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Utility Operator 1 (Open to Current City of Victoria Employees Only)

Utility Operator 1 (Open to Current City of Victoria Employees Only)

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Competition # 18/78                                                 

Internal Posting

Closing Date: March 20, 2018


Utility Operator 1 (Temporary- up to 6 months)

Engineering and Public Works Department



Participate in the installation, rehabilitation, repair, inspection and testing of Water, Wastewater, and Storm systems.



Performs any combination of tasks pertinent to installation, repair, upgrade and control of the operation of a water distribution or wastewater collection system. Excavate and backfill material prior to installation or for the repair of water, wastewater or storm systems; install pipe and related appurtenances; control flow of water/wastewater; monitor gauges, meters, observe variations in operating conditions; test chlorine levels in water system; operate valves; maintain logs, record meter and gauge readings; initiate work orders such as Parks, Roads and Concrete; perform routine maintenance functions and custodial duties. 

Operate a vehicle to transport equipment and materials; maintain supply of parts and materials in service truck for on‑site repairs; read and interpret engineering plans for system design and location of utilities; operate various equipment related to excavation and pipe installation; follow applicable confined space entry procedures; load and unload equipment manually or using a forklift.


Provide instructions and information to other staff and contractors as required; make recommendations on pipe, fittings, material and equipment required to complete job. Notify pertinent businesses and residents regarding the loss of service and new installation; respond to enquiries and complaints from the public regarding service disruption.


Perform related duties where qualified.



Work is assigned and reviewed by supervisor.

Issues such as changes to design specifications or location of installation are referred to supervisor.



Physical Effort:

Lift and move heavy materials and equipment. (often)

Perform repetitious tasks such as shovelling, loading and shoring. (frequent)

Work in awkward positions. (often)

Mental Effort:

Deal with complaints and negative comments. (occasional)

Visual/Auditory Effort:


Work Environment:

Work outside in all weather conditions. (continuous)

Work on construction sites. (continuous)

Work in a confined environment where protective measures must be taken to avoid exposure to gas and fumes. (occasional)

Work in close proximity to moving traffic. (often)

Work in excavations in shoring. (often)

Contact with raw sewage. (premium item)



Organize and prioritize work.

Understand and apply the techniques of installing and repairing water distribution, sanitary sewer and storm drain systems and associated pipe fitting, and the service and repair of water meters, various water valves and fire hydrants.

Use hand tools, instruments and power equipment.

Read and interpret engineering plans, utility information sheets and grade sheets.

Maintain accurate records.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Deal with the public in a courteous and tactful manner.

Work safely on job sites.



Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

High school graduation.

Water Distribution System Operator Level 1 Certificate.

Wastewater Collection Operator Level 1 Certificate.

Current and valid Class 5 B.C. Driver's Licence.


2 years of related experience with water distribution and wastewater systems or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.


Work schedule: Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week

$29.04 per hour, Pay Grade 7

Job Code# 760

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position


All applications, including qualifications and supporting materials, must be submitted online via to City of Victoria, Human Resources Department by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted above.