City of Wausau is Now Hiring: Collection System Technician

Opening Date:  May 15, 2023                                            

Closing Date:  Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM

To Apply:  Applications must be submitted at the following link:

Salary Information: $22.37 – $29.52 per hour DOQ.  This position is classified as Non-Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Purpose of the Position:  Maintain Sewer System Infrastructure including assessing the condition of the sanitary sewer collection system, identifying problems and determining appropriate corrective actions, and operating specialized equipment to clean and repair sanitary sewers and manholes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Identify and report collection system condition and failures noted during cleaning and TV inspection of sewer mains, and determine correction procedures as necessary.
  2. Operate equipment including high pressure sewer cleaner (jetter), vac-truck and various attachments, rodder, trenchless rehab system, sewer televising inspection system, front end loader, skid steer, fork lift, dump truck, sludge spreader, flushing tanker, air compressor, jackhammer, and concrete saw.
  3. Operate heavy equipment hauling and land applying bio-solids.
  4. Cut and remove roots and other debris from sewer mains using specialized equipment.
  5. Assist in the repair or replacement of sanitary sewer lines, force mains, manholes, and in-line sewer valves.
  6. Use and maintain safety equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE), and determine appropriate safety equipment and PPE per assigned task.
  7. Perform preventive maintenance and minor repair of all equipment and attachments including changing oil, greasing, hydraulic line changes and changing cables.
  8. Perform inspection, document deficiencies and report information regarding condition of sewer lines and manholes.
  9. Assist personnel checking and maintaining sewage lift stations.
  10. Assist Wastewater Plant personnel in the general maintenance of the Wastewater Plant.
  11. Utilize a computer and required software to store, view, and analyze video and other information.
  12. Perform confined space entries. Work in confines spaces such as manholes and pump stations, in accordance with OSHA standards and City policies.
  13. Locate sewer mains in response to Diggers Hotline requests.
  14. Perform related work as required.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Employee in this position is required to assist with work in other departments as needed, such as snowplowing for Public Works, repairing water main breaks for Water Distribution, or other work as deemed appropriate, etc.
  • Employee in this position is required to be able to physically perform all duties outlined in the job description as well as all assigned assisting work as referred to in above paragraph.
  • Employee in this position is required to answer and respond to emergency call-ins as necessary, and be available to be on-call on a rotational basis.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent training and experience, and
  • Possession of a valid Class B Wisconsin Commercial Driver’s license (CDL) without restrictions on air brakes.

Upon Hire:

  • Ability to obtain Tanker (N) endorsement for CDL within three (3) months of hire, and
  • Ability to obtain a Class A CDL with tanker (N) endorsement within one (1) year of hire, and to be maintained throughout employment, and
  • Possess and maintain Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource (WAC NR114) for the Sanitary Sewage Collection System (SS), or ability to obtain within 18 months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Class A CDL with tanker (N) endorsement Commercial Driver’s License without restrictions on air brakes issued by the State of Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources certificate (WAC NR114) for the Sanitary Sewage Collection System (SS).
  • Experience in construction, maintenance, or repair of municipal sewer collection systems or municipal water distribution systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work in confined spaces; ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to do manual labor. Must be able to frequently lift and/or move up to 125 pounds.
  • Knowledge of safe and efficient operation of conventional and specialized large and small vehicles and construction equipment typically used in sewer system maintenance.
  • Knowledge of the proper methods, tools, materials and equipment used for the repair and maintenance of sanitary sewer collection systems.
  • Availability to be on 24 hour call to respond to emergencies. Must be able to report to job within a reasonable time in such instances.
  • Ability to use a tablet or PC to navigate the City GIS system and related computer software. Ability to understand and operate equipment control panels.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills for operating sewer inspection camera equipment.
  • Ability to cooperate and communicate with other members of the staff, supervisor and public.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions and orders, complete work, and establish priorities.
  • Ability to interpret a map and written directions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with staff and the public.

Physical and Working Environment

Employee performs standard activities requiring physical effort. The duties of the job include physical activities such as stooping, kneeling, standing, walking, lifting objects weighing up to 125 pounds, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing/listening (perceiving sounds in order to understand signals such as spoken directions, warning alarms, or requests for information), seeing/observing, bending/twisting (of the neck, back, or torso in order to reach, lift, tend machines, move materials, etc.), reaching (extending the hands or arms in any direction in order to push, pull, or grasp an object or control), feeling (using the sense of touch in fingers, hands, or other body parts to sense the position or quality of objects) and climbing (ascending or descending steps, stairs, ladders, scaffolding, or machines). Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, and peripheral vision; depth perception; the ability to adjust focus; and distinguish objects clearly at 20 inches or less with glasses, if needed.

The employee may be exposed to disagreeable elements of high and low outdoor temperatures.  The employee may be exposed to repetitive activities; intense or continuous noise; dirty environment; poor illumination; chemical hazards, and air contamination. The use of personal protection equipment (PPE) may be required, as there is significant exposure to hazards and conditions where there is a possible danger to life, health, or bodily injury, which may include mechanical, electrical, air contamination, and heights. May be required to work in a physically confined worksite with cramped, small or restricted workplace making it difficult to stand, sit, or walk.

The City of Wausau is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.