City of South Milwaukee

Road Crew: Water/Wastewater Utility

$25.31 – $32.54 Hourly

JOB TYPE: Full-time

Apply now! Applications will be reviewed and considered on a rolling basis, as they are received.

The City of South Milwaukee Water/Wastewater Utility is seeking a pro who enjoys physical, outdoor work, and has experience or aptitude in construction-type work.  Great team attitude is a must, current CDL is a plus.  Must reside within fifteen miles of city limits.  Monday through Friday daytime hours, plus emergency call-ins as needed.

Members of the Road Crew are referred to below as Distribution and Collections Technicians.


Under general supervision and direction of the Distribution and Collections Manager and the Water/Wastewater Superintendent, the Distribution and Collections Technician performs a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled maintenance work, and operates a variety of equipment in the construction, operation, repair, maintenance, and replacement of the city’s water supply, treatment, distribution, and collection facilities and systems. This position qualifies as emergency personnel as permitted by Wis. Stat. Sec. 66.0502.


Reads water meters and registers. Maintains records of meter installations, repairs, and tests. Maintains a variety of records and reports.

Taps water mains for service connections.

Cleans, locates, and exercise gate valves and curb boxes.

Excavates, installs, and repairs water mains, hydrants, water services, sewer mains, manholes, and catch basins.

Cleans, straightens, adjusts, and repairs valves, curb boxes, manholes, and catch basins.

Flushes, winterizes, and tests fire hydrants.

Notifies customers of service interruptions.

Conducts customer service calls, investigates and informs customers accordingly.

Assists in various phases of treatment plant and grounds maintenance such as servicing of equipment and grass cutting.

Notifies Diggers Hotline of excavations so other facility locations can be marked.

Assists in the field locating underground utilities, and in the operation and repair of all appurtenances of the municipal water system and sanitary/storm water collection system.

During an assigned rotational “stand-by” week, receives notification of water distribution system, sanitary/storm sewer collection system, sewer backups, and lift/relief station emergencies requiring investigation and evaluates the situation promptly and accordingly.

Collects water samples from distribution/collection system for laboratory analysis.

May be called upon to operate plant equipment in emergencies. May be cross trained in water treatment and sewage plant operations.

Performs road repair.

Performs custodial duties as necessary to keep facilities in a good appearance.

Assists other city departments as assigned by the Collection/Distribution Manager, Facilities Manager, or Superintendent.

Uses sewer jet and root cutters to clean and clear sewer lines of debris and roots using vacuum equipment and hand tools.

Operates sewer televising equipment. Locates and reports defects.

Investigates, cleans, and maintains lift stations, relief stations, and siphon chambers; inspects and repairs pumps and tanks.

Operates snow plows, salter, and snow blowers; shovels snow; drives and services trucks; operates backhoe and other equipment.

Cuts grass, shovels snow, paints.

Maintains prompt, predictable, and regular physical attendance.

Performs other related duties consistent with the function of the classification; other duties as assigned.

Peripheral Duties:

Drives truck and assists in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment, gravel and sand.

Operates light and medium-sized construction and power equipment, such as a backhoe/loader.


Compressors, pumps, pneumatic hammers and drills, picks, shovels, common hand tools, sewer rods, root cutters, motor driven cleaning equipment, sewer televising equipment, flexible cables, snow plows, snow blowers, trucks and service trucks, lawn mower, backhoe/loader, fork lift, saws, pumps, generators, detection devices, telephone, and general small equipment.


Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school or equivalent credentials.

Three years recent experience in water distribution or sanitary/storm water system construction, repair and maintenance obtained by working for a water utility, wastewater facility, or related construction experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

A good knowledge of the methods, practices, tools, materials and equipment used in municipal water system and sanitary/storm sewer construction, maintenance and repair work.

Knowledge of city water, sewerage, and storm water systems.

Knowledge of city’s geography.

Knowledge of occupational and safety hazards and precautions necessary in the work place.

Skill in detecting trouble spots in distribution and collection systems and applying proper corrective techniques.

Dependability and ability to work effectively with others and display proper attitudes towards supervision, fellow employees, and the public.

Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

Maintain a good safety attitude and abide by all safety practices.

Ability to operate the tools and equipment incidental to the work.

Organizational skills.

Thoroughness, resourcefulness, and good judgment.

Ability to provide truthful and accurate written and verbal communications.

Basic computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft software.

Knowledge of Apple Ipad operation in regards to the City’s GIS software

Special Requirements:

Valid State Driver’s License.

Must possess or obtain a valid Commercial Driver’s License within three months of beginning position and must be maintained during tenure

Possession of a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources D-1 Water System Operator Certification within one year of hire.

Possession of a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources SS Sanitary Sewage Collection System Operator Certification within one year of hire.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.   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 frequently required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl; climb, balance, bend, twist and reach; feel, talk and hear (normal range in normal office environment, corrected or uncorrected); lift, carry, push/pull up to an average weight as defined by the Wisconsin Department of Labor, or there may be occasion to lift up to 100 pounds; smell; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.

Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is moderate to loud.  Exposure to various shop gases and fumes; exposure to various shop acids and cleaners; exposure to load shop related noises.  Must be able to withstand exposure to inclement weather and loud noises.

Special Conditions of Work

Must be able to respond to work in emergencies and in all types of weather conditions at any hour of the day or night. Must be able to work unsupervised for extended periods of time.


Formal application; rating of education and experience; oral interview; reference check; job related tests may be required.  All applicants may be required to submit to medical examination prior to appointment, consistent with the requirements of the position.  Background check of local, state, or federal authorities will be conducted for all applicants.

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 does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.