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The City of Brockton seeks qualified applicants for the Commissioner of Public Works under the direction of the Mayor.  The Commissioner is responsible for the effective management, administration and coordination of all operations within the Department of Public Works.


The Commissioner will manage, administer, and coordinate all operations within the Department of Public Works, and oversee its fiscal and financial affairs.  The job requires the ability to perform complex administrative and professional work in program, planning and regulatory work.

Qualifications include a thorough working knowledge of civil engineering principles, public water system treatment and distribution principles, construction and maintenance, solid waste disposal and recycling principles.

Specifically, the Director will –

report to the Mayor regularly on objectives and programs of the Department while resolving procedural problems independently;


advise the Mayor and City Council on pertinent matters;


oversee the divisions of the Department of Public Works in accordance with all appropriate City Ordinances;


supervise the staff of the Department of Public Works and consultants hired to assist the department in accordance with any collective bargaining agreements, civil service regulations, and/or City Ordinances;


prepare the department’s annual general fund budgets, capital budgets and enterprise fund budgets;

innovatively provide all departmental services to the City; design and direct construction of

public works projects and determine their scope and schedule;


 recommend, develop, implement and coordinate city policies and programs;


develop departmental goals and objectives; design departmental organization structure; assess

 performance in relation to established goals; and take appropriate action to improve

departmental efficiency and service;


act as the liaison with and represent the DPW before state, federal and regional authorities;

ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations;


advise the Mayor, City Council and appropriate City Boards and Commissions on the technical

aspects of DPW initiatives and programs, make recommendations as appropriate;


revise and amend, when appropriate, rules and regulations and procedures relevant to the

proper operation of the Department of Public Works;


assist with and monitor grant applications;


perform other duties as assigned to the Department by the Mayor.


Work is performed under typical office conditions and will involve operating an automobile, computer, camera, slide projector, scanner, printer, facsimile machine, copier and other standard office equipment. The workload is relatively stable, but can fluctuate based on project deadlines and/or emergencies.  The employee will need to attend occasional evening meetings and weekend events.   The employee will have access to department-related confidential information.  Errors could result in loss of department services and have serious legal ramifications.


Graduate from an accredited four (4) year college or university with specialization in engineering with more than ten (10) years of responsible experience including a minimum of five (5) years in a supervisory position; or any equivalent combination of education, training or experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.   Massachusetts registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) preferred.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of public works administration and operations is strongly preferred. 


Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary or interdepartmental team or  independently,   conduct independent research and analyze and prepare operational  studies, write reports, communicate orally, and make public presentations is required. Ability to write reports and communicate orally, conduct public meetings and presentations, and organizational skills is required.


Valid motor vehicle operator’s license required.


Salary $105,044-$127,397, 6 step position, step increases on anniversary date of hire until reach

maximum step, position includes medical & other fringe benefits.


Brockton requires residency within 1 year of employment.  AA/EEO.


Send a cover letter, resume, copy of valid MA Drivers License, & copy of driving record from MA              Registry of Motor Vehicles to Maureen Cruise, Director of Personnel, City of   Brockton, 45 School Street, Brockton, MA  02301 no later than 4:30 PM on Friday, October 24, 2014.


Per City Ordinance, the Mayor will appoint the Commissioner, whose position is subject to confirmation by the City Council and shall run for a term of three (3) years.






Duties include but are not limited to the following: Perform skilled repair, maintenance, and inspection of motor equipment; diagnose failures in equipment; inspect gasoline and diesel internal combustion engine-powered vehicles and other engine powered equipment; troubleshoot problems to determine appropriate repairs; check brakes, suspension and steering components; change oil, check fluids, grease equipment; do tune-ups; performs major repairs such as rebuilding engines; converts trucks into sanders; installs dump bodies and new hydraulic pumps; repairs hydraulic systems; repair electrical systems, loaders, backhoes, street sweepers, sidewalk plows, air compressors, heavy and light trucks, automobiles and other equipment; repair plows and install new cutting edges on plows; respond to breakdowns and conduct field repairs; adjust breaks and clutches; adjust or replace carburetors; remove sanders from trucks; lift transmissions, truck tires, truck springs and other truck parts; do front-end work such as wheel alignment; repair and replace tires; remove and dissemble diesel and gasoline engines; replace faulty or work parts; grind valves; perform engine overhauls; perform auto body and related welding and metal working duties.

                Perform preventative maintenance, such as lubrication and replacing oil filters; perform body repairs and paint trucks and equipment; install equipment and electronics such as two-way radios and strobe light kits; maintains records of labor and materials used on various pieces of equipment. Ensure that appropriate work practices and operating procedures are followed to ensure compliance with applicable safety practices and standards.  Performs similar or related work as assigned by supervisor, or as situation dictates.

                Supervision: Works under the general direction of the Superintendent or designee; follows department rules, regulations and policies to complete assignments.  Assignments are provided daily and work may be reviewed as completed.

Work Environment: Most work performed in a shop environment, but work may be performed outside in field conditions; work involves exposure to constant loud noise and potential exposure to equipment with moving mechanical parts and hydraulic systems; field work may be performed in adverse weather conditions with exposure to hazards associated with chemicals, and use of heavy equipment.  Workload is subject to seasonal fluctuations which are expected, but cannot be specifically anticipated.  May respond to emergency situations to repair equipment.   Operates heavy equipment and trucks; uses hand, power and pneumatic tools; operates standard office equipment.  Generally has contact with other departments and City employees.  Errors could result in personal injury, injury to others, delay or loss of service and damage to equipment.   

                Minimum Qualifications: Education and Experience: High school diploma required; additional technical training; three to five years of light and heavy truck and equipment maintenance and repair experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

                Additional Requirements: Valid Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License Class B with air brakes.


Knowledge, Ability, and Skill: Thorough knowledge of techniques and principles of equipment maintenance and repair; knowledge of equipment and truck systems; knowledge of fabrication and equipment troubleshooting; knowledge of safety practices and procedures.  Ability to troubleshoot mechanical problems; ability to develop maintenance solutions; ability to operate heavy and other motor equipment, power tools, and hand tools; ability to read technical manuals and equipment specifications, work orders and instructions.  Problem solving skills; skill in assessing mechanical problems and finding solutions.

Essential Functions: Work is performed in shop conditions; strenuous physical effort is often required when performing maintenance and repair duties.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to operate equipment, walk, stand sit, speak, hear, reach with hands and arms, balance, crouch, crawl, stoop, climb.  Stamina is required to work in adverse weather conditions.  Required to lift or move items weighing up to sixty pounds.  Physical ability to use power and hand tools, drive motor vehicles, operate and drive various pieces of special maintenance equipment.  Vision requirements include the ability to read routine documents and operate vehicles and equipment.

Salary $43,763-$45,469, position is 5 steps, increases, 3 years, 6 years, 9 years and 12 years position includes medical & other fringe benefits. 

Brockton requires residency within one year of employment, must remain a resident for 7 years. An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

             Cover letter, resume, copy of Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License & copy of driving record from MA Registry of Motor Vehicles to Maureen Cruise, Director of Personnel.  Position open until filled.

Interested applicants who are not currently City of Brockton Labor Service certified for the position of Motor Equipment Repairperson must pick up a Labor Service application in the Personnel Department, City Hall between the hours of 8:30 A.M. & 4:30 P.M, Monday through Friday.  The application must be submitted with all the above referenced materials in order to be considered for the position.

Finalists subject to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a pre-employment physical.


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