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Water/Sewer Maintenance Technician

Hiring Agency: BRYAN COUNTY
Ends: November 23, 2020
Full Time




Classification Title:                        Water/Sewer Maintenance Technician






The purpose of this classification is to perform general operations and maintenance of the water distribution systems and sanitary sewer collection systems, including but not limited to the installation, monitoring, reading/recording, repairs and maintenance of meters, water mains and appurtenances, gravity sewer/force mains and appurtenances.  Under supervision of the County Engineer interacts with customers and addresses questions and resolves complaints; reports abnormal or suspicious meter conditions or usage patterns; makes field repairs to meters; and performs other operations and maintenance duties as assigned.




The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.


Installs and monitors consumer water meters in accordance with an assigned schedule and route; enters meter readings into a hand-held meter reading computer; ensures accuracy of readings; coordinates readings with billing administrator.

Examines meters for signs of tampering and reports/repairs inoperative, leaking, malfunctioning, or damaged meters, reports violations.  Tests water meters for accuracy.


Posts non-payment notices; posts sign-up or shut-down notices; turns water services on and off as required; makes appointments for readings to be re-checked.

Makes field repairs to water meters and performs routine maintenance; pulls meters for calibration; cleans brush, dirt or vegetation away from meter boxes using appropriate equipment and tools; generates requests for larger repairs.

Locates water meters, mains and service lines for work and construction crews.

Assists with the construction, maintenance and operations of water and sewer lines, and in making emergency repairs to water mains.

Maintain a variety of records relating to inspections, maintenance activity, and water meter readings.


Performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects, including grounds keeping, building maintenance, main installation and pipe repair, manhole and line clearing, main and pipe repair.


Perform basic plumbing, electrical and carpentry construction and maintenance tasks on well sites and lift station properties.


Oversee and/or perform routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment.


Drives trucks of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment, gravel and sand.  Operates light and medium sized construction and power equipment, such as backhoe/loader.


Is on call for emergency work assignments, including evenings and weekends.


Punctuality and attendance are essential.




Performs other related duties as required.




High school diploma or GED; additional vocational education in water and sewer operations and maintenance preferred; one year of experience in water and sewer construction, operations and facilities maintenance, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.  Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License.





PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to operate a variety of maintenance equipment including lawn mower, chain saw, weed-eater, tractor, and power hand tools.  Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for medium to heavy work using hand tools.  Work is performed primarily outdoors while walking or driving, with occasional indoor office work. Constant exposure to: moving mechanical parts at construction sites and from heavy equipment; excessive noise from traffic and train tracks; dust, gas fumes, or chemicals while walking or driving; blood borne pathogens and other biohazards in manholes, lift stations and meter boxes; and falling objects on site and at construction locations. Frequent exposure to extreme temperatures, humidity, rain; slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; moving mechanical parts; excessive noise and vibration from meter repair equipment, compressors, traffic, trains and while operating a vehicle. Work is occasionally performed at heights while working on embankments or inclines.  Constant sitting while driving or in meetings; walking meter routes and at construction sites; balancing on hills, embankments and ledges; stooping, squatting; bending at the neck and waist to drive, read and perform low level work; reaching below the shoulder; pushing and pulling of materials/equipment into and out of the truck and of meter lids; fine manipulation, simple grasping and repetitive use of hands to use hand held processor, read meters and operate a computer; lifting and carrying of meter lids, sticks and other equipment weighing up to 50 pounds; driving to and from meter locations. Frequent kneeling, climbing; twisting at the neck and waist; power grasping to shovel, use a meter stick, lifting and opening the vehicle; lifting and carrying of meters and lids weighing up to 50 pounds. Occasional standing, crawling, and climbing to read meters and traverse hills, embankments and ledges; reaching above the shoulder; and lifting and carrying meter boxes and lids weighing up to 50 pounds.


VISION: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to operate a vehicle and equipment; read computer screens, meters, and printed documents.


HEARING: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction to listen for signs of danger, operate a radio and communicate with others.


DATA COMPREHENSION: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things, which may include vehicle maintenance records, employee time sheet, and equipment operation manuals.


INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to speak with and/or signal people to convey or exchange recreational information, including receiving assignments and/or directions from supervisor.


LANGUAGE ABILITY: Requires ability to read a variety of documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures.  Requires the ability to write simple reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. 


INTELLIGENCE: Requires the ability to learn and understand simple maintenance principles and techniques; to understand departmental policies and procedures; to make independent judgments in the absence of supervision; and to acquire and be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation.


VERBAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, and to follow verbal and written instructions.


NUMERICAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to undertake basic math functions, i.e. add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers and fractions.


FORMS/SPATIAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to visually inspect items for proper length, width, and shape using job related equipment, which may include tape measure and recording devices.


MOTOR COORDINATION: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using maintenance equipment and to operate motor vehicles.


MANUAL DEXTERITY: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, maintenance equipment, control knobs, switches, etc.  Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting motion or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities.  Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.


COLOR DIFFERENTIATION: Requires the ability to discern color.


INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT: Requires the ability to deal with and relate to people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be able to adapt to and perform under considerable stress when confronted with an emergency.


PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to talk, express, or exchange ideas by means of spoken words and/or hear and perceive nature of sounds by ear.




Operation and appropriate usage of various types of water meters.

Operational characteristics of general maintenance and construction equipment and tools used in work activities.

Operational characteristics of hand held and radio meter reading equipment.

Principles of customer service. Basic mathematical principles.

Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.

Principles and practices of record keeping and reporting.

Occupational hazards, standard safety practices, and safe driving principles.


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