departments. Coordinates activities with other Departments, divisions, and teams to accomplish work tasks.
  • Assist the Team Manager in the purchasing of equipment and monitoring the maintenance of equipment.
  • Coordinates the training and cross-training of work crews in all maintenance tasks
  • Replace pressure-reducing valves.  Adjust and/or modify pressure reducing valve systems for proper operation and maintenance.  Inspect and replace worn pressure reducing valves, clean up the inside of underground vaults and brush surrounding grounds.
  • Inventory and map location of air vac’s, blow off’s and gate valves for proper functioning and accessibility.
  • Maintain hydrants annually to ensure proper operation.  Clear brush, paint, record pressures and make minor field repairs.
  • Investigate and perform routine testing and/or necessary flushing of water mains to ensure water quality of the public water system.
  • Coordinate new capital improvements and repairs to existing installations of hydrants, water mains and other water system apparatuses to meet City specifications, codes and AWWA standards.
  • Determine and adjust daily water flows to maintain reservoir level, water quality, and meet water system demands.
  • Inspect reservoir, water booster stations, and main pump grounds for security and for proper operation of pumps and electrical apparatuses.  This includes maintaining recorders and telemetry and performing chemical analysis.
  • Check sewer pump station operation, telemetry, and generator stations to ensure proper operation and maintenance.  Inspect electrical functions, mechanical functions, lubricate and clean equipment, remove blockages, repair safety hazards and maintain generator fuel levels.
  • Identify, prioritize and perform maintenance to pumps (electrical and telemetry), wet well structures, mechanical seals and generator components.
  • Maintain manholes to improve personal access and eliminate inflow and infiltration by plugging holes, laying new shelf, raising to the street grade, and grouting and sealing seams.
  • Flush catch basins and wet wells, accessible by land and boat, in order to prevent solid debris from going into the lake line.
  • Perform jetting on routine and as-needed basis with high-pressure water and root cutting attachment to clean and clear plugged sewer lines.  (Available to storm systems as needed)
  • Coordinate new capital improvements for the repair to existing collection system and facilities. 
  • Videotape, locate, and record all sewer mains and "T's" that have problems or are scheduled for capital improvements.  Develop and record an on-going preventative maintenance program.
  • Coordinate inventory of materials necessary for projects.  Assist the warehouse in ordering parts according to material standards and specifications for routine maintenance and projects.
  • Develop and implement a daily, monthly, and annual telemetering equipment maintenance plan for water and sewer to ensure proper operation of pump station and generator system.
  • Install, replace or upsize water services to meet customer needs and ensure the integrity of the water system.  This includes: marking the work area, locating City owned infrastructure, and requesting utility locates, talking to customers and contractors, excavating and tapping water mains, boring across roads, pressure testing disinfecting and flushing of fittings and pipes, taking water purity samples and restoring site/pavement and completion of reports.
  • Replace and/or repair damaged or outdated hydrants and/or install new hydrants to meet AWWA standards.  This involves locating the main and other underground utilities, shutting down main, inserting a new tee and valve and placing and connecting hydrants.
  • Isolate and shut off meters and arrange for emergency locates in response to report of a broken water main.  Determine the type of break and make appropriate repairs, perform water quality disinfecting and flushing and pressure testing, restore site and complete all reports in order to restore water service to customers.
  • Acts as in-the-field supervisor/project manager including inspections, cost management, schedule coordination and monitoring contract terms and conditions.
  • Participation in the annual on-call program is required.
  • Ability to drive a City vehicle, possess a current and valid Washington State driver's license and good driving record.
  • Must have regular and predictable work attendance to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Qualification Requirements
  • High school education or equivalent and at least five years experience in the construction trades.
  • Record of good work attendance.
  • Good verbal communication skills (listening, giving feedback, and speaking up) as well as effective interpersonal and customer relations skills are essential in a teamwork environment.  Skill in written communications (work orders, directions, and memos) is required, along with the ability to demonstrate advance or intermediate mathematics and budgeting skills.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize computer applications and software, including Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, and Web Works (or other Maintenance Management System).
  • Certification in CDL-B with tanker endorsement, first aid, traffic control, flagging, DOH Water Distribution Manager II.  DOH Cross Connection Control Specialist or Washington Wastewater Collection III needed within first year of employment.
  • Knowledge of City codes, specifications and AWWA, Department of Health, & Department of Ecology standards sufficiently to inspect new and/or repaired water system appurtenances, structures, and components. Knowledge of operation and service of complex equipment and vehicles used in construction, repair and maintenance.
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery (for example: back hoe, jetting machine, high velocity sewer cleaner and TV machine) and read design drawings, maps, etc.
  • Ability to demonstrate skills in basic hydrology, basic engineering (flows, grades, pressures and interpret zones) and design as-builts (such as interpreting and adding new information or updates).
  • Ability to practice safety by wearing appropriate protective clothing and follow good housekeeping and safety procedures.
  • Proficiently operate SCADA system for water and wastewater utilities.
  • Must be able to read and interpret engineering specifications, drawings or maps.
  • Must have ability and knowledge to made decisions or takes actions to solve problems.
  • Must have ability to get along well and supervise a variety of personalities and individuals.
Other City Requirements
  • Ability to drive a City vehicle, possess a current and valid Washington State driver's license and good driving record. Evidence of a good driving record is a condition of employment and a complete driving abstract will be required.
  • Completion of a Nationwide and Washington State criminal history background check is required in order to determine any past conviction history of crimes against persons, sexual assault or exploitation, and sexual or physical abuse and must be able to pass a thorough background check as required by the Child/Adult Abuse Information Act.
  • Completion of an I-9 Form, documenting eligibility to work in the United States.
Tools and Equipment

Various types of tools and equipment are used, but not limited to the following:  Computers, office equipment, telephones, etc.  Heavy equipment includes:  dump truck, back hoe, sweeper high velocity sewer cleaner, jetting machinery, TV machine, debris catcher, root cutter, compressor and jackhammer.  Testing equipment includes:  capacitors, gas detectors, gauges, multi-meter, metal detectors, and chorine and bacteriological test equipment.  Specialized equipment includes:  hydrant hose, valve key, hydrant and wet well wrenches, lube gun, tube benders, flaring equipment and peashooter.  Hand tools used: shovels, electrical and hand tools, sledgehammer, pick and trowel.  Future work practices may necessitate the use of different tools and equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Abilities

Team Foremen risk physical hazards from working in and around traffic, heavy machinery, heights and confined spaces and other underground utilities.  Exposure to noise, vibration, hazardous and toxic materials, fumes, gases and odors is routine.

Office environment:  sitting for prolonged periods of time.  Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office machinery.  Ability to hear and speak clearly both in person and on the telephone.

Work requires physical strength and agility necessary to perform heavy manual labor under all kinds of weather conditions.  Work activities include combinations of sitting, standing and walking and the ability to lift 50-100 pounds as required.  Team members must be able to see, hear and smell in order to detect problems and be responsive to their own safety, as well as that of fellow team members.

Team Foremen must follow appropriate safety procedures and use of protective clothing and equipment including, steel-toed shoes and boots, hard hats, eye/ear protection, rain gear, gloves, traffic control equipment, and confined spaces safety kit.

Maintenance teams operate in a smoke and drug free work environment for their health, safety and productivity, as well as that of their customers.

Team Foremen are required to be part of the City’s on-call or after hour’s team response rotation.

Drug and Alcohol Testing

The City of Mercer Island has a policy to maintain a work environment free of substance abuse.  This policy applies to all current and prospective employees.  Drug and alcohol testing is required for employees and candidates applying for safety sensitive positions or whose job requires a commercial driver’s license (CDL). This testing may be waived for job candidates if records are made available from another employer who tested the candidate in the last 6 months.    Positive test results will be defined as an alcohol concentration over 0.02 or a positive test result for marijuana, opiates, cocaine, amphetamines or phencyclidines. All employment offers are contingent upon successfully passing a drug and alcohol test.  Job candidates who test positive will be terminated from consideration for employment immediately.

Application and Selection Process

The closing date for this position is: Open Until Filled – First Review Thursday, December 6 at 5:00 pm.

A comprehensive reference check will occur on the top finalist following the interview process. Prior to being hired, the finalist will be subject to a criminal history/background check and a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.


Public Works Shop
9601 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040