Utilities Foreman


Organization : City of Sherman
Job Category : Water and Sewers
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : TX
City : City of Sherman
Salary and Benefits : See website for details


Under general supervision, this position is responsible for leading the crews in the maintenance and repair of the water distribution and wastewater collection system. The Utilities Foreman works with, directs, coordinates and monitors the work of utilities crew leaders and utilities laborer crews in a lead capacity and ensures work is completed in compliance with established standards and performs the more difficult maintenance functions.


? Meet with the Utilities Superintendent regularly to provide feedback concerning operational efficiency, personnel performance/conduct and            employee morale.
? Oversees operations of water, sewer and meter systems by receiving work orders and assignments, assigning jobs to proper crew                        members,   managing work on highly visible, complex or critical work assignments and conducting quality control processes to ensure use            of proper techniques and processes.
? Works with limited supervision to evaluate daily work tasks to insure completion to expected city construction standards.
? Operates, checks, and maintains moderate to complex equipment.
? Ensures compliance to all City policies and procedures.
? Assists Superintendent in responding to citizen questions and complaints.
? Identify opportunities for improvement and confer with Supervisor.
? Monitor on site job safety to ensure employee safety.
? Facilitate supplies and needs of crews.
? Respond to emergency situations after hours or on weekends.
? Adheres to assigned work schedules as outlined in the City and department attendance policies and procedures.
? Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

? Methods, practices, techniques, equipment, tools, materials, and supplies used for water and sewer line maintenance and repair.
? Safety regulations, protocols, principles, practices, and procedures for water and sewer line maintenance and repair.
? Operation of tools and equipment used in water and sewer line.

 Ability to:

? Ability to produce desired work outcomes, including quality, quantity, and timeliness.
? Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
? Analyze and/or repair structures, equipment or machinery with minimal supervision or instructions. 
? Utilize a wide variety of descriptive data and information such as water and sewer maps, equipment manuals, and City policy manuals.
? To operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions. 
? Skill to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form. Involves semi-routine standardized work with some latitude             for independent judgement concerning choices of action.
? Work overtime hours to include evenings, weekends and holidays as required. 
? Lift a minimum of 75lbs without assistance. 
? Establish and maintain effective cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including City and the general          public.

Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to the level of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will qualify.


? Seven (7) to Ten (10) years of experience and/or training involving operation and maintenance of water and wastewater infrastructure, personal computer operations, and use of mechanical tools and equipment.

? High School Diploma or GED required. 


? Possession of a valid Class “B” or greater Commercial Driver License, with the appropriate endorsements is a requirement for continued employment and must be obtained within six (6) months after date of hire.       
? May be required to obtain certification or license specific to area of assignment after date of employment at the City’s expense. 


The duties of this position are normally performed in a field environment setting.  Incumbents assigned to this position can reasonably expect to be exposed to all weather conditions and various hazardous substances such as explosive Fuels, oils and other lubricants, dust, moderately loud noise levels on a routine basis. Incumbents in this position can expect to routinely push, pull, lift and carry a minimum of 50lbs daily without assistance. Additionally, incumbents in this position should be physically able to bend, stoop, squat, kneel and reach in the performance of their daily duties. Incumbents in this position may be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays and on-call as required.

This position has been classified as a “safety-sensitive” position. All incumbents assigned to a “safety-sensitive” position shall be required to comply with all provisions of the City of Sherman, Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.

Job Description Verification Authorization

The aforementioned statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of working being performed by individuals assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel classified in this position.  This job description is subject to change as well as the needs and requirements of the job change. 

ADA/EEO Compliance 

The City of Sherman is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. 

Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview, reference and criminal background checks, work history and drug screens are required.  In addition, job related tests may also be required. 

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. 

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City of Sherman and the employee and is subject to change by the City of Sherman as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change. 

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