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



Under general supervision, to assist in the inspection, repair, operation and maintenance of 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 1 is an entry level, training classification. Incumbents receive instruction and provide assistance to higher level technicians responsible for the operation of the collection and stormwater systems which transports wastewater from residences and commercial facilities to the treatment plants. Incumbents also participate in work planning, training, problem solving, budgeting and personnel issues as part of a work team.

The Collection System Technician 1 differs from the journey level Collection System Technician 2 which is fully trained and qualified in collection system operations and maintenance.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Learns to participate in the management of the wastewater collection and stormwater systems with other self directed work team members; provides input on annual work plan and budget, including contracted services; monitors expenditures; assists in coordinating special projects; analyzes and resolves work problems; coordinates operations with other teams and personnel within and outside of the department.
  2. Assists in the inspection, maintenance and repair of sewer/stormwater lines and access holes; maintains stormwater detention ponds, examines sewer and storm 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. Assists in the operation, maintenance, inspection and repair of pump station equipment, machinery and instruments; rebuilds pumps and associated equipment; investigates and assists in the correction of 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. Learns to install, calibrate and maintain 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. Assists 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. Assists in operating, maintaining, inspecting and repairing remote package treatment facilities; collects and performs field tests on wastewater and stormwater samples; records data and prepares operating reports.
  7. Supports the project or team leader on routine assignments; monitors the work of contracted services; trains and leads the work of temporary employees; provides group safety training; demonstrates safe working practices in the field.
  8. Assists in providing public and customer service support to County operations and other municipalities; responds to complaints and inquiries; conducts facility tours and provides assistance at public information meetings; explains wastewater collection/stormwater and processing systems.


Working knowledge of: Basic methods, machinery and equipment used in the construction industry: occupational and health safety practices, rules and regulations; basic math; English grammar, spelling and punctuation; standard office equipment, including microcomputers.

Skill to: Learn to coordinate completion of projects within established budget and time guidelines; participate as a team member for consensus and decision making discussions; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; apply training and education to the safe operation, maintenance and repair of combination vacuum truck, television inspection equipment, grouting equipment, hydrocleaner, sewer rodder, pipe saws, tappers, pumps, motors, generators, utility locators, air blowers, flow monitors, sampling equipment, electronic systems and telemetry systems; learn to diagnose and repair malfunctions in motors, pumps, generators, telemetry, control panel instruments, compressors, blowers and pump house structures; read and understand blueprints, maps, and construction plans; prepare and maintain accurate records; learn to use computer software applications and programmable logic controllers used in the collection system; 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 lift, push, pull and carry heavy objects. Some duties involve exposure to adverse weather conditions and hazardous locations as streets, live sewers, confined underground areas and on elevated platforms.


Possession of or the ability to obtain within 12 months after job appointment: State of Oregon Wastewater Collection Certification Level 1.

Incumbents may perform after-hours emergency response on a 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 5 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 2.

The Collection System Technician series is part of a promotional career path within the Water Environment Services Department. Incumbents in the Collection System Technician 1 classification may be promoted to open positions in the Collection System Technician 2 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.