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UTILITY MAINTENANCE MECHANIC

Starting Salary: $32,735

General Statement of Duties

Performs responsible unskilled and semi-skilled work in the installation, replacement, repair and preventive maintenance of water and sewer lines, pumping stations, and appurtenances.

 

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class performs a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled work as a member of a crew engaged in the construction, installation and repair of water and sewer lines, pumping stations, and appurtenances.  Work involves the operation of construction equipment in the installation, replacement and repair of water and sewer pipes to specific grade and depth, and back filling and compacting the site. Work also includes making taps to water and sewer mains, installing hydrants, meters, and valves, and making repairs to the water and sewer system.  Other tasks include  performing preventive maintenance and repair to water and sewer pumping stations, and related tasks. Employees are subject working in both inside and outside environments, in extreme hot and cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as loud noises, vibration, moving mechanical parts, electrical current, chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation, and oils.  Work is also subject to the final standards of OSHA on blood borne pathogens.   Employees are also subject to on-call and call-back work.  Work is performed under regular supervision and is evaluated through observation and inspection for adherence to instructions and standard trade and safety practices.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Tasks

Installs hydrants, meters, valves, clamps, and related pipeline apparatus; sets meter boxes; repairs and replaces fire hydrants; repairs leaking water and sewer lines.

Reads water meters using hand held computers, radio read devices or manually; connects and disconnects service; changes out meters or radio transmitting devices; works with customers to investigate leaks, taste, smell and other water quality issues.

Operates tapping machine to make water and sewer taps and service connections; sets meter boxes and installs meters.

Installs new water service lines;  repairs and replaces sewer and water lines, valves, hydrants, and other related structures.

Operates backhoe, excavator, dump trucks, tapping machines, dozers, mowing equipment, and other power tools.

Locates and marks water and sewer lines and services for other contractors or utilities.

Performs preventive maintenance and repair to sewer lift stations; cleans pumps and wet well; checks generators.

Installs, services and tests water meters and meter yokes.

Participates in hydrant and valve exercising and maintenance programs.

Cuts grass at various sites in the utility system and/or County.

Sets up safety zones and flags traffic.

Participates in pressure testing new lines.

Maintains necessary parts and supplies on assigned truck; notifies supervisor on supply needs.

Completes work order forms and other records of work activities.

Assists with work at the landfill and other County sites.

Participates in maintenance and repair of automotive equipment.

 

Additional Job Duties

Performs other related tasks as required.

 

Recruitment and Selection Guidelines

 

Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the tools, materials and equipment used in the installation, replacement, maintenance and repair of utility lines.

Knowledge of a variety of maintenance and manual methods and tasks involved in the installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of utility lines and appurtenances.

Knowledge of the use of common hand and power tools.

Knowledge of the safe use and operation and preventive maintenance of common automotive and mechanical equipment.

Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions needed in the work.

Knowledge of the application of technology to work assignments.

Working knowledge of pump maintenance and repair.

Some knowledge of the County’s water and sewer service policies and procedures.

Some knowledge of plumbing and carpentry trades.

Skill in the operation of a light and medium size construction equipment.

Skill in teamwork and customer service excellence.

Skill in the operation of assigned equipment.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers and the public.

Ability to read utility line maps and operation and service manuals and to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Ability to complete simple reports.

 

Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.

Must be able to perform very heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally; 50 pounds of force frequently; and 20 pounds constantly.

Must possess the visual acuity to operate mobile equipment such as loaders and dump trucks in a safe manner to fit pipes and other parts, read gauges, and make written records.

 

Desirable Education and Experience

Graduation from high school and experience in construction-related utility work including some heavy equipment operation experience:  or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

Special Requirements

Possession of valid North Carolina commercial driver’s license.

Ability to obtain grade C water distribution certification within 12 months of hiring.

 

Administering the Class

Employees may not complete probation until they obtain a grade C certification.

 

 

Special Note:  This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements.  However, for each individual positions assigned to this class, there is available a completed job questionnaire with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position.  Those documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process.  They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.

 

 

Special Note:  This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements.  However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a complete job questionnaire with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position.  Those documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process.  They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.

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