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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3219 - Utility Inspector

Job Description

UNION: Local 150

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in inspecting new and existing sanitary sewer & water system structures for compliance with County codes and ordinances; responds to JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) locate tickets; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class performs tasks related to voluntary compliance with code requirements and standards for sewer and water construction in DuPage County.  This position has authority to order the removal or alteration of conditions or materials not in compliance with codes and ordinances.  Field inspection duties are conducted independently according to adopted standards and regulations.  General Supervision is received from the Water/Wastewater Maintenance Manager; complex situations are referred to the appropriate divisions respectively.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Maintains, installs, troubleshoots, rebuilds, and repairs and replaces various Public Works Facilities equipment (e.g. softeners, plumbing fixtures, small motors and pumps, etc.)
• Orders parts, and fills out material requests.
• Ensures the operations of the water and sewer services to the public
• Flushes, televises, and repairs sewer systems
• Repairs water mains and lift stations and responds to emergencies (e.g. water main breaks, sewer back-ups, lift stations problems, etc.).
• Installs new equipment in well houses and water systems and treatment plants.
• Performs landscaping and site maintenance once excavation is complete.
• Flushes fire hydrants.
• Evaluates quotes and proposals to insure quality and cost effectiveness.
• Insures jobs are completed in a cautious, safe and orderly manner.
• Operates heavy equipment (e.g. dump trucks, skid loaders, front end loaders, tankers, etc.)
• Maintains and repairs the Public Works facilities and assists with construction and excavation projects.
• Supervises summer help on lawn maintenance, painting, cleaning, and related work.
• Trains employees in lower level maintenance positions.
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.
• Inspects sewer & water infrastructure during all stages of construction for conformance with County ordinances   and Public Works construction codes.
• Utility locates owned by DuPage County Public Works
• Inspects damaged structures; assists in recommending repair methods
• Prepares inspection documentation, including photographs required to support findings
• Maintains on-going surveillance of assigned area for compliance
• Keeps abreast of current methods and techniques used for water and sewer infrastructure construction
• Develops departmental cross training regarding zoning/drainage/building codes
• Schedules inspections
• Operates county vehicles
• Prepares daily reports
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Methods and practices used in construction and repair of water & sewer infrastructure
• Standard specifications for sewer & water construction and how they are applied
• Public Works ordinances
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Reading and interpreting plans and specifications
• Use of good judgment in evaluating situations and drawing conclusions
• Reading and interpreting plats of survey, legal descriptions, and topographical drawings
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


High School Diploma or GED equivalent, four (4) years of specialized experience in preventative and corrective maintenance, wastewater and water collection distribution systems and treatment plant knowledge, equipment maintenance, and two (2) years of lead worker responsibilities; or an equivalent combination of training and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands and/or arms to operate tools and equipment, climb, crouch or stoop, and lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position regularly includes working near moving mechanical parts, in precarious places, in outside weather conditions, and with fumes or airborne particles.

Must possess and maintain in good standing a valid Illinois commercial driver's license (CDL).

This position is subject to drug and alcohol testing requirements of the United States Department of Transportation Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991.