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Water and Wastewater Foreman

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Reviewed Date: January 11, 2017

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Sep 30, 2002


Water and Wastewater Foreman

Job description for the position of Water and Wastewater Foreman.

Knowledgebase-Water and Wastewater Foreman



Employees in this class are under general supervision. Work performed in supervising a group of employees in construction and maintenance of water and wastewater lines, supervising water plant operations, and performing related work as required.


Assigns employees to specific duties.
Supervises a work crew engaged in the construction and maintenance of water and wastewater lines.
Performs and supervises others performing general duty plumbing and pipe fitting work such as pipe connections, laying pipe, cutting, threading, and pipe-bending.
Operates various types of heavy and light equipment when necessary.
Supervises the routine maintenance of tools and equipment.
Performs other work as assigned.


Assist in compiling and maintaining operational and other records and reports pertaining to water and wastewater activities.
Assist in planning and scheduling of maintenance in construction of water and wastewater lines.


Knowledge of maintenance of equipment.
Knowledge of all legal regulations regarding employee health and safety.
Knowledge of effective and efficient methods and procedures for maintenance and construction work.
Knowledge of modern procedures of the operation of a water treatment plant.
Knowledge of maintenance of equipment and tools.
Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
Ability to operate a variety of light and heavy equipment.
Ability to plan, organizes assign, supervise, and inspect the work of subordinates.
Ability to use the necessary tools in the performance of required skills.
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to perform pipe fitting in the maintenance and construction of water and wastewater lines.
Ability to keep routine records and make simple reports.
Ability to perform heavy manual labor under unfavorable climatic conditions.
Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with both employees.

Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:

Graduation from a standard high school or GED;
2 - 4 years experience in the maintenance and construction of water-and wastewater lines.
Must possess a valid Tennessee Commercial driver's license.
Applicants must be in such physical condition as not to impair their performance of the required duties of the class and may be required to take a physical examination given by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State and designated by the City.

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