WATER DISTRIBUTION TECHNICIAN I
WATER DISTRIBUTION TECHNICIAN II
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Under supervision (Water Distribution Technician I) or general supervision (Water Distribution Technician II), performs a variety of semi-skilled and manual work involved in the maintenance, installation, and repair of the City’s water distribution system to ensure the proper operation of the system to deliver a safe drinking water supply to the public.
Water Distribution Technician I: This is the entry-level class in the Water Distribution Technician series. This class is distinguished from the Water Distribution Technician II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series. Assignments are generally limited in scope, contain fairly routine tasks, and are performed within a procedural framework established by higher-level employees. As experience is acquired, incumbents perform with less immediate supervision and continue to learn the full scope of duties and responsibilities. Advancement to the “II” level is based on demonstrated proficiency in performing the assigned functions, possession of required licenses and certifications, completing the progression criteria established by the Department, and upon review and approval of the department head.
Water Distribution Technician II: This is the full journey-level class in the Water Distribution Technician series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Water Distribution Technician I by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including serving as lead worker on small crews as assigned. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by progression from the Water Distribution Technician I level when experience and required licenses and certifications are obtained and progression criteria met, or when filled from the outside, require prior directly related experience and possession of required licenses and certifications.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Performs a full range of general repairs duties related to the City’s water distribution system; repair broken water lines including transmission mains, distribution mains, and residential and commercial water service lines; performs hot taps under pressure; disinfects new water pipes or parts used for repairs and utilizes other proper repair techniques to provide sanitary water to the public.
- Performs a full range of system maintenance duties including to install and maintain all appurtenances associated with the water distribution system; maintains and replaces commercial and residential fire hydrants; installs new and maintain existing blow off valves used to flush water to maintain quality.
- Performs a full range of general maintenance duties including to clean and maintain properties that are part of the water system; maintain vegetation and overall cleanliness of reservoirs, pump stations, pressure regulator vaults, and all parts of the City yard.
- Maintains valves used to operate the water system; performs a variety of maintenance on gate and butterfly type lines and hydrant valves; locates and raises valves that are not exposed; operates automated machine to operate valves for year round valve exercise program; reads water atlases, construction blueprints, and other records to locate valves; updates and modifies records following new installations of valves in the system.
- Performs a full range of maintenance duties related to lakes and dams; cleans and maintains water storage reservoirs; cleans and maintains pump stations including general landscape maintenance and trash pick-up; maintains City dams including to perform inspections and test for water seepage, perform well reads, and provide general security; checks weather station; performs tests on lake water including dissolved oxygen levels and water clarity and performs other water sample analysis at the City lab; takes water samples throughout the City water system.
- Performs a full range of meter maintenance and exchange duties; repairs leaks; tests and replaces meters of various sizes; installs new meter service lines for newly developed properties; accounts for the installation of meters for new housing tracts; reads meters and performs shut-offs as required.
- Performs utility locates; locates mainlines and services with electronic detectors; marks location of underground City water lines.
- Flushes water lines to ensure water quality; utilizes chlorine level testing device and other testing instruments.
- Performs a full range of general maintenance and repair duties related to the City’s recycled water system; locates and flushes recycled water system lines.
- Repairs asphalt and concrete after repairs to water distribution system; repairs concrete sidewalk panels; assists patch crews in laying new asphalt in the streets; makes temporary street patches as necessary.
- Operates a variety of vehicles, equipment, and tools including service trucks, dump trucks, water trucks, backhoe, trenching machine, concrete and asphalt cutting saws, jackhammer, soil compacting tamper, and hand and power tools; loads and unloads vehicles and equipment.
- Inspects and maintains assigned equipment and vehicles; performs safety checks and checks fluid levels of vehicles and equipment; inspects and maintains safety related equipment including air monitoring devices, signs used for traffic control, shoring jacks and pumps, fall protection gear, and first-aid kits; cleans assigned vehicles and equipment.
- Performs work in confined spaces; performs necessary precautions prior to entering vaults and other confined spaces with potential hazardous atmospheres; use air quality monitors and ventilators.
- Sets traffic control including safety devices, signs, and barricades; ensures safety of public and work crew.
- Serves in emergency standby capacity; provides customer service and performs all aspects of distribution system maintenance and repair during after hours periods including holidays and weekends.
- Provides courteous customer service; responds to questions and inquiries from the general public; responds to customer problems or complaints including minor leak repairs, water quality and pressure complaints and other customer concerns; provides water shutdown notifications.
- Maintains records of basic operations, maintenance and work performed.
- May serve as crew leader as assigned over a small crew including temporary workers and lower level employees; participates in training new employees in work practices and in how to apply policies, procedures, and standards to specific situations.
- Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
- Operational characteristics of water distribution systems.
- Materials, methods, techniques, and terminology used in maintenance and repair activities related to the maintenance and repair of water distribution infrastructure including how repair parts are applied to the water system including hydrants, pumps, valves and all types of pipe.
- Operational characteristics of maintenance and construction equipment and tools used in work activities.
- Proper procedures used in the maintenance and repair of hand and power tools.
- Practices and procedures of traffic control.
- Basic mathematical principles.
- Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations including state and City mandated construction codes for a potable water system.
- Basic principles and practices of record keeping.
- Occupational hazards and standard safety practices including those associated with working on a high-pressure water system and those associated with working in vaults and confined spaces.
- Principles and practices of customer service.
- Perform a variety of manual and semi-skilled tasks involved in the maintenance and repair of the City’s water distribution system including pipe laying and repair and maintenance of valves, pumps, and hydrants.
- Perform a variety of tasks for extended periods of time and in unfavorable weather conditions.
- Perform heavy manual labor.
- Read maps, blue prints, and diagrams.
- Read water meters and pressure recorder devices.
- Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
- Ensure safety around work areas in high traffic.
- Prepare and maintain records including time and material use records.
- Interpret and apply policies, procedures, and standards to specific situations.
- Perform mathematical calculations including percentages, fractions, decimals, and ratios.
- Respond to distribution system maintenance/repair emergencies.
- Safely drive and skillfully operate equipment and machinery including service trucks, dump trucks, water trucks, backhoe, trenching machine, concrete and asphalt cutting says, jackhammer, soil compacting tamper, and a variety of hand and power tools.
- Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
- Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Water Distribution Technician I/II
Education/Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.
Water Distribution Technician I
Experience: One year of general maintenance or construction experience. Experience in pipe laying is highly desirable.
License or Certificate: Possession of a valid Class C driver’s license at time of appointment and ability to obtain an unrestricted Class B driver’s license within first six months of employment.
Water Distribution Technician II
Education/Training: Completion of progression criteria established by Department.
Experience: One to two years of responsible experience performing duties comparable to a Water Distribution Technician I in the City of Escondido or comparable experience performing water distribution system maintenance and repair duties.
License or Certificate: Possession of a valid Grade 2 Water Distribution Operator certificate. Possession of a valid unrestricted Class B driver’s license. Possession of, or ability to obtain, CRP certification, Backhoe training certification, Trenching and Shoring certification, and other job related certifications required and/or provided by the City.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Field setting with travel from site to site. Exposure to extreme noise of jackhammers and other equipment; mechanical and electrical hazards of equipment and underground-overhead utilities; fumes and odors of vaults, paint, and diesel; dust from excavations and blasting; toxic substances such as glue, dry chlorine, asbestos pipe, and PVC; all types of weather and temperature conditions. Work and/or walk for long periods of time on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain. Work hours are 9/80 schedule; subject to 24-hour emergency callbacks and standby and requires working varying hours, overtime, weekends and holidays. Work environment is informal, team-oriented, having both routine and variable tasks with variable pace and pressure. Work is performed in both indoors in office and shop area and outdoors in streets, dam sites, reservoirs, and vaults.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in a field setting and operate assigned equipment. CONTINUOUS strong grasp of hand and power tools, pushing/pulling; FREQUENT walking, standing, bending, and stooping, lifting of objects weighing up to 10 lbs. below and at waist level and transporting for distances up to one city block; OCCASIONAL sitting, squatting, climbing, reaching above shoulder level; kneeling, pushing/pulling, twisting at waist, upward and downward flexion of neck; side-to-side turning of neck, lifting of objects weighing over 100 lbs. below and at waist level with assistance; light-moderate finger grasp of writing materials, steering wheel, moderate foot pressure to operate foot pedals; INFREQUENT crawling, balancing above ground, lifting of objects weighing 51-100 lbs. above shoulder level with or without assistance and transporting for distance of 10-100 feet; light grasp and finger pressure to operate hand-held meter reading equipment.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens, printed documents, meter-reading equipment, dials, and gauges and to operate vehicles and equipment.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
Date: October 2004
Johnson & Associates