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Utility Operator 3 (Open to Current City of Victoria Employees Only)

Utility Operator 3 (Open to Current City of Victoria Employees Only)

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Regular Full Time
Engineering & Public Works
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Competition #18/138

Internal Posting

Closing date: June 27, 2018


Utility Operator 3 (Continuous)

Engineering and Public Works Department



Coordinate and participate in the work of a crew carrying out installation, rehabilitation, repair, inspection and testing of Water, Wastewater, and Storm systems.



Coordinate, assign, review and participate in the work of approximately 8 staff involved in the construction and repair of sanitary sewer, storm drain and water distribution systems; ensure schedules, procedures and established performance and safety standards are met; provide employee training and input to employee performance appraisals; direct the operation of various construction and excavation equipment.


Performs any combination of tasks pertinent to installation 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 any of the described systems; install pipe and related appurtenances; control of flow of water/wastewater; monitor gauges, meters, and control panels and observe variations in operating conditions; operate valves and gates either manually or by remote control; start and stop pumps, engines, and generators to control and adjust flow; operate power generating equipment; maintain shift logs and record meter and gauge readings; collect samples and perform routine field analyses; perform routine maintenance functions.


Determine and order materials, staff resources and equipment required daily; complete equipment rental and material slips and time sheets; review job matters and schedules with outside agencies, contractors and City departments respond to enquiries and complaints from the public regarding service disruptions; maintain a variety of records and reports for maintenance and new installations; ensure compliance to site safety regulations; take photographs of sites on a daily basis to record WorkSafe compliance; document after action reports detailing construction methods; notify pertinent agencies, utilities, business and residences regarding loss of service and new installations. Respond to emergency calls for service.


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.


Perform related duties where qualified.



Work is assigned and reviewed by supervisor.

Issues such as extensive changes to project design and scheduling discussed with supervisor.


Physical Effort:

Lift and move heavy materials and equipment. (often)

Perform repetitious tasks such as shovelling, loading and digging. (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 the work of a unit.

Understand and apply the techniques of installing and repairing water distribution, sanitary sewer and storm drain systems and related appurtenances.

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 effectively with the public and outside agencies.

Work safely on job sites.



Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

High school graduation.

Water Distribution System Operator Level 2 Certificate.

Wastewater Collection Operator Level 2 Certificate.

Traffic Control Certification (16 hours)

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


6 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

$36.88 per hour, Pay Grade 12

Job Code 756

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.