Meter Technician Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general supervision of the Meter Services Supervisor, performs skilled work installing, testing, replacing and repairing of commercial and residential water meters and associated fixtures. Work may also include repair and testing of back flow preventers as required. Employee will be required to determine proper meters for projects under design to ensure accurate recording of consumption through meter. Performs other work as required. Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and meeting deadlines. Completes assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, City policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Accepts accountability for meeting assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas. Responds to weekend/holiday/after hour calls. Attends work regularly and adheres to City policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time off requests. Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by the City and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A.    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Installs, replaces, repairs, rebuild, and relocates residential and commercial water meters in size from ¾” to 12”.

Schedules and tests residential and commercial water meters for accuracy.

Coordinates water meter tests with customers and testing facility or manufacturer.

Maintain test, maintenance, repair and replacement logs for water meters.

Ability to install, test, repair, replace, and certify back flow prevention devices.

Maintain maintenance, repair, and certification logs for back flow prevention devices.

Replaces broken registers as required

Generates daily work orders and tracks all material used for all repairs and installations

Directs other Employees as needed

Paint all water meter and back flow assemblies as needed

REQUIREMENTS

A.    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Position requires a High School diploma or G.E.D. with a minimum five (5) years working experience in the water distribution/meter repairing, testing field one (1) of those years in a progressively responsible meter testing/repairing role.  Requires a valid State of Florida Class B Commercial driver’s license with Air Brake Endorsement. Applicants who possess a valid out of state Class B Commercial driver’s license must obtain the Florida Class B Commercial driver’s license within 10 days of employment. Must possess and maintain Florida Department of Environmental Protection Level 3 Water Distribution System Operators License. Must posses and maintain a Back Flow Tester Certification and Repair Certification through FWPCOA or other accredited program. Must possess a Meter Tester Certification or the ability to obtain certification from the current testing equipment manufacturer within 60 days of employment. Intermediate Maintenance of Traffic Certification preferred. Ability to operate a backhoe or small track hoe preferred.

B.    KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Knowledge, skill and ability to install, test, calibrate, replace and/or repair water meter up to 12" in size.

Knowledge and ability to test, repair, and certify back flow prevention devices

Knowledge and skill to assess the type and magnitude of water leaks and ability to implement the necessary repairs.

Knowledge of the City's water distribution system, as it relates to residential and commercial meter assembly locations and other utility water interconnects.

Knowledge and ability to test, repair, and calibrate pressure sustaining valves.

Knowledge and ability to implement occupational safety rules and procedures as they relate to the customer service/meter reading aspect of water distribution systems.

Knowledge of commercial meters and backflow assemblies and ability to generate test reports.

Ability and skill to work from and to interpret plans, blueprints, and maps.

Ability and skill to direct the activities of subordinates.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.

Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Ability and skill to generate and communicate through written reports and memos.

Ability and skill to operate a commercial vehicle with air brakes and overhead crane or boom.

C.    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to read and comprehend work orders, equipment/tool manuals, safety manuals, and other printed and/or written material as it relates to the job.

Ability to understand and comprehend area maps as they relate to the location of water mains, valves, fire hydrants and services.

Ability to understand and comprehend basic math.  Read, understand and utilize tape measurer.

Ability to identify and comprehend colors as they relate to traffic and/or road signs, safety equipment, utility markings, and other utility related materials.
    
Ability to mix concrete and work in areas with dust, dirt and other unpleasant conditions.

Ability to verbally communicate with co-workers and others in the English language both face-to-face and over two way radio.

Ability to assist in the loading and unloading of pipe and fittings up to 30" in diameter.

Ability to hear and understand instructions given in the English language and spoken in a normal tone of voice.  Ability to hear approaching heavy equipment and/or verbal warnings given by co-workers while working in immediate vicinity of heavy equipment that is in operation or other noisy environments.  Ability to hear electronically emitted sounds through headphones.

Ability to write up work orders, warehouse material requisitions, and vehicle service forms in a legible and understandable manner.

Ability to manually use shovel, wrenches, pick, rake, and other related hand tools in the efficient excavation, repair, backfilling, and subsequent area restoration of water mains, valves, fire hydrants, and services.

Ability to set up and operate pneumatic drive jackhammer, gas and/or hydraulic powered portable says, pumps, and other associated tools that weigh between 25 lbs. and 100 lbs.

Ability to work in and efficiently move between standing, bending, kneeling, sitting, and/or squatting positions.  May be required at times to move laterally and/or work in such positions for extended periods.

Ability to lift and carry (up to 100 yds.) items weighing up to 50 lbs.  Carry such items over uneven terrain.  Load into and unload such items from vehicles.  Carry and/or lower into and remove such items from ditch and/or manhole.

Ability to lift and carry items which are considered hard to grasp and or hold on to weighing up to 20 lbs. for extended periods.  

Ability to walk up to one mile in distance during line location.  
    
Ability to walk over and around cluttered work areas and uneven surfaces.  

Ability to work while standing on uneven and/or wet surfaces.

Ability to work and perform manual labor for extended periods in all weather conditions.
    
Ability to frequently enter and leave ditches by way of incline or ladder.

Ability and willingness to work in confined spaces such as meter vaults and excavated ditches/holes.

Ability and willingness to work during night and early morning hours or for extended periods of time when required.

Ability to work in and around such damp, wet and muddy conditions that are created by water main and water service leaks and breaks.  Perform periodic heavy labor as required.

Ability to receive directions and constructive criticism from departmental management.




THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION.  WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY.  THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

Revision Date - 10/2013