Established: 08/78
Revised: 11/07
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 7



Under direction, to inspect, repair, operate and maintain sewer lines, pump stations, remote package treatment facilities, stormwater systems and related equipment, machinery and instruments; to participate as a member of a work team overseeing the wastewater collection system; and to do other work as required.


Water Environment Services manages and operates the County's utility service districts, including sewage facilities, collection systems, pump stations, treatment plants and surface water management.

The Collection System Technician 2 is responsible for the operation of the collection and stormwater systems which transports wastewater from residences and commercial facilities to the treatment plants. Positions provide field and administrative support to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations regarding collection system management. Incumbents also participate in work planning, training, problem solving, budgeting and personnel issues as part of a work team.

The Collection System Technician 2 differs from the entry level Collection System Technician 1 which receives training and assists higher level technicians in collection system operations and maintenance. It also differs from the Wastewater Mechanic 2 which may perform electrical and other maintenance and repair work on pump stations, but generally does not work on sewer lines or in confined underground areas requiring specialized training and certification.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Participates in the management of the wastewater collection and stormwater systems with other work team members; develops and recommends annual work plan and budget, including contracted services; monitors and controls expenditures; oversees and coordinates special projects; analyzes and resolves work problems; coordinates operations with other teams and personnel within and outside of the department.
  2. Inspects, maintains and repairs sewer/stormwater lines and access holes; maintains stormwater detention ponds; examines sewer and stormwater infrastructure for defects, debris, condition of materials, as-built map verification, smoke and dye tests, infiltration and inflow; mechanically removes debris, protruding taps and blockages; adjusts access holes to specifications; applies chemical grout or excavates and replaces damaged pipe; performs main line tap ins, utility locates and vector control; inspects and documents as-builts on new construction.
  3. Operates, maintains, inspects and repairs pump station equipment, machinery and instruments; rebuilds pumps and associated equipment; investigates and corrects system failures and malfunctions; fabricates or repairs metal parts; tests, monitors, calibrates and replaces electronic components; cleans wet wells and force mains; generates auxiliary power and performs emergency bypass pumping or hauling with tanker trucks.
  4. Installs, calibrates and maintains flow monitoring and sampling equipment; collects, records and reports on data for billing, investigative and research purposes; collects samples and performs field tests; investigates illegal dumping; responds to hazardous spills and other field emergencies.
  5. Participates in the development and implementation of the collection and stormwater systems operation and maintenance program; prepares and implements preventive maintenance manual and schedules; tests, monitors and evaluates the efficiency of machinery, equipment and instruments.
  6. Serves as project or team leader on various assignments; plans, schedules and assigns work to other team members; monitors and coordinates the work of contracted services; trains and leads the work of lower level technicians and new and temporary employees; provides group safety training; demonstrates safe working practices in the field.
  7. Operates, maintains, inspects and repairs remote package treatment facilities; collects and performs field tests on wastewater and stormwater samples; records data and prepares operating reports.
  8. Provides public and customer service support to County operations and other municipalities; responds to complaints and inquiries; conducts facility tours and public information meetings; answers technical questions and explains wastewater collection/stormwater and processing systems.


Working knowledge of: Basic principles and practices of personnel management, purchasing and contract administration; machinery and equipment used in the operation, maintenance and repair of wastewater collection and stormwater systems and components; environmental, occupational and health safety practices, rules and regulations; stormwater, wastewater and industrial pre-treatment sampling techniques; basic technical engineering practices used in the construction and inspection of wastewater collection facilities; math, algebra and geometry; English grammar, spelling and punctuation; microcomputer applications in wastewater collection data and programmable logic controllers.

Skill to: Coordinate completion of projects within established budget and time guidelines; incorporate team participation in decision making; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; safely operate maintain and repair combination vacuum truck, television inspection equipment, hydrocleaner, sewer rodder, pipe saws, tappers, pumps, motors, generators, utility locators, air blowers, flow monitors, sampling equipment, electrical components, electronic systems and telemetry systems used in wastewater collection systems; diagnose and repair malfunctions in motors, pumps, generators, telemetry, control panel instruments, compressors, blowers and pump house structures; read and understand blueprints; read and interpret maps and construction plans; prepare and maintain accurate records; establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers, contractors, vendors, County employees and the public.


Incumbents are exposed to bacteria, viruses and toxics in wastewater. Positions require strenuous physical labor, including frequent walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing, standing for long periods of time and the ability to push, lift, pull and carry heavy objects. Some duties involve exposure to adverse weather conditions and hazardous locations, such as streets, live sewers, confined underground areas and on elevated platforms.


State of Oregon Wastewater Collection Certification Level 1 and Valid Driver's License.

Possession of or the ability to obtain within 12 months of hire: State of Oregon Wastewater Collection Certification Level 2 or equivalent technical certification approved by the State of Oregon.

Incumbents may perform after-hours emergency response on call-out basis.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license and within six (6) months of hire must possess valid Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with tank endorsement. Incumbents must possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test (DOT Regulations for CDL).

Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills. Desirable qualifications include: Oregon Department of Transportation Traffic Flagging certification, CPR/First Aid certification, and/or training as a Competent Person as it relates to excavation safety or confined space entry.


Advancement to step 6 in the salary range requires satisfactory job performance, sufficient time at previous step(s) and possession of the State of Oregon Wastewater Collection Certification Level 3.

The Collection System Technician series is part of a promotional career path within the Water Environment Services Department. Incumbents in the Collection System Technician 2 classification may be promoted to open positions in the Collection System Coordinator classification upon satisfactory completion of an approved training and development plan. Possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities at the higher level must be documented in an approved promotional evaluation.