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This is skilled supervisory work in the construction and maintenance of university campus streets, driveways, parking lots, and storm sewers. This individual may supervise the installation of underground utilities and/or construction and major repair of streets, driveways, parking lots, storm sewers, and appurtenances, open ditch and tile land drainage systems and land leveling. Supervision is exercised over a crew of skilled and unskilled workers or two or more small crews assigned to individual projects throughout the campus. Work is performed under general direction of an administrative superior and is subject to periodic review by superiors for results obtained, changes in work methods, and adherence to departmental policies.


Plans, assigns, schedules, and supervises the work of laborers, truck drivers, and equipment operators engaged in the construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of streets, driveways, and parking lots; including grading, excavation, basing, and patching.

Supervises one or more crews engaged in constructing and repairing storm sewers, catch basins, and appurtenances, and land drainage systems.

Supervises the installation of utility piping, the backfilling and compacting of trench, the installation of trench shoring and installation of street steel plating.

Supervises land leveling projects.

Instructs and trains employees in the safe operation of construction equipment and tools and in job techniques and skills.

Prepares time and other required reports; recommends purchase of tools, equipment, and material.

Performs related work as required.


High school diploma or GED; 5 years of related experience including supervisory or lead experience and considerable experience in public work construction and maintenance projects including some supervisory experience in the related area; or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Excellent communication skills. May be required to obtain an OSHA trenching and shoring competency course

Thorough knowledge of all utilities.

Thorough knowledge of practices, methods, equipment, materials and tools used in public works construction and maintenance.

Thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.

Ability to interpret and work from instructions, penciled plans and sketches, and blue prints.

Ability to lay out, direct, and supervise construction and major repair projects.

Ability to supervise the work of others.

Ability to understand and efficiently carry out instructions.

Ability to communicate and coordinate with superiors, subordinates, vendors and university personnel.

Ability to keep records and to prepare work and time reports.



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