Laborer I, Water Distribution - 3258

Career Purpose

Performs a variety of semi-skilled labor and maintenance work, and operates a variety of equipment in the construction, operation, repair, maintenance, and replacement of City collection facilities and systems. Operates a variety of light and medium equipment and trucks utilized in construction, maintenance and repair activities; performs a variety of semi-skilled tasks in maintenance of street, traffic control, storm drainage, water distribution and sewer systems.

Salary: $13.46 to $14.71 per hour DOQ


  • Insures the proper maintenance of equipment and tools by cleaning and checking equipment and tools after use.  Performs routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and refers defects or needed repairs to supervisor; cleans equipment.
  • Performs all duties in conformance to appropriate safety and security standards.
  • Performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects as part of a crew, pavement cutting, ditch digging, line cleaning, main and pipe cutting, fitting, laying and repair, grading and backfilling, service connections, clearing right of way, finishing concrete, building fence, laying sewer line on grade, etc.  Makes service connections to water and sewer mains, including setting manholes, laying asphalt, building fence, etc.  Flushes water lines, gates, fire hydrants and fittings; assists in shutting off broken sections of mains.
  • Operates vehicles of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment, materials and supplies.  Operates vehicles and equipment in the construction, maintenance and repair of streets, storm drainage systems, water distribution, and sewer systems.
  • Uses equipment for digging and leveling in the construction, maintenance and repair of ditches, streets and storm drainage systems; and for hoisting and loading tools, materials and equipment.
  • Performs routine inspection and preventative maintenance on assigned trucks and equipment. Keeps assigned trucks and equipment clean. Performs service to and makes repairs on assigned equipment. Insures proper maintenance of all equipment assigned. Major defects are referred to supervisor.
  • Serves as ground guide as required.  Assists in closing streets for construction.  Operates a survey level and laser during construction projects as required, knowledge on how to set up and use a pipe laser and grade sticks. Determines the locations of water lines and sewer lines from the appropriate sources prior to excavation. Enters confined spaces.
  • Assists in response to reports of water leaks, pressure loss, or no water and with informing the public of water outages.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from high school education or GED equivalent preferred, and Two (2) years of experience relating to construction, maintenance, or repair, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Some knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in maintenance, construction and repair activities;
  • Skill in operation of some of the following tools and equipment:  Motorized vehicles and equipment, including dump truck, pickup truck, utility truck, backhoe, track hoe, front end loader, street roller, lift truck, hydrohammer, trencher, rod motor, jet rodder, tamper, plate compactor, saws, pumps, aerial propane kettle, compressors, sanders, generators, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, detection devices, mobile radio, phone, ditch witch, skid steer loaders, and tractors.
  • Ability to perform heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time; Ability to work safely; Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments and the public; Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions. Ability to perform mathematical calculations at 12th grade level.
  • Ability to classify soils and perform competently on excavation sites; ability to assess the job at hand and make necessary changes or corrections keeping in line with standard procedures.
  • Valid Oklahoma Driver's license.
  • Possession of a Class “D” Wastewater certification from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality or the ability to obtain one within one year of date of employment.
  • Knowledge of safety while working around all utilities such as electric, gas, cable, telephone.
  • Knowledge of the standard procedures of utilizing the OKIE One Call system.
  • Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment. Ability to operate medium to heavy size equipment


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly:        Required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Frequently:       Required to stand and talk or hear, walk, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.  The employee must frequently lift and or move up to 50 pounds.

Occasionally:   Smell materials to better identify or insure purity (lack of contamination). The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 100 pounds.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly:        Works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions and in trenches and confined spaces

Occasionally: Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, vibration, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is moderately noisy which requires hearing protection. Works in high, precarious places and is exposed to fumes and risk of electrical shock.


The employee comes in contact with citizens and employees of other departments and divisions, utility companies, and other agencies, profit, non-profit, civilian and military. Employee must be able to communicate with the supervisor involving work related jobs and with citizens about the general nature of the work being accomplished. 


Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

Vacancy #
Closing Date
Career Type
1,076.80 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Public Utilities

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