Water & Sewer Maintenance Technician

State of North Carolina

General Definition of Work

Want to join a team of water/sewer field professionals in the locating, maintenance, and repair of utility facilities? You can become a Water & Sewer Maintenance Technician as a part of the Pender County Utilities crew identifying the location of underground utilities, repairing water services and mains, and other associated field utility work. Work may include all aspects of operation, repair, and maintenance of public water distribution and wastewater collection systems. Consider joining our talented staff in our service to the community in providing potable drinking water to areas from the Cape Fear River to the US 17 corridor next to the Intercoastal Waterway in Hampstead and in Maple Hill. We have an employee-focused training and certification program to ensure that you are rewarded for getting critical NC certifications, and we are working on multiple projects to improve and expand our water system. While we do have some sewer facilities, our primary focus is on water service across the county. We are looking for someone with a current NC C-Distribution certification or higher but will consider candidates with utilities and/or plumbing experience that do not yet have certification. CDL is a plus, but not required. Starting salary will be a minimum of $33,675 but could be higher for a certified and well qualified candidate. Thanks for your consideration, and we look forward to having you join our team.

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Essential Functions

  • Records pump hours and chlorine residual at water and sewer pump stations and water tanks.
  • Installs, maintains and repairs water and sewer lines and appurtenances.
  • Checks for water leaks around meter boxes, flushes water lines; replaces broken meters and boxes; retrieves and records meter readings.
  • Troubleshoots electrical and instrument equipment.
  • Locates and marks water and sewer lines for underground utility companies.
  • Processes monthly meter disconnects work orders for nonpayment; makes reconnections.
  • Inspects new customer water lines from meter to house.
  • Applies herbicides around hydrants, valve markers, water tanks and pump station sites.
  • Installs electrical distribution and control systems.
  • Operates trucks, tractors, backhoe and mechanical equipment in connection with above tasks.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education & Experience

Some knowledge of the tools, materials and equipment used in the installation, replacement, maintenance and repair of utility lines; some knowledge of a variety of maintenance and manual tasks involved in the installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of utility lines and appurtenances; some knowledge of the use of common hand and power tools involved in the above mentioned tasks; knowledge of the safe use and operation and preventive maintenance of common automotive and mechanical equipment; ability to perform manual and skilled labor for extended periods, often under unfavorable weather conditions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates.

High school diploma or GED and minimal experience in the maintenance, repair and/or construction of water and sewer lines and related facilities, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical Requirements

This work requires the regular exertion of up to 10 pounds of force, frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; work regularly requires speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and reaching with hands and arms, frequently requires repetitive motions and occasionally requires standing, walking, sitting, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, pushing or pulling and lifting; work has standard vision requirements; no special vocal communication skills are required; no special hearing perception is required; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using of measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts within arm's length, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work regularly requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions and occasionally requires wet, humid conditions (nonweather), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, exposure to the risk of electrical shock, exposure to vibration and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment; work is generally in a loud noise location (e.g. grounds maintenance, heavy traffic).

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