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Maintenance Worker Apprentice

Salary: Maintenance Worker Apprentice (#4864)

$12.63-$15.42 hourly / $2,197-$2,682 monthly / Range: 4418

Maintenance Worker I (#4865)

$14.88-$18.16 hourly / $2,588-$3,159 monthly / Range: 4746

DEFINITION: Under close and general supervision, learns and performs a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled manual work in the construction, maintenance, and repair of roads, traffic, flood control, waste-handling, wastewater systems, and other public works facilities; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Maintenance Worker - Apprentice/I/II is a flexibly staffed series in the Public Works Department. Employees typically enter the series at the Apprentice or Maintenance Worker I level depending on the needs of the department.

Maintenance Worker - Apprentice is the trainee class where employees possessing basic safety skills and the ability to learn are assigned to work crews and provided with the training, experience, and license qualifications required to flex to Maintenance Worker I within a reasonable amount of time. Maintenance Worker I is the working-level class in the series. Incumbents possess some general maintenance experience upon hire and receive training in Santa Barbara County maintenance practices as well as in the operation of a variety of power tools and light equipment within their area of assignment. Incumbents are expected to progress to Maintenance Worker II, the journey-level class, within a reasonable length of time.

Maintenance Worker - Apprentice and Maintenance Worker I incumbents may be assigned to any of the department's three divisions (Transportation, Water Resources, or Solid Waste & Utilities) and may transfer between or be reassigned to any of the department's five areas of specialization. (Transportation and Solid Waste & Utilities have two specialties.) Both classes are distinguished from Maintenance Worker II by the latter's lesser level of supervision received and the required specialization in any of the following areas:

Road Maintenance: Responsibilities include: constructing, maintaining, and repairing County roads; trimming trees; and cleaning and maintaining drainage facilities. Typical duties include paving asphalt roads, sealing cracks, and patching streets.

Traffic Maintenance: Responsibilities include: maintaining traffic markings and signage within road right-of-way. Typical duties include painting road and curb legends, and fabricating, erecting, and repairing street signs.

Flood Control Maintenance: Responsibilities include constructing, maintaining, and repairing countywide flood control facilities and natural waterways. Typical duties include building headwalls, trimming trees, controlling weeds, and removing brush and debris from roadside ditches, culverts, and creeks.

Solid Waste Maintenance: Responsibilities include maintaining pad, grounds, and buildings at County waste-handling facilities. Typical duties include drainage/erosion control, small construction projects, weed abatement, and litter control.

Wastewater System Maintenance: Responsibilities include repairing sewer lines and manholes in roadways and field areas and performing grounds and building maintenance at the Laguna Sanitation and Mission Canyon wastewater facilities. Typical duties include sewer line flushing, video inspection, and repair.

Worker I incumbents typically promote to Maintenance Worker II within their area of specialization; however, training opportunities are available in all specialties for incumbents who wish to promote to Maintenance Worker II in a specialty other than their current area of assignment.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Maintenance Worker - Apprentice

1. Receives training necessary to obtain, and obtains, a California Class B Commercial Driver's license; learns to hitch small trailers to trucks; and learns to safely tie down material loads on trailers.
2. Learns to and operates light equipment including backhoes, forklifts, highlifts, tractor mowers, and chippers.
3. Learns to and uses hand and power tools including lutes, tampers, chain saws, jack hammers, concrete saws, vibra plates, weed wackers, air pressure guns, paint mixers and sprayers, and bott dot and thermoplastic machines.
4. Learns and applies MUTCD work zone traffic control guidelines at work sites on and adjacent to roadways; sets up signs, cones, and barriers to notify motorists of detours; flags vehicular traffic; and directs pedestrian traffic away from hazardous areas.
5. Receives and carries out oral and written job assignments; lifts, carries, and loads tools and materials into work vehicles; reads maps; and drives County vehicles including pick-up, dump, stake-bed, water, spray, and flushing trucks, bobtails, paint stripers, and video vans to, from, and at work sites.
6. Completes written time cards, daily work logs, and equipment maintenance logs.
7. Attends safety training sessions to learn and review safe work practices; reads and reviews written safety instructions, MSDS labels, and training materials; and applies safety knowledge learned to daily work practices.
8. Responds to declared and localized emergency situations during and outside regular working hours; and may be temporarily assigned the duties of specialty areas other than current area of assignment in emergency situations and for training purposes.

Maintenance Worker I

In addition to Maintenance Worker - Apprentice duties listed above, and depending on area of assignment, duties may also include but are not limited to the following:

1. Conducts pre-operation inspections of vehicles and heavy construction equipment; prepares written inspection records; hooks up trailers to trucks; secures loads and heavy equipment on trucks; transports heavy equipment to and from worksites; and may learn to operate and operates heavy equipment on an occasional basis.
2. Performs road maintenance and repair as part of a work crew; breaks up and removes existing pavement; mixes, rakes, spreads, tamps, and rolls asphalt; seals cracks and patches streets; applies street overlays; removes debris caused by land or rock slides from roads and re-establishes roadside shoulders and berms; and digs, shovels, loads, and hauls soil, sand, gravel, cement, and other materials.
3. Builds forms for a variety of concrete structures including culvert headwalls, foundations, and channels; breaks and removes existing concrete; and mixes, pours, and finishes concrete including curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and waterways.
4. Installs and maintains road markers and guard rails; fabricates, installs, and repairs road signs; computes stations; paints curbs and road markings; and measures, lays out, and paints center line and edge line striping.
5. Trims trees and other vegetation in creeks and along parkways; clears brush, weeds, trees, and debris in and around creeks, ditches, culverts, roadsides, and at waste-handling sites; sprays weeds and brush with herbicides; and keeps written records of herbicide use.
6. Performs litter control duties at and around County waste-handling facilities, including picking up and bagging litter and erecting permanent and mobile fencing to prevent trash from leaving facilities; supervises contract workers, general relief workers, and inmates performing litter control and recycling duties; and evacuates Freon from discarded refrigerators and air conditioners and disposes of appropriately.
7. Installs, relocates, and repairs water supply lines and drainage pipelines at wastewater and waste-handling facilities to control dust and prevent erosion; installs permanent and temporary culverts; and installs straw wattles and matting to prevent earth movement and erosion at waste-handling facilities during rainy weather.
8. Drives video vans and operates video equipment in order to inspect sewer lines and locate blockages; uses flushing/vacuum trucks, water trucks, pumps, and hoses to maintain and clear sewer lines; operates backhoes, skip loaders, bulldozers, and graders to access and repair sewer line blockages, leaks, and ruptures; and maintains video inventory of District sewer lines.
9. May perform general building and grounds maintenance duties, including mowing and basic plumbing, carpentry, and electrical tasks at County waste-handling facilities and maintenance road yards.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:
Maintenance Worker - Apprentice:

1. Experience driving a pick-up truck, van, or other heavy vehicle that required the use of side mirrors while driving forward and in reverse; safely lifting and carrying heavy objects; and possession of the required knowledge and abilities for this class as listed below.

Additional Requirements: A valid driver's license is required at the time of application. A valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment. Appointees must obtain a California Class B License during the first six months of employment and maintain it as a condition of continued employment.

Once an incumbent has obtained the Class B license and is assigned duties requiring a Class B license, he/she will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to being assigned work requiring such a license; once assigned, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.

Knowledge of: safe driving rules and practices; and safe lifting and carrying practices.

Ability to: understand and follow oral and written instructions; safely drive a pick-up truck; safely lift and carry heavy objects; learn and follow departmental safety practices and procedures; learn and operate a variety of hand and power tools, vehicles, and light equipment; keep simple written records and reports; work as part of a team; and develop and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the course of work including other crew members and the general public.

Maintenance Worker I

1. One year of maintenance, construction, or related experience that included driving commercial vehicles requiring a class B driver's license and hauling materials; flagging traffic; putting up traffic signs, cones, and barriers in accordance with MUTCD/Caltrans work zone traffic control safety standards; and using chain saws; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to Maintenance Worker - Apprentice with Santa Barbara, County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements for Maintenance Worker I: A valid driver's license is required at the time of application. A valid California Class B or A Commercial Driver's License is required at the time of appointment. In addition, certain positions may require specific license endorsements. Driver's license and required endorsements must be kept valid and maintained as a condition of continued employment.

Appointees to this classification will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to beginning work; once on the job, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.

Knowledge of: basic public works maintenance practices, tools, and equipment; safe driving rules and practices; safe lifting and carrying practices; Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)/Caltrans work zone traffic control safety standards; and general public works safety practices.

Ability to: safely drive vehicles including Class B commercial vehicles; haul materials and secure loads on trailers using trucker's knots and chain binders; hook up small trailers to trucks; safely lift and carry heavy objects; understand and follow oral and written instructions; read and follow departmental safety practices and procedures; operate a variety of hand and power tools, vehicles, and light equipment including chain saws; keep simple written records and reports; work as part of a team; and develop and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including other crew members and the general public.

Supplemental Information for Maintenance Worker - Apprentice / I: Incumbents in these classifications may be exposed to a variety of hazardous and/or unpleasant field conditions, including: wet, rainy, cold, or hot weather; poison oak; traffic; exhaust fumes; trash, and exposure to chemicals. Performing the essential functions of these classifications requires various types of physical exertion, such as prolonged bending, stooping, and lifting; walking on uneven terrain, such as road shoulders and creek beds; and driving vehicles and/or equipment for long periods of time. In addition, incumbents in these classifications may be required to work outside normal business hours during declared and localized emergency situations.
 



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