Water Distribution Mechanic
Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 5 p.m.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rate of Pay: $24.9704 Hourly
Characteristics of the Job
Under general supervision, performs skilled work in the installation, operation, repair and maintenance of a water distribution system. Exercises independent judgment in determining work methods after receiving written or oral instructions. May provide leadership to field work crews.
Examples of Duties Other duties may be assigned.
- Complete distribution system repairs in accordance with standard operating procedures designed to protect the integrity and public safety of the water supply; determines chlorine residual and collects water samples for bacteriological examination when distribution work is completed.
- Perform leak detection using various techniques including specialized electronic listening devices and leak correlation equipment.
- Perform field locates of underground water, sanitary/storm sewers and city owned electric/traffic utilities using maps, plans, records and specialized electronic detection equipment. May use personal or lap-top computer to access distribution system GIS maps and databases
- Operate excavation equipment, loaders, dump trucks, pumps, utility trucks, vacuum trucks, valve operators and hand and power tools.
- Install, repair and maintain service lines, curb, corporation and main line valves and water mains. Install, repair and maintain fire hydrants, including performance of hydrant flushing and flow testing. Repair sanitary and storm sewers as needed.
- Inspect, pressure test and disinfect new water main construction.
- Follow required work safety procedures, including traffic control, excavation safety and confined space entry.
- Serve on standby as assigned and respond to after-hour emergency calls.
- Document work activities in a variety of hard copy and digital record systems.
Required Training and Experience
High school diploma or GED equivalent, supplemented by college or vocational course work in water distribution and treatment or construction technology; two (2) years experience in mechanical maintenance work involving plumbing and mechanical repair and the installation, maintenance and repair of water mains, services, fire hydrants and related appurtenances; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the chemical, biological and physical sciences essential to the practical mechanics of chemical feeding and disinfection, pumping, storage and distribution in a manner which provides safe, potable water for human consumption; applicable occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions; and specific knowledge of public health hazards associated with the distribution of water.
Skill in performing plumbing and underground construction work; the use of and the care of hand tools and powered equipment; the safe operation of excavation equipment and loaders; the reading of plans, shop drawings and maps; the use of personal computers in stationary and mobile network environments using software applications including, but not limited to, Arc Map GIS, Tele-Ticket, Lucity Work, and Microsoft Office; and excellent skill in the use of electronic locating and leak detection equipment and methods.
Ability to interpret and work from sketches, plans and diagrams; understand and follow oral and written instructions; respond effectively to inquiries or complaints; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials and the general public.
Licenses and Certifications
Valid Illinois Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or equivalent within 45 days after hire and preferably, Illinois Class C Water Supply Operator’s Certificate or ability to obtain same.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, employee is required to stand and sit; use hands and fingers to handle, feel and make fine adjustments; reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl. The employee will frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and will rarely lift/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Work is performed under varied weather conditions.
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