Utility Crew Member

  • Mechanical/Utility
  • El Cajon, CA
  • Salary: $26.35 - $40.88 hourly
  • January 23, 2022

Website Helix Water District

THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED:  Any applications received after Sunday, January 23, 2022, will only be considered if the position is not filled.

HELIX WATER DISTRICT, is seeking a motivated Utility Crew Member to join our team.  This is your opportunity to work alongside others who are passionate about their technical professions and care about the quality of their work at a well-respected organization who truly values the contributions and talents of our employees.  Helix encourages employees to develop their skills and abilities so that they can achieve their professional aspirations.  We’d love for you to consider joining our team!


Utility Crew Member I starting wage is typically $26.35/hour.  Advancement to Utility II & III is possible after experience gained at Helix and distribution certification obtained.

Utility Crew Member I: $4,568 – $5,830/monthly
Utility Crew Member II: $5,036 – $6,427/monthly
Utility Crew Member III: $5,552 – $7,086/monthly

Utility Crew Member I/II/III is a non-exempt, entry to advanced journey-level technical class. Under direct to general supervision, performs a wide variety of semi-skilled and skilled tasks in the construction, installation, servicing, maintenance and repair of the district’s mains, service lines and related appurtenances used in the storage, transmission and distribution of a water system; operates light- and medium-duty equipment; and performs related duties as assigned.

Utility Crew Member I is the entry-level class and is flexibly staffed with the full journey-level Utility Crew Member II class.  For advancement from a Utility Crew Member I to Utility Crew Member II, certain proficiency criteria must be met.  Typically, proficiency is met within a 12- to 24-month period, depending on an individual’s prior experience, skills and performance.  Utility Crew Member III class is considered advanced journey-level and requires proficiency in the most complex construction and maintenance work, the ability to train and evaluate others, the ability to accurately complete all construction-related administrative tasks, the ability to coordinate the work of and lead a small crew, and demonstrates sustained proficiency in the majority of Helix Water District’s competencies required of a senior-level staff member.

Overview of Responsibilities 

Utility Crew Member I/II

Performs semi-skilled and skilled work in the construction, installation, maintenance and repair of water mains, service lines, storage facilities, meters, hydrants and related facilities; locates mains and valves by map plats and GIS; excavates by hand using shovels, bars and pneumatic tools to pothole existing utilities; sets up and removes traffic control devices to protect crews from street traffic; directs traffic at job sites; excavates sidewalks, curbs, streets, trenches and culverts using hand and power tools; exposes mains and service lines, utilizes safe digging practices; utilizes various types of shoring; inspects and classifies trench zone soils for safety and shoring requirements; assesses damages and deter­mines materials required to make repairs; cuts mains, service lines, and pipes to permit repairs and performs installation; replaces old mains and pipes; performs water main taps under pressure; operates large and small valves; maintains manholes, vaults, catch basins, pump stations, reservoirs and other facil­ities; maintains and repairs piping associated with pump stations and other facilities.

Backfills trenches; removes and replaces asphalt surfaces; performs concrete removal and repairs.

Works in vaults and other confined spaces, utilizing proper safety techniques and equipment in accor­dance with district safety policies and procedures; lifts and removes vault lids; ventilates vaults; performs vault repairs.

Locates buried valves at varying underground depths; inspects and tests valves; performs required main shutdown procedures; installs, repairs and replaces corp stop, angle meter stop and curb stop valves; assembles and repairs pressure-reducing and air vacuum release valves; assembles valve components; locates and exercises small and large water main valves.

Responds professionally to questions and complaints from the public.

Operates trucks, skip loaders, forklifts, water trucks, crew trucks, tapping machines, concrete saws, valve machines, jackhammers, pipe cutters and a wide variety of other hand, hydraulic, pneumatic and power equipment; performs safety inspections of equipment; cleans and maintains tools and equipment.

Installs, tests, inspects, replaces, maintains and repairs domestic, commercial and industrial water meters; disassembles and cleans water meters; repairs or replaces worn or defective parts in water meters; raises, lowers, cleans and resets meter boxes; performs flow tests and pressure checks on water meters; participates in the district’s regular and ongoing water meter replacement program.

Performs oxygen/acetylene cutting to repair mains, service lines and related facilities.

Hydro tests new pipeline installations.

Operates large 10-wheel dump trucks requiring a Class A California driver’s license and transports equipment and material to and from job sites.

Attends required safety/technical trainings when scheduled.

Ensures job procedures follow accepted standard practices and meet all OSHA, state and local laws and regulations.

Is familiar with and follows the district’s environmental, health, and safety programs and attends required training.

Demonstrates and maintains proficiency as a competent person.

Responds to emergency situations, as necessary, during and after normal work hours.

Will be required to work flexible hours and/or extended work shifts including weekends and holidays.

Will be required to work a rotating one week standby shift which includes being available 24/7, weekends and holidays.


Qualified candidates will have a minimum of one year of work experience in a construction-related field plus a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Candidates must be willing to obtain a valid Class A California driver’s license with tanker endorsement within 12 months of employment and continue to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance policy.

Possession of or ability to obtain valid CPR/AED and First Aid certification within six months and maintain valid certification thereafter.


Utility Crew Member I: This position requires passing the State of California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator Grade 2 (D2) test and obtaining certification within two years from the date of hire as a Utility Crew Member I.  Failure to pass the required examination within the prescribed timeframe will result in a transfer to another vacant position in a different job classification for which he/she is selected or termination of employment from the district.  Certification must be maintained while in this job classification.


Application Process

To be considered for the Utility Crew Member I, please complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire and view a complete list of job responsibilities by visiting our career section at hwd.com/careers/.  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the online application.


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