The City of Canton, South Dakota is seeking qualified candidates for the Maintenance Foreman position in the Public Works Department. This role responsibility for the ongoing care, maintenance and repair of heavy equipment, trucks, light duty vehicles, equipment and tools. This position also performs a variety of duties involving maintenance and repair of City streets, and assists with maintenance of parks, water and wastewater systems, rubble site, and building maintenance. This individual also responds to emergency situations involving disruptions in City services, snow and ice removal, etc. In the absence of the Director of Public Works, this individual will take over their duties. 

Primary Duties Consist of the following:

Mechanic Responsibilities
• Maintain City equipment, to include heavy equipment, trucks, light duty vehicles, equipment and tools
• Perform regular preventative maintenance on vehicles and equipment
• Repair broken down equipment; fabricate metal and parts as needed; order parts and materials as needed
• Document regular maintenance, oil changes and repairs in log book
• Maintain inventory of parts and materials

Street Maintenance
• Perform various duties involving asphalt and concrete, including removal, patching and/or installation 
• Clean debris and weeds from street right-of-way and storm drainage facilities
• Paint, apply and/or remove traffic safety street markings and reflectors; install, relocate or remove traffic 
regulatory signs, barricades and guardrails
• Maintain and repair traffic signal lights
• Assist with work involving underground water and sewer lines, manholes, stoppages or leaks
• Perform snow and ice removal procedures: plow, sand, load trucks, haul snow, shovel sidewalks
• Ensure tools and equipment are used safely; personal protective equipment is used properly; initiate 
requests for repair or replacement of tools and equipment when necessary
• Prepare required records and reports

General Maintenance
• Operate equipment, including motor grader, backhoe, pay loader, dump truck, snow plow, street sweeper
• Assist with maintenance of water system, waste water system, parks and facilities as directed
• Ensure tools and equipment are used safely; personal protective equipment is used properly; initiate 
requests for repair or replacement of tools and equipment when necessary
• Assist with general grounds maintenance to include lawn care, mowing, watering, tree trimming, spraying 
pesticides and herbicides, etc


Education and Work Experience

  • High School Diploma required
  • Ability to obtain Class 1 Water and Wastewater Certifications within 18 months; and Class 2 certifications 
    within 36 months preferred

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Should have general knowledge of occupational hazards connected with streets and street repair, heavy 
    equipment, digging, trenching, etc. 
  • Must have general mechanical ability and knowledge of tools and methods used within the department
  • Must have knowledge of correct operation of trucks, tractors, loaders, sweepers and other power equipment
  • Must have good interpersonal skills, with the ability to adapt to various situations and people
  • Must be able to read directions, plans and maps; be able to calculate amounts and measurements
  • Must be able to work independently, as well as in a team environment

Physical Capabilities

  • Wide variety of physical activity required: may include extended periods of strenuous activity, including 
    heavy manual labor, lifting up to 75 pounds, digging, carrying, climbing, stooping, reaching, pulling, 
    crawling through narrow accesses, and withstanding exposure to variable weather conditions
  • Must have the ability to operate a variety of heavy equipment, including trucks, snow equipment, loaders, 
    backhoes and sweepers
  • Must have the ability to work inside and outside activities in all types of weather; daytime and nighttime 
    hours may be required

Additional Requirements

  • Must have Commercial Driver’s License; safe driving record
  • Must have or be able to obtain Spraying Certificates – General, Turf, Right-of-Way & Mosquito within 6 
Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.