Utility Maintenance Specialist, Senior-SPU

City of Seattle, WA
September 7, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description

If you enjoy working outdoors with an exceptional team of people, and are interested in performing inspection, cleaning, maintenance and repair work on critical drinking water reservoir and tank facilities that impact Seattle communities, then apply to this Utility Maintenance Specialist Sr. position!

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking an experienced Utility Maintenance Specialist Sr. to join the Shared Services Division. This position is responsible for overseeing the maintenance, repairs and sanitary inspections of SPU's reservoirs, tanks, and standpipes.
This position is represented by Plumbers & Crew Chiefs-Lcl 32 Bargaining Unit.

About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a community-centered utility that delivers vital services to Seattle residents and businesses including drinking water, drainage and wastewater, and garbage/recycling/compost. SPU also provides drinking water for 1.5 million customers in the region. SPU's work includes system maintenance and improvements and keeping Seattle clean. Over 1,400 SPU employees work with our community to provide affordable and equitable stewardship of our water and waste resources for future generations.

F or more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), c heckout the:

  • SPU Website
  • SPU Workplace Expectations
  • Strategic Business Plan

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work . We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities .

We know work isn't only about what you do it's also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free Orca Pass
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Performs or leads subordinate staff in full and spot coating repairs to steel and concrete water utility storage facilities including surface cleaning and metal preparation, paint mixing and coating applications. Erects scaffolding, rigging and ladders, as necessary
  • Performs or leads subordinate staff in reservoir and tank draining, cleaning, maintenance and chemical disinfection including determining which chemicals to apply
  • Maintains reservoir wash-down and circulation systems by performing or leading subordinate staff in winterizing above ground double check valve assemblies; inspecting wash-down, circulation and water quality sampling systems; and repairing or replacing piping and valves
  • Performs or leads subordinate staff in operating and repairing related line valves for putting reservoirs in and out of service under guidelines of Water Control System
  • Performs or leads subordinate staff in cleaning and inspecting buried reservoirs, caulking and sealing joints and doing concrete repairs to sides of reservoir walls
  • Performs or leads subordinate staff in plumbing installation, repairs and maintenance, inspections, caulking and sealing
  • Performs or leads subordinate staff in sealing projects for other divisions and provides field support for engineering and CIP projects, as requested
  • Performs or leads subordinate staff in the inspection, cleaning, debris removal and repairs of reservoir floating covers, drainage pumps, drain systems and floating hatches
  • Performs or leads subordinate staff in conducting and documenting annual sanitary inspections of roofs, hatches, vents and screens of elevated and ground level closed storage facilities to identify deficiencies and repairs mandated by the department of health. Oversees contract diver inspections
  • Conducts or leads subordinate staff in safety inspections of reservoir dam structures, embankments, catch basins, dike drains, sub-drains and piezometers. Takes monthly measurements to monitor dam leakage
  • Performs or leads subordinate staff in the maintenance and repair of fencing at reservoir sites and responds 24/7 to emergency repair requests for fence damage large enough to permit people to enter.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

  • Three (3) years of experience and one (1) year experience as a lead or supervisor in a water and waste water utility performing water storage facility inspection, maintenance and repair which included installation, repair, testing and certification of water backflow assemblies, maintenance and repair of water pumping equipment, spot and full coating, repairs of steel and concrete utility water storage facilities, and the operation of high pressure Harben pump, air compressors, scissors and snorkel lifts, bucket trucks and scaffolding.
  • OR: A combination of education/experience/training which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class.

License, Certification and Other Requirements

  • Current Washington State driver's license
  • A Confined Space Certification, Fall Protection Certification and Traffic Control Flagger Certification
  • Water Distribution Manager Certification (WDM II) and Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BAT) certification required within one year of employment.

A successful candidate will possess some or all of the following:

  • Basic Computer skills, including MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Willing to work extended hours
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively within a multi-cultural workforce serving a diverse customer base
  • Commitment to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work
  • Experience working efficiently in a fast-paced production driven environment.

Additional Information

Application Requirement(s):

  • A full City of Seattle online application
  • Please DO NOT include a resume or cover letter. They will not be considered in review of candidates' qualifications.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions, standing for extended periods of time often in large or small confined underground chambers and tanks at heights as high as 120 feet above the ground often in wet slippery conditions, and working around potentially toxic gas fumes, which may include working in unsanitary live sewage and sewage gases; hazardous chemicals, high water pressure systems (4000 psi) and potentially dangerous machinery
  • May be required to be on call 24 hours/day to respond to emergency situations on an as needed or schedule basis.

The full salary range for this position is $ 38.89 - $ 41.98 per hour.

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

This hiring process involves a background check of conviction and arrest records in compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents .

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: https://www.seattle.gov/human-resources/benefits/employees-and-covered-family-members/most-employees-plans

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at www.seattle.gov/util/ and check us out on social media.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this recruitment process, please contact SPU Personnel Specialist Isaac Good at isaac.good@seattle.gov

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources | seattle.gov

Closing Date/Time: 10/3/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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