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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 5

Meeting Date: July 23, 2002

Subject/Title: Compensation and Classification Descriptions for Electrician and Wastewater Laboratory Technician I/II

Submitted by: Patti Standley, Human Resources Manager

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution to establish the compensation and classification descriptions for Electrician and Wastewater Laboratory Technician I/II.

PREVIOUS ACTION
These classifications were requested and included in the 2002/03 Annual Budget.

BACKGROUND
As part of the budget review process staff conducted a review of the services currently provided by outside consultants and vendors relative to the scope of work defined in the Electrician and Wastewater Laboratory Technician classification descriptions. Staff determined that in-house staff that could better perform the duties and provide on-site support and maintenance to the Water and Wastewater Divisions of the Public Works Department. Staff requested funding for these classifications in the 2002/03 budget amendment process.

The attached Electrician and Wastewater Laboratory Technician I/II classification descriptions, marked Exhibit A and B, are provided for your review and comment.

The proposed salary ranges are based on internal equity between the new classifications and existing Public Works classifications. The proposed salaries also comply with the rationale established in the Classification/Compensation Study that was adopted on June 13, 2000.

Staff recommends the following salary ranges:

Electrician $49,584 - $60,252 annually
Wastewater Laboratory Technician $48,852 - $59,376 annually

FISCAL IMPACT
Funding for these new positions is included in the 2002/03 Annual Budget.

CITY OF BRENTWOOD

ELECTRICIAN

Class specifications are only intended to present a descriptive summary of the range of duties and responsibilities associated with specified positions. Therefore, specifications may not include all duties performed by individuals within a classification. In addition, specifications are intended to outline the minimum qualifications necessary for entry into the class and do not necessarily convey the qualifications of incumbents within the position.

DEFINITION:

Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of skilled work in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical systems and equipment in support of the divisions within the Public Works Department. Demonstrates a full understanding of all applicable policies, procedures and work methods associated with the assigned duties. Assignments may include, but are not limited to repair and installation work on process control electrical systems, water resource systems and equipment, alarms, communication equipment and other equipment; and performs other duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

This classification is distinguished from all other technical classes of the City by its specialized assignments including work on high voltage systems. This classification performs the full journey level range of regular maintenance, testing and troubleshooting expected of a qualified electrician. Incumbents will be expected to work independently in installing and maintaining electrical systems and equipment.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED/EXERCISED:

Receives general supervision from the Water/Wastewater Operations Manager. May provide technical guidance or direction on a project basis.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (include but are not limited to the following)

  • Performs highly skilled electrical and electronic installation, repair, service and maintenance work on a variety of electrical installations, systems, pumps and other equipment in City facilities, including high voltage (480) and SCADA systems.
  • Inspects and repairs motor control circuits and variable frequency drive systems; installs, repairs and replaces outlets, lighting fixtures, switches, ballasts, conduit runs and distribution panels.
  • Assists in planning and scheduling preventative maintenance programs; develops and implements emergency situation plans; makes recommendations to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness.
  • Inspects switch gears transformers, relays, motors, pumps, generators and a variety of other types of electro-mechanical equipment for proper operation and makes adjustments, repairs or replacements as directed; repairs, replaces, disassembles, assembles, installs and tests electrical apparatus equipment, telemetry and wiring for power, lighting and instrumentation as directed; works under the appropriate applicable provision of the electrical code, approved plans and specifications and standard industry practice.
  • Operates test instruments such as voltmeter, amp meter, ohmmeter, transistor checker, loop meter and other electronic-related equipment.
  • Performs troubleshooting, diagnostic, programming work; reads and interprets electrical and mechanical drawings and specifications.
  • Estimates labor, material and costs associated with repair, installation or modification work.
  • Demonstrates a full understanding of applicable codes, policies, procedures and work methods associated with assigned duties
  • Performs troubleshooting, repairs, programming and replacement of equipment and software associated with SCADA and other data management equipment.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies, City management and staff, and the public.

WORKING CONDITIONS and OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Essential duties require the mental and/or physical ability to read fine print and fine details with no color deficiencies; drive a motor vehicle; converse on the telephone and in person and be clearly understood; hear and detect noises in electronic equipment; operate equipment necessary for this position; manipulate small parts and components; sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping for prolonged periods of time and/or numerous times each day in the performance of daily activities. Work under adverse conditions, such as in confined and awkward spaces, work in potentially hazardous areas; work outdoors in all weather conditions; wear and use appropriate safety clothing and equipment; travel and attend conferences, meetings, seminars and courses during work and non-work hours. Responds to emergency call outs on weekends, holidays and after work hours.

QUALIFICATIONS: (The following are minimal qualifications typically necessary for entry into the classification)

Education and/or Experience:
A high school diploma and four (4) years of journey level experience in the repair, maintenance and installation of electrical equipment, electrical control devices or solid state electronic equipment or completion of an electrical apprenticeship program and two (2) years of journey level experience in the repair, maintenance and installation of electrical equipment, electrical control devices or solid state electronic equipment.

License/Certificate:
Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Class C California Driver’s license. Possess and maintain proof of auto liability insurance.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: (The following are a representative sample of the KSA’s necessary to perform essential duties of the position)

Knowledge of:
Principles, practices, techniques, tools, and materials used in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical or electronic systems and equipment; Electrical Safety Orders of the Division of Industrial Safety, California Electrical Code and the National Electric Code; blueprint and symbol identification; basic principles of mathematics; principles of expenditure control systems; principles, practices rules and codes relating to work safety management; pertinent local, state and federal laws, ordinances and rules.

Demonstrated Skills to:
Install, program, maintain, modify, and repair a variety of electrical systems and equipment; interpret, use and update technical manuals, blueprints, and schematics; handle a variety of tasks with minimum supervision; assist in the development and monitoring of the section’s budget; establish and maintain effective working relationships; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, maintain required work logs, records and related operational and maintenance data; prepare clear and concise written reports; and exemplify an enthusiastic, resourceful, and effective customer service attitude with all who are contacted in the course of the work.

Ability to:
Effectively apply the knowledge and skills necessary for this position; and learn the systems, procedures, practices and operations of the department and have a proactive approach to continually improve all assigned areas of responsibility. Operate truck and construction equipment including lift-equipment and climb ladders, towers and poles; operate hand and power tools competently and safely; operate and maintain a computerized traffic control system and keep accurate and detailed records. Take direction, follow instructions, be willing to work a flexible schedule, regular and reliable attendance and ability to focus on details; establish and maintain effective working relationships.

CITY OF BRENTWOOD

WASTEWATER LABORATORY TECHNICIAN I/II

Class specifications are only intended to present a descriptive summary of the range of duties and responsibilities associated with specified positions. Therefore, specifications may not include all duties performed by individuals within a classification. In addition, specifications are intended to outline the minimum qualifications necessary for entry into the class and do not necessarily convey the qualifications of incumbents within the position.

DEFINITION:

Under general supervision, performs standard chemical and biochemical analysis of water, raw and digested sludges, sewage, and similar materials as required by the State Department of Water Resources; maintains laboratory data on computerized system; performs other related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

Wastewater Laboratory Technician I
This is the entry-level classification of the Wastewater Laboratory Technician series that allows the incumbent to develop journey level knowledge and abilities. Initially, under immediate supervision, incumbents perform the more routine and less complex assignments within an established procedural framework where there are minimal consequences of error. This classification is distinguished from the next higher classification of Wastewater Laboratory Technician II by the performance of less complex, routine tasks. This classification is alternatively staffed with Wastewater Laboratory Technician II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating a level of proficiency that meets the qualifications of the higher level class.

Wastewater Laboratory Technician II
This is the full journey-level classification within the Wastewater Laboratory Technician series. Incumbents in this classification are distinguished from Wastewater Laboratory Technician I by the performance of the full range of duties assigned. Incumbents at this level receive only occasional instruction, assistance and supervision and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies applicable to the work. This classification is distinguished from the Wastewater Operations/Maintenance Coordinator that has responsibility for daily supervision of the division.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED/EXERCISED:

Receives general direction from the Water/Wastewater Operations Manager. May exercise technical supervision over assigned staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (include but are not limited to the following)

  • Performs routine qualitative and quantitative chemical and biochemical analysis of sewage, water, soil, or other materials by standardized and predetermined methods, including detailed testing of wastewater to assure meeting discharge requirement for NPDES permit.
  • Performs routine and specialized tests and analysis on raw and digested sludges and water, including tests for volatile and suspended solids, volatile acids, alkalinity, chlorides, biochemical oxygen demand, coliform MPN, standard plate counts, and other tests.
  • Operates a variety of equipment, such as atomic absorption spectrophotometer, dissolved oxygen meters, pH meters, and turbidimeters.
  • May supervise level I technicians and/or other staff in the maintenance of laboratory equipment, laboratory procedures, and mixing of solutions.
  • Performs routine calculations in making tests and writing reports.
  • May draft standard operating procedures or update current procedures as needed, for review such as a chemical hygiene plan.
  • Records test data and keeps records pertaining to analysis through the use of a computerized Laboratory Information System.
  • Maintains laboratory records and prepares laboratory reports.
  • Performs quality control tests on laboratory procedures and maintains the quality control program and records.
  • Orders supplies and minor testing equipment.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment: Ability to work independently in a standard laboratory environment, collect grab samples, safely handle hazardous chemicals, access counter tops, laboratory equipment and a personal computer. This requires the ability for varied amounts of sitting, standing, walking on level and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping, crawling and making repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties. The position requires both near and far vision when inspecting work and performing maintenance on equipment.

The need to lift, carry and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing 25 pounds or more is also required. Additionally, the incumbent in this position works outdoors in all weather conditions including wet, hot and cold. The incumbent must be available to work weekends and overtime as necessary. The incumbent may be exposed to various waste samples and chemicals which may expose the employee to fumes, dust biohazards, air contaminants, and machine noise. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to climb ladders and work in confined space.

Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

QUALIFICATIONS: (The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification)

Education and/or Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Wastewater Laboratory Technician I/II. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of:

Wastewater Laboratory Technician I
One year of general laboratory experience, and a high school diploma or equivalent. Wastewater treatment or related laboratory experience is highly desirable.

Wastewater Laboratory Technician II
Three years of progressive relevant experience in operation, maintenance or testing of Wastewater Laboratory Technician I with the City of Brentwood plus an Associate of Arts degree in Biology or Physical Science.

License/Certificate:

Wastewater Laboratory Technician I
Must possess a CWEA Laboratory Certificate, Grade I and the ability to obtain a Grade II within one year of appointment. Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license within ten days of appointment.

Wastewater Laboratory Technician II
Must possess a CWEA Laboratory Certificate, Grade II. Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid Class C California driver’s license within ten days of appointment.

KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/SKILLS: (The following are a representative sample of the KAS’s necessary to perform essential duties of the position)

Knowledge of:

Modern laboratory techniques and procedures as related to the analysis of sewage and water; statistics as applied to chemical and biological testing procedures; the care, maintenance, and operational requirements of laboratory equipment and apparatus; physical plant characteristics, seasonal changes in treatment system operation and available options in process operations; the requirements of federal, state and local agencies and regulations pertaining to public water and wastewater systems; State Laboratory Accreditation procedures and required records; the principles of organic and inorganic chemistry; microbiological techniques and procedures applicable to public water and wastewater systems.

Ability to:

Interact effectively with the public and employees. Execute calculations accurately; recognize treatment process efficiency, or problems by observation of physical properties and/or chemical examination; operate appropriate safety equipment; recognize health and safety hazard connected with plant operations and maintenance; set up and maintain Laboratory Accreditation including acceptable QA/QC program.

Skill to:

Operate an office computer, operations control systems and a variety of word processing and software applications; safely and effectively operate the tools and equipment used in the operations, analysis and testing procedures.

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING THE COMPENSATION AND CLASSIFICATION DESCRIPTIONS FOR ELECTRICIAN AND WASTEWATER LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

WHEREAS, staff conducted a review of the services currently provided by outside consultants and vendors relative to the scope of work defined in the Electrician and Wastewater Laboratory Technician classification descriptions and in-house staff that could perform the duties, and,

WHEREAS, staff recommends establishing the Electrician classification which is specific to the electrical repairs, troubleshooting, and installation of equipment in Public Works water and wastewater treatment facilities and related equipment, and,

WHEREAS, staff recommends extending the Wastewater Treatment series by adding the Wastewater Laboratory Technician which is specific to laboratory analysis necessary to keep the City in legal compliance with wastewater treatment, and,

WHEREAS, classification descriptions recommended above have been developed and are attached as Exhibit A and B, and,

WHEREAS, staff recommends establishing the following salary ranges based upon the rationale established in the Classification/Compensation Study that was adopted June 13, 2000:

Electrician $49,584 - $53,844 annually
Wastewater Laboratory Technician I/II $48,852 - $59,376 annually

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the City Council of the City of Brentwood approves the compensation and classification descriptions for Electrician and Wastewater Laboratory Technician.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on July 23, 2002 by the following vote:

AYES:
NOES:
ABSENT:

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Michael A. McPoland, Sr.
Mayor
ATTEST:

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Karen Diaz, CMC
City Clerk/Director of Administrative Services

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